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BOTD 07-06-2013 The Last Day of School -1981 - A Kat Production

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Skater


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But You Said to Practice! – 1979
A Kat Production

It is 1979 and your son, 13-year-old Henry, plays the clarinet in the middle school band. He doesn’t practice often, but with band “try-outs” coming up, he has been working on his solo piece and the “shitload of scales” he is supposed to have memorized. You have warned him a couple of times to disassemble his clarinet and put it away after practicing, as the tenon joints of the instrument can swell, making it difficult to separate them.


Henry 13
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This morning, he found out the hard way that you were right. He couldn’t separate the barrel joint from the first joint. He somehow managed to get them into the case and close it, so you didn’t notice when you dropped him at school. During band, the annoyed band director managed to pull the joints apart, but they can’t be put back together with all the cork grease and good will in the world. There is no choice but to send the clarinet out for repair, and Henry has no choice but to confess to you what has happened, as the repair will cost $50.


Is he in trouble?


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Skater


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I think a trip over the knee is in order.. for sure


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1strappedboy


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My very last day of High school was in 81 and I was all ready to wax nostalgic about that from the 'flag' on the sidebar.

As it happens we have a guy who didn't care for his musical instrument circa '79; the year I got my driver's license. Since I played sax in the school bands (marching and concert), I know how much parents rode us about care of our instruments. That $50 was a big chunk of change back then, and even discounting my parents, it would be expected that the money will be coming from his hide. As dad I won't disappoint; $50 worth of butt skin shall be taken with the strop forthwith!!

John Boy


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I think a spanking and paying for the instrument is in order.

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AFinch


Sherrif
I played the clarinet in high school, a few years earlier than this BOTD. I didn't know anyone who didn't take his/her instrument apart. Among other things, there was no other way to get it into the case.

That said, 50 dollars in those days was a LOT of money (I think my clarinet was 125 new from the manufacturer, and it wasn't the lowest end). Since Henry's been warned more than once that this was a possibility, and that he needs to take care of his instrument, I'm going to operate under the theory the if boys can't learn with their brains, then I need to try another body part.

Not the crime of the century, but he's getting a spanking.

Stone Man


Marshall
Henry has earned a trip over my knee with syncopated sounds of Dad hand striking bare boy boy and accompanying yelps/crying from said boy.

Henry will also be paying back the full costs of repairs from his allowance, extra chores, and/or money earned from working for others.

He's too old to not be taking proper care of his things.

ivor


Marshall
Reckon Henry's next solo is going to be a vocal Smile 

I'll see if I can set up a good rhythm to encourage him to hit the right notes.

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squarecutter


Sherrif
I'm torn here. Part of me thinks this should be an object lesson and Henry should dip into his savings to pay for the repairs. But, being 13 he might just give up playing instead which I don't want. Were 'shitload of scales' his words? So I will spank him. Do clarinetists usually play standing up! My young musician has made me quite crotchety and he can well quaver. Can he still hit a top C?

ivor


Marshall
squarecutter wrote:Do clarinetists usually play standing up! My young musician has made me quite crotchety and he can well quaver. Can he still hit a top C?


Like it Square! Encore! Encore!

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Jack


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Okay, I'm trying to be fair and reasonable here.

It's 1979, so $50 is a ton of money (I think I got $5 a week at that time, and that included money for a drink at school). At 13, and with band auditions coming up, I doubt Henry has any way to pay for this.

Band is an activity, an elective. It has merits, but it's not a requirement. Between this, and Henry waiting until the last minute to get motivated to practice, I'm tempted to just tell him it's not happening, and he can drop band. After all, that would be a logical consequence.

:sigh:

I think what will really happen is I'm going to pay for this, but only after Henry and I have a long talk about being more responsible, and it will include him promising to practice more regularly. I'm also going to talk to him about the fact that he didn't mind me, and I'll ask what the kind of behavior customarily brings.

I think a spanking is probably needed here, all things considered, but probably not one on the harsh side - enough to make sure he knows he's been spanked, and probably enough to provoke some tears, will be enough to stress the discussion.

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Padraig


Trailboss
Very good answer, Jack!

Kat


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Y'all are tough. This happened to me in 7th grade, and I didn't get a spanking; though the tongue lashing I did get was probably more painful. I didn't take the clarinet apart because I got in the habit of giving myself breaks to do other things, and it just seemed like a waste of effort to take it apart and put it in the case each time. I guess I probably forgot all about it on that occasion until the next morning, when I discovered that I couldn't the the thing apart.  I don't know about Kier's clarinet case, but I was able, sort of, to get mine closed with the two joints together. It didn't work well, but it got me past Mom that morning. As Jack points out, there was no way I could pay for it myself, so the 'rents had to fork over. I heard about the expense for a L-O-N-G time afterwards. I still have the clarinet and play sometimes. Very Happy

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Jack


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Kat wrote:Y'all are tough. This happened to me in 7th grade, and I didn't get a spanking; ...

What's this forum dedicated to again? Razz

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1strappedboy


Sherrif
Quoth Kat,
....though the tongue lashing I got was probably more painful.

Ain't that the Lord's truth, though? As bad as a trip to the barn would prove to be physically, there were few things in the world that hurt me more than knowing I disappointed Mum.

She had a way with words that could reduce me to about two inches tall in no time flat! I feared her wrath actually more than Alex's!

talebearer


Cowboy
$50 was big money in those days, and this was because of his neglect.

I'm no good at the clarinet but I would teach him percussion.

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