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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #975 on: May 27, 2013, 02:02:10 PM »
Can i toss my 17y yr old son into this category for now?

He had THREE job opportunities for a summer job handed to him, and he turned them all down, saying that he does not see why he needs a job.  He says we are going to pay for his college, so he needs a break to chill, because he has worked so hard on school.  (true, but all summer?!?)

One job was related to the field he wants to study in college, another was to teach a skill he has honed himself, the other was through his school and only a few select students are chosen.

We have told the dear boy that if he does not work this summer, he will not have internet.  period.

he thinks we will cave.  he thinks knows-it-all already and that his (admittedly quite-good up to now) resume is all he needs until college fall 2014. 

I know he does not Know-It-All. 

And I am having to let him realize his own potential mistakes and not fix it for him. 

but come 2nd week in June when he is bored out of his mind and ready to find some sort of job, I will allow myself a small smile when he realizes he shot himself in the foot, not once, but three times, and may not have any job opportunities available.
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #976 on: May 27, 2013, 02:06:56 PM »
Can i toss my 17y yr old son into this category for now?

He had THREE job opportunities for a summer job handed to him, and he turned them all down, saying that he does not see why he needs a job.  He says we are going to pay for his college, so he needs a break to chill, because he has worked so hard on school.  (true, but all summer?!?)

One job was related to the field he wants to study in college, another was to teach a skill he has honed himself, the other was through his school and only a few select students are chosen.

We have told the dear boy that if he does not work this summer, he will not have internet.  period.

he thinks we will cave.  he thinks knows-it-all already and that his (admittedly quite-good up to now) resume is all he needs until college fall 2014. 

I know he does not Know-It-All. 

And I am having to let him realize his own potential mistakes and not fix it for him. 

but come 2nd week in June when he is bored out of his mind and ready to find some sort of job, I will allow myself a small smile when he realizes he shot himself in the foot, not once, but three times, and may not have any job opportunities available.

To be honest, more worrisome than the boredom in my opinion would be the lost opportunity to build a resume.  Those little add ons for work experience are important, never know which prior job might catch someone's eye.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #977 on: May 27, 2013, 02:18:19 PM »
...  He says we are going to pay for his college   ...

Even if he knows you are going to pay for college, he might have benefited from being reminded that there are other expenses beyond  tuition, books and dorm room.  It's also the occasional pizza with friends, potential dates with some of the new young women he meets,  etc. and those "extras" are NOT going to be paid for by his parents!

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #978 on: May 27, 2013, 02:47:24 PM »
I hate when people "agree to disagree" about facts.  You can agree to that all you want, you're still wrong.

Maybe we're stuck in different dimensions. In hers, NC really didn't have colleges until 1982 and in mine they've had colleges around for over 200 years.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #979 on: May 27, 2013, 03:27:38 PM »
Meanwhile, my 18-year-old daughter has been jobless since October, has been job-seeking seriously since January, and ...  nothing.  She's about to go out of her mind from boredom, plus she's frustrated because she wants money for 1001 things and hasn't got any! 

To relate to the Captain Know-it-All subject, it drives me crazy when people say "Just tell her to go work for McDonalds."  I've said over and over that (a) she's a vegan, so working for the Golden Arches isn't really in the cards, and (b) McDonalds isn't the catch-all it used to be.  There's a lot of competition for those jobs.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #980 on: May 27, 2013, 03:31:04 PM »
Shalamar, my 20yo dd is having a similar problem.  Unemployed for a year and she *couldn't* get hired at McDonald's.  She applied and interviewed but did not get the job.  The competition was too fierce, even for that, where she lives. 

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #981 on: May 27, 2013, 03:53:21 PM »
and that is what my 17 year old son needs to learn, the hard way.

yes, this one summer of no job will not be detrimental to him.  He is still taking an on-line course for school, but...he is not helping himself, not building bridges, not applying himself to get an internship like some of his classmates that helped for college admissions looking for more than just grades, or even to just get...a JOB!

a strong handshake and good grades do not open doors.  Experience does.  and, many times you have to have a job to get a job.

but, what do I know?  he is 17, so he knows everything.   :P
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #982 on: May 27, 2013, 04:25:44 PM »
Oh, my family is filled with know it alls.  My father, who I love dearly, is about the worst.  I mentioned something about a local celebrity last week that is not complimentary to this person, but is not a repeat of a rumor..it is something I witnessed with my own eyes and he just went off...he knows this and that and I am wrong because what he knows is the gospel and I don't know what I am talking about.  I let it go, but as he has never met this person and I have had more than a few personal interactions with said person, I do know.  And then there is the relative on FB (who I have since blocked all feeds of) who, no matter what someone posts, if it is against what he thinks, goes on rants about how this isn't true but this and that are true and whoever posted this 'misinformation' is an idiot.  We have all gotten into the habit of replying to him "check snopes'.  And a BIL, who causes so much eye rolling that I am surprised none of us have permanent eye damage after any gathering he is at.  He will argue ANYTHING...sun rises in the east?  He will argue against that because he knows better.  It has gotten to the point, some of us purposefully bait him just to see him go into "you are all idiots and I am the only smart one" mode..he makes himself look like the biggest donkey rear.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #983 on: May 27, 2013, 04:57:28 PM »
I used to work with a CKIA who would argue about the weather.  I literally had this exchange with him one day:

Me*looking out of the window*  Hmm, it's raining again.
Him:  No, it's not.
Me:  Um, water is falling from the sky.  That's rain in my book.
Him:  No, because you see ... (Cue blah-blah-blah about why this particular set of water falling from the sky didn't qualify as "rain")

He also argued about the merits of daycare to a bunch of women (myself included) who had children in daycare.  Have I mentioned that he was both single and childless?

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #984 on: May 28, 2013, 01:04:17 AM »
I used to work with a CKIA who would argue about the weather.  I literally had this exchange with him one day:

Me*looking out of the window*  Hmm, it's raining again.
Him:  No, it's not.
Me:  Um, water is falling from the sky.  That's rain in my book.
Him:  No, because you see ... (Cue blah-blah-blah about why this particular set of water falling from the sky didn't qualify as "rain")

He also argued about the merits of daycare to a bunch of women (myself included) who had children in daycare.  Have I mentioned that he was both single and childless?
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What did he call it then?  ??? Unless it was fog, hail, sleet or snow then like you said: water falling = rain! It could be drizzling rain but that's still rain...
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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #985 on: May 28, 2013, 05:48:27 AM »
I had a client some years ago who was a real Captain Know it All. I still cannot fathom why he chose to instruct us.

among other things, he argued that neither I, nor his barrister, knew anything about the ears of law we were dealing with. He knew better because he had read 'a law book' in the library. He maintained that position even after being shown the relevant statutes and case law...

(I have to admit, I did lose my temper with him at one point. He'd just spent about 20 minutes trying to convince me that we were wrong, and he was right, about a fairly basis piece of law relating to his case. In support of his argument, he came out with "You haven't even read any law books, have you." I'm afraid I answered "No, I spent 4 years at university getting a degree and postgraduate qualification in law and never once read a single book about law. Then I spent a further 5 years specialising in this area of law but never read anything on the subject"

Bizarrely, he shut up after that. At least until the next time we saw him.

(He also couldn't understand that even if he had been right about public funding being available to sue someone for libel (it isn't) and it had been possible to sue someone for libel for things written in correspondence subject to legal privilege (it isn't), or worth while to sue someone who has no assets (and no platform to repeat their comments), the fact that the statements you are taking exception to are in fact entirely true, easily provable and relate to things you yourself have already admitted to doing would make any libel case extremely brief..)


 

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #986 on: May 28, 2013, 09:24:09 AM »
There is a woman in my church who took a 2 week sign language course 20 years ago, so she knows much more than I, who has been working in the Deaf community for 25 years, could ever know.

She argue with me about the right way to sign things, and there is NO convincing her otherwise. Some of the signs she "knows" are wrong enough to be borderline dirty/insulting. I'm almost mean enough to bring a Deaf friend to meet her so she can show off her "skills".

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #987 on: May 28, 2013, 09:34:14 AM »
There is a woman in my church who took a 2 week sign language course 20 years ago, so she knows much more than I, who has been working in the Deaf community for 25 years, could ever know.

She argue with me about the right way to sign things, and there is NO convincing her otherwise. Some of the signs she "knows" are wrong enough to be borderline dirty/insulting. I'm almost mean enough to bring a Deaf friend to meet her so she can show off her "skills".

Why not?  If your deaf friend is willing to go along with the scheme, s/he might get a good laugh out of it. 

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #988 on: May 28, 2013, 10:11:06 AM »
There is a woman in my church who took a 2 week sign language course 20 years ago, so she knows much more than I, who has been working in the Deaf community for 25 years, could ever know.

She argue with me about the right way to sign things, and there is NO convincing her otherwise. Some of the signs she "knows" are wrong enough to be borderline dirty/insulting. I'm almost mean enough to bring a Deaf friend to meet her so she can show off her "skills".

Why not?  If your deaf friend is willing to go along with the scheme, s/he might get a good laugh out of it.

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Re: Captain Know-It-All stories
« Reply #989 on: May 28, 2013, 10:33:35 AM »
"No; I told you to tickle your wallaby with a chook feather!"
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