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January 10, 2007

From the Department of Reaping What You Sow, Adorable Sarcasm Division

Athena: (on my computer, playing a video game) Daddy, I left my pineapple juice in my room. Could you get it for me?

Me: (retrieving the pineapple juice and handing it to her) You are unbelievably spoiled, you know.

Athena: I was hoping you'd say that. That's the image I'm going for.

Posted by john at January 10, 2007 07:26 PM

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Kaytie | January 10, 2007 07:56 PM

Is she spoiled or are you trained?

Kaytie | January 10, 2007 07:57 PM

I meant that in a winking-emoticon kind of way, btw. Not sure that came across in my one-liner.

Chang, who gets nothing! | January 10, 2007 08:00 PM

Wow. I thought I was bad with my daughter. You're impressively well trained. I'm an ogre compared to you.

Lisa | January 10, 2007 08:38 PM

You are in for a real interesting Teenager Experinence in a few years.

Good Luck and Enjoy the ride!!!!

Jim Wright | January 10, 2007 10:00 PM

Yeah, that's adorable. Here's the Wright Household version:

Youngster: (on my computer, playing a video game) Daddy, I left my weirdelectricbluelikewindsheildwasherfluid juice in my room. Could you get it for me?

Me: No, that's what the pause button is for.

Youngster: Nevermind, I'm not thirsty anyway.

Me 3 days later finding the glass of weirdelectricbluelikewindsheildwasherfluid juice covered in a thin film of grey-green mold in youngster's room: grumble, curse, grumble.

Lovely Wife: Well, it's your own damned fault.

This is why I spend a lot of time out in the woodshop.

Steve Buchheit | January 10, 2007 10:02 PM

Father and their daughters, at least regular staff gets tips, dads only get smiles.

Sean Ahlenius | January 10, 2007 10:56 PM

No shame in that.

I'll be in the same boat when (hopefully) I have my first daughter.

Kristy | January 10, 2007 11:38 PM

It's why we daughters have such lovely, killer smiles.

Carl V. | January 10, 2007 11:55 PM

Daughters....you gotta love em!

Brandon | January 11, 2007 03:45 AM

You know, in a few years, if she goes through that teenager parent-hate thing, the whole internet is going to take it pretty hard.

Ray | January 11, 2007 06:25 AM

I think me and Jim Wright are having the same experiences but in some parallel universe where he has his wood shop I have my music studio. (Thanks Jim, that made me laugh!) All my co-workers are staring at me now..Umm OK. Time to put my serious face on.

John Scalzi | January 11, 2007 07:17 AM

Brandon:

"You know, in a few years, if she goes through that teenager parent-hate thing, the whole internet is going to take it pretty hard."

Well, by that time she'll have her own blog, and you can deal with her directly.

Dave | January 11, 2007 07:40 AM

I'm amazed that house rules allow Athena to drink juice while on the computer. In our home, beverages and computer keyboards do not peacefully co-exist.

John Scalzi | January 11, 2007 07:45 AM

It's the miracle of the $19 keyboard. Also, she hasn't spilled yet, and I can't make the same claim.

Sean | January 11, 2007 08:55 AM

Wait, John.

You got a like $2000 computer that can run BF2 or FEAR like it's Word...

and you got a $19 keyboard?

Andrew | January 11, 2007 09:02 AM

I pity the out-of-her-league guy who, in high school, doesn't realize he's out of her league... until it's too late.

John Scalzi | January 11, 2007 09:21 AM

Sean:

"You got a like $2000 computer that can run BF2 or FEAR like it's Word...

"and you got a $19 keyboard?"

Yup. I like the feel of the keys when I type, and I type a lot. Not withstanding spending silly money on a computer, I'm pretty pragmatic. If a $19 keyboard feels good to me, I'm going to use it.

hugh57 | January 11, 2007 10:18 AM

Yup. I like the feel of the keys when I type, and I type a lot. Not withstanding spending silly money on a computer, I'm pretty pragmatic. If a $19 keyboard feels good to me, I'm going to use it.

I agree. Why pay $50-$75 for a fancy-schmancy keyboard with extra keys I would never use (e.g. a key that opens your browser - I have a shortcut on my desktop that accomplishes the same thing with a mouse click), and that I would have to replace every time Scalzi makes a snarky comment?

As for house rules allowing juice at the computer - well, remember that Athena is unbelievably spoiled. ;-)

ordinarygirl | January 11, 2007 11:20 AM

That post makes me feel nostalgic. It reminds me of my niece.

Hilary who has one cheek. | January 11, 2007 03:45 PM

Sarcasm children bad combination…it will bite you in the ass. Thanks to Chang who [fill in] for the naming convention.

Martyn Taylor | January 11, 2007 04:37 PM

Sounds just like my daughter. 'Dad, here's my little finger, wrap yourself around it!'

margo | January 12, 2007 03:39 AM

The Lanagan household version:
Harry: Mum, would you bring me some FOOD?
Margo: Food's in the KITCHEN. Why don't you go in there and choose what you want and get it yourself?
Harry: Because I'm busy playing this game.
(5 minutes later)
Harry: Mum, I'm SO HUNGRY. Would you get me some FOOD?
Margo (who was going to get herself some food anyway, any old second): What's that word you use, when you want something from someone?
Harry: NOW.
Margo: Try again?
Harry (obsequiously): Pleeeee-ase?
(10 minutes later)
Margo (bringing in food): You're SO lucky to have me. You know that, don't you?
Harry (deeply ickily): Yeth, mummy. Thanks, mummy, I wuv you. (kissing noises).
[OK, everybody be sick now.]

Justme | January 12, 2007 09:10 AM

Sarcasm is just a sign of superior intelligence, right? Like punning? Right?

My bundle of sarcastic daughter is about to turn eight, and I shudder at the thought of her as a teenager. But I have no one to blame but myself.

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