today’s WTF moment, brought to us by ian

April 8, 2009

I had chores to do as a kid. Not many, except that damned garden, and I either did the chores, or I ditched them. You know, as was my way.

But teenagers today?

Here’s Ian. He’s been harassed by his Mom for about an hour about emptying the dishwasher. After we double-teamed him, he finally dragged his sorry butt to the kitchen to get it done.

ian dishwasher

That’s right. He dragged a bar stool over next to the dishwasher so he could sit down while doing his “chore.” (This is the same Ian who a couple weeks ago got up at 4:30 in the morning to hike and ski 2500 vertical feet with me.) But not before he went searching for his iPod, so he could listen to “Rise Against” while emptying the dishwasher, to make the task less odious.

His 5 minute task.

The apocalypse is upon us.

23 Responses to “today’s WTF moment, brought to us by ian”

  1. chtrich Says:

    My teenager also has to spend 15 minutes looking for and changing the playlists on his iPod before he can do his 5 minute task.
    It’s a sad, sad state of affairs.

  2. Geoff (John West's friend) Says:

    At a glance, it appears that at least 75% of your dishes consist of different colored plastics.

    Just an observation.

    Carry on.

    • mark Says:

      90% in our house. Such is life with children. It was all glass and stoneware before the ankle-biters arrived.

      On another note, Rise Against is a good choice for unloading the dishwasher. They’re on the mix I like for skiing. “Sunday Jen” by Slackstring is the best skiing song ever, though.

  3. GregP Says:

    Your dishes and dishwasher look exactly the same as mine. Do you know what the blue plastic thingy on the top rack is for? I took mine off and threw it away.

  4. Big Boned Says:

    Those bananas have just gone beyond the point where I would eat them. Someone making banana bread?

  5. bikemike Says:


  6. Bebe Says:

    My 17 year old son isn’t allowed to drive anywhere but to school and back until he cleans the “stuff” off his bed. You know, clothes, books, guitars, that kind of stuff. If he would just shove it all in the closet, he’d be free to cruise to the movies with his friends… But no, he sits at home complaining that he can’t go anywhere…

  7. KanyonKris Says:

    Each generation gets lazier, so what’s next? Perhaps all teenagers have Rascals (mobility scooter) – fully multi-media and internet connected of course.

    My 6 year-old boy was asked to not eat in the living room. He didn’t mind. He sat on the couch cushion and up-ended the full box of Corn Pops dumping half the contents into the hide-away bed below. His chore for the day was cleaning that up.

    Serenity now.

  8. Mike J Says:

    We’ve got 4 of those ankle biters at our house. Some days it takes an hour of nagging them to do 20 minutes of kitchen cleaning. The designated kitchen cleaner at our house gets to choose the music. Not always easy on the parents when they choose Hannah Montana to listen to. Can’t they choose Rush for a change.

    By the way, the blue thing in the picture holds large knives when you fold it down.

    Finally, those bananas look just fine to me. They’ve got to be at least 50% freckled to be considered banana bread material.

  9. Rick S Says:

    Tell Ian to be thankful your dishwasher doesn’t have sippy cups in it. Those are annoying to wash.

  10. JB Says:

    Dug, I can tell you w/ experience that it gets better. When my oldest is in the house he is really good about chores and kitchen clean-up duties. This is after the last three years at school living with three other guys in a house. He went from being the slob/complainer to being pretty appreciative for a meal that he did not have to think up, shop and pay for, or prepare. As for those of you who have sippy cups still in the house, I am glad I am past that.

  11. dug Says:

    kim says:

    yes i’m making banana bread.

  12. Jeff Says:

    I’m amazed what kids think they “can’t live without.” For junior high retreat, the kids had to leave their ipods and cell phones in the van. You would have thought we’d taken away all their shoes and made them go barefoot or something.

    Then I tell them that I never had a cell phone until I was 23, and they think I’m lying!

  13. forgingahead Says:

    Oh dear, you have your hands full with that one. Seriously, a chair? To empty the dishwasher? OMG.

  14. Simón Says:

    So the boy was “tired” – from what? who knows, he’s a teenager. Like my papa used to say, “Es un poquito huevon, pero el muchacho va aprender.”

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