Gaye & Real -
Plady - yup: 300,000. Our usual? 5-10 thousand (which seems astronomical to me, considering how thrift we re with water) I sure hope it went back into the aquifer...
I love that Star Trek nurtures your optimism about the future
RR: bike intervals: 52 minutes - felt strong, worked hard, then run/walk intervals: 15 minutes (ended early for a bathroom break )
NRR: I went to a end-of year party where the kids run around a huge yard with the goats and chickens and dogs that also live there (really fun annual thing). DS and his best friend got in a knock-down, drag-out fight, rolling on the grass, one standing over and kicking the other, then the other doing the same, fists flying. I was across the lawn and when I realized it wasnt play I started screaming DS' name and then tossed my shoes off my feet and sprinted over there to pull them apart. It was awful. The entire party stopped to see what happened. I took DS into the front yard and he explained that all the kids had been leaving him out and poking him with sticks and making up games where they tie him to a tree, etc. The best friends dad confirmed that DS had approached him earlier to complain of this (hello, could you intervene a little?). Anyway, we had a big talk that went on into bedtime later (which was around 10:30).
BUT, this is not shocking, and very sad to me b/c DS is difficult, and I have warned him that if he treats his friends the way he sometimes treats me and his sisters he will lose friends, and I see that maybe starting to develop. He cn be very obnoxious, and thinks its funny - like, he is a smart-alec-a'hole and thinks its all in fun, and I have to frequently point out to him (when he does this to me) that only he thinks its funny, its not funny to me! He is obsessed with Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes, so treats me like Calvin treats his mom, to give you an example, and thinks its funny b/c Calvin is funny (maybe I should add that he is academically very advanced. His reasoning ability is amazing. He is in a mixed age class (1-3, he's in 2nd) but does work from the 4-5 class. Other kids try to catch up with him. So he's not an intellectual slouch. So why cant he apply his reasoning ability to social stuff!)
The reason I mention all this is because Im getting a little worried. I know he will have to deal with this on his own and there's only so much we can do (teach and encourage meta-cognition, coach him...) but sometimes I wonder if there's an empathy chip missing. He just doesnt learn, or doenst change. I commented to Dh that he would be diagnosed with Narcissistic personality disorder if he wasnt 8... I dont know what else to do, and I guess there isnt anything to do. I guess losing friends will have to be the way he learns, if he ever does