OK - let's do a REAL roll call

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OK - let's do a REAL roll call
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 6:54pm

Tell us as much or as little as you want about your family. And answer this question: Is high school football a big thing in your community? Do you go to the games?



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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 10-10-2013 - 12:37am

I'm elc, yet another post teen parent. I live in San Diego with my dh of 35 yrs. My former teens are ds (now 30) who lives in San Francisco and is a PhD candidate at Berkeley; and dd (27) who lives in NYC working and attending school. So its been a loooong time since they were teens but my feeble mind still recalls some of those years. I can tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because when my dd was 21 she apologized for being so awful as a teen!

HS football is popular here but not in the way it is in some other parts of the U.S. The HS that my kid attended usually didn't have a very good team so not a lot of interest in watching them lose. One year they had a better team and we attended one or two of the games for the sake of school spirit. There are other football options here though...SDSU has a good team; and the pro Chargers are here. I don't know how much a ticket for the Aztecs costs but I've heard that Chargers tickets are very expensive. I don't care about football at all, and dh only watches pro games on tv if he doesn't have anything better to do, so we don't go to those games either.

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Registered: 04-02-2001
Wed, 10-09-2013 - 9:19pm

Hi All,

This is Louise from Tampa.  Yes, football is HUGE here, not only for high school but for college and professional too!  Our daughter graduated last year from high school and went to all the games, as did her dad and I.  Now that she's graduated, we don't go to the games much, but she and a bunch of her friends that graduated last year still go to the big rival games.  Our weekends are now spent usually driving 2 hours to a college game, and then home on Sunday to either go to or watch our local pro team on TV.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Thu, 09-26-2013 - 12:53pm

My two are all grown up, graduated from university and  both working . DS23 has plans to return to grad school in the near future. DD25 is busy building her career.

High school sports are not on the radar here. The games are typically only attended by parents and friends,if that, irregardless of the sport. The games are usually held just after school and never at night or on the weekends.   We also don't have cheer leaders at our high schools-no interest. Our sporty girls play soccer, rugby etc.. I don't even know if my kids' old high school had a football team. Soccer and rugby are more popular.

Even at the university level, the sport teams are not followed by the public.   Our schools do not get any "brownie" points or prestige because of the success of their sport teams. And games tend to be attended only by current students, except perhaps in the Fall when the alumni visit the campus.

The only sport that really counts here is pro-hockey.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 11:24pm

Ramona here in a western burb of Chicago. Dd19 is away at college. Ds is a sophomore in hs. He is on the Sophomore football team and on marching band. Our town likes football, since our high school won the championship last year. Ds, sadly after 8 years said he is done with football after this season. He plays hockey and lacrosse, so there still will be sports. He just is tired of running from the field to grab his trombone. I have always followed sports at the school because we live so close to the school.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 12-06-1999
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 4:32pm

Ann in northern CA. DS IS 18 and a senior and DD is 15 and a Sophomore. Football is very big at DS school (all boys Catholic). DH helps out at many of the games and both kids usually attend, so I usually go

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 2:13pm

Ashley, I just went to my first Patriots game ever--my best friend was given 2 tickets from a work contact so I also got to go for free!  Yay!  My DD happened to be visiting for the weekend w/ a friend and they were already planning on going to the game--but paid over $100 per seat from Craigslist.  But this was not her first game.

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Registered: 11-05-1998
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 11:16am

Elizabeth in Michigan. Also a long-time POT member, although at the moment I only have one teen.   DH and I have been married 26 years and have four kids; Matt, who is nearly 23; Chris, who is nearly 21; Greg, who is 17; and Cathy, who is 10.

Matt is still working at the call center for the American Cancer Society (almost 2 years now) and showing no signs of wanting to finish his college degree or earn any computer certifications or move forward in any way.  My goal is to have him out of the house by the end of the year.  He did have a friend that was going to go in on an apartment with him, but that fell through.  I keep sending him leads to furnished rooms that are in his price range, but so far, not much is happening.

Chris is finishing up the last few classes he needs for his associate's degree in graphic design and computer multi-media. This summer he worked food service/concessions for our local minor league baseball team, and now has a job working the front desk for the student services office at the community college.  Biggest news for Chris is that he and his girlfriend of nearly two years are expecting a baby any day now (he's a week overdue). She is living at a local "home for unwed mothers" and can stay there until the baby is nine months old (she's been there since May).  Her parents didn't exactly kick her out, but they made things difficult, and getting her out of their toxic environment was probably the best thing to happen to her.   Once she gets a new job post baby and has some income coming in again, Chris and she will probably get an apartment together.

Greg is a senior this year and we are busy, busy, busy with all that entails.  Lots of essays to write for college apps, college visits, plus keeping up with three AP classes, cross country, honors choir, etc.  Right now, he is tied for 1st in his class of 255 students and was just named a National Merit Semifinalist.  We're looking at two larger schools--University of Michigan and University of Chicago, and two smaller ones-- Hope College and Olivet College (both here in Michigan). 

Cathy started a new school (we have a 5th/6th grade "intermediate" building) and is enjoying the new experiences of changing classes and having a locker.  She's still active in Girl Scouts and I'm still her leader.

In our community, football is not the end-all/be-all, probably because Waverly is not exactly a football powerhouse.  I can honestly say that despite having had three kids go through the high school, I've never been to a home footbal game (even when Greg was on Homecoming Court freshman year--I drove him in a convertible in the parade, and that was it).  That will change this Friday, because I am selling 50/50 raffle tickets during the first half of the game because the cross country team gets the proceeds.  That's the only reason I'll be at the game, and I leave as soon as my shift is over.


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Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 11:13pm

Another "post-teen" mom here, SAM in Chicagoland.  Married 36 years, 2 daughters -- 29.5 & 32.  YDD and her SO have been together 3.75 years, and have a 20 month old dd of their own.  Both have decent jobs, and YDD owns their home.  They just got home from 6 days in Vegas, while we watched the baby AND their 2 dogs!

ODD & her SO have also been together 3.75 years.  YDD met hers on New Years Eve, and ODD met hers a few weeks later, on Superbowl Sunday!  They got engaged about a month ago, and a week later, the rabbit died.  They are very excited, despite being the ultimate DINK's.  I predict the garage full of big boy (and girl) toys will empty out sooner rather than later.  I don't see them skiing, or snowboarding any time soon, and you can't put a car seat on a Harley.  They both have excellent jobs, and ODD's SO owns their home.  They are driving to Maryland for a 4 day weekend, which will include SO standing up in his 5th wedding this year, and a visit to his parents.  They will have friends take care of their 3 cats, and their 175 lb dog.  I love them, but I have my limits.

I am retired from working for a paycheck, but I daycare my granddaughter, and will also sit my new grandchild, which is CERTAINLY work!.  My ODD will probably teach only part-time beginning next fall, because she is also going to school for her Master's and to get her National Board certification.  Older DGD will be in Preschool a couple days a week by then, if she is potty trained,  so I will have it a little easier.  

Dh is retiring in 2 years.  Somehow, I think his plans involve golf clubs more than grandchildren.

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:31pm

Kelly in the New York suburbs, married for 23 years, with a college freshman and a college senior and a 13yo 8th grader who just started private school last week and loves it <whew!>.

Football isn't that big here.  Soccer and lacrosse are the big sports around us.  I haven't been to a high school football game since I was a middle schooler and went with my friend whose older brother was on the football team. :)  None of my kids are team sports players anyway - two of them did karate, two used to be on swim team, and two play tennis.  They are arty/musical types.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 12:15pm

I'm Ashley, near Boston, 2 kids, married to DH for 22 years. Just sent DD off to college at the end of August. DS is a junior in high school. HS football isn't as big a deal here as it is in some parts of the country, but pro football (the Patriots) certainly is!