A friend owned the Fishermans Dude Ranch in the Chicago area. He stocked a pond with trout and people paid to fish there, great fun for kids. PETA picketed him and he saw how much attention it was bringing, so he brought coffee and donuts out to them.
Let's see - He decided to get on the big league field and play the big league game. He found out how that much attention really works. He also discovered that a 4.1GPA doesn't carry much weight when you have his ethnic background. And that there are OTHER sides to things like Equal Opportunity and Illegal Immigration.
Welcome to the real world, young man. Best of luck to you.
I've learned to put on hold my usual reaction to people who try to guilt trip me. Then carefully consider their viewpoint and if the criticism is justified.
I had a roommate, sharing a rental with my high school buddy & his brother. Brother would manipulate everyone he could with guilt trips. So I developed a severe reaction to that kind of crud.
Then I had to moderate my conditioned reflex after getting away from that toxic environment. I was too quick to reject the guilt trip input.
So. After calm deliberation and self honest analysis of if I was indeed in the wrong, I could react in a civil manner as appropriate.
Re: Husky dog logo. Bite me. Get your furry minded ego out of our face. Your idiocy at terming a drawing of a Freaking puppy as rape diminishes the real pain of real victims. Go volunteer at a women's shelter and grow the heck up before someone punches you in the face.
Kind of a group award, possibly leading to Snowflake Of The Week - The administrators of the state of Pennsylvania school systems. After one system decided to supply buckets of river rocks to staff in case of attack, another system has decided 18in replica baseball bats will be their defense of choice. Really.
America is becoming a funny place. Outdoor hiking joins the list of “unacceptably risky” behaviors since cellphone service can be sporadic. I wonder how these folks think Admiral Byrd went to the North Pole or Sir Edmund Hillary to the top of Mt. Everest . . . two locations where there is still no cell service. I shudder to think of the hikes I went on at day camp, absent cell phones, and the long night infiltration exercises across the Mojave in the Marine Corps. Gads . . . I am lucky to be here.
Two other student groups also got the axe as a result of the risk assessment, the Nittany Grotto Caving Club and the Nittany Divers SCUBA Club, who were similarly told to end trip offerings.
SCUBA - that's why there's a buddy system.
Caving and hiking - it's called shortwave radio. No cell service required. "Far from emergency services" - it's called First Aid Training. Combined with shortwave, you can stabilize until help (which you called with the shortwave) arrives.
I grew up in the woods. Camping. Hiking. Caving (spelunking, technically). Rapelling. Zip-lining. Whitewater kayaking and canoeing. Cooking on open fires. Sleeping on the ground in a canvas tent. Sleeping in caves a quarter mile underground. All before cell phones even existed.
Oh, the horror....however did I survive??
That first-aid training thing, and those hand-cranked shortwave radio things.
And common sense.
Although...in my fifteen or so years of hardcore, all-summer-long every-summer-camping, I can't remember anyone in our group (this was a summer camp with typically 150+ boys, age 9-17, and counselors from 16-25) ever needing more than a band-aid, or some caladryl.