Friday, September 10, 2010

Playing, Reading, and Fearing Death: At The Park With Betty.


Did I mention the new playground equipment near our house comes with reading material attached?

Nothing like sprains, bruises, abrasions, or more serious injuries to add delight to any playground experience!


Oh, wait, a reminder of how other children have DIED on the same kind of equipment adds to the fun atmosphere as well.


Wonder what the warning signs on the playground equipment for adults would read?

57 comments:

Pat said...

Bring back the days of the good old metal slide which reached temperatures of a gazillion in the summertime and we'd burn our butts of as we slid down it, or the rickety merry-go-round with rusty metal, and splintery wood, yet we'd jump on it and spin ourselves like crazy till someone puked or fell off, whatever came first. Ah, those were the days!

Baby Sister said...

Ummm...wow. That's disturbing...

Elisabeth said...

Too much caution can be dangerous.

I have just read an article about the way in which sports activities might make people more prone to arthritis. The article then went on to say, despite this the advantage of sport outweighs the possible risks of developing arthritis.

The same could be said for children's play. But even so these warnings are off putting.

Seems you're better off not leaving your house in the morning.

Thanks, Betty.

faye said...

You are too funny !!

Gigi said...

Nothing like a good old caution sign to ensure that mom's won't let the kids play on the equipment!

But of course, I can still recall taking cross country trips while lying in the back window of the car - no seat belts required . . .

TS Hendrik said...

So wait, gravity can hurt? I'm shocked.

Jenny said...

What adult play equipment would have as warnings:
CAUTION!!
Other adults have broken their osteoporotic bones by falling off this equipment.
Other adults have slipped and fallen off the stairs to the slide because their bifocals were not properly adjusted.
Other adults have torn their rotator cuffs on the monkey bars.
Other adults have gotten wedged in the slide on the way down because of those extra 20 pounds.
Other adults have had heart attacks and/or strokes from swinging too high and too long.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

middle child said...

Guess I am pretty lucky. Our park only has one sign that basically says, pick up your dogs shit.

Theres just life said...

Warning: Having fun and breathing can be hazardous to your health.

At least that seems to be were all these warning signs are headed.

Mamma has spoken said...

What I find sad is WHY all those warning signs are there. Not only is it sad that someone was injuried and or killed, but that the adults in these situations found the need to blame someone for what is truely their own fault for have lacked common sense.

Old Kitty said...

Erm.... "if you are not this old you cannot use this equipment"!!
:-)

Take care
x

Jane said...

Great post - let's see, instructions for adults? Do not use while intoxicated. Many times, a little common sense goes a very long way,

Jane

Liz said...

only you would think to say, "comes with reading material attached!"

gotta love my BB!

Kittie Howard said...

Congratulations, Bossy Betty, for reaching 400 Followers! I'm so happy for you!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

For adults? Warning - alcohol may affect climbing abilities and reaction time!

Brian said...

The adult sign would read: You're too old to be here stoopid!

Madi and Mom said...

BB
Mom says she is older than dirt but she remembers when children went to the park to play...and no one needed to read all the warnings and signs...because they used their 'noodle' to think, their parents paid attention to the children (not like today when they are texting or talking on the phone)so the children did not get hurt!!! Now they have to use all the signs to CTB!!!!
Holey Moley Madi and Mom

Parsley said...

Why doesn't it also include the disclaimer "Bad things can happen at any time and we are not responsible for any thing under any circumstances so DON'T SUE US"

citymouse said...

Even though your post is tongue-in-cheek, it's a sad commentary of what our society has become. The world was so much less safe and we had so much more freedom when we were kids and we were just fine. Was it really that bad?

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Do Not Drink and Climb. You must be This Small to ride this swing.
Teeter Totters require two similarly weighted participants.
Warning: Excessively Fast Twirling Found to Cause Nausea in 9 out of 10 Adults.

BECKY said...

Hey Betty, I agree with first commenter, Pat!! Today's "rules" and "safe guards" are just ridiculous! And as far as playground equipment for adults...uh, did you mean inside or outside? :D

Joe Cap said...

There is only one reason those warnings are there...to protect the manufacturer in the event of a lawsuit. Period.
We live in an age where you can spill hot coffee on yourself, and then sue because the coffee was hot.

Now, on a LIGHTER note, Betty, those pics are great! I often see those things, and never thought of taking a photo. As usual, you inspire me.

Momma Fargo said...

Wow! Who knew the jungle gyms were so hazardous and kill little children. LOL. Great post!

Out on the prairie said...

What, no have a nice day sign? Crazy one needs this to cover themself.Where are the adult swings?And for those who don't read well, I hope they just have fun.Made me think of one park I was in where someone carefully changed all the no signs to Know.

Lin said...

OMG! The WORLD has a disclaimer now!

I would think that the only sign needed at the adult playground would read this:

You are old. Your body is old. If you hang out on this stuff, be prepared to be hurtin' tomorrow. Big time.

ds said...

Ha! Enough already. Sadly, I agree with Joe Cap; those disclaimers serve no other purpose than to cover the manufacturer's rear against a lawsuit. Warning to children: the outdoors are Dangerous. Play inside, with Wii. Have virtual experiences rather than real ones...Ick.
Trees carry no disclaimers, and are equally fun to climb ;)

Tracy said...

"WARNING: Your body cannot do the same things it did forty Years ago. Yes, I am talking to YOU, Gumby, and if you try to prove me wrong you're gonna pay. Dearly."

HulaBuns said...

WT...? Geeze, if you hadn't taken pictures of all of the warnings I really would have not believed they were posted like this!

Thanks for the education. I'll be sure not to wear anything with drawstrings or wear scarves or mittens while playing at the park near our house! Great post!!

roxy said...

Very funny, Betty! Life is definitely ironic. I would like to meet the guy who wrote the cautions. Would he be fun at a party? Caution-- that appetizer contains cholesterol. People have died from eating too many.

Nat said...

Wow....kind of kills the fun!
As a child of the 70s/80s I'm always amazed how we all survived to adulthood without any such warnings and security measures, and more importantly no fear of litigation!

Pat Tillett said...

Anybody still want to argue that our legal system hasn't screwed up our lives?

slommler said...

Warning!! May be good for your health. We would be sure and not use it then. Ha!!

Beth Zimmerman said...

You do have a unique outlook on life, Miss Betty! I'm sure many of us have seen those signs but never thought to blog about them! :)

Shan said...

Ugh!

A girl needs 2 Talk said...

That third one killed me. find me a new park to play!

baygirl32 said...

well that certainly takes the fun out of it!

Mr Monkey said...

I think it makes more fun
Mr Monkey

Theresa Milstein said...

My old metal monkey bars had no warnings. And they didn't put any of that cushioned rubber under the swings so I could cut my knees open on a regular basis.

We survived. Most of us anyway.

Ca88andra said...

Where are the signs that say playing on this equipment can be fun!!!

Vodka Logic said...

gee and I thought playgrounds were supposed to be fun...

what a disturbing post.......sadly

Patti Lacy said...

Are you old enough to remember riding, not only seatbeltless, but in the space behind the back seat with your face pressed against the glass to "scare" the cars behind you???

Things have changeD!!
Patti

Ann said...

Kind of sucks the fun right out of being a kid doesn't it?
How come those swings with the wooden seats that we used to have didn't come with warnings about splinters?

Kazzy said...

They might say something like: WARNING: TOXIC RELATIONSHIP AHEAD. Or something like that!

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

Thus, this new, unused play equipment shall always look new and unused. Parents will read this and go take their kids bungy jumping instead!
xoRobyn

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I'm socked!

B xx

PLUS: Too busy working on a research project; agh! but I had/loved to quick pop over here. :)

Shrinky said...

And who says kids of today don't have any fun? I'd laugh, were it not just too darn depressing!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Makes you want to tell your kids to sit in front of a computer or tv all day. It's really sad that every business or in this case a city entity is so frightened over being sued that they have to cover their butts like this.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Sheesh. Maybe we should all just stay home. That looks like the city's lawyers have too much time on their hands ;-)
jj

Leanne said...

This reminds me of the whole hoopla I heard on a recent NPR story - where people were asking the hot dog industry to come up with another way to make hot dogs (because kids were choking on them.) I loved when the Hot Dog representative said, "Well, I don't know about you - but when my kids were little, I just CUT THE HOT DOG UP. It seemed to work just fine."

We've created such a crazy life for ourselves, don't you think?

Rebecca said...

Well, at least it was Made in the USA! In Europe I find it refreshing that warnings are not plastered all over everything. I guess they don't have as many lawsuits?? Who knows.

Marlene said...

Psssst.... I'm sneaking on from Virginia Beach to leave a comment for you! I must really like you. :)

Hilary said...

Do not use unless intoxicated. ;)

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh gosh, all the warnings these days drive me bonkers. I don't remember all that crap when I was growing up.

Talli Roland said...

I can't believe these signs! When I think of the dangerous things we used to do as kids -- climbing trees to the very top, etc -- I don't think some signs on playground equipment are warranted!

June said...

It's the [product and general] liability insurance companies that require all those warnings. I agree with Mamma: Watch your darn kids!

Warnings for adults have already been brilliantly covered. I might add: Be prepared to look like a d*mn fool.

Lourie said...

We drank from the garden hose, shared one can of pop, and most days didn't wear shoes. Just sayin,.

Jami said...

I am surprised these aren't written in 16 different languages.