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Can you hear me clapping over here? that confetti flying through your screen and can you see my party hat?

A modern-day father has shown his backbone! Yes!

The Softpedia story was revealed on EBay when, after discovering his son smoking pot in the backyard, a father decides, as punishment, to sell the Christmas present he had bought for the son. Calin Clabel reveals some of the dad’s statements:

“So I was so relieved in that I had finally got the Holy Grail of Xmas presents pretty much just in the nick of time. I couldn’t wait to spread the jubilation to my son. Then, yesterday, I came home from work early and what do I find? My innocent little boy smoking pot in the backyard with 2 of his delinquent friends.”

“I thought I could still justify getting him this present. Maybe it would make him stay home more and ‘rock out’ on this fake guitar thing. He pretty much spends all his free time at his friend’s house playing it anyways (while high on marijuana, I would imagine”

“After I caught him getting high on my patio I did the typical yelling, screaming, kicking out the friends, etc… but I had not decided on a suitable way to punish him. As of the time of me writing this, he does not know I got him Guitar Hero 3. I will show him the auction once it is posted and we can watch it finish together. Sort of a “‘Father-Son bonding experience'”

Unfortunately, this dad’s actions flies in the face of the norm for 21st century culture here in the United States. What do you think? Is that action too harsh? After all, it is Christmas. Could he have chosen a better way to discipline his son? Will this make his son bitter and more likely to rebel further?

I told you my thoughts in my opening lines. What are yours? Be brave now.

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A Free House, but the Town May Be Non-Existent


In May of 2006, not long after I started blogging, Helen and I became interested in buying a Victorian mansion that I had seen for sale on eBay, and before the escapade was over we had hundreds of hits, more than 80 comments and people from across the blogging world had been invited and were wanting to be involved with us. If you haven’t read of that timely encounter you will probably want to link over there now and read about it. Don’t miss the comments for much of the glory of the projected transaction is revealed in those segments.Well, we didn’t quite swing that deal, but tonight I have found a house that is totally free…well, not exactly free, but sort of free…for the couple who are desperate to sell their home have said that on their death, the purchase price of said piece of property will be returned to the buyer. Even offering their inheritance if certain criteria are met.Think about this if you’re in the market for a free house, and if you could live in Wexford, Pa. How could you go wrong, I ask?From the Associated Press comes this story.

WEXFORD, Pa. — It could be the deal of a lifetime. A Pittsburgh-area couple, Bob and Ricki Husick, are offering anyone who buys their home full cash-back upon their death and even their full inheritance, currently worth at least $500,000.The Husicks have been trying to sell their home for almost a year, but have failed to do so in the current shaky market.Bob Husick said he’s asking $399,900 for the four-bedroom, three and a half bath home about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh. According to the Husicks’ offer, the buyer would get the money back when the couple dies. And if the buyer agrees to care for them in old age, they could also inherit their retirement home in Arizona, bringing the estate’s current value to about $500,000.

Whoops! When I checked out Wexford, I found that in 2005 Money magazine designated Wexford to be the 28th best place to live in the United States. There also was this article that said there was no such place as Wexford, Pa. Interesting…take a look.

Well, anyway, it’s a free house, so if you’re considering the move, it will be worth your while trying to figure out if Wexford, Pa. is a town or not. For sure, let us know if you become the new owner of the house. We promise to give you the housewarming of the century! From all over the blogosphere, we will advance to the new house for the party–in or out of Wexford, Pa. Helen will be in charge of all refreshments. 🙂


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