My Pet Peeve: Unsupervised kids at nudist resorts
In the middle of it, Leno will strike an upset pose and turn to bandleader Kevin Eubanks.
"Kevin, what is my biggest pet peeve?" Leno will ask.
"Stupid criminals," Eubanks will obediently reply.
Then Leno will read one or two or three incredibly dumb things criminals will do during the commission of their crimes.
As if the decision to commit the crime wasn't stupid enough.
Entertaining, funny stuff.
My nudist pet peeve is neither entertaining or funny but a pet peeve nonetheless.
Simply, unsupervised kids at nudist resorts.
More specifically, unsupervised kids at nudist resorts that cater primarily to an adult crowd.
Our nudist resort is similar to Paradise Lakes in Florida in that you see almost no kids here.
That was until this year when a family I will heretofore refer to as the "Adams' Family" moved in, lock stock and barrel with a pair of kids _ an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl.
Now this normally wouldn't be a problem if they kept the kids in tow. Meaning, if they kept the kids within eyesight at all times.
These parents seem to be as oblivious to that responsibility as they apparently were to the fact that there were NO OTHER kids in this nudist resort before they made the commitment to become seasonal residents.
That should have been Red Flag No. 1.
No other kids to play with is a major problem and they should not have injected their kids into that kind of an environment. Adults here don't want to deal with kids. They come here to get away from kids.
However, IF you are going to bring them you better damn well follow them around at all times.
La dee freaking da, the Adams Family permits their kids to go on unsupervised jaunts throughout the nudist camp. Even though there is a big sign in the office that says "Children are the responsibility of their parents."
What is the Adams' Family thinking?
The fact that there was a 150-pound bear roaming through this camp no more than 10 years ago is one story. The fact that these kids could have easily wandered off into the woods is another one entirely.
Earlier this year, we had a single man who brought two kids "lose" them.
The guy went through the camp on a three-wheeler, obviously in distress, yelling, "Pete ... Sharon ... Pete .... Sharon" over and over again.
I just shook my head.
"If you were doing what you were supposed to and keeping these kids within eyesight, you wouldn't be in this position," I said to myself at the time.
(To myself, because I didn't want him to punch me in the teeth.)
There are all sorts of legal issues here I don't even want to get into, but unsupervised jaunts is where I draw the line. I never complain about anything here, but I made an exception in this case.
When I saw the two Adams' Family kids walking around, I stopped what I was doing and made a trek to the office.
"How seriously does management take this sign?" I asked the girl in the office, pointing to the children are the responsibility of the parents sign.
"Very seriously," she said.
"Well, we have two unsupervised kids walking around," I said.
"I'll say something to the owner," she said.
The next day the two kids were in tow of the mother.
Two days later, I saw one of the same two kids walking up the road.
I was peeved.