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Running the Bouncy House

 
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Running the Bouncy House
Yesterday I learned a lot.

I was recruited by the residents of my RV community, to run the bouncy house.

The rules are simple:

NO FLIPS (death, injury)
NO WET KIDS OR SUITS (slipping, injury)
NO OBJECTS (death, injury)
NO BAD TALK (makes it not fun)
NO ANYTHING I DON'T LIKE (I like all to have fun)
6 KIDS MAX (this one _must_ be militantly enforced)

The opening is made so that a regular shouldered adult cannot enter, and this is yet still not sufficient, if you know anything about bouncy houses, which, I did not. Anyway, the sign also says "REQUIRES ADULT SUPERVISION" so, appropriately, the house was not being used, until I was wrangled, just an innocent responsible bystander.

So, the first kid was about 12, he got the thing going by wrangling me and then obtaining permission and then giving me that obtained permission, and so he told me the rules and pointed to the sign, and clambered into the thing.

So, then came a constant torrential rain of kids trying to break the simple rules of the bouncy house, from about 1pm until the sun went down.

I will use this thread to consider how similar adults must be, on the topesst of levels, to these kids.

When I was a kid, we went to Sea World, which was fun, they had a pyramid of cushioned vynil sort of thing, you could clamber to the top and play King of the Hill and kick other kids out.

The bouncy house s not like that. You have to keep an ear on the thing, to hear everything.

PROBLEM 1: The kids are not given enough bouncy house, they should have them 24/7 to work out their energy. So, when the house is provided, they go ape shit unless you watch them. So, problem essentially, is that kids need the bouncy house, because that's why they fight for it, and to control the games inside it, etc.

PROBLEM 2: Big kids who wreck the thing. I am not bagging on 'the big kids' because I know how odd that period between say 10 and 16 can be when you can finally drive and GTH away from peers and adults. It's kinda like these kids, see the bouncy house as something to be bounced down the street and into traffic. No, it's not meant to roll like that giant ball thing that you get into and roll down hi9ll. Damn!! Let the little kids have fun!

So anyway, I learned a a lot. To deal with problem #1 I made it fun for all of them and praised those who acted right (which most all did, these are well behaved kids mostly), and problem 2 was pretty easy because the 'big kids' were actually looked up to by the larger group of kids, and so I had to kinda help them a bit to feel right, in their desire to squeak through and jump as when they themselves were little just a few years ago.

In this way, the big kids kinda listened to my rules, I told them frankly, I like the little kids to have fun and the whole bouncy house is made for little kids and I kinda shamed them a bit, but, I felt for them that it was like the "you can't trick or treat anymore" feelings they must have.

Anyway, so then the big kids caused the whole thing to deflate catastrophically with all kids inside. Fortunately I was on it and got them out at the first sign of collapse and even the last oout as it went flat said it was "fun". Turns out there was not a hole, but the thing had become disflated by knocking it off the fan.

And so the bouncy house was re-floated and their little Lord of the Flies experience continued.
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Sounds like you have a knack for keeping immature people within their boundaries. You should be Chief of Police in Ferguson.
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Another rule should be:

NO JUMPING OVER OTHERS you are not the snake river canyon and the other kid are not evel Knievel.

The kids want to use the house, so, invariably, I would see them having one lie down and the others try to jump over the other! That's all anyone needs is for some kid to slip and crash onto some other kid. I had to simply point out to them that "In gymnastics, for example, we do not jump OVER people, do we?" and they had to shrug and admit I was right.

So then there was the idea to separate boys and girls each to one side, when things got 'too rough' and the little ones came out. But this fails to work unless copacetic with the occupants. It failed when A: one of the girls was rambunctious, crashing into the other boys and basically dominating the whole boys side. Literally three boys of weight: 200 lbs were cowed in one corner while she terrorized the house, screaming (not too bad but gently so) .

and then B: this policy of boys to one side and girls to the other failed because as the girls pointed out "there is too many boys in there!" and so forth.

Well so then as the day went along I learned a few tricks, like, if you have six kids waiting, the six kids inside the house will _vacate the entire house_ if you make it clear that a whole new group will then occupy the house. As the day wore on this wouldn't work either, because, the group of six who were leaving would complain because each of them had a clock running in their heads as to when they entered the house, etc. Also, the little warrior girl refused to leave the house and her mom and dad and gramma weren't there (rogue child alert!) and so I had to shrug at the other kids and assume they all knew 'that's how [name] is, just try to have fun around her." And they managed to have fun in spite of her occasional outbursts.

Also one older child brought playdoh and the parents brought an awning for shade and that allowed the kids to come out and do some relaxed cooler time and play under instructions to keep the play doh ok, etc. And so that helped them all to enjoy some kind of respite from the insulated world which is the inflatable bouncy house.
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Sounds like you have a knack for keeping immature people within their boundaries. You should be Chief of Police in Ferguson.
 Quoting: Getz


Well, thanks, but the bouncy house is a microcosm of six shall we say, super-deities that control the house?

They must agree to get along, or the house will fail. It is, after all, a house of play and joy built on air and good seam making. Oh and supervision.
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Sounds like you have a knack for keeping immature people within their boundaries. You should be Chief of Police in Ferguson.
 Quoting: Getz


Well, thanks, but the bouncy house is a microcosm of six shall we say, super-deities that control the house?

They must agree to get along, or the house will fail. It is, after all, a house of play and joy built on air and good seam making. Oh and supervision.
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I take it back: You should be Majority Leader of the Senate.
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08/17/2014 04:52 PM
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Dude, I'm dreading your next post because that's where you're gonna continue grooming these poor kids ...
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No gum chewing in the bouncy house. It will get caught in people hair or you will swallow it. Or worse it will get stuck to the bouncy house.
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No soda allowed in the bouncy house and do not go to the bathroom in the bouncy house.
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Dude, I'm dreading your next post because that's where you're gonna continue grooming these poor kids ...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 61791137


In front of their parents you dipshit? Anyway I a not a priest nor do I give hygiene lessons at some Catholic university so I am no danger.
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^^^ Yes of course no gum and soda. Also, no "stars on a stick magic wands" because it becomes a spear when the star falls off. Improvised weapons are not allowed.
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08/17/2014 05:08 PM
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Do not jump with food in your mouth. Do not push others.
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08/17/2014 05:13 PM
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no clog dancing.
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08/17/2014 05:16 PM
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Do not poke sharp things into the bouncy house.
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Don't force kitty into the bouncy house cow
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Don't force kitty into the bouncy house cow
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 61516665


That was funny, they should try that on Myth Busters. Would the air slowly hiss out, or end with a big bang?

I never though running a bouncy house entailed all that. You should submit this story to Reader's Digest. They have a section for stories like these. I think it is called All In a Days Work, or something like that. I think they pay you if it is printed in an issue.5*

[link to www.rd.com]

It is for jokes and funny stories. You get $100 if printed.

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Don't force kitty into the bouncy house cow
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 61516665


That was funny, they should try that on Myth Busters. Would the air slowly hiss out, or end with a big bang?

I never though running a bouncy house entailed all that. You should submit this story to Reader's Digest. They have a section for stories like these. I think it is called All In a Days Work, or something like that. I think they pay you if it is printed in an issue.5*

[link to www.rd.com]

It is for jokes and funny stories. You get $100 if printed.
 Quoting: oopsbrokethatone


GLP kicks ass all over that reader's digested turd. I AM published bro, on GLP. Many times over.

But no, the responses here do not speak to the deeper subtext.

You all elect politicians don't you? See because, I don't vote. So, for me, the Lord's admonishment to 'become like little children' could mean today "become like your childish leaders."

See what I mean? Anyway think of Earth as being your are the kittens inside the house and the godlike ones are the six kids allowed inside.

Thanks tho! If someone wants to rip off my story and make the 100 dollars I will appreciate suing them for the 10k dollars later, or have my ancestors do so, when the great master of bouncy houses takes over Earthlike, in true godlike (good god that is) fashion.
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Thread: I am going to the river.

This is another thread of mine, kids are actually often abandoned to play in public safe zones, because I live in a civilized society. Sure there's some ne'er do wells but we normals and good folks know what maters, and that is trying to keep the kids from destroying themselves.

Actually, targeting kids is what all religions do.

But, the notion of a controlled environment where by all kids must cooperate, is a good template to begin thinking of how to govern at the higher levels, so yes, some responses to this thread have merit. I know RV parks in Missouri to be made of exactly the same outstanding American people and families, so yeah, MO is a lovely place full of families who try to allow kids to play, but, you can see this world on the whole, makes it harder for kids than it needs to be.
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Okay......
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I take it back: You should be Majority Leader of the Senate.
 Quoting: Getz


Some Germanic oaf called something, once attacked the Roman Senate with his army and the senators had to literally defend the floor with swords.

I do read a lot of history, and sure, I understand a Senate and a Chancellor and so forth. Hindenburg handing power to an Sabbatean Jewish Rotshcildian bastard emperor of Rome, etc.

That last paragraph was for the conspiracy crowd to profile me. Normally I keep conspiracy out of any public conversations unless provoked to spew truth, even then I keep my mouth shut these days, people don't want to know conspiracy, they just want good times.





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