[s-cars] RE: We've been right all along

Brett Dikeman brett at cloud9.net
Mon May 3 13:10:35 EDT 2004

At 12:33 PM -0400 5/3/04, Lee Levitt wrote:

>Right. These are *reported* numbers rather than observed. A bit suspect.
>When it comes to BMW drivers and *driving* we know they talk about it much
>more than they do it. Why should sex be any different :)

Reminds me of the anonymous drug usage surveys we used to get in high 
school.  We'd sit around the lunch table and fill them out 

"Okay, next question- how often do you do drugs?"

"D, more than once a day.""C, I'm only at once a day at the moment."  "Wuss."

"Okay, what types..."Marijuana?"

"Phhbt, yeah, duh..."  "Of course!"  "I'm high now!"


"Little bit, yup.  Only with a beer chaser though."  "I always love a 
good line"

"Acid and/or PCP?"

"Dude, look out, that polar bear is about to club you with a green 
penguin!"  "Oh, next to the alien?"  "Yeah, I see it!  Thank god you 
guys, I thought it was just me."

"Sounds like 3 yes votes to me, moving along..."

It was good for at least 10 minutes of fun and distracting those 
trying to get work done during lunch, plus the pleasure of knowing 
that within the hour we were probably giving our principal a heart 

It always amuses me when researchers take the results of such surveys 
seriously(getting up before congress and all to declare a drug 
problem in "our nation's youth" of massive proportions), and that, of 
course, parents take it even more seriously.  I wonder if any of the 
researchers ever figured out they were being manipulated on a massive 
scale by bored teenagers in search of a good laugh, not a good high...

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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