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DarkoV

Nasty business, this birthday stuff with the hoi-polloi. Bowl 'n bounce at age 4 gears up to elephant, donkey, & a drunk clown by age 10. Plan to bring your own pooper-scooper. I thought the pizza before noon could be viewed as an indoctrination tool for those future days of dorm life.

stephenesque

It pleases me that your offspring are terrible bowlers. Bowling is a horrible game, perhaps they will now learn to steer clear of it. Worse is the "disco bowling" that seems to be au so courant these days.

Saltation

> "Ritual Run Amok"

Delightfully concise phrase-- you've beautifully labelled a pattern I've noticed globally but especially strongly about most of America's visible cultural scrabblings: that as part of the (relative) youth of the culture, there's a strong tendency to want to create one, a tendency to:
firstly, create novelty in a rather self-consciously artificial way;
secondly, homogenise these novel artificialities across as wide a cultural reach as possible;
thirdly, extrapolate those artificialities to excess as their novelty fades.

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