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Old 02-29-2004, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default My dad is an *******

So today I decided to put my gold ROTA SDRs back on my car. The weather was great, and I was sick of looking at the stockers in all their snow rubber glory. So I pulled my car onto the flattest spot of the driveway, next to the garage door, knowingly blocking in my parents' Toyota Avalon, and jacked up the rear. I didn't bother asking whether or not they needed to get out because my dad mentioned something to me about doing some spring cleaning today.


Well, go figure, after I take the rear wheels off my parents decide they want to go out because it's a nice day and they don't want to be stuck in the house all day. My mom tells my dad that I'm blocking them in, and he says "Oh, well we can just take the Camry for a few errands and come back when he's done." My mom isn't satisfied and whines "I don't wanna take the Camry! It's old!" I explain to them that I'm not going to put the wheels back on so they can take the Avalon out to do their errands when there's a perfectly good, and unblocked Camry in the driveway. Alas, this isn't good enough for my parents, even though my dad had just suggested this two minutes prior.


We have a two-car garage and I was directly behind the Avalon, so they decide to attempt to maneuver the Avalon out of the garage. The problem with this, though, is that there's a lawn mower, a motorcycle, a desk, the two wheels I had just taken off, and a bunch more randomness taking up the right half of the garage. They attempt to move it, and the first thing my dad grabs is my wheels. He tosses them into the yard, and before I know it, they're rolling down our hill, and end up 50 yards away in a neighbor's yard.


At this point, as you'd expect, I'm extremely pissed off. I exclaim "What the **** are you doing?!" He replies curtly, "Shut the **** up, I pay the bills around here, I'll do whatever I damn well please." It goes on like so for a few more minutes, with several F-bombs dropped. Before today, I'd never frequently sworn around my parents, let alone swear at them. So you could imagine how angry I was. I put all this work into getting all my tools out; getting the jack out; spending 10 minutes trying to find my jack stands; getting my ROTAs out; jacking the car up, only to realize it isn't high enough for the jack stands to get under; jacking it up again; and again; then once more; finally getting the stands under; putting the jack down; taking off the lug nuts; and then finally getting the wheels off. All this, only to be undone by my parents unwilliness to be seen in town in a 1996 Toyota Camry.


So, since it looked like there was no way that they were going to take the Camry out for their errands, I grabbed my stock wheels from my neighbors lawn, put them back on, dropped the car back down, and they left.


What pisses me off more than anything, though, is that tonight they acted like it didn't even happen. At the very least, I'd expect some sort of apology. How can you honestly throw your son's wheels 50 yards away from his car, which he's spent the better half of an hour working on, and expect him not to be angry at you?



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Old 02-29-2004, 01:43 AM   #2
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Sounds like your mom is the bigger ass their honestly, she's the one being the bitch in not wanting to take the "old" car. But yea, stuff like that sucks, one of the reasons to move out quickly.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:46 AM   #3
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ick sucks...that would piss the hell outta me as well...

let me guess Asian family? I swear ive heard stuff like this before too.

time to move out!
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:47 AM   #4
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It's your mom....your dad just didn't want to forfeit sex and went along with her wishes.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:47 AM   #5
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Nope, mom's side of the family is Czech/Russian, dad's side is Scotch/Irish.




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Old 02-29-2004, 01:49 AM   #6
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Punch him in the grill and make him lay still.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:49 AM   #7
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If you don't like it, you could always GET YOUR OWN PLACE!
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:51 AM   #8
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Wow, that's kinda crazy. I can't say as though I've ever swarn at my parents....though I'm not around them much (maybe 5 weeks out of the year). Yeah, it sucks that your Dad threw your wheels down the street, but just go with the flow. Things happen. I know it pisses you off now, but I know there will be other things in life that are a lot bigger to deal with than you having to jack the car back up (like your gf leaving you for some a-hole for instance). Besides, I bet it still feels good to finally have your SDRs back on. Speaking of which, I'd love to see some pics. I just bought a set of bronze SDRs, but I've yet to install!

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Old 02-29-2004, 01:51 AM   #9
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i don't feel any simpathy for you at all, do you seriously take all the wheels off at once? why do you need jackstands to change wheels? Do it one at a time. that way, if you need to move the car quickly, you can. i can change a set of wheels in 10 minutes if need be. so, i am siding w/your dad.
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Old 02-29-2004, 01:59 AM   #10
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i don't feel any simpathy for you at all, do you seriously take all the wheels off at once? why do you need jackstands to change wheels? Do it one at a time. that way, if you need to move the car quickly, you can. i can change a set of wheels in 10 minutes if need be. so, i am siding w/your dad.

I jack up the rear by the rear differential, and use jack stands because I trust the weight of the car on two jack stands placed on both sides of the car than on one jack with wheels placed in the center of the car. I had both rear wheels off when they decided to leave, and I didn't feel it was the best idea to drive my AWD vehicle with two different-sized wheels.




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Old 02-29-2004, 02:00 AM   #11
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yup, using a breaker bar, the factory scissor jack, and 10 minutes, all my wheels can be swapped.

I have jacks and jackstands but this is faster and easier.

It's not your dad's fault really - he got caught between what he knew was right and his wife being a complete ****. When you're married to a ****, you often get pissed and irrational in reaction to her PCE.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:01 AM   #12
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ah....isnt it fun to be so disrespectful when you're 18?
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:02 AM   #13
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Even so, his parents could have taken the other car when they saw he was working. I don't think they would've been impressing many people whether they took the avalon or the camry anyway.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:03 AM   #14
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to the end of the driveway?

i understand what your saying, but i think the argument could have been avoided easily. if your differential is limited slip, not locking it should be fine. is your spare tire smaller than stock size? i drove my limited slip car with a spare doghnut on the back for at least a couple miles when my valve stem broke. it still lays two strips of rubber evenly on the ground.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:05 AM   #15
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is your spare tire smaller than stock size?
No



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Old 02-29-2004, 02:06 AM   #16
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let me guess Asian family? I swear ive heard stuff like this before too.
Asian Family? Are you kidding?

The humbleness and humility of most Asian cultures usually results in Asian parents who don't want to appear flashy. My parents both make 6 figure salaries, and they are still perfectly happy driving a Mazda mini-van. When i even suggest them getting a german sedan, they scold me saying it's a waste of money, when they have a perfectly fine form of transportation

The fact that the mother had some kind of inferiority complex against being seen in a Camry, and that the father had to go into some disrespectful power trip is what tipped me off towards a standard N.A., and not a immigrant family.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:21 AM   #17
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The joys of living with your parents. I still remember......wait a minute I still do live with them. I'm 18 and can't wait to move out.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:24 AM   #18
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that is wacked that they didn't want to take camry to run some errands. but why do you need jackstands while changing tires? if you got a flat, would you bust out the jackstands to change just one wheel? so think of it like that and just pretend you're changing a flat tire 4 times.

if you were rotating your tires then i can see why you'd want to jack up your car. but even that you can do by just using a jack and the doughnut.

hey man, don't work hard, work smart. next time you need to change tires, do them one at a time.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:24 AM   #19
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Even so, his parents could have taken the other car when they saw he was working. I don't think they would've been impressing many people whether they took the avalon or the camry anyway.
If the kid changing his tires is allowed to love a certain car and act like a jerk about it, why can't his parents love a certain car and act like jerks about it

His father was 100% right ... he pays the bills and can do whatever he wants in his place. If his spoiled son was blocking the car, he better make every effort possible to get out of the way ... if not, the suffer the consequences ...

If you don't like the way the game is played, move out, BUY YOUR OWN PLACE or PAY RENT and make your own rules ... simple as that
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:27 AM   #20
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Time to move out.


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Old 02-29-2004, 02:28 AM   #21
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I'm spoiled because..?

He doesn't own my car, if that's what you were thinking.


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Old 02-29-2004, 02:35 AM   #22
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You're spoiled because if I ever swore at my father (while acting like a jerk), I would expect a solid kick to the ass (and I would have deserved it) ...

Makes me sick when I see punk kids swearing at their parents
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:40 AM   #23
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You did read the he threw my wheels 50 yards away before I swore at him, right?



I'm not a punk kid. I'm just about as shy and respectful as they come, but if you throw my wheels after I just spent a half hour in preparation and work to get them off my car, you can surely expect an expletive or two to be said.

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Old 02-29-2004, 02:44 AM   #24
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You're spoiled because if I ever swore at my father (while acting like a jerk), I would expect a solid kick to the ass (and I would have deserved it) ...

Makes me sick when I see punk kids swearing at their parents
Word.
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Old 02-29-2004, 02:47 AM   #25
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Did he ask you to move the car so he could get his out?

Did you do absolutely nothing to comply to his request?

Did you deserve to get your stuff thrown?

If the answer to all three questions is "yes", then ask yourself this:

If you disrespected your parents on THEIR property, why did he have to respect YOUR property?

If anyone should be giving out an apology, it is you ... those are your parents and as long as you are living in their place, you have to respect their feelings. All they wanted to do was enjoy their car as much as you enjoy yours.
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