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Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: why me ()
Date: July 12, 2009 07:49PM

I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the Verizon Center has a special waiting room for parents of youths attending a show. The Jonas Brothers are in town tomorrow night and my wife is taking our daughter and a friend to the concert. She does not have a ticket for the concert herself and will have to wait while the show is on. Does anyone know if they have a waiting room for parents at events like this? Thanks.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: duhh ()
Date: July 12, 2009 07:56PM

why me Wrote:
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> I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the
> Verizon Center has a special waiting room for
> parents of youths attending a show. The Jonas
> Brothers are in town tomorrow night and my wife is
> taking our daughter and a friend to the concert.
> She does not have a ticket for the concert herself
> and will have to wait while the show is on. Does
> anyone know if they have a waiting room for
> parents at events like this? Thanks.

It's called a sports bar/restaurant.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 12, 2009 09:34PM

There's a bowling alley, Lucky Strike in the same complex. Just go there have a drink (alcoholic or not), maybe a burger, and bowl for a while.

I think there's also a movie theater in the same complex or right next door.

There's lots to do down there besides sitting in some boring "parent's waiting room".

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: SRE ()
Date: July 12, 2009 09:37PM

why me Wrote:
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> I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the
> Verizon Center has a special waiting room for
> parents of youths attending a show. The Jonas
> Brothers are in town tomorrow night and my wife is
> taking our daughter and a friend to the concert.
> She does not have a ticket for the concert herself
> and will have to wait while the show is on. Does
> anyone know if they have a waiting room for
> parents at events like this? Thanks.

Are you crazy???? Letting children go to a concert of any kind without proper adult supervision is insane!!! Even worse... Jonas Brothers!?!?! You should have your parenting license taken away!

Do you have any idea what goes on in a Jonas Brothers concert? No! I am sure you have no idea at all! It is not like back "in your time" when the night would be filled with music, a few joints, and a bit of heavy petting... No! Nothing like that at all....

As I can tell that there is no talking (or typing) you out of this insanity... I would recommend Fado's. It is a nice place. Hope your wife has a good time.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: The Parent Trap ()
Date: July 12, 2009 10:21PM

why me Wrote:
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> I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not the
> Verizon Center has a special waiting room for
> parents of youths attending a show. The Jonas
> Brothers are in town tomorrow night and my wife is
> taking our daughter and a friend to the concert.
> She does not have a ticket for the concert herself
> and will have to wait while the show is on. Does
> anyone know if they have a waiting room for
> parents at events like this? Thanks.


How old is your kid, anyway?

Parents today have this mistaken belief that cell phones are like electronic leashes that they can use to track their kids anywhere. I have news for you. Predators know how to throw a fucking phone away!

Next time, you or your wife need to buy a ticket and sit through this shit.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: July 12, 2009 10:41PM

under normal circumstances you can't "just bowl" at lucky strike, the place is always packed (at night) and at least some of the time takes reservations.

the drinks there are HORRIBLY overpriced, btw.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/12/2009 10:43PM by RESton Peace.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 12, 2009 10:50PM

RESton Peace Wrote:
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> under normal circumstances you can't "just bowl"
> at lucky strike, the place is always packed (at
> night) and at least some of the time takes
> reservations.
>
> the drinks there are HORRIBLY overpriced, btw.

I've only been there during a work day, so I didn't realize it was busy at night. Though I guess it's just like Bufallo Billiards, so I should have known.

Anyway, there are plenty of things to do down there to kill time waiting for the kids.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: why me ()
Date: July 12, 2009 10:58PM

She is almost 15. Should I keep her locked in her room forever?

My wife will be at the verizon center the whole time. It is not like we are just giving her the tickes and a metro pass and telling her to have a good time.

>
>
> How old is your kid, anyway?
>
> Parents today have this mistaken belief that cell
> phones are like electronic leashes that they can
> use to track their kids anywhere. I have news for
> you. Predators know how to throw a fucking phone
> away!
>
> Next time, you or your wife need to buy a ticket
> and sit through this shit.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: July 12, 2009 11:18PM

agreed tm, at lunch I believe the have to give away the bowling...

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 12, 2009 11:29PM

RESton Peace Wrote:
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> agreed tm, at lunch I believe the have to give
> away the bowling...


At a previous job, I used to be able to talk my boss into walking over for lunch, and we'd end up bowling for 2 or 3 hours.

Never had to wait. Maybe if they did lower the price during work hours, they might have more than 2 or 3 lanes busy during the day. Downtown DC is full of office workers doing everything BUT working -- going for walks, going to the movies, taking long lunches, going shopping, getting haircuts, going to a museum, etc. Lucky Strike could be making more money if they targetted the slacker segment of the workforce.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Kenny_Powers ()
Date: July 13, 2009 12:34AM

RESton Peace Wrote:
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> under normal circumstances you can't "just bowl"
> at lucky strike, the place is always packed (at
> night) and at least some of the time takes
> reservations.
>
> the drinks there are HORRIBLY overpriced, btw.


yea i used to go to the one in Hollywood when i lived out there, you couldnt get out of that place without paying atleast $100 bucks.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Kenny_Powers ()
Date: July 13, 2009 12:36AM

why me Wrote:
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> She is almost 15. Should I keep her locked in her
> room forever?
>
> My wife will be at the verizon center the whole
> time. It is not like we are just giving her the
> tickes and a metro pass and telling her to have a
> good time.
>
> >
> >
> > How old is your kid, anyway?
> >
> > Parents today have this mistaken belief that
> cell
> > phones are like electronic leashes that they
> can
> > use to track their kids anywhere. I have news
> for
> > you. Predators know how to throw a fucking
> phone
> > away!
> >
> > Next time, you or your wife need to buy a
> ticket
> > and sit through this shit.


theres a difference between keeping her locked up and letting her walk around unsupervised in a major city and/or concert event. Theres some fucked up people in this world... its not your daughter that you shouldnt be trusting, its society.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: July 13, 2009 02:52AM

Kenny_Powers Wrote:
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> theres a difference between keeping her locked up
> and letting her walk around unsupervised in a
> major city and/or concert event. Theres some
> fucked up people in this world... its not your
> daughter that you shouldnt be trusting, its
> society.


yeah, there are also people that want to kill as many americans/infidels as they can but it shouldnt mean you never go outside or be wearing body armor at all times. however, with the fcpd around, you may want to consider wearing the body armor.

at 15, you can fend for yourself for a couple hours.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 13, 2009 03:19AM

Gravis Wrote:
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> yeah, there are also people that want to kill as
> many americans/infidels as they can but it
> shouldnt mean you never go outside or be wearing
> body armor at all times. however, with the fcpd
> around, you may want to consider wearing the body
> armor.

Doesn't everyone? I wear body armor just to go down to the end of my driveway to pick up the morning paper. You'd be a fool if you didn't. It's a dangerous world we live in. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

>
> at 15, you can fend for yourself for a couple
> hours.


I wouldn't be so sure, in the age of the stage managing, helicopter parent.

But you are right, nonetheless. In the natural world, absent frantic parenting, anyone over about 13 years of age is pretty well geared to interact with the world without being abducted. Corrupted is another worry, but if they don't get corrupted at a young age, they'll certainly get corrupted by the time they get to college, or if they are really slow learners, in their 30's.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Kenny_Powers ()
Date: July 13, 2009 03:39AM

Gravis Wrote:
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> Kenny_Powers Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > theres a difference between keeping her locked
> up
> > and letting her walk around unsupervised in a
> > major city and/or concert event. Theres some
> > fucked up people in this world... its not your
> > daughter that you shouldnt be trusting, its
> > society.
>
> yeah, there are also people that want to kill as
> many americans/infidels as they can but it
> shouldnt mean you never go outside or be wearing
> body armor at all times. however, with the fcpd
> around, you may want to consider wearing the body
> armor.
>
> at 15, you can fend for yourself for a couple
> hours.

im talking about realistic threats. Is there a chance there will be a terrorist attack on the US again, of coarse, but that isnt nearly the same chance as having your 15 year old daughter alone in one of the cities with the highest murder rates.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 13, 2009 03:53AM

Kenny_Powers Wrote:
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>
> im talking about realistic threats. Is there a
> chance there will be a terrorist attack on the US
> again, of coarse, but that isnt nearly the same
> chance as having your 15 year old daughter alone
> in one of the cities with the highest murder
> rates.


DC is safe, unless you drop your teenager off in a neighborhood with high drug activity.

If the address has a "NW" at the end of it, you can feel pretty safe dropping your teenage daughter off and letting her spend an afternoon or evening roaming around.

I used to go down to DC when I was a teenager, when DC really was the "murder capital" in the 80's, and never had anything happen to me. Well there was that one time I was murdered by crack addicts, but it turns out that was just some episode of a crime TV show that I turned into a nightmare.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: July 13, 2009 04:06AM

Thurston Moore Wrote:
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> But you are right, nonetheless. In the natural
> world, absent frantic parenting, anyone over about
> 13 years of age is pretty well geared to interact
> with the world without being abducted.


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"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 13, 2009 04:11AM

That cat doesn't scare me. In fact, I just want to give it some treats.

Maybe he won't end the world if he gets a little catnip.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Alias ()
Date: July 13, 2009 04:32AM

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/29/2012 03:28PM by Alias.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 13, 2009 04:38AM

Alias Wrote:
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> why me wrote:
>
> "My wife will be at the verizon center the whole
> time. It is not like we are just giving her the
> tickes and a metro pass and telling her to have a
> good time."
> ______________
>
> So, your 14 yr. old wants to see some band. But,
> because she is young and you are concerned for her
> safety, your wife is going to stand around for
> hours.. just to accommodate this desire?
>
>
> Glad I grew up in a big family.
>
> "Mom, could you drive me over to Mary's house?"
>
> "NO."


Time to go to bed, Alias.

Mary didn't want you to come over, anyway. She told me so.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Alias ()
Date: July 13, 2009 05:34AM

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: formerhick76 ()
Date: July 16, 2009 10:07AM

Hmm. What occurs in the years between 2 and 15 will determine whether I trust my daughter to go into Verizon Center for a Jonas Brothers concert at age 15, or hell, even trust her to stay at home by herself whilst her mother and I enjoy a night out.

But if the daughter and a friend have shown themselves to be reasonably mature/trustworthy, then who are we to question the OP's assessment of his own children?

As for strangers doing harm, aren't there like 100 or so minors a year abducted by complete strangers? Living in utter fear of that happening is like living in fear of getting hit by a meteor. The odds of the daughter/friend ditching the concert to enjoy some of the bars at F Street are probably higher (or even try heroin, if the OP's daughter goes to Westfield or South Lakes.) Ironically, I'm going to guess the odds of Bad Stuff Happening would be greater if the girls ditched the concert to go partying in DC for an evening.

The reaction of parents to mid-level issues (e.g. some guy flashing her, etc.) will have a lot to do with how well kids handle that level of thing. They can't be ignored, but parents running around going crazy can do more harm than the original wrong.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Melissa ()
Date: July 16, 2009 10:31AM

formerhick76 Wrote:
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> Hmm. What occurs in the years between 2 and 15
> will determine whether I trust my daughter to go
> into Verizon Center for a Jonas Brothers concert
> at age 15, or hell, even trust her to stay at home
> by herself whilst her mother and I enjoy a night
> out.
>
> But if the daughter and a friend have shown
> themselves to be reasonably mature/trustworthy,
> then who are we to question the OP's assessment of
> his own children?
>
> As for strangers doing harm, aren't there like 100
> or so minors a year abducted by complete
> strangers? Living in utter fear of that happening
> is like living in fear of getting hit by a meteor.
> The odds of the daughter/friend ditching the
> concert to enjoy some of the bars at F Street are
> probably higher (or even try heroin, if the OP's
> daughter goes to Westfield or South Lakes.)
> Ironically, I'm going to guess the odds of Bad
> Stuff Happening would be greater if the girls
> ditched the concert to go partying in DC for an
> evening.
>
> The reaction of parents to mid-level issues (e.g.
> some guy flashing her, etc.) will have a lot to do
> with how well kids handle that level of thing.
> They can't be ignored, but parents running around
> going crazy can do more harm than the original
> wrong.

Agreed. My friends and I used to metro down to Georgetown all the time when we were 13. There is nothing wrong with going to a concert -- my mom dropped us off at many. Parents have to be able to trust their parenting. There are super responsible kids who can be trusted, and raging little assholes who will burn down a building if left alone for two minutes. Most kids are mature enough at 15 to go to a concert.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Being vague is almost as fun as that other thing.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Date: July 16, 2009 10:36AM

Melissa Wrote:
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>
> Agreed. My friends and I used to metro down to
> Georgetown all the time when we were 13.


Well that explains a lot.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: W. Wilson ()
Date: July 26, 2009 05:54PM

I was wondering how the situation worked out. Most of the replies were not helpful. Did the Verizon Center turn out to be a good experience, parent-wise?

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Kenny_Powers ()
Date: July 27, 2009 12:26AM

all the children are dead. Verizon Parenting Fail.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Posted by: Thurston Moore ()
Date: July 27, 2009 12:31AM

Kenny_Powers Wrote:
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> all the children are dead. Verizon Parenting Fail.


Didn't NAMBLA have a conference across the street?

I heard that this was the one time where lightning struck not only twice, but 50,000 times. Every pedophile and kiddy raper showed up, abducted, raped and murdered all in attendance.

Turns out that Disney child stars attract the wrong crowd.

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Re: Verizon Center - Parent waiting rooms ??
Date: July 27, 2009 11:59AM

W. Wilson Wrote:
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> I was wondering how the situation worked out. Most
> of the replies were not helpful. Did the Verizon
> Center turn out to be a good experience,
> parent-wise?


The 15-year-old went back stage and gave head to three black roadies. She never got to see the Jonas Brothers, though. Funny how that worked out.

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