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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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I am amused by how society works. According to American law, in about 19 days, I will magically spontaneously mature overnight and suddenly be legally able to buy lottery tickets, enter into contracts, have my own bank account, etc. Amazing what can happen in that one night between 17 364/365 years old and 18 years old, isn't it?

(And no, inuki42, I haven't forgotten about getting a description typed- I just haven't had the chance to do it. I think what I'll have to do is actually write it up- with this paleolithic combination of a stick full of dye and a pile to flattened trees- and then transcribe it to computer later.)

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And you can kill (in the armed forced) but you can't drink. Go figure.

I was going to say the exact same thing!! beat me to it.

Of course I meant "Armed Forces" duh.

Have to draw the line somewhere, y'know. Since we can't very well go around and inspect each person and give them a "lotto license", a "bank account license", and so on, we just picked an age whereat most everyone will (hopefully) have the sense to do be able to do these things responsibly. Really, if we wanted to catch everyone we'd have to set the age to about 35. By that point the foolish ones would already have gotten themselves killed.

Besides, we're not interested in your opinions. You're still just a kid! ;) Come back to us when you've matured (in about 3 weeks).

Not a problem! I'm patient. And I just hope that laundry list of questions will help you figure out how to say what you want, and give you some idea of the sorts of details that will help me do something you're happy with. (And I prefer a stick filled with hexagonally crystalized carbon, myself. Dye can't be removed with a chunk of rubber.) :D

I'm also amused by the arbitrary dividing lines we have in American society. In a lot of cultures, there's a ritualized rite of passage of some sort (usually for one gender, sometimes for both) that formally announces to the society that the child has become an adult. We don't have anything of the sort in America, and in fact have three ages when we confer rights - 16 (driving), 18 (voting and smoking), and 21 (drinking). As an interesting contrast, societies that clearly deliniate when a child becomes an adult usually don't have problems with adolescents being rebellious, excessively moody, or any of the other American teenager stereotypes. I suspect a correllation. (Forgive the mini-lecture, I just finished an anthropology course.)

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