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  1. I wanted to do the med school thing too. I was still in college when I realized that wasn’t for me. Tried to get into PA school for awhile. That never worked out either, super competitive. Worked in veterinary medicine for several years, but the pay sucks. Considered vet school for a fleeting moment. By my late-twenties, after several jobs waiting tables, I ended up getting an entry-level lab-assistant position in a cardiac research lab at the local medical school. Later parlayed that into pathology. Currently run a pathology lab, and I also consult start-up pathology laboratories from time to time. Love it!
  2. How can he possibly think that people aren’t going to notice this, much less take video of it? He deserves to be fired simply for being an idiot.
  3. Just do a new weekly injury thread each week. Jesus this place freaking weird. Why is joe so hell bent on doing it his way? And really, you’ve never heard of “the inmates running the asylum”?
  4. I was always partial to Blues for Allah, but American Beauty is so great.
  5. I got suspended for “trolling”. All I did was quote a line from the road trip bus scene. When Nuke is singing “She may get wooly. Young girls they do get wooly.” And I quoted this line, albeit in a more sarcastic context “GD I hate people that get the words wrong!” My best guess is that the genius moderator was not aware that it was an actual quote from the movie.
  6. Wow. Very similar to my family. My brother is a year older than I am. He has a son and a daughter like I do, though they are each a few years older than my kids. My brother and his family also live in the same city as my dad and stepmom. However despite living in the same city, my father is not very involved with them either. I think that it’s certainly more involved than with mine due to geography, but I wouldn’t call them close. In fact, when I confronted my father the other day, he even mentioned the fact that he is not close with my brother and his family. As if that should make me feel better, or perhaps explain his lack of involvement in general. I told my father that I thought that was pretty weird too. But obviously I have no control over that. Like you though, I see my father engaged with my stepmom’s family. I see that he is capable of being involved. Though I’m not so sure he enjoys it. But he’s there. So like you, it is hard to see that it is possible, but to not be able to have that for me and my family can be challenging to reconcile. And also like you, my stepmom said to me that my father is so proud of me, my wife, and my kids. It would nice to actually hear that from him directly.
  7. YES! For ####’s sake. My apologies. Seems obvious to me, but perhaps it didn’t come across that way. I have pictures from that trip of them holding her.
  8. You guys are reading way too much into this. Probably not a good idea to hold the baby now. Let’s wait a minute until she feels more comfortable. That’s it. That’s all it was. The fact that it resonated so strongly with my stepmother after 15 years was weird. All I am saying.
  9. If you know for a fact that the outcome of this will 100% be a freakout meltdown by the baby? Are you serious? You don’t think that maybe a better idea would be to just hang out until the kid is more comfortable? That’s all I was saying.
  10. I’m sure we did. I might have said that initially, but it wasn’t like “you can’t hold her now and forever.” And come on. Just give it a minute. It may take a day. It may take longer. Maybe if you spent some time with her, she will feel more comfortable. Maybe if you were here 6 months ago. I think you’re missing the point. How would that be a reason to not want to get to know your grandkid? And why put the blame on me or a 6 month old baby. If anything, it should tell you that developing relationships take time and effort. Whatever. I thought it was a weird defense.
  11. It’s a vaccine. Just like the flu vaccine. Just like measles, mumps, rubella. People need to get over themselves, listen, and learn. Tired of having to dumb this down for people who don’t want to deal with the truth.
  12. I did want to share this little nugget from the conversation with my stepmother. After we talked about the major issue, she said she was surprised, had no idea I felt this way, etc. And then she went into defense mode to try and explain their behavior. And the first line of defense was to essentially blame my daughter from when she was a 6-month old infant. Stepmom said [paraphrasing] “Do you remember when we first came down to meet her, and you said that you cannot hold her because she will freak out?” My dad and stepmom did not come down to see their granddaughter until she was around 6 months old. Now by that time, she had some personality, and she was able to recognize people, and feel safe with those she knew. And she would be afraid of strangers. As any ####### infant baby would!! But for some reason, my stepmom thought this is a legitimate reason for not being more of a presence in our lives. As if to say that they didn’t want to be a presence because my 6-month old daughter didn’t like them. It was so weird. I had to call bull#### on that, and after thinking more about it later, it was just such a weird exchange. I still can’t make any sense of it.
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