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AITA for Turning Down Free Super Bowl Tickets? (2 Viewers)

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I have 3 young daughters and just learned a valuable lesson, don’t ever sign them up for dance.

You’re a good man and dad OP.
It’s the biggest scam ever. Costume costs $150. Makeup costs $30. Hair costs $40. Special pearl earrings cost $25. Weekly classes cost like $90 a month.

I am more than happy to watch my daughter be happy but the whole youth dance industry is a big joke.

My daughter is already over it and wanting to focus on basketball which I am much more happy about. So this will likely be the final recital.

The girls who stick with dance are typically the ones who have no other athletic ability so they find a niche “sport” they can be good at. Just my opinion.

It’s taught her some good listening skills, teamwork, and coordination. But I think you gain all of that and more in something like gymnastics at that age for probably less money.
 

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It’s the biggest scam ever. Costume costs $150. Makeup costs $30. Hair costs $40. Special pearl earrings cost $25. Weekly classes cost like $90 a month.

I am more than happy to watch my daughter be happy but the whole youth dance industry is a big joke.

My daughter is already over it and wanting to focus on basketball which I am much more happy about. So this will likely be the final recital.

The girls who stick with dance are typically the ones who have no other athletic ability so they find a niche “sport” they can be good at. Just my opinion.

It’s taught her some good listening skills, teamwork, and coordination. But I think you gain all of that and more in something like gymnastics at that age for probably less money.
My wife did dance through her freshman year and skipped state track mile for a recital. Her father to this day blames the recital on her 4x800 relay team, which was the day after the recital, getting 2nd that year. She didn’t go out for track after that but claims she started for Crete in villeyball and basketball, but I’m not sure I believe her. Her sister also did dance and was a state champion hurdler.

I don’t think my wife wants our girls to do dance either just because of the cost and time commitments. Our girls are 3, 2, and 1 and want them in gymnastics soon.
 

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It’s the biggest scam ever. Costume costs $150. Makeup costs $30. Hair costs $40. Special pearl earrings cost $25. Weekly classes cost like $90 a month.

I am more than happy to watch my daughter be happy but the whole youth dance industry is a big joke.

My daughter is already over it and wanting to focus on basketball which I am much more happy about. So this will likely be the final recital.

The girls who stick with dance are typically the ones who have no other athletic ability so they find a niche “sport” they can be good at. Just my opinion.

It’s taught her some good listening skills, teamwork, and coordination. But I think you gain all of that and more in something like gymnastics at that age for probably less money.

I don't want to derail the thread, but I agree that dancing is a scam. But then again, most youth sports these days are a scam as well. Everything is "select" now. Basketball is played in wharehouses, where whistles from the adjacent court stop play on other courts.

Baseball/basketball is played and practiced year-round. The majority of these kids won't even see the field/court in high school. Of those that do, the majority are not playing after high school. The amount of money invested in youth sports is crazy.

The number of games they play is insane as well, not to mention the travel. But the more games they play, the more money these organizations bring in. It is big business now.

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Just had one of the craziest days of my life. This is a super long Dear Facebook post and it’s going to take a while to get to the point, but I don’t do Facebook so figured I’d make you assholes read it.

For some background information, as some of you know, I’m a veterinarian by day. I didn’t interview well and was too chicken to start my own practice after graduating, and in desperation, I applied for a position as a civilian medic for canine working dogs during Operation Enduring Freedom and they accepted me. It paid next to nothing and I had to sleep in a tent in the middle of Afghanistan for 2 years, but it was a pretty unique experience. I got to live the military lifestyle in combat zones without having to go to boot camp and my only job was to tend to the military dogs. Most of the time I was just providing routine care, but occasionally I’d have to operate on wounded dogs.

I lost a few and saved a few, but one dog completely changed the trajectory of my career and led me to turning down Super Bowl tickets today. It was a German Shepard named Bojo and he was grazed in the spine by a 50 cal bullet. I was not trained in that particular realm of care but I was young and naive and thought I could save him, but truthfully I just didn’t have the balls to look a soldier in the eyes and tell him there was nothing I can do. So I basically ended up in over my head doing a surgery that I wasn’t remotely qualified to perform with crude surgical tools not designed for the precision needed in a spinal surgery and somehow, I hit the jackpot. He should have been paralyzed at best but ended up surviving and living to be 13 years old with almost full mobility.

Fast forward a couple years, and a former 9/11 rescue dog has a spinal tumor that is basically a death sentence. Some try chemo which just prolongs their suffering a few months, but most just put the dog down. There is one surgical route but it’s extremely risky. Somehow, the soldier who handled the dog I saved in Afghanistan had bragged about me to someone who bragged about me to someone else and told the handler of the 9/11 rescue dog that I’m some dog spine surgery guru, which couldn’t have been further from the truth at that time. Literally never trained for it, had never done it, and was not even remotely qualified. They reached out to me, I turned them down and tried to refer them to some other specialists but they insisted and I reluctantly (stupidly) accepted. Probably an 80% chance she’d die on the table, but I got lucky again and she went on to live to the be 16 and earn the distinction of being the oldest living 9/11 rescuer dog.

Fast forward a few more years, and I ended up performing the same surgery 4 more times with a 75% success rate. And I’m not bragging or chalking that up to any special talent, it’s more like I was playing Russian Roulette with 5 rounds in the cylinder each time and kept getting lucky. Best I can tell, there’s been just under 100 documented attempts at this particular surgery and less than 20 dogs have made it off the operating table, and I had been lucky enough to claim 4 of those prior to today.

Anyways, I got a call from a California number a couple weeks ago requesting me to do this surgery again. I won’t tell you the name of the owner for privacy reasons, but I will tell you that there is a bronze bust of his head on display in the NFL Hall of Fame.

I accepted the job, gave all but two of my techs the day off today, and the guy flew in with his dog and family. I was nervous as hell because of all of my attempts, this one was the most severe and seemed to go the worst and there were several times I was certain she was either going to die on the table or be completely paralyzed. In the end, I brought her off sedation late this afternoon and everything tested out great; successful surgery.

The owner was super nice and grateful, and I charged him just my normal going rate. He insisted that I wasn’t charging him enough because I had to shut down the whole clinic and I told him I couldn’t charge him more, so he ends up offering me two free tickets to the Super Bowl this weekend. A once in a lifetime opportunity. I called my wife to “ask” and she reminded me of my daughter’s dance recital Sunday afternoon. She said she’d call grandma and have her take the kids and handle the dance recital so we could go but it just didn’t sit right with me. I started thinking about how my daughter practiced all year for this one recital and I just couldn’t do that to her, so I turned down the tickets and told him to just pay it forward to someone else. There will only be a few more dance recitals left in my daughter’s childhood and I don’t want to miss them. He finally gave up and said he’d reach out for next year’s Super Bowl so we’ll see.

As I was driving home I was feeling pretty content with my decision and I called one of my best friends to tell him about this experience. He told me I was an idiot for turning down the tickets and that even if I didn’t want to go to the Super Bowl, I could have accepted the tickets and given them to him. I thought he was joking at first but no, he was legit pissed at me for not gifting him the tickets and turning them down altogether.

Am I the asshole?
Holy Hell.

The recital is the right choice. Super Bowl is rigged anyway, Chiefs will win on a late 4th quarter drive featuring 3 critical penalties, and you'll likely just watch a worse recital featuring Usher and Taylor making a special guest appearance fake skydiving into the halftime show from her plane from tokyo or wherever the fuck she is supposed to be the day before.

This is incredible. One of the best stories I've read. and @HuskerGarrett I'd like to premptively nominate the Feline for Poster of the Year. Let's vote now.

I vote @kenyanfeline
 

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Just had one of the craziest days of my life. This is a super long Dear Facebook post and it’s going to take a while to get to the point, but I don’t do Facebook so figured I’d make you assholes read it.

For some background information, as some of you know, I’m a veterinarian by day. I didn’t interview well and was too chicken to start my own practice after graduating, and in desperation, I applied for a position as a civilian medic for canine working dogs during Operation Enduring Freedom and they accepted me. It paid next to nothing and I had to sleep in a tent in the middle of Afghanistan for 2 years, but it was a pretty unique experience. I got to live the military lifestyle in combat zones without having to go to boot camp and my only job was to tend to the military dogs. Most of the time I was just providing routine care, but occasionally I’d have to operate on wounded dogs.

I lost a few and saved a few, but one dog completely changed the trajectory of my career and led me to turning down Super Bowl tickets today. It was a German Shepard named Bojo and he was grazed in the spine by a 50 cal bullet. I was not trained in that particular realm of care but I was young and naive and thought I could save him, but truthfully I just didn’t have the balls to look a soldier in the eyes and tell him there was nothing I can do. So I basically ended up in over my head doing a surgery that I wasn’t remotely qualified to perform with crude surgical tools not designed for the precision needed in a spinal surgery and somehow, I hit the jackpot. He should have been paralyzed at best but ended up surviving and living to be 13 years old with almost full mobility.

Fast forward a couple years, and a former 9/11 rescue dog has a spinal tumor that is basically a death sentence. Some try chemo which just prolongs their suffering a few months, but most just put the dog down. There is one surgical route but it’s extremely risky. Somehow, the soldier who handled the dog I saved in Afghanistan had bragged about me to someone who bragged about me to someone else and told the handler of the 9/11 rescue dog that I’m some dog spine surgery guru, which couldn’t have been further from the truth at that time. Literally never trained for it, had never done it, and was not even remotely qualified. They reached out to me, I turned them down and tried to refer them to some other specialists but they insisted and I reluctantly (stupidly) accepted. Probably an 80% chance she’d die on the table, but I got lucky again and she went on to live to the be 16 and earn the distinction of being the oldest living 9/11 rescuer dog.

Fast forward a few more years, and I ended up performing the same surgery 4 more times with a 75% success rate. And I’m not bragging or chalking that up to any special talent, it’s more like I was playing Russian Roulette with 5 rounds in the cylinder each time and kept getting lucky. Best I can tell, there’s been just under 100 documented attempts at this particular surgery and less than 20 dogs have made it off the operating table, and I had been lucky enough to claim 4 of those prior to today.

Anyways, I got a call from a California number a couple weeks ago requesting me to do this surgery again. I won’t tell you the name of the owner for privacy reasons, but I will tell you that there is a bronze bust of his head on display in the NFL Hall of Fame.

I accepted the job, gave all but two of my techs the day off today, and the guy flew in with his dog and family. I was nervous as hell because of all of my attempts, this one was the most severe and seemed to go the worst and there were several times I was certain she was either going to die on the table or be completely paralyzed. In the end, I brought her off sedation late this afternoon and everything tested out great; successful surgery.

The owner was super nice and grateful, and I charged him just my normal going rate. He insisted that I wasn’t charging him enough because I had to shut down the whole clinic and I told him I couldn’t charge him more, so he ends up offering me two free tickets to the Super Bowl this weekend. A once in a lifetime opportunity. I called my wife to “ask” and she reminded me of my daughter’s dance recital Sunday afternoon. She said she’d call grandma and have her take the kids and handle the dance recital so we could go but it just didn’t sit right with me. I started thinking about how my daughter practiced all year for this one recital and I just couldn’t do that to her, so I turned down the tickets and told him to just pay it forward to someone else. There will only be a few more dance recitals left in my daughter’s childhood and I don’t want to miss them. He finally gave up and said he’d reach out for next year’s Super Bowl so we’ll see.

As I was driving home I was feeling pretty content with my decision and I called one of my best friends to tell him about this experience. He told me I was an idiot for turning down the tickets and that even if I didn’t want to go to the Super Bowl, I could have accepted the tickets and given them to him. I thought he was joking at first but no, he was legit pissed at me for not gifting him the tickets and turning them down altogether.

Am I the asshole?
One thing.

Should I, my wife, or my children need any surgeries moving forward, we will be driving to your animal clinic and getting on the table. Please don't prepare, things seem to go better when you don't.
 

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One thing.

Should I, my wife, or my children need any surgeries moving forward, we will be driving to your animal clinic and getting on the table. Please don't prepare, things seem to go better when you don't.
Before I operate on you, I’ll need to talk to your wife about other options including a lethal dose of pentobarbital. If she feels your quality of life is diminished greatly or that surgery is too expensive, I may encourage her to consider the option of putting you down.
 

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I don't want to derail the thread, but I agree that dancing is a scam. But then again, most youth sports these days are a scam as well. Everything is "select" now. Basketball is played in wharehouses, where whistles from the adjacent court stop play on other courts.

Baseball/basketball is played and practiced year-round. The majority of these kids won't even see the field/court in high school. Of those that do, the majority are not playing after high school. The amount of money invested in youth sports is crazy.

The number of games they play is insane as well, not to mention the travel. But the more games they play, the more money these organizations bring in. It is big business now.

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It's so dumb. The die is cast when these kids are like 7 based on whether their insane parents are willing to shell out $25k a year for travel teams to make sure their kid, at least most often, has a pick of the NAIA scholarships when they graduate high school
 

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Before I operate on you, I’ll need to talk to your wife about other options including a lethal dose of pentobarbital. If she feels your quality of life is diminished greatly or that surgery is too expensive, I may encourage her to consider the option of putting you down.
Promise?
 

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One thing.

Should I, my wife, or my children need any surgeries moving forward, we will be driving to your animal clinic and getting on the table. Please don't prepare, things seem to go better when you don't.
I regret not driving my dog that died this year down to Kenyan.
 

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It’s the biggest scam ever. Costume costs $150. Makeup costs $30. Hair costs $40. Special pearl earrings cost $25. Weekly classes cost like $90 a month.

I am more than happy to watch my daughter be happy but the whole youth dance industry is a big joke.

My daughter is already over it and wanting to focus on basketball which I am much more happy about. So this will likely be the final recital.

The girls who stick with dance are typically the ones who have no other athletic ability so they find a niche “sport” they can be good at. Just my opinion.

It’s taught her some good listening skills, teamwork, and coordination. But I think you gain all of that and more in something like gymnastics at that age for probably less money.


Those are rookie numbers. My daughter is in competitive dance. I fucking hate it. Studio 4-5 nights a week. Just the tuition is like $450/month. That’s not with the convention fees, costumes, all the shoes, makeup, not to mention the hotel stays. It’s fucking awful and TBH she’s not even all that good.

Never ever ever go down that path.
 

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Those are rookie numbers. My daughter is in competitive dance. I fucking hate it. Studio 4-5 nights a week. Just the tuition is like $450/month. That’s not with the convention fees, costumes, all the shoes, makeup, not to mention the hotel stays. It’s fucking awful and TBH she’s not even all that good.

Never ever ever go down that path.
My daughters is just under $700/month but they don't have the extra fees.
 

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