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  1. Aliceacc

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    Wednesday night was the Christmas Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center in NYC. As a result, tourists POUR into the city, resulting in a "gridlock alert day."

    (In case it's a regional term, gridlock is when a car enters an intersection without having enough room to get out of it. The light changes, and now the "box is blocked"-- the people who now have a green light can't get through because their path is blocked.)

    Anyway, my extra credit on Thursday's test was to ask the kids what a Gridlock Alert Day was, and why we had one on Wednesday in NYC. (We're located 40 minutes away and get all the NYC radio stations.)

    The sad part is this: of the kids who didn't know, the overwhelming assumption was that it MUST have something to do with terrorism. How incredibly sad that this was the first guess that most of my 14 year old students made.

    (The second most popular wrong answer was that it had something to to with the stock market.)

    When I was a kid, terrorism was something we learned about in school, not something that I ever would think of as an answer to this question.
     
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    Times have certainly changed.:(

    When I was a kid I probably would have guessed that "gridlock" had something to do with math!
     
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    It's a shame, but I grew up with trying to figure out The Bay of Pigs, Kennedy & King's assassination, and what to do if there was a nuclear bomb.

    We live in a potentially violent society, I guess it's always been that way, we can hope it changes.
     
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    What's even more sad was that as I was reading the first part of your post, I myself thought it had something to do with terrorism! I had no idea a gridlock meant what you explained.
     
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    This is so true. I lived near DC in elementary school, and I remember regular duck-and-cover drills (under the desk, in the hallways) ... as if that would really make a difference in a nuclear attack.

    We also dealt with the fights over desegregation, racial riots, the cold war, the Kent State shootings, and all manner of protests and unrest.

    Some things improve, some seemingly just take a different form. Let's pray for true change.
     
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    Wow! That really is a sad reality! :(
     
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    I always thought gridlock just meant the interstate had turned into a parking lot. That's what it means around here anyway.
     
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    I'm sure it's a regional thing.

    Funny story: a number of years ago, one of the NYC mayors decide he had had enough of gridlock. He wanted a law on the books that made it illegal to enter any intersection that wasn't clear to exit.

    How embarrasing to find that such a law was already on the books! It just obviously wasn't being enforced.
     
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    Living in the Chicago area, I am well aware of gridlock! It drives me nutty!
     
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    Here gridlock used to be when someone's cow broke through the fence and was blocking the main drag. Now, we have so many developments that main drag is bumper to bumper from 2:45-6:30pm.
     
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    OK, Becky, I have to admit:

    If the same question were posed to me, even mutliple choice, there's NO WAY I would ever guess it had anything to do with cows!!!
     
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    Gridlock in Miami is exactly as you defined it for New York.

    I suppose it's sad that the first thing they thought of was terrorisim, but as others have pointed out, violence is nothing news. I grew up in Miami shortly after the Cuban Missle Crisis, when it was still fresh enough on everybody's minds to have an impact on the way things were done 'round here.
     
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    I can't believe that my freshman were in SECOND GRADE when 9-11 happened! It's all they've ever known......
     
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    Amazing isn't it! What kids have been exposed to (or not even alive for) always makes me take a few steps back.
     
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    I was about to make a reference to Clinton's presidency a few days ago when I realized-they don't really know who that is! They are 7/8 years old, and have only ever had Bush as a president! Crazy!
     
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    The kids probably assumed that because the term included ALERT, that it meant something in reference to terrorism. I can see how they might jump to that conclusion.

    Thanks goodness we don't have much gridlock around here :)
     
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    that is sad that they thought of terrorism, really sad!
     
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    I once referenced the first Gulf War of the '90's and the kids all just looked at me like I was nuts. "you know, when we went to Kuwait to kick out the Iraqis..." "When did that happen Ms. X?" "It was in '91. I was in high school." "We weren't born yet. I was born in '94." oops
     
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    rws...I once mentioned the first WTC bombing....nobody had any clue.
     
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    I finally figured out your avatar, mmswm! for the longest time I couldn't figure out why you would have a goldfish in a colorful ocean, but I see the kitty now! I am so thick sometimes.
     
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    Not much of a gridlock chance here either. I live in a town of 1500 people and only ONE blinking yellow light! It does get a bit busy at that light when the local gas plant employees get off work!:lol:
     
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    Wow... my SCHOOL has over 2,500 kids :)
     

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