So went to the elementary school open house and got to see what the 4th and 5th-grade kids were playing in the schoolyard: Butts Up. This was a game I played when I was a child in Santa Clara County (which according to Wikipedia did have its own variant up to the mid 80s). Basically, a ball (tennis ball) is thrown against a wall by a thrower. Any person can attempt to catch the ball after the ball bounces off the wall and hits the ground at least once. If the catcher mishandles the ball, any other person can retrieve the ball and "peg" the catcher to get the catcher out. The Santa Clara County variant includes a punitive phase for those who get thrown out. They get to stand hands against the wall and the thrower lobs the ball trying to hit them. If they get hit, they get a letter. Upon a full B U T T S U P, they are out of the game. If they look back, then the thrower gets an overhand throw as hard as possible. Sometimes, we'd be dicks anyway and throw it overhand, especially to the Cry-Baby-Club kind of kids. Now I observed two things with the kids playing this game in 2019: No punitive phase. OK, I get it. Might be too cruel or humiliating. No pegging at catchers who mishandle the ball. Instead, they throw against the wall, and if the ball arrives before the catcher touches the wall, then the catcher is out. L A M E ! ! ! Anyway, I just thought it was strange and rather dull. It seemed a lot more fun when I was a kid and had to worry about something beaning me in the back of the head or on the back of my thigh while I was running toward the wall, especially if the thrower happened to be one of the kids who had a great arm and was a star pitcher in Little League. -- A friend of my son got hit in the head a few times by freak accident (three times in four days) near the wall. As a result, the Principal instituted new rules into Butts Up whereby the kids must be at least a certain distance from the wall. This action took away risk-award from the more aggressive players who chose to stand closer to the wall. Although my son is a more the more risk-averse side, he thought this government mandated rule change was lame. -- My daughter's science teacher in middle school (he's the son of a well-liked and very respected old science teacher at the same middle school) asked who in his class was ever spanked by their parents. My daughter and her friend raised their hands. No one else did. The science teacher remarked this was interesting because my daughter and her friend also happened to be the best behaved in their class. I'm sure some people might be horrified that I've spanked my kids. I'm rather proud that I have. I'm sure California will pass a law against this when my kids are older and have their own kids. As an aside, the science teacher got reprimanded by the school administrators for sending two disruptive kids out from his class into the playground so they could shoot baskets instead. -- Elementary school camp changed this year from the usual vetted location (King Gilette Ranch) because of the recent Malibu Canyon fires. It seemed the kids had a crappy time with retarded counselors who did not know how to maintain discipline and the showers were scalding hot causing injury. I think a lot of moms complained. Shortly after the camp, the Principal issued a robocall to all the parents telling them something to the effect of "resilience". I'm scratching my head on this one. -- I fear future generations of 'murica may be doomed.