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Originally published Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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Rant & Rave: Clueless parents and gentlemanly teens

Seattle Times readers rave about kind strangers and rant about reckless drivers.

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Exactly. Having it during the Hawks game? What were they thinking? You must be... MORE
A 3yr olds birthday is whatever day the party is and, happens every year. What was... MORE
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RAVE To Seattle Opera and the cast of “Rigoletto” who came out for their curtain call wearing Seahawks T-shirts, followed by the conductor, also in a Seahawks shirt and carrying a football. Then a 12th Man banner was lowered from the rafters while green and blue confetti floated down. Go Seattle Opera! Go Hawks!

RANT To parents who brought their toddlers and preschoolers to an R-rated movie, then laughed loudly while the children ran through the theater yelling out a replay of the movie’s f-bombs. Our family got our money back due to unrated rudeness.

RAVE While working as a volunteer at the Museum of Flight, a couple of students from Raisbeck Aviation High School walked by after giving presentations. The young man was walking in stocking feet and carrying a pair of women’s heels. I puzzled for a second until I saw the young woman next to him walking in his shoes. I surmise her feet hurt from the heels and he’d given her his shoes to walk back to school. I smiled at his good manners and gentlemanly behavior!

RANT To the parents of the children who bailed on our 3-year-old’s birthday party to watch the Seahawks NFC Championship Game. Ever heard of DVR? Your 2- and 3- year-old children don’t care about football. You’re selfish parents.

RAVE AND RANT Rave for the Seattle police officers who very professionally helped us several times to get our mentally ill loved one to the hospital. Rant to lawmakers in Olympia for making it difficult for hospitals to accept these patients and treat them effectively, creating a revolving door system where patients are released before they’re ready, requiring multiple hospital admissions and creating a security risk for everyone.

RAVE To the person who found my “You’re Beautiful, Don’t Change” coin purse at Seattle Center and turned it into Lost & Found. I was dog-sitting for a friend and the key fob in the purse would have been hard to replace. YOU are a beautiful person, don’t change. Thank you!

RANT to the driver who showed us his single digit IQ as he flew past us on eastbound I-90 going at least 70 mph when there was less than 25 yards visibility due to dense fog. You, sir, are the reason we have 40-car pileups. You are not required to drive at the posted speed when conditions are unsafe to do so. My 20 years experience as a Metro driver trumps whatever expertise you may think you have.

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