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JRod 73: The Boy Who Lived (In a Basement)

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10 minutes ago, MaJessatic said:

"and the life skills of a wombat on crack."

You made my morning. Kudos to you, @MaJessatic

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Petronella

I’m feeling a bit guilty with all the “he should have had these books ages ago!” comments, because, truth, my son doesn’t yet have his college texts either. But this is the UK, where university starts in October and he hasn’t been given a book list yet. We’ll get on it when we can, I promise! ;-D

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FunFunFundie

I’m much more concerned with him using Jill’s Facebook and not knowing how to google things than not having books yet. 

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formergothardite

Someone has freshmen books for sale on that page for $5, 10, and $20. What sort of textbooks are they using?

I can't get the post to share. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. but hopefully he can get them fairly cheap. I do get the impression that Jill doesn't know much about college and didn't grasp or share with Timothy what all he needed. I can't image what sort of stress he is under. 

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3 minutes ago, formergothardite said:

Someone has freshmen books for sale on that page for $5, 10, and $20. What sort of textbooks are they using?

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Alice in Fundieland

I understand what many are saying about It not being terribly unusual for a student to not have his books when classes start. What sets Timothy apart to me is that he doesn’t seem to have any plan to obtain the books. In true Rod fashion (I’m looking at you, Jill) he is just hoping someone will point him in the right direction and help him get what he needs. I’m torn about this because given his upbringing I’m not surprised, but he is now a legal adult and a college student who needs to think about these things. I guess I’m willing to cut Tim some slack while he learns how to navigate college life but if this pattern continues into future semesters, I’ll be more likely to criticize his choices. 

I perused that Spokane Moody page and someone posted yesterday about selling various first year books for $5 - $10 each. They were mostly religious studies books so probably exactly what Timothy needs. However, there was no indication the Rods had seen it. Again, Jill is just waiting for people to comment on HER post and for God to provide the books for Tim. :angry-cussingblack:

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13 hours ago, Alice in Fundieland said:

 

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Oh my word. I am picturing him in the library, hunched over a public use computer, punching at the keyboard with two fingers. 

He is going to need all the help he can get!

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11 minutes ago, NeckPunch said:

I am picturing him in the library, hunched over a public use computer, punching at the keyboard with two fingers

I work with people who type like that....  I tried it once out of curiosity and it was so damned hard to type using only two fingers. It would have been better to smash my face against the keyboard. 

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32 minutes ago, Anonymousguest said:

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Heathen non-KJV only Bible commentaries =)

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LilMissMetaphor

When all of this doesn't work out, Jillyboo will decide that Daddy works too hard at the printing press and needs more time to put his feet up.  Timmy will come home and take over the printing press for Dad.

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5 hours ago, FunFunFundie said:

The post about the books does not read like something Jill wrote - it’s not her style. It reads more like Nurie’s Etsy shop.

So Timothy has to have access to his own internet now, since he isn’t with Jill. Which means he has to have navigated through her Facebook (she gave him her password?? I bet there are all sorts of horrible “hate” message threads on there!) to a specific page on his own. Which is not rocket science but it’s something.

The other option is that Jill posted it for him which seems more likely in some ways because he wouldn’t need the password, but I’m imagining him talking to her on the phone as she posts it and cringing so hard. If that’s the case - he probably doesn’t have a smart phone or computer or any sort of personal internet access.

As sad as it is, I hope that WAS Timothy, because if he has personal internet, and he can find a Spokane Facebook page, it’s at least a tiny step in the right direction.

 

The scenario I imagined was Jill handing Tim her phone and him typing it in. I agree it doesn't "sound" like Jill. But there is no way she would let him have access to her FB account. 

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5 hours ago, FunFunFundie said:

As sad as it is, I hope that WAS Timothy, because if he has personal internet, and he can find a Spokane Facebook page, it’s at least a tiny step in the right direction.

But will he also run into the endless rivers of porn out there or are protections in place?  

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If Tim has half the morale Jill claims he does, he will avoid pornography. Tim seems to be firmly rooted in his faith and his convictions.

For all the sweet stuff Jill claims about and blabbers on and an about regarding Tim SOARING for Jesus and getting "in the saddle" for Him, I call her bluff regarding the faith she has in her parenting him all these years.

If he can't have his own Facebook then she has no faith or trust in Him. 

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They call me madre
3 hours ago, cupcake said:

The Rods have left Timothy without so many skills it seems. I was taught a precious few by my mother when I was 17, after my dad passed away.

Long story short,  I would be getting SS left for a deceased's child till I would turn 18. Since the check was in my name, I needed a checking account in my name only. She took me to the bank and showed me how to deposit the check.

My mother taught me how to use my debit card and how to balance a checkbook. I did buy my textbooks about a month or so before college began. My grandparents helped to pay for them because this was before I was aware of Amazon and its endless wonders! After the first semester I learned very quickly that the Bookstore was overpriced and far too expensive.

I just had to know my course schedule and professors for each course as soon as possible to ensure they would ship the books in time for class to begin.

I remember the anthology for "Eighteenth Century Literature" was on back order for all universities in my area for some odd reason. I ended up printing the first text from the internet in the school library, which was "The Rape of the Locke" by Alexander Pope. I remember stapling the different sections together and I had three separate ones.

I can't believe the Rods did not leave Tim with the time or funds to buy the necessary materials for his education. I'm guessing Jilly assumed one of the housemates or roomies would share their materials with Tim. Does she even know how expensive books can be? I'm guessing she doesn't.

I only shared one book with my roommate in college, and that was an astronomy text. We wanted to have our own copies of our lit books for note-taking and annotating purposes.

She may also be under the assumption that Tim can use only his Bible for the Bible classes, but I'm guessing that won't be the case as there will be commentaries he will need to complete assignments for his religion classes. I did a quick Google search for "Moody first year textbooks" and came up with this:

https://www.moody.edu/moody-bible-institute-distance-learning/learning-venues/online-studies/undergraduate-online-studies/textbooks/

It is the "distance" learning, but I would assume most if not all of the content studied is the same as on-campus/traditional classes.

I cross-referenced this with the undergrad course studies PDF, which you can find on this site on the right side of the page. I found all of the books and totaled the amount he needs for his first semester only, which comes to a grand total of 168.43. Unsure if this includes taxes in Washington or not. This actually isn't a bad price for the number of books he needs. Some courses require three books, which may or may not be a surprise to Jill. She probably assumes all he needs is a good ole KJV Bible and his learnin' will be complete. She isn't going to like him reading all these commentaries by other Christians.

It also appears they will be using Blackboard for his college writing class, so Moody certainly uses technology to a certain degree.

How does Jill do this to her kid? He asked for textbooks the night before classes started. Some of my classes required us to do some reading before classes even began!

Tim: use Google to create your own e-mail address or your school e-mail to get your own Facebook account. There is no need to share mama and daddy's. You're eighteen and across the country. You can do as you darn well please.

My daughter is a director at Blackboard!  It’s used at most colleges and universities all over the world!  They even have blackboard pay like Apple Pay for students and for parents to send money!  Poor Timothy is going to be so lost...... 

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16 minutes ago, Anonymousguest said:

The scenario I imagined was Jill handing Tim her phone and him typing it in. I agree it doesn't "sound" like Jill. But there is no way she would let him have access to her FB account. 

Legit question:  didn’t the Rodrigues Party Bus leave Spokane last Tuesday? And if it did, how would Tim have used Jill’s FB—dictate to her over a landline from his new home?

(admittedly I may be missing something here, but i’m still disgusted over how poorly Jill and David prepared him for this endeavor so I may not be paying attention to enough details).

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Oy. Book and school supply shopping isnthe kind of thing Tim should have been doing after arriving in Spokane, not gallivanting around with parents who can’t comprehend actually studying and preparing for school
And I guess I assumed that was one of the things Jill was hanging around there for - to help with this sort of thing.

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11 minutes ago, catlady said:

Legit question:  didn’t the Rodrigues Party Bus leave Spokane last Tuesday? And if it did, how would Tim have used Jill’s FB—dictate to her over a landline from his new home?

(admittedly I may be missing something here, but i’m still disgusted over how poorly Jill and David prepared him for this endeavor so I may not be paying attention to enough details).

You are probably right, I don't remember what day they left, but definitely before yesterday. Hmmm. Maybe they do share the account. Seems so unlikely, but actually makes me feel a little better that he at least must know how to navigate FB a little.

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Ms. Squishels

Yes, they left him a few days ago.  They are not physically together.  The pics where some of the kids seemed to be crying outside the RV was right when they were leaving.  So he's either signed in to David/Jill's FB account somehow, or she posted that.

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Four is Enough

Things are so different now from when I attended college first, back when  dinosaurs roamed the earth. I could never steer mine, so I simply walked from my dorm to my classes, toting my books, which I purchased at the school bookstore during orientation. I got a syllabus handed to me on the first day of class, and I was quite familliar with the card catalogue at the library. Did I mention there were no computers back in 1972?

For my daughter, currently going to college? MUCH different. She both receives and turns in assignments via computer. There is an online syllabus and schedule. Books are not even mentioned until the first day of class; then, of course, she's supposed to obtain one and read up to date by the class's next meeting... even if Amazon is the only place to obtain the book!

 

I feel for Timothy. He's been hamstrung by his doltish parents.

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Yogi

My excitement for Timothy is overcome by a lot of anxiety right now. He has not been set up for success in his life and now has been thrown into the deep end. 

FWIW, my guess in his employment, given the ‘wholesome’ atmospheres and instant employment, is Chik FIL A. 

With respect to Nurie and college, Jill has answered that for us. She said of course Nurie could go to college but she doesn’t want to, and doesn’t want want to talk about ANY of her life’s plans, so don’t a ask. 

This was after the (presumably) failed courtship. 

I really hope the best for Tim. I hope he finds a support system. 

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3 hours ago, Coy Koi said:

Does this not seem like a really overly-familiar pose with someone you've presumably just met?

Why do the older Rod girls usually look like bobble heads in photos?  Is it the size of their hair?  Do they stretch their necks and hold their heads in a certain way?  I don't get it.  The girl next to Kaylee doesn't look like a bobble head, so it's not the angle, like it's been in some of the Rods' photos.  I don't understand.

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ViolaSebastian

Add me to the list of people who had some deficiencies in life skills before I went off to college. That said, I had far more skills that Timothy seems to have, but it was still a big adjustment. From other people I've spoken with, that's fairly normal. But nothing is worse than the first time you're sick on your own. 

I can't help but think about how much of a shock it would be to go from an insular family like the Rodpod to suddenly being autonomous like that. If the poor guy doesn't know about Google, the amount of other things he might not know about boggles my mind. 

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Fortunately I didn’t have a major adjustment to college. But that’s because I was basically taught to deal with things on my own growing up so moving across the state to a big college where I knew no one was less of an adjustment for me than it would have been for a lot of others. However it’s still an issue for me to figure things out on my own and I won’t ask for help until things are quite bad. So there’s that...

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50 minutes ago, Four is Enough said:

Things are so different now from when I attended college first, back when  dinosaurs roamed the earth. I could never steer mine, so I simply walked from my dorm to my classes, toting my books, which I purchased at the school bookstore during orientation. I got a syllabus handed to me on the first day of class, and I was quite familliar with the card catalogue at the library. Did I mention there were no computers back in 1972?

That was my same experience at the same time.  I remember how excited I was that they gave us "IBM punch cards" for each class when we went table-to-table in the gym to register.  Punch cards!  The epitome of modern!  When the person at the table  ran out of punch cards for a particular section of a class, that meant that the class was full.  This was at my state's flagship university.

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I work at a public middle school.  The school issues a computer to every student for the year.  They can take them home and use them at home.  They're theirs for the year.  Yes, Jill, 6th graders - 11 year olds - have to use computers in every class for assignments and research, checking grades, etc..  Oh Jill.....what you've done to Timothy is beyond sad; you've crippled him.  He is so far behind, not only in academics, but apparently IN LIFE.  Yes, I am judging you and Deadbeat David.

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12 hours ago, UnFunderful said:

I would LOVE :tw_heart: to see the look on the :my_huh: instructor's FACE :wtsf:if Tim were to hand in a report :my_confused:that had been FULLY Jillerized :pb_geek:.  

:head-desk:

I’m imagining an Elle Wood’s scenario, where he hands in essays printed on pink scented paper. Plexus pink paper specially picked out by mama and doused in her perfume.

7 hours ago, FunFunFundie said:

The post about the books does not read like something Jill wrote - it’s not her style. It reads more like Nurie’s Etsy shop.

So Timothy has to have access to his own internet now, since he isn’t with Jill. Which means he has to have navigated through her Facebook (she gave him her password?? I bet there are all sorts of horrible “hate” message threads on there!) to a specific page on his own. Which is not rocket science but it’s something.

The other option is that Jill posted it for him which seems more likely in some ways because he wouldn’t need the password, but I’m imagining him talking to her on the phone as she posts it and cringing so hard. If that’s the case - he probably doesn’t have a smart phone or computer or any sort of personal internet access.

As sad as it is, I hope that WAS Timothy, because if he has personal internet, and he can find a Spokane Facebook page, it’s at least a tiny step in the right direction.

 

Maybe his roommate loaned him his laptop so he can post? Who knows. Oy.

49 minutes ago, Four is Enough said:

Things are so different now from when I attended college first, back when  dinosaurs roamed the earth. I could never steer mine,

:laughing-rollingred:They didn’t give you dinosaur riding lessons? That’s a shame!

11 minutes ago, Okie_Bokie said:

That was my same experience at the same time.  I remember how excited I was that they gave us "IBM punch cards" for each class when we went table-to-table in the gym to register.  Punch cards!  The epitome of modern!  When the person at the table  ran out of punch cards for a particular section of a class, that meant that the class was full.  This was at my states flagship university.

So grateful for online registration...

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