The true meaning of Get off my lawn

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  1. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Way back when I was a boy, there was no Father around to cover such offenses.
    One day a couple of kids from two houses down were throwing rocks at our chickens, and I was home alone so I ran into the house and grabbed my (Daisy) Winchester (bb gun) rifle.
    Them kids was gone when I came out so I walked right over to their house and knocked on the door.
    I'll admit I was pretty skeered since there was maybe ten o' them kids, and they were bad kids, with only one o' me and me bein' good an all, but holding the (not Daddy's) rifle in my hand felt reassuring.

    I forget what happened next, but them kids stayed off my lawn after that...
     
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    Get off A my lawn... usually has a censorable description before lawn, with a modification of the term between “get” and “off”
     
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    "Get Off My Lawn" = "My GUN, MY BULLETS, YOUR butt."
     
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    At my old house, and admittedly I was much younger and stronger then, a guy was ripping by my house in a very quiet neighborhood on his dirt bike. I put up with that about three passes, then when I heard him coming I walked out in the middle of the street, and hailed him down. I told him that he knew better than that, and that he was encroaching on his neighbors, and that he should just desist right now. He looked a little sheepish, and said you know I don't even have a comeback, I'm sorry to have disturbed you and he never did it again.

    Since I've moved where I am now, there are restrictions against noise and such so a few times I've called people on riding off road equipment on the street. They really don't have a leg to stand on because in most cases the equipment is not registered for operation on the roadways. A couple of guys have argued the point, but I simply said I personally would not tolerate it. The cool thing about being an old fart is, if someone jumps on me and gives me a good beating, they will go to jail, and be looked down on for beating up and old codger. On the other hand, if I get lucky and pound 'em upside the head with a sucker punch and happen to get 'em down there where I can do the Fred Astaire thing on them they will NEVER IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE LIVE IT DOWN!!:D:D:D:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    beach bob Friend of Leo's

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    Man, there's some hostile folks here. Or rather, some of yaz are on a hair trigger to being hostile. :confused:

    Can't we all just get a lawn?
     
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    You gotta Clint mag too?
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Song I started back when the term first became associated with us old fellas...just never got around to the technology hate and criticizing kids. Doesn't work very well as poetry.

    See the way I comb my hair?
    Things are gettin' pretty...thin up there.
    See the way I always smile?
    Zoloft and Ambien are...my new style.
    They make me feel real good for a while.

    Get off, get off, get offa my lawn.
    I can't help this crazy trip I'm on.
    Don't know when it started or if it will end.
    I see some trouble up around the bend.

    See this woman by my side?
    We all know she's not my wife.
    See this fancy car I drive?
    It's the only thing that makes me feel alive!
    I get behind the wheel and I drive.

    Get off, get off, get offa my lawn.
    I can't help this crazy trip I'm on.
    Don't know when it started or if it will end.
    I see some trouble up around the bend.
     
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    Careful... I'm feeling triggerd.
     
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    i really can hear that on some outlaw country style song !
     
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    Serious, well thought out reply to what was probably a tongue-in-cheek OP.....the only thing I would add is, to ME, it's all about respect. My property is MY property, and if you have not been invited onto it, STAY OFF until you ARE invited. It also depends on the manner in which you're coming onto it.....if you're a neighbor kid who is otherwise respectful and considerate, and you're simply retrieving a ball that's been hit over, then I'm not going to fuss....however, if you're the noisy, reckless dirtbike rider TD mentioned, then I'm going to have MUCH less patience. Sadly, there was a man here in town a few years ago who was shot and killed for accosting a dangerous speeding driver.
    But back to my original premise.....I expect the same kind of common decency and respect I'm going to offer someone else.....the problem is too many people have that indifferent sense of entitlement so common today.
     
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    Thanks! Yeah, probably shoulda kept that one to myself.

    I've been reading The Fountainhead again, and I'm rekindling the old selfishness virtue (along with the hatred of our longing for the approval of others). It makes me preachy, which is almost in complete opposition to the point.
     
  13. Fiesta Red

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    I’ve always interpreted it three ways:


    Get off my lawn...as in:

    “From my experiences, preferences and personality, I’ve decided I like <insert item/idea/concept here> and I don’t care what you think, what the ‘new thing’ is or what anyone else likes. This is my preference, I have my reasons and I’d appreciate it if you’d shut up and leave me alone.”


    -Or-

    Get off my lawn...as in:

    “I’m an old man and I hate change.”


    -Or-

    Get off my lawn...as in:

    “This is my property and you have no right to be here.”


    All are valid. The second choice is the one I think is most in use and en vogue here on TDPRI, whether jokingly or not.
     
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    Fear of impending death due to advancing years.

    World moving too quick.

    No longer being a player in society.

    Dashed hopes/unfulfilled dreams.

    The mistaken belief that there ever was a "good old days".

    Shart/fart ratio increasing.


    Alright - the last one is crass but - I'm from Detroit so call Fieger and sue me ! (he's way more crass than I ! :lol:)
     
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    Get off my lawn...

    Couldn't you ask him here dinner or something?' said the Mole.

    `He wouldn't come,' replied the Rat simply. `Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.'

    `Well, then, supposing we go and call on HIM?' suggested the Mole.

    `O, I'm sure he wouldn't like that at ALL,' said the Rat, quite alarmed.
     
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    I've always heard it as "Leave Me Alone."

    Back were I'm from, there used to be a similar saying:

    Get Out Of My Face!
     
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    To me, it means the sayer is admitting to being old(er), cranky, set-in-their-ways, out of touch, and behind the times.
    I, uh, can utterly relate.
    I am not a gear snob, though.
    I’ll cop to not knowing current artists, styles, trends and business models.
    I’ll also cop to not caring much.
    I’m not angry or bitter though.
    I’m oddly and blessedly content.
    Anyways, I don’t even have a lawn, so there!
     
  19. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well yeah, I wasn't asking about the bigger world usage, just our usage here where it is almost invariably a friendly humorous comment.

    At the same time though, these are days of infringement and injustice, so...

    Right, a tongue-in-cheek OP about a friendly poke we give each other.

    Here none of us is on our own individually owned property, yet many of us do feel that this is sort of collectively our jointly held property.
    Then we have the sticky intellectual property issue as related to brand named trade marked products we argue over.

    How many times have some of us fought over the TD (Tadeo Gomez, not Toto's Dad) scribbled in an old guitar, the merits of Fenders tonewood claims, or whether or not the Vox Nutube is a tube.

    So when we on the TDPRI say get off my lawn WRT the intellectual property of a transistor, WTH are we talking about?

    Friendly ribbing I hope!
     
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    ...well, it is new sod and all...
     
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