Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

This fun Odd Pueblo feature asks the audience to rate a trend, topic or sighting of something around town: is it snappy or crappy?

The last snappy or crappy, a big pink rhinoceros atop a tire shop, was mostly snap-o-rama. A mere 8 percent of voters thought the thing crappy, while 61 percent gave her a straight-up snappy. Another 25 percent thought her both snappy and crappy for different reasons. Four percent of the voters were too busy fighting speeding tickets they got on South Palo Verde Road near Jack Furrier’s Western Tire Center to care about the rhino.

The latest snappy or crappy is one that shows a lot of caring – or inhumane behavior: kids on leashes.

Kid on leash/Ryn Gargulinski

Kid on leash/Ryn Gargulinski

This perky chap was spotted at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, amongst throngs of people and lots of fattening foods.

While I once automatically thought kids on leashes were an inhumane and dog-like concept, I can now see the beauty of them.

Kid on leash in context of Fourth Avenue street fair/Ryn Gargulinski

Kid on leash in context of Fourth Avenue Street Fair/Ryn Gargulinski

Nobody needs their kids to get lost or engulfed by in the crowd. Nor do they need to fear their children will be whisked away by some pedophile or a wicked witch who will stick them in an oven to make more fattening fair food.

I’m voting snap/crap, both snappy and crappy, since I see the wisdom of a leashed child in a crowd, but would hope he’s off the leash when he’s in a less bustling situation – or at home.

What do you think?
Please vote and leave comments below.


logoHave you ever put your kid on a leash? Did people snicker?

Do you snicker at parents who have kids on leashes?

Did you ever try to put a rat, cat or ferrett on a leash?

Please note: rats can scramble out of them.

Please also note: Ryn has Monday off to rest from her Sunday ride-along with the Pima County Sheriff’s Posse – yaay! Look for posse story, photos and video later this week on Rynski’s Blogski.


About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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21 Responses to Odd Pueblo: Snappy or crappy?

  1. tiponeill says:

    Crappy – everyone knows that leashes are for girlfriends 😦

  2. AnaNymous says:

    While I don’t think it’s a great idea to go to such an extreme out of fear that the child would get snatched away, I do think there are some children with behavioral issues who should be under their parents close control.

    • Rynski says:

      hi ananymous,
      very good point. my take is to go right to extreme fear, based on the 5,498 true crime books in my library – my head automatically goes to kidnap, murder and cannibalism.
      but your take is much more sane. thanks!

  3. azmouse says:

    It looks weird, but I get it but I never did it with my kids.
    I think if the kid knew better, he’d be humiliated.

    • Rynski says:

      yeah, it does have a kind of strange look to it…but i’ve seen them all over in the past. they were a big fad in nyc for awhile (which would be an ideal place to use them).
      from what you’ve said about your own kids, azmouse, they would not have needed leashes! they sound well-behaved and responsible.

      • azmouse says:

        They were good, but as a parent you can’t turn your back on kids when they’re little.
        I also wonder if the kid on a leash gives parents a feeling of false security. Oh, and what about the case of the Mom dragging her kid by the leash?

      • azmouse says:

        Not a very attactive situation and I think she got in some trouble, although I recall the Mom saying the kid liked it! HA! I’m thinking Mom was mad!

  4. Andrew Ulanowski says:

    Hiya Ryn, Mouse and all y’all!
    If a child has developmental issues and may dart into traffic or some such, I could see it. Beyond that, I think when people are with their children, they should simply pay attention.
    P.S. Tip, I have 3 girlfriend leashes in decorator colors

    • azmouse says:

      variety is good….

    • Rynski says:

      hiya andrew –
      another good point, and good safety reason to put kids on leashes.
      paying extreme attention is the best safety measure, for sure.
      p.s. i was hoping one of your decorator leashes were a fine alligator skin with studs or something…but now i see they are only yarn – hahahhah

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        there wasn’t a category for leather floggers, so i won’t mention that

      • Andrew Ulanowski says:

        that brings me to the topic of ‘battered women’ . . . personally, I like mine plain but they need attention too.

  5. Corey says:

    There is NO EXCUSE fo putting your child on a LEASH. If your child is behaviorally challenged, just pay closer attention. A good parent should never allow themselves to become so detatched from watching their kids that they require a leash to maintain the child’s safety or maintain a line of sight. America’s parents need to take responsibility.

    • Rynski says:

      hi corey,
      thanks for input – and nice advice for parents out there!
      i’m betting you voted crappy on the issue. haha.

    • Joe says:

      I totally agree with Corey. No excuse for a leash. I remember growing up I never once thought about leaving my moms side because if I did I had another thing coming. Not saying I got the beating of my lifetime because I was never really hit as a child, I just knew not to disrespect my parents in any way and that was that. The bottom line is children these days lack SO much respect for everything /everyone including their parents and the parents think the leash is a good idea when its just a quick and degrading fix. Hey parents, reprimand your kids. Stop worrying about being the ‘cool’ parent and show your kids RESPECT! It goes a long way.

  6. radmax says:

    Hello Rynski! I’m torn on this one…on the one hand I do not believe in leashed kids. It is evident this is an unusual case though, as the child CLEARLY has a monkey on his back. So in conclusion, leashes and a good 12 step program are my recommendation. 😉
    Hey, everybody’s got something to hide, except me and my monkey…

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