Clients could e-mail the BSC about baby-sitting jobs
Club notebook would definitely be a blog.
I have to say that I really like the idea of these two. As secretary Mary Anne would keep the record book as computer files and fill in the information from the emails. If they had a laptop, they could pass it around and type up their jobs on their blog, and then have everyone scroll through the entries and read them. It's just neat to think about.
However, I could still see Kristy being very cautious and insisting they keep hard copies of their appointments and job write-ups in case of a computer crash.
^It was completely inappropriate, Greer, especially because Wes had to have known/seen how infatuated Stacey was with him. Thinking about it now, I guess it really must have been late when they left because otherwise surely someone still at school would have seen them leave. Even if Wes had said to Stacey "why don't you call Claudia to let her know you'll be there in a few minutes," that would have made the situation a tiny bit better because someone would know where Stacey was. I assume Maureen never had a clue as to any of this or that her daughter had stayed after school for so long that day. I would like to think Wes meant well. Perhaps he really did realize by then it was wrong to have kept Stacey for so long and was just trying to make things right by seeing her safely off. I take it back. Instead of calling Claudia, Stacey should have called her mom to make sure helping out was okay. I "get" that (at first) Wes intended her to only stay a little while but it certainly did not end up that way. IDK, SMS could be awfully deserted when it was needed. There was always something going on, someone going by after school, I think, wasn't there? (In real life).
Mona, I couldn't agree more. If I were her mother, I'd have wanted her to at least call and let me know what she was doing - that's what I was expected to do at that age. I doubt she ever told her mother, and Wes was the adult and should have been the one responsible enough to suggest her calling somebody and letting them know. What if her mother got home early that day and her daughter wasn't there?
My mom was late once to pick me up and I started walking home (at first it was just going to be to the sign-where we often met), but I got bored of standing around waiting there and just began walking - my mom freaked and was thisclose to calling the police. I made it 3/4's of the way home and was I ever grounded! I don't think I was able to do anything for months after that.
I guess that is a bit of a tangent - I would assume Maureen would just think she got a last minute babysitting job or was with her friends - it is a small town - but she was also used to NYC - which is anything but small, so I would imagine she would at least expect Stacey to leave a note. It was irresponsible on part of Wes to not suggest it and I am slightly disappointed now that he didn't.
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^I'm glad you got home okay; sorry about being grounded. I remember once in Elementary school my Grandma forgot it was a shortened day and I waited forever for her to pick me up. I don't remember now, but would assume either the school called her or she realized her mistake.
That is a good point about the last minute baby-sitting job. I really don't think the girls communicated (all that well) with their parents regarding after school activities. Still, and this is something I just now thought of, given Stacey's diabetes it always sounded like Maureen was more (actually a little more of a parent) over-protective in terms of wanting to make sure Stacey was okay, etc. What I really just realized is (I just checked) that Stacey did not even have any sort of snack that afternoon at school. She not only put herself in possibly awkward situation but a dangerous (health-wise) at that. She was lucky nothing happened. Actually, so was Wes. Because he was a long terms sub he should have been told of her condition just as an "FYI." at Wes even more now.
I think the use of electronics would be mentioned more often. I can see them playing Nintendo wii with their charges. They might also play computers games with their charges/siblings. If the clients contacted the BSC online to set up jobs, then maybe the club would only meet once a week to discuss issues that come up. Does anyone else think that some character's names may be different if written today? For example, Jenny's name would probably be Ava or something popular now as Jenny was in the early 80s. I can see Karen's name being different, but I'm not sure what it would be. It's also interesting the think that at the beginning of the series, most of the babysitters' parents if they were around 40 years old would have been born in the mid-1940's. When the series ended, they would have been born in the late 50's/early 60's and the babysitters in the late 80s as opposed to about 1973 as in the start of the series!
Or what if the BSC had a website and could schedule jobs that way? Or at least send a request for a sitter online and then the BSC calls them. They wouldn't have to meet 3 times/week (although they might still want to just to hang out).
Check out my BSC blog! I'm brand new at it, so go easy on me. =)
I think computers would definitely play a big role if the BSC were around today. I'm not sure though if it would be a good idea to book online appointments or even have some type of website simply for security/privacy reasons. For sure, it would be much easier (and faster) for all of them, especially Claudia, to be able to type up her sitting jobs instead of hand-write them. Being able to save "notebooks" on a flash drive would sure save space, especially if lol, they still were in 8th grade for 13 years!
jej1280, welcome to the boards first off. Second, wow, what a great point about the parents. I never thought of the difference it'd make if they were born later. I could be one of them; eek. The older sitters were born in 1974. Mal and Jessi in 1976. 1998 and 2000 would be an enormous change in terms of everything really. Wow, definitely something to think about. The good from that would also be for non Wizard and Lucy fans like me, there'd be less references. IDK, the honest truth is I prefer them the way they were. The way I have come to know and care for them.
Edited to add, Mal wouldn't have to look up years worth of mysteries in physical notebooks if they were saved in Word.
Thanks, Zoar3! I prefer the sitters the way they were, too. I started reading the series in second grade- back in 1988! My aunt was 13 then. We were on a beach vacation and I picked up "Boy Crazy Stacey" that she had been reading. (Too funny that I read it while on vacation like the characters) so that was the first BSC book that I read. If the series came out today, I most likely wouldn't read it except maybe with future children. It's a nostalgia thing- wouldn't be the same to read the series for the first time as an adult if it were to come out today.
That's an awesome way to have discovered the BSC, Jej1280. My main concern if the books started today would be the feel couldn't possibly be the same. Stoneybrook exuded (when some crazy criminal or parents weren't on the loose, that is), small town charm and quaintness. Any of their 13 years as 8th graders was overall better and more peaceful than my own. I don't see how that could be possible today with society (in general) being much more rushed, harried, and sadly (most) neighbors not as close. It might be interesting to read one just saying it would probably be VERY different. I, along with most of us, would LOVE some new BSC books either better written (edited) versions of the old or better one last additional year of SMS or even another prequel, something "new" that would be reminiscent of what we know and love.
I would love to read a book that takes place in the Babysitters' future- maybe they all come back to town for a wedding or something...along with any husbands and children they might have and reminisce about the BSC days (I know it's more realistic to say that they didn't all remain friends through the high school years and into adulthood, but I suppose we would have to suspend reality for the purpose of the storyline lol)
It really makes you wonder what Ann was thinking having that scene in the book. I know the scene was to show how obsessed Stacey was but it gives the impression that they could've done something more or that something sinister could've happened.
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Yeah I agree. I have always wondered how she would have written that. I did tend to think that Wes was just a naive nerdy math guy who never would have understood why what he did was wrong. He was a young teacher and probably had no social skills.