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The 4-D’s, Part 1
10-19-07, 5:58 pm
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The 4-D’s are NO drinking, driving, dating, or drugs.  They are supposedly the automatic termination violations.
The 4-D’s are drilled deeply into each exchange student’s head before and during exchange.  FES’s can recite them in their sleep.  The 4-D’s are probably the first words they learn in their new languages after “Where’s the bathroom?” “Thank you”, and “Fuck you.”  (Exchange students can all curse in at least 5 languages.)

  No Dating-The D’s are supposed to be shorthand, so FES’s can easily remember them.  Some adults interpret this strictly.  They don’t think the kids should be dating at all.  Obviously, they are idiots. (my blog, my opinions) The kids are told the rule is so they have a wide range of friends, and don’t spend all of their time with one person.  Others will tell FES it’s so they don’t get their hearts broken when they have to go home.  I think it’s just so no one gets knocked up.  “Be careful, and protect yourself.” is my unofficial advice.
  No Drinking-Somewhat flexible.  No one says anything when hostparents permit a glass of wine with dinner.  If FES is arrested, she’s going home.  FES once was arrested by the Liquor Control agents.  FES2 told FES1 to lie and assert she was 18, that it was better than being a minor.  That caused an even worse mess.  She was drinking a mix of vodka and root beer in a Gatorade bottle, the officer saw her drinking in the parking lot of a college bar.  She didn’t understand why he ‘picked on’ her.  Uh, Gatorade don’t make brown!
 No Driving-No discussion, do not pass ‘Go’, go straight home.  It’s a safety and liability issue.  Many countries don’t permit teens to drive until they’re 18.  We have strict laws in the US, they aren’t merely suggestions like in many parts of the world.  New drivers following new rules would be irresponsible of any program.  No one wants to ever call a parent to say your child has been in an accident.  FES’s don’t have car insurance or valid driver’s licenses.  They are not permitted to take Driver’s Ed, either.
 No Drugs-No discussion, automatic termination.  I’ve heard of students taking drugs across borders.  How stupid do you have to be to go through customs with marijuana, or to think a joint or 2 are great farewell gifts? 
 No Shit-Some of the little darlings look at the 4-D’s as challenges.  Who can break the most in the shortest amount of time?  at the same time?  FES’s get brave at the end of their stays when they think they’re going home soon anyway.

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