Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We Deserve Better

We here in America deserve better. We really do.

I get up this morning and hear a blurb about the earthquake in central Italy. And I start spinning the TV channels looking for some sort of news.

Ain't nothing on about it....all American channels are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump....77 days before the election. I am telling you, I am leaving the country for a while next month and I am so glad, I will not hear as much about this mess....or so I hope...once again, 320,000,000 people in this nation and it comes down to these two nitwits?

But I digress.

I land on the Fox Business Channel. I normally only go there for about 2 minutes at a time. That's how long it takes for the price of oil to scroll by on the channel....and low and behold, the girl on the station is talking about the Italian earthquake.

Then she discusses that there is an earthquake in Myanmar. And somehow, she thinks that Myanmar is one of the towns in Italy destroyed by the earthquake. You can't make this stuff up. ( Myanmar is in Southeast Asia, was formerly known as Burma.....Yep, she doesn't know geography, but she I am sure she thinks, " if I wear short enough skirts, people won't realize I am dumb as a bag of hammers.")

Finally, finally I find the story on....the BBC...real, actual news from England....they even have a scientist on the channel discussing the earthquake. The boy ain't combed his hair in a month, but he knows what the hell he's talking about...

We deserve better, we really do...

Mark It Down!

Get out your calendar 5:30am, August 24, 2016, ( yes, I was up, since school started this week, I have switched my body over to the old " school" calendar, up at 5am.I do not know why?...I will re-adjust and sleep later.)

I am minding my own business. But I make the mistake, I flip the channel looking for something to watch, and I land on an infomercial on the local CW station.

The ad is a 30 minute push for Star Shower.

Yes, on August 24, 2016 I see my first commerical for Christmas.

I cuss when I see it exclaiming to myself...." Son of a Bitch."

I know the " buy junk jewelry channels" have had " Christmas all Damn Summer" but you know, I am not ready for this onslaught of commercial Christmas for the next 4 months.

It was bad enough I went into the Flying J on I-10 and everything was starting to have " Pumpkin" added to the packaging.

Get ready it's coming folks....it's coming...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Warning, Warning, Danger Will Robinson!!!

From time to time, I need to write a blog like this to remind those "old" readers and to warn the " new" readers.

We have something around here called the " Rachel Rule." Rachel was suppose to remind me from time to time to warn folks, about the blog, but Rachel is well, she's got other concerns....maybe need to give the job over to Zach?

If you read the blog, you're going to be offended. Maybe not this month, or next month, but at sometime, you are going to get mad.

Read the blog...." At your own risk."

I am going to offend your political beliefs.

I am going to offend your religious beliefs.

I am going to say bad things about your favorite school district.

I am going to cuss.....( It's been a while since I went "off the rails" and "swore like a sailor." )

In the coming weeks, I am going to write on some stuff that is going to upset you. Get ready.

Many times I ask myself, " Would Jesus say that? "

To which I answer myself, " Probably not, but I'll write it anyway."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dog

So, our son visited the province of Hunan while he is waiting for the new school year to start at his university.

He took several photos and one was this dog on top of a building.

Hunan Province is one of the areas of China in which dog is consumed regularly, and there is even a " Dog Festival" in which people travel to Hunan to " enjoy various ways to consume dog."

All I could think of when I saw the dog on the roof was the dog saying..." I ain't coming down until the festival is over."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

One More Time

I start my 6th year retired in the morning, yes 6th. It doesn't seem that long, but it has been.

I would like to be teaching in the "New" high school , just to see what it is like, but you know, I have taught in brand new schools and well, while everything is shiny and new, a couple of years down the road, the newness wears off. A new school is only as good as the teachers in the classrooms and there are some good folks in many of those classes doing as good a job as is done in any school in the State of Texas.

I worry however about the " continued construction."

( Story time from Uncle Kerry)

Years ago, shortly after the earth cooled, I taught in a school in which they had " continued construction." In October, while teaching a lesson on the Constitution, I had an electrician fall through the ceiling to the floor.

In the process, part of the ceiling fell through and hit a student.( She was hurt, and I am not at liberty to discuss the injuries....even 30 years later.)

The district was sued, the electrical company was sued, the contractor was sued, I almost was sued, but the student's mother knew there was nothing I could have done...that said, I was deposed, and there is nothing better than a three hour deposition.

Thankfully, everyone's insurance companies settled and never went to trial....

No, I cringe when they say, "continued construction."

That said, I wish everyone well in the coming 16-17 school year. I have a blog I am working on for the new mess that is coming for teacher evaluation called " T-TESS"...I am telling you, people are just not going to teach any more in the state...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

You Never Know, It Might Be You

I know several of you have been forced for one reason or another to go into retirement. And several, due to their health were forced to go on Social Security disability.

For some reason, there are some of you out there who do not think they deserve the disability.

1. In order to receive their disability, these people have already paid into the system for years to be eligible.

2. In many cases, you do not know what kind of physical disability these people live with every day.

( There are people who get all bent out of shape because I receive a teacher's pension from the state. Never mind I paid into the system for 30 years. I guess they think the state should just keep the money.I am sure some people think that way, it was tax-payer's money to start with, we should get it back. Screw those teachers....You may laugh, but there are people who think that way.)

But I digress.

Those of you who complain about disbilty retirement need to be very careful, if you ever get ill, I'll bet you a buffalo nickel you wouldn't hesitate one minute to apply, but wait, it's all about " me" isn't it?

What Does This Say About America?

What does it say about me for " paying-attention?"

Two TV commericials have caught my eye over the last few weeks.

One, there are guys at a bachelor party and they are dressed as though they are at an 18th Century Royal Court. One complains about " not what he expected his bachelor party would be like." To which the man with him yells, " WENCH!" And a dwarf looking woman walks out..With a whip..The ad is for some sort of travel site...my question is this....

Is the " wench" with the whip....is that Joe Pesci?

The second ad is for a drug to treat intestinal problems, specifically, IBS.

In the ad is a woman in a tight body suit with the intestines painted on the front.....and the woman has on the worst red wig in history. I hope she's getting a good check for playing the part.

Who thinks up this stuff? Seriously? Who? I know it has me writing a blog, but you know....I wonder how much lower we will sink?