I was already irritated with parents in Anne Arundel County due to my membership in the AMS PTA Facebook page. It is generally just a stream of constant complaints. Nothing is ever good enough for these parents and they want everyone to know it. My irritation once again expanded county wide(see hurricane aftermath post(http://theycallmetater.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/a-note-to-anne-arundel-county-parents/) when AACPS announced last night that they would wait until this morning to assess conditions and make a decision on opening schools. Parents jumped on the announcement on Facebook to complain bitterly that the school was actually waiting to make an informed decision. They wanted to know RIGHT NOW! They had to know RIGHT NOW! They had to now RIGHT NOW mainly because they were too stupid and/or lazy to have a plan in place for what to do with their kids on a snow day and couldn’t make one then because they were too busy posting on Facebook. They had to now RIGHT NOW because 5am is too late to make alternate plans and also too early in the morning to get a phone call from the school. They also wanted a decision RIGHT NOW because if their kid went to school tomorrow they would likely DIE because it is ICY RIGHT NOW. The school held their ground, waited and made the proper decision to open 2 hours early. This prompted another stream of complaints. My kid is going to DIE because you are making them go to school and our sidewalk is ICY. Do you want my kid to DIE? Why are you so HEARTLESS? As far as I know, now children were harmed on the way to school today.
This drama was followed by the news that AHS was without power when the kids arrived at school today. It was announced that power was out and that no decision had been made about early dismissal. This announcement was followed by more posts from the dram queen parents. No power?! It’s cold outside. If you don’t send my kid home he will DIE from hypothermia! No power?! That’s dangerous! It’s dark in there. If you keep my kid there she will likely be assaulted, murdered, robbed, etc and DIE. Why are you so HEARTLESS? Why can’t you think about the children? Power was restored within 30 minutes of school starting. As far as I know, now children perished during this difficult time.
We wonder what’s wrong with kids today? Look at the parents.
At church Sunday morning, I started thinking about my life and if I am using it to make a difference in the world. There was a time a few years ago when I was working with a church youth group that I really felt that the answer to this questions was clearly yes. I hope that I was right and that what I was doing then really did have a positive influence on someone’s life. I have since moved to a new church where I am not involved in any sort of ministry at all. I still go to church every Sunday, but I am not involved in the life of the church. People only know who I am because they know who my kids are. I go to worship and I go home. That’s it. My life outside of church is not exactly full of difference making behavior, either. I go to work, I go home, I watch TV, I go to bed and then do it all over the next day. I hope in there, my relationship with my kids is making a difference in their lives, but I feel like something is missing. I need something like I had with my old youth group. I need to feel like my presence on earth matters to more than just the people in my house. I’m not sure where I need to be to do this, but it is obviously not at home on my couch in front of the TV. Is it the new church’s youth group? Another ministry there? A new job? I don’t know, but I will be praying for the answer.
Here are some examples of things I say to my kids that will eventually make them just stop speaking to me:
Son(at Ravens game) – Jacoby Jones is dressed today.
Me: That’s good. It would be a little weird if he was on the sidelines naked.
Daughter(about the movie) – My friends all said that Gravity is bad.
Me: I agree. I don’t like how it always holds me down.
Son: Salisbury(the college) called today.
Me: Did you inquire about their steaks?
Daughter – What time is it?
Me : GAME TIME!
Jessica(asking me to put a pizza in the oven for lunch) – Can you put me in a pizza?
Me – I don’t think you will fit in a pizza.
And a bonus from when I was a kid:
My mom – If anyone calls I will be at the grocery store.
Me – Where will you be if nobody call?
Anyone at dinner – Do you wanna roll?
Me – Sure(gets down on floor and rolls.
I might need help.
If you are friends with me on Facebook, you have probably seen the “stupid school” articles I share. Many of the stupid school decisions are based on a zero tolerance policy. The most recent one that really made me mad was this one:
where a high school athlete was suspended after she went to a party to drive a drunk friend home. She did not attend the party and did not drink. She was only there to get a friend who called to ask for a ride. Instead of thinking and applauding the teen for making sure a friend didn’t drive home drunk, the school used “zero tolerance” to make a really stupid decision. I could post article after article of other schools doing the same thing.
Zero tolerance is supposed to be about “making kids safer”. What zero tolerance does is take common sense and any thought out of a process that needs common sense and thought. If we are going to suspend, arrest, expel, etc a student I would like to think some thought was put into the decision to ensure that it is the proper decision. This isn’t happening. Anyone using any sort of thought process can’t possible believe it is right to suspend a student for making sure a friend got home safely. Would the school rather the friend drive drunk? Are schools really safer because kids are suspended for pretending their fingers are a gun? Wouldn’t we feel better knowing school administrators have the best interest of the kids in mind when deciding on punishment instead of just following an excessive, blanket zero tolerance party? If they aren’t required to think, can’t we at least replace them with computerized VP’s of discipline to save money?
In lieu of my normal post where I pretend like I know something about football, I would like to talk about the stupidity of fans. The Ravens are 3-4. This is not a good record and the team is not playing well. There is a very real chance they will not make the playoffs this season. The fans are not happy. I admit that I don’t enjoy watching them lose and that I did say that if they are going to miss the playoffs that I would almost rather them lose every game so they could get a high draft pick. I still, however, plan to go the the home games, watch the away games and cheer for them to win. I will also be disappointed when they lose, but I won’t stop watching and I will never boo them. Others have already started booing the home team. That is never acceptable.
I also don’t have the short memory that other fans apparently have. Since Harbaugh and Flacco have been with the team they have not missed the playoffs once. They just won the Super Bowl last season. at 3-4 this year people are already saying they should bench Flacco and start Tyrod Taylor. Are you insane? Flacco was the Super Bowl MVP last year and you want to bench him after 7 games the next season? I think Flacco has done a pretty good job considering he lost Boldin and Pitta, had no run game and faces pressure on almost every play. People need to take the time to look at all aspects of the game instead of thinking everything is always the quarterback’s fault. I will be happy to have Flacco as the Ravens’ QB for many years.
I heard some people this morning starting to talk about Harbaugh as the problem. Maybe we should get a new coach. Are you insane? He has taken the team to the playoffs every year as the coach and won the Super Bowl last year. Do you remember the shape the team was in when he got here? He has done an excellent job as the coach of the Ravens. So I think he’s made some questionable decisions, especially this season? Yes, I do. Do I think he’s still the best man for the job? Yes, I do. It’s really stupid to stat questioning a coach’s ability to coach seven games removed from a Super Bowl win.
I would much rather the team be 7-0 or even 4-3, but I’m not going to give up on players and coaches because of a bad start. I won’t even give up on Flacco and Harbaugh if they go 3-13. I won’t be happy, but I will trust them to figure out the issues and gt better next year and I will still never boo them.
I think it’s appropriate that they highlighted the restroom locations in yellow.
It looks like they have labeled the entire hallway as an appropriate place to use the restroom.
I still think a library conference needs a class on spatial awareness, subtitled get the hell out of the middle the hallway/food line/coffee line.
Robin Wasserman was an excellent speaker and I can’t wait to read her books(not funny, but true)
Someone said it was nice to see me in real life. They must be drunk. Where’s the alcohol?
I like teenagers a lot more than I like other adults.
Seriously, though, it was a good day, the speakers were very good, the teens in my groups were talkative and people got to see me in real life.