Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hugs, Guitars and Questionable Nuts

Silly school system
I've been reduced to contemplating the merits of same-sex elementary school classes and my regular hate-on for uniforms in public schools over and over lately, so I thank the Zombie Princess for blogging about these juicy nuggets of brow-furrowing quality...

A 13-year old was given two days detention recently for violating a school policy banning public displays of affection when she hugged two friends! It is almost as sad that her family is not shouting from the rooftops about this but rather making rather gentle statements like "I’m just hoping the school board will open their eyes and just realize that maybe they shouldn’t be punishing us for hugs". They even felt the need to justify things a bit by noting that the embraces weren’t even real hugs, "just an arm around the shoulder and slight squeeze"!!!

AND… officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

Oh my. No hugs and games of tag???? This is where I reveal that my son isn't really unschooled (haha suckers!)… he's actually serving a permanent detention for being HUMAN and HAVING! TOO! MUCH! FUN!

Guitar hero
A little known fact (ie: there were no witnesses): I hit 76% of the notes on "Hit me with your best shot" recently ("easy" level). AND, I my fingers cramped-up. Check out the following link to see what my friend Hayden will be up to in say 6-8 months… a year tops! Even if you don't understand the lasting attraction of guitar hero, this frat boy's playing is mind-bogglingly impressive... VIDEO Expert Guitar Hero

And finally...
Why do people like hazelnuts? I like most things (I think), but the unnatural, gawd-awful putridness of hazelnuts leaves me cold. Good thing then that today, when someone at the office gave me a chocolate with hidden hazelnut components, I had a "You're doin' a heckuva job brownie (with raspberries)" at the ready to wash away the taste-stench. So I guess the real question is, why don't more people embrace the whimsicaly beautiful chocolate/raspberry union and stop trying to ruin chocolate with nuts of less than marginal value? I'm talking to you Switzerland!


diana(hahamommy) said...

Where was the camera?? I'll take your word for it! I managed to get through the whole first set on easy, even did the Rock and Roll All Night encore :)

Not a Hazelnut fan here, either - glad in fact that fad seems to be waning. Another nutty nut peeve: Folks who leave CA to vacation in HI, only to bring back CA grown macadamia nuts for their friends back home - and for far more money than you can get them from the guy on the cement island in the Valley. Nuts!

Kevin said...

Last night, I watched my 7-year-old daughter play Guitar Hero III, using Tom Morello from Radiohead as her avatar while playing "Hit Me with your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar. All the while, I wondered how much money it would take for Radiohead to cover that Benatar song.

Along the same line, I'm waiting for the 80's version of GH to become available for XBox. At long last, I can watch Slash and Lars Umlat tear through a Morrissey song. Sweet justice!