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!
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
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!