Just a thought

Ummm….isn’t one of the conspiracies about 9/11 that the fire could not have weakened the structure enough to bring the towers down? Doesn’t the work of one tanker truck on a highway beg to differ? (Btw, doesn’t this remind you of a Salvador Dali painting?)


No, this won’t be on the final!

Usually I get questions such as, “May I go to the bathroom? May I get a drink? Is this on the final?” I don’t usually get questions from adults. Well, other teachers might ask, “What are you teaching next year? What are you going to do over the summer?” Everything seems school related. So, when I got the opportunity to volunteer for some questions to be asked of me…I volunteered gladly. Rachel, upon answering questions posed to her, asked for volunteers to be interviewed and I will do likewise. If you would like me to ask you five questions, just let me know in the comments section and I will get back to you by the end of the week.
Rachel’s questions….

1. If you could get any first edition book for free, what would it be?
That’s a tough one. One of my favorite books ever is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I would have to say that one. She’s one of my all-time favorite literary heroines. She was a hard-luck kid who, through God’s Providence, found happiness and love.

2. Daisies or roses?
I absolutely love daisies! Gerber daisies are my favorites. I used to work at a flower shop in Van Nuys, CA when I was 18 and they always brightened my day. I researched their background because I was thinking of planting some in my grandmom’s garden. They are native to South Africa. I thought that was funny, since I am Dutch Afrikaan. I love tulips with almost equal fervor, though. Daisies remind me of sunshine and smiles…sounds dumb, but they do. Roses are pretty, and smell nice, but it takes more heart and thought to give a flower that lacks a hackneyed presence. (I hope to have a really pretty rose garden someday, though.)

3. What was the first album/cassette you bought?
The first cassette I bought was Queen, The Game (1980). Iron Maiden was next..go figure.

The first album I bought was B.J. Thomas, Happy Man (1978). I was 10 and still a good girl. It is a gospel album that I just about wore out. I’ve always liked his voice and secretly listen to him in my car if he happens to appear while I’m skipping around the stations. (Somehow I jumped from gospel to Billy Squirer…whatever.)

I probably didn’t really start buying much of my own music until I started babysitting and then working. My mom wasn’t going to buy me any of that “devil-music.”

4. What is your home page set to?
What? You’re not supposed to have it set to MSN? I have a google home page with lots of customization. No. I haven’t found a site other than those that I’d make a home page. Any suggestions?

5. If you were on the side of the road with a flat tire and the only person who stopped to help was a hippie with a VW beetle covered in anti-war stickers, what would you do?

I’d use my cell phone to call AAA. Besides, a hippie that knows how to change a tire is one thing, but a hippie that has the physical strength to change a tire? Puhleeeeeeeeze!

For my own sick enjoyment, I could always make the hippie cry while I’m waiting for AAA, though. I could tell him Jerry Garcia is dead and never coming back. That should make him cry.

You Are 23 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view – and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what’s to come… love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You’ve had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You’ve been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Headlines of sorts

Just a warning…I’m really bored, and the brain is dull.

Guess they were out of sausage?

Couric may leave CBS EVENING NEWS…
Any bets she lands at the view?

Rosie to Sheryl Crow: ‘Have You Seen My Ass?’…
Please, Rosie, no one wants to see your ass. Heck, no one wants to see any part of you. That paper bag your girlfriend puts over your head is not some cute “game” she plays…like she said.

YAY!!!! Wait. He doesn’t keep his promises does he? Darnit!

Democrats slap Condi with subpoena…
Condi retorts with a stiletto heel right between the eyes. What? You thought it was just a fashion statement?

McCain formally announces his bid for president…
…to an empty room.

CLAIM: China to Force Rain Ahead of Olympics…
Ok. 1.) Where’s Al Gore to complain about messing with nature? 2.) God won’t like this.

Ore. gov. starts week on food stamps
Yeah, because a week of public assistance will teach him what it is like to be poor. Wait…he’s an elected official. He is on public assistance, just on the upper end of the pay scale.

Lucas, Hamill reunite for “Star Wars” spoof
Are they that bored? I’m always bored, but you don’t see me doing insanely dumb stuff to emabarrass myself in a public forum, do you? (ummm…oops)

Canada to ban incandescent light bulbs by 2012
Trust me, no “lightbulbs” have been going off up there in a long time (save for my family members who were very smart people, God rest their souls).

Boy gets toilet seat stuck on his head
Taking being anal to a new dimension.

Potentially habitable planet found
Let’s start a list of who should be there: Gore, Baldwin, rabid dogs, Bjork,…

Addictive drugs harm brain’s natural brake: study
Ummm, duh! That’s why you get addicted!

Not So Smart? You Can Still be Rich!
See: Hollywood, sports stars, etc…

Spinal Tap reunites to fight climate change
Rumors have it that they will dress in fig leaves, Al Gore will be on drums, and in a hit against the regular old American “garden” cucumber, Derek Smalls will be using the English cucumber.

I thought ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was a terrible idea: Gore
Oh, so money was the reason he did it.

Man accused of dental work in garage
Dental molding does not go in the mouth, idiot!

Egypt’s ‘Dr. Ruth:’ Muslims need better sex
Yeah. We’ve seen what all that “frustration” can do.

Fraud probe sought after carbon offset industry found to suffer ‘serious credibility concerns’…
Credibility concerns? No one saw this as a scam to begin with? Oh, but Gore stands to make lots of money from it. Duct tape, please!

Philadelphia Shuts Down Psychics…
Do you think they saw it coming?

Clinton Says Her Southern Twang a Virtue
To know what a virtue is, you have to have one first, condescending prick! Oh, come on…you know she has to have one!

M.I.T. Dean Of Admissions Admits To Falsifying Resume
Funny and ironic! Ummm…only took 28 years to find this out…guess they’re not rocket scientists, afterall!

Judge mulls making alfalfa ban permanent
Darla is quite upset! Froggy is looking to move in on Alfalfa’s territory.

Arctic reindeer may help cure disfiguring disease
Finally, Rudolph will be cured!

Chance of a lifetime

Today I was invited by a teacher to listen to a presentation being made to her class. The presentation was given by a holocaust survivor.

This strong woman, now in her elder years softly, yet so vividly painted a picture of courage, perserverance, and hope.

Her family hid for four years, always on the run from the Nazis. They trudged through unforgiving weather and terrain, in the face of certain death, to go from one “safe” area to another. Hiding with vermin and experiencing illness. Even while separated at times, the family never gave up hope on survival. Eventually they were all reuinited, thanks to what I believe was an angel used by God.

There I sat in an American classroom, among chidlren of varying backgrounds/cultures, and to realize that I’m not in fear of a soldier walking in and telling me I can’t read or that I don’t fit the “image” of what is now the preferred race. My students and I can talk freely, argue freely, and I can come and go as I please in life. I can worship the God I want. I can go to work. I can do all of these things FREELY, without thinking or realizing those are my innate rights…I can just do what I please. I don’t have to look over my shoulder. Not giving it a single thought.

That, my friends, is why people like Harry Reid and other Democrats scare me. Yeah. The world needs to treat each other better. Yeah. There are people who need things that they don’t have. However, we’ll have even less if people are afraid to perservere and are too cowardly to take that same “long walk” to ensure a brighter future for our society and our world.

I could see her reliving it. She expressed that she re-feels the fatigue she felt. Her descriptions of prisons were heart wrenching. However, one thing that was always evident in her portrayal of her experiences and the experiences of her immediate family…hope that each other would survive, somehow. Hope that there would be a future without the hate and brutality they experienced. Hope to be free. Sound familiar?