6.30.2008

Random Monday Night Thoughts

  • And to think that the most comments ever received (in the Comment Moderation Era) would be a post that began "I'm having Internet issues at the office."
  • I could eat Mexican food every day. 
  • I saw an ad for a contemporary Christian music compilation on TV and it really looked pretty good. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and some groups that seemed familiar. Then the TV ad told me that they would slash the price from $19.95 to $9.95 if I "called within 10 minutes." Of course, if I call anytime I can get it for $9.95, and it felt odd to be lied to in connection with Christian music.
  • I would never go to Branson, Missouri.
  • I don't think I ever remember two movies cracking the $50 million barrier on the same weekend. But it happened this week. And that Indiana Jones movie is an eyelash shy of the amazing $300 million mark - and I've nothing but bad things about it. 
  • Has the economy ever seemed more fragile? The stock market has plunged, gas prices at an all time high, the mortgage crisis, air travel is becoming unaffordable, and food prices are becoming alarming. Then again, the public is still going to the movies.
  • Whatever happened to that kid from The Sixth Sense?
  • During the last "energy crisis", Congress lowered the speed limit to 55 mph to save on gas. I haven't heard that proposed at all this time.
  • And that was an example of Congress imposing its will on the states by utilizing a legislative trick. Congress can't control state speed limits so it simply said it would withhold federal highway funds from any state that didn't comply. Somehow that's legal. (That's also why every state lowered it's DWI alcohol concentration level to .08,)
  • I wouldn't be a coach, teacher, or school administrator. Seems like a constant beating of politics, parents, and crazy kids. Except the summers off would be cool. 
  • Giggle.
  • I like "bullet points."  
  • Legends become stronger with the passage of time. Case in point: The Spaceman in the Aurora Cemetary.
  • They are hard to find, but an incredibly crazy book about the story of Boyd's Ricky Lee Green is called Blood Rush.  I lent mine to someone in the county about three years ago but I can't remember who it was.
  • Most TV weathermen appear to talk without a teleprompter and with the graphics constantly changing in the background. And they are generally stutter or misspeak free. I think that would be hard to do. 
  • I heard that we crowned a new Miss Texas USA over the weekend. That pageant, along with almost all pageants, have seemed to fallen off of our radar.
  • Not sure what I think about this: If you have a family member who was killed on a state highway due to an drug or alcohol related incident (whatever that definition may be), you can pay the State of Texas $300 a year to put up a marker at that location.
  •  I've been fairly satisfied with Embarq internet services at the office, but being down for three days (and still down as of this morning) is not a good experience.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Sixth Sense Kid got busted for pot not too long ago.

And if you're interested in beauty pageants then you must belong to one of two groups of people (1)really sad women who are incredibly goofy and trying hard to live their lives vicariously through their own daughters (by forcing them to participate) or (2) effeminate gay men

Anonymous said...

The new Indiana Jones was a major disappointment!

Anonymous said...

Barry, your blog is invaluable in getting local news out and about. Keep it up.

Re: Trice

He has resigned "pending a separation agreement" with the board. Make that read $$$$$$$$$$$

He and stooge Wilson didn't go to the trouble of extending Trice's contract to five years for nothing.
Laying the ground work.

Also a footnote to the poor souls (administrator and wives) who lined up in support of Trice. (probably at his command) He bailed on you idiots, left you to face the crowd next year by yourself. I dont' envy you.

He is outa here if the AISD board puts enough dollars in his pocket.

The school and community are in shambles, The school board has been duped. They have one hell of a choice: let him continue raping the district or bankrupt the district so they can start the rebuilding process.

Starr said...

Going to Branson in August. Not my first choice, but I think it's a rite of passage for all parents of small children. Silver Dollar City might be a beating for adults, but my six, four, and two year old will be happy. (Hopefully.) We will not be seeing any of the shows of performers previously thought deceased who in actuality have theaters in Branson.

Anonymous said...

Does this blog have a drive thru window?

betty boop said...

Blood Rush was the most disturbing book I have ever tried to read in my life, I threw it in the trash before I could finish it so I would take no chances that my children would get hold of it. And by the way, BG, you can get it on amazon.com...

Anonymous said...

Do not read "Blood Rush"! I read about 2 chapters and it made me sick! Threw it away without reading more!

Anonymous said...

PLEASE DON'T MENTION A@#$%&!!!

Anonymous said...

8:33 i had not really thought about it that way before, but now that you mention it, does look like they might have been setting up the district for a major collapse. well done mr trice, i hope your ass gets nailed for what you've caused, you and your gang of no-goods.....

Anonymous said...

Only teachers get off for the summer. Coaches get off some of the summer. Administrators work the entire year.

Anonymous said...

i find it interesting you have "Random Monday Night Thoughts" posted by 9 in the morning.

however, if you are going off of the feeling that this day is lasting forever already, and it feels like we should be going home right now, then i'm right there with you...

Anonymous said...

Teachers are not really "off" for the summer. It is "pay back" for the overtime we aren't paid during the year. We are the only profession that it it implicit that we take more work home EVERYDAY (especially at the secondary level). In other words....grading. Schools, none that I know of, do not build time into the schedule for teachers to grade papers. Take an English teacher for example...if your classload is around 125 students, multiply that times 5-10 minutes per essay and you get a whopping 10 hours at the least. Add all the little quizzes, daily assignments, and test that teachers give and you might get a clue why some of us could open a wine store if you looked in our "wine cellers." I don't understand why we continue to take it, either. I seriously believe we need to organize a strike. From the parent that thinks you wrong their enormously gifted brainchild by not "giving" them an "A" to the administrator that wants to show a stingy public that we are being efficient by treating teachers like sweat-shop workers, you are right, Barry, it sucks to be in the trenches of education right now.

Anonymous said...

9:34 if you think teachers get the summer off you're nuts. I'm attending three workshops this summer, start long before thes tudents come back, AND get at least one phone call a week plus 5-10 emails a week regarding my job as a teacher.

And, I'm not alone!

Anonymous said...

I could eat mexican food every day too!

Branson is boring, will not go back.

I'm still fascinated with the Ricky Green thing. I wish I could understand what they were thinking and Sharon literally got away with murder. Does anyone know where she is now?

Embarq service sinks!

Working for a school district is hard. Stupid, clueless parents make it harder.

Anonymous said...

If you went to Sharon Green's trial, which I did, you saw her testify and she was obviously (how do I say this?) very very low on the IQ scale. She is the one that came to the police and told them that she had some information that would solve some unsolved murder cases. She gave them that information, which led to her husband's arrest and conviction of the channel 5 camera guy. IF she had gone to a lawyer first, and traded her information for immunity, she would never have been tried for her part. It seemed like the jury took that into consideration, as well as the fact that she seemed so dumb & probably did do what her husband told her to do because - get this - her religion that told her a woman should be subservient to her husband. Yes, she was that dumb, she was very believable. And like I said, if she stayed quiet, the murders would not have been solved.

Anonymous said...

I would say that allowing for workshops and work we do at school during the summer, we teachers have about 4 weeks off during the summer - it is nice. And teaching is very rewarding; however, there are so many strings attached and things you must do for TEA, sponsorships that feel like nothing more than baby sitting, that the rewarding part gets pushed back.

Anonymous said...

Glad not everybody agrees with you about not being a teacher, coach or school administrator, else we'd have nobody left to educate our children....

..no wonder so many people are breaking into home schooling. Our public schools need so much re-structuring.

Maybe we can build a fire under Phil King to start the ball rolling to help public education, if he can find time from home schooling his own children.

Go figure.

Anonymous said...

Most of the folks I've known who are enamored of Branson are non drinking, church going fans of country western music and are over fifty.

It is enjoyable for that crowd.

Anonymous said...

did somebody say fittycent was going to be in branson??

Anonymous said...

why is this even a story about this idiot who couldn't read the sign that said "DANGER DO NOT ENTER"...i'll bet some real smort lawyer will figger out a way to sue anyway!! right BG ?

Anonymous said...

now that would be a real hoot! i would sure pay to see that!!!

Anonymous said...

Teaching is a calling, and all students deserve teachers who burn with the passion of that calling. The job is entirely too emotionally draining for a person to contemplate if he/she can feel satisfaction in any other profession.

Summers off? Yes, and that's when I take classes. Those classes renew my energy and keep me connected with others who share my passion.

I am blessed to work in a school with outstanding administrators who set the bar high for professional staff, and demand that we set the bar high for students. It is my job to provide the support, in concert with the parents, to allow each student to reach his or her full academic potential.

Now, pardon me while I go sit on the couch, eat bon bons, and watch soap operas. Or go write a paper over The Illiad and the necessity of even Zeus to sacrifice...

Anonymous said...

12:37 - thank you for being such a good teacher and it is great that you have good administrators to work under.

It is a real joy to hear something positive once in a while.

Anonymous said...

12:37 it's so obvious that you do not work in alvord school system..lucky you!!

Anonymous said...

I beg to pardon, 12:37. I'm tired of the "calling" bit. I am gifted in a particular academic area and happen to also have the gift of imparting knowledge about that area and I CHOOSE to impart that knowledge via a classroom setting to those willing to receive. When you compare us to certain denominations that have preachers that are "called" to preach, you do us a disservice. I expect to be treated as a professional instructor. While I don't think we ought to sit on the courthouse steps and smoke pot, I also don't want to be treated as a glorified volunteer. That image is part of our problem as teachers. I LOVE my job. I LOVE teaching. I LOVE working with teenagers but I RESENT the poor treatment we receive from the public and school administrators. That MUST be fixed.

Anonymous said...

12:59-I am pleased for you that you have a "gift." Please do not denigrate me for my passion, for my "calling." I do not associate it with religion, and I don't know why you do, but I do associate it with doing what is best for my mental and emotional well being. I believe if you talk to most doctors, you will find that have the same feeling about their profession.

I am NOT a glorified volunteer- I am actually well paid. If I choose to take on additional duties, such as club sponsorship, I receive an additional stipend. I do not tolerate poor treatment from students or parents, and I would not work in a district where I experienced poor treatment from administrators.

With all that said, I do "preach" to my students. I "preach" The Illiad and The Odyssey, Fahrenheit 451, poetry, and short stories, with a passion that exhausts them and me, and by the end of the year, those 14 and 15 year old kids are connecting everything they hear on the news or see in the movies to the literature we've lived together (drives them nuts). The best lecture I ever attended was give by a professor of archeology (a subject that holds little interest for me). By the time he finished the 50 minute lecture, he was mopping his sweaty forhead and a room full of English teachers was ready to go on a dig with him!

Anonymous said...

The economy: Unemployment consistently stays around 5%. The only thing I remember about my Principles of Economics class under Jim McCormack (ok 2 things, I surprised myself by remembering his name) is it's nearly impossible to get it much below that. New houses are going up everywhere. There are (6) 200,000 dollar+ houses going up within sight of my house. There is a large development of duplexes going up 5 miles from here. New apartments have gone up or opened recently in Decatur and Weatherford. More importantly new businesses are doing likewise. Have you fought the crowds in any store or restaurant these days? I don't know one single person who is unemployed. Lots of semis on the road especially rock trucks = good economy always has,always will. If you haven't noticed they are pretty thick out there these days. From 2003 until now there have periods where payroll expanded for 30 consecutive months. In Feb. 243,000 new jobs were created. 68% of Americans are homeowners-historic high.
God,if thing were any worser I'd kill myself.

Anonymous said...

1:29 I cried through the whole movie

Anonymous said...

2:37-Nah, I left the school that would have made a heart wrenching movie. Now I teach rich kids, and nobody's interested in kids who have great parents and who have teachers who just love their jobs!

Anonymous said...

I cried through the whole movie is my line so quit tryin to use it without my premission.

Here's another question I pose quite often.

We're drugs or alcohol involved?

Anonymous said...

3:12 probably rich white kids with college educated parents right?

Anonymous said...

7:16 A large number of college educated parents, but not all white. The minority students are actually more motivated (by themselves and their parents). They understand the doors opened by education.

It's a huge change from the small Wise County school where I used to work. The one where a school board member's wife commented about the summer English AP reading assignment "Well that's just stupid." The attitudes begin at home.

Anonymous said...

that figgers!!

Anonymous said...

10:56, teachers have 186-189 day contracts. Administrators have 226-230 day contracts.

Anonymous said...

That gal in the picture needs to come see me about those freckles. They may be carcinoma. I think a total skin exam is in order

Double Fake Dr. 901210

Anonymous said...

3:23 A search shows 100+ web pages with the "I cried through the whole movie quote". The oldest dating back to 1997. I'm pretty sure I first saw it in quotes from a reviewer at the top of a movie poster in the early '90s (whenever the Decatur theater was newish anyway)There's no telling how many times I've heard people say it when they get interviewed coming out of a theater. So yeah this use without permission is getting WAY out of hand dude- you are right to nip it in the bud.
I will respectfully cease and desist forthwith. Consider the recent infraction a homage.
You Rawk.

Anonymous said...

The only principal who needs to stay in AISD is the one who just came aboard at the middle school........the other two need to take a hike! I know their contracts were just renewed, but so had been Curtis'..... so why can't ANYONE there be cut loose? AND, as far as the superintendent making a "separation agreement," uh... I believe there are plenty of "causes" for his dismissal. Doesn't matter how long his contrat is, he lost control of the school, has pending litigation against him for electioneering and most likely will have put the school in pending litigation, if Curtis does what he should do and sues the dog out of AISD! Hey, school board, you CAN FIRE Trice!

Anonymous said...

9:06

If you are going to be a copy cat, at least get your signoff's factually correct. 90210, buddy.

Please don't tarnish the Double Fake name.

Real Fake Double Fake

Anonymous said...

8:58, DUH!

You think those of us who work a LOT in the summer don't know how many days we're contracted for?

Wow - you're really pulling a fast one over on me.

I know exactly how many days I'm required to 'put in' but I also LOVE the students, and I know I can't do it all, if I shut my door in June bnd return in August, and then be the most effective teacher I can be AND still put up with all the CRAP administrators and the state slam at us.

Your numbers are accurate, but it was a really stupid point to try and make.

Coaches have the same # of days as I do. Gee, I guess they're also wasting their time in the summer up there.

I should go and tell them!

Anonymous said...

9:34 Administrators DO NOT work the entire year. Go up and check it out - any campus, anywhere!

Anonymous said...

10:36, most coaches are on an eleven month contract (teachers are on ten) and administrators are on a twelve month contract, with a granted two weeks vacation.
Also, get off your self-appointed pedestal! Just because you choose to use up your summers in workshops, etc, doesn't mean you are a "better" teacher or a teacher who "loves" her students more! I know teachers who are devoted to their jobs, but are organized and skilled and can get a great job done, even in the 55 minute classes of yesteryear, and they don't feel the "need" to express their love to the students by wasting their summer in the bs of the educational service center or ed. classes at a university. Pat yourself on the back if you makes you happy, but throw out the pedestal. You're no better than other teachers who are just as devoted as you say you are.
I believe the other poster was letting the "uneducated" (the ones who think teachers are paid in the summer for doing nothing) know how many days we are actually contracted for and that our summer pay is actually money owed to us since our salaries are spread over 12 months, even though we are only on a 10 month contract. No need to jump all over them. geeeeeeeeeze... I think you're a bit paranoid.

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I threw in an extra digit in my double fake signoff. Hire BG and sue me!
While you're at it, submit yourself as a defendant for another lawsuit, because you got the "double fake" moniker from a certain sports talk radio station

Double Fake King of Public Domain

Anonymous said...

6:48 am, you are correct-that is the point was trying to make EXACTLY. and 10:38 pm they do work the entire year-i am married to one.

Anonymous said...

How much administrators work is a function of that administrators work ethic. I know many who are absent from duty, campaigning, having their hair done, taking care of relatives, traveling on the school's dime

Other quite literally work 24/7.

Bottom line, no one is checking. So it truly is left to the conscience of the individual.

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Jarhead said...

"Jenny, Jenny, who can I turn to?
You give me something I can hold on to
I know you think I'm like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall

Jenny, I got your number,
I need to make you mine.
Jenny, don't change your number,
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)

Jenny, Jenny, you're the girl for me.
You don't know me but you make me so happy.
I tried to call you before but I lost my nerve.
I tried my imagination, but I was disturbed.

Jenny, I got your number,
I need to make you mine.
Jenny, don't change your number,
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)

I got it, I got it, I got it!
I got your number on the wall!
I got it, I got it, I got it!
For a good time, for a good time call....

Jenny, don't change your number.
I need to make you mine.
Jenny. I'll call your number,
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)

Jenny, Jenny who can I turn to? (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
For the price of a dime I can always turn to you.
(8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9 (8-6-7-5-3-0-9)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9(//fade out//)
8-6-7-5-3-0-9
8-6-7-5-3-0-9
8-6-7-5-3-0-9"

Anonymous said...

There's a plummbing commercial where the guys name is Benny and they use his name instead of Jenny.

I laugh a bunch when I hear it.

Anonymous said...

The getting lied to in connection with Christian music statement brought back an old memory. Some girl I was going with took me to a concert at a gigantic church Prestonwood? During the concert they passed the hat which was really galvanised 2 gal buckets. The guy prodding this said,"You know,these old buses and trucks we use to travel the country bringing you this good gospel music use alot of fuel and not to mention break down A LOT." Laughter all around the audience. "You know sometimes we are just glad we got those old buses cause even if they're broke down we have a bed to lay on and a pillow for our heads." There were screams then of,"Preach it brother. We love you! etc" and more laughter.
We were sitting only 10 rows or so back and by the time that bucket got to me it was already overflowing and the guys carrying them were having to mash the money down to keep it from falling out.
We went out the back because the girl I was with went there to church and knew how to beat the traffic. Out there was an absolute sea of the most beautiful motorhomes I've ever seen all with custom paint. They were easily 500,000 dollar units. Even their haul trucks were matched painted brand new Peterbilts with double sleepers and chrome wheels and new trailers.
That was 17 years ago and the thought of those liars can still make my stomach churn.
Thanks Barry.

Anonymous said...

jar u r an idoitt...

Anonymous said...

I passed a plumbing truck on I-35-E the other day....that was part of the "Royal Flush" fleet.

Double Fake Double Flush, you know what I mean

Anonymous said...

8:54 you are right and I used to work for that administrator. That is, until Friday.

Anonymous said...

Gosh 6:48 - you win. That's what you wanted, to feel like you win, right.

And I DON'T spend my time at a university workshop or the service center - so I guess you're not as clever as you thought.

By the way, MOST coaches are NOT on an 11 month contract, at least not in my district. In fact, other than the AD, I'm not sure we have any coach on an 11 month contract.

I'm not on a self-appointed pedestal, but what clever -phrasing you use; I just think the average being needs to know that very few teachers have summers off.

Oh, and shame on us for wanting to learn more, so we can teach better, shame on us. You win again, I'm ashamed.

I guess you're not one of those teachers who uses summer time to better themselves. Too bad for your students.

Anonymous said...

10:12, my only reply to you is, "you are a paranoid, self absorbed, dildo head!"

Anonymous said...

No 10:12...you don't get it. WE DON'T GET SUMMERS OFF IF YOU AVERAGE THE HOURS WE PUT IN DURING THE SCHOOLYEAR. All that summer training, service center professional development, etc. is OVERTIME. We are the only profession that agrees to an implicit agreement that we take work home (i.e. grading, planning, parent contact). WE ARE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH TIME DURING OUR WORK DAY TO COMPLETE OUR DAILY JOB OF EDUCATING CHILDREN. The summer is payback (time-wise) for the hours we spend doing more work at home on evenings during the school year (for which we are not paid). Furthermore, we aren't paid according to other professions/careers that require similar levels of education. We, in general, are actually more educated that most professionals in other careers. 40,000 a year is NOTHING. What a joke. This is why it sucks to be in a non-union state.

Anonymous said...

11:00, sounds like you need to find another gig. While the summer may "even things out" the reality is YOU ARE STILL OFF-you don't have to go to your campus, you can sleep in, you can go to the pool during the day, run errands whatever. Bitter much?

Anonymous said...

All of you non-teachers need to stop whining, go get your education degree and come join us.

Or better yet, home-school your own kids.

Anonymous said...

11:00 Suck it up,you knew what the job was going in. You think your job sucks,try being a Banjo teacher!!

Anonymous said...

8:33 In summers, teachers are unemployed, not "off." We're not paid for those days. It's NOT "vacation." I'm not complaining-I enjoy the university courses (NOT education classes) I get to take. I enjoy AP training. But I have friends in smaller districts who have to get a summer job, or who have a part time job during the school year.

It kind of sucks to have to get a second job to be able to afford to work in the profession you love. The first year I taught, in a 1A school, my husband called it my "hobby." When I got offended, he commented "Any time you spend more on what you do than you make, it's a hobby."

Anonymous said...

12:42, I don't know what districts you have been employeed by but most districts stretch your salary over 12 months so you get a check each month-even if you have a 10 month contract.

Anonymous said...

1:51 Yes, the 10 month contract is divided by 12. That's still getting paid for 10 months of work. The other two months are NOT paid days. There are still people who work summers and part time jobs during the year in order to be able to afford to teach.

Again, I'm not complaining. When I could no longer afford to work in a district that paid too little to live, I changed schools. I just get irritated when people talk about teachers having summer off, as though teachers are getting a paid vacation.

Anonymous said...

I also get irritated when teachers are expected to do work outside their contract without being paid. Grading=work. I'm not bitter. I simply want to be paid for the work I do. If I am expected to work outside my contract hours, I should be paid for it or time needs to be built into teachers' schedules so they can perform that work during the school day. I don't think that is unreasonable or a bitter observation. If it were any other profession, people would agree. But, because we are teachers, people don't give us that kind of respect. We get dumped on. And through all of that unfairness, I still LOVE my job. I'm good at it and will retire from my profession one day.