The Campaign For DA

12.17.2015

Random Thursday Morning Thoughts



  • I had a fantastic moment on Tuesday when my Bridgeport Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Hill, was on the courthouse square and just stopped by the office because she was feeling "sentimental" and just wanted to give me a hug. 
  • That made me think about how people influence you as a young person. She ran her class by dividing us up into three different groups based upon the grades you had made in grades one through three. The top group received harder assignments and more homework than the lower groups. But the genius was each group competed against their peers. I told her, "You could not get away with that today." I think she wanted to go on a rant about the current state of education.
  • Her late husband, V.M. Hill, may have been the greatest discplinarine I've ever seen and also had an impact on me. Crazy things I remember: I was late for his home room 7th grade class one morning (Drafting. Anyone out there know what drafting is?) I walked into the room and he stared me down in front of the quiet class and asked me why I was late. I blamed it on my mom. I still remember it: "Mr. Green, I happened to know where you live. You could have walked here and been on time if you had wanted to make the effort." I would never again be embarrassed for not making an effort.
  • He was also the 7th and 8th grade football coach and it came down to a miraculous chance at a perfect season for both teams. On the 7th grade team, in the last game, I sniffed out an end around in the last two minutes against Bowie and abandoned my responsibilities as defensive end and tracked down the slot receiver as he was about to get the ball in the backfield. Much to my horror, the quarterback saw I had sniffed it out, didn't hand off the ball, and took off around the end where I was supposed to be. I don't know which teammate bailed me out, but they stopped him before he got to the end zone and we won. However, Coach Hill pulled me out of the game immediately (the first time all season) so I got to watch the win from bench. Lessons: (1) You aren't as smart as you think you are, and (2) You do your job as you have been taught. 
  • Both 7th and 8th grade teams finished undefeated. V.M. Hill surprised everyone in the Spring by retiring. He went out on top.
  • I can't get enough of this Donald Trump craziness.
  • I've dogged Texas lawyer Tony Buzbee to no end. He's a Plaintiff's lawyer who has made a fortune, is cocky, and is on the board of regents for aTm. And this morning I see this lead sentence of a story: "After a six-day long trial, Tony Buzbee's client, the estate of Jose Flores, a seaman who died after being bitten by a spider while working on a vessel, won a $41 million jury verdict against the company that operated the ship."
  • Someone dropped by a wooden hand carved cross at the office yesterday in honor of my mother. The guy who made it was featured in an article in the Messenger a while back. This has been one heck of a week. And, honestly, I want this year to be over.
  • One Idiocracy thing about the Republican Debate was how many of the candidates wore red (a tie), white (shirt), and blue (suit).


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

The RTG pic just cries out to be a .gif.

Bacon said...

Bacon Scale
4.8 out of 5
OMG WOW. She is so hot!!!

GJ BG!!!

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump said what we are thinking during the debate especially on wanting the trillions back spent on the wars. He ask us what did we get out of it. And when he was going after the terrorists families, he said they can kill us and we can't kill them? I think American have had enough of trying to save the world. We need to think about saving ourselves and Donald Trump gets it.

Anonymous said...

RTG is def not a Ferrari, cuz she got those nasty bumper stickers on her body.

Anonymous said...

Poor Barry doesn't realize that his twisted belief system has made the country worse in every way imaginable.

Anonymous said...

That made me think about how people influence you as a young person.


It must be nice to always stop and smell the roses and ponder of the past while the rest of us work our asses off worrying about corrupt politicians, how to keep our jobs, how to close the border and protect our families from peace loving Muslims, etc.

Terry Stewart said...

I can understand about you meeting your teacher and her remembering you. What a compliment to you and to her. As a teacher myself, after 32 years of teaching, I enjoy seeing my students who are in the 40's now and catching up. It's always rewarding to see students succeed in life and those who live a life of purpose and productivity. Thanks for sharing. Nice to begin the day with a positive. Sr. Stewart

Anonymous said...

RTG - you have deliverdd some great ones lately but this one, maybe its the close shot, all I can say is...yummy!

RPM said...

Didn't they call that class Mechanical Drawing?

Anonymous said...

I had Mr. Hill in shop class. The thing I remember most is he used to name his levels of corporal punishment (spanking). You wanted to stay on the quarter pounder level!!

Anonymous said...

How do you make a cross out of a wooden hand?

I know what drafting is but I'm more fond of rubbing and rubbing is racin'!

DF Cole Trickle

Anonymous said...

Mr. and Mrs. Hill made an impact on many young people in Bridgeport over the years. My children all had especially good relationships with them.

Sounds to me like 8:55 has a chip on his shoulder about someone being successful in life. Your outlook of looking for the positive in things is in part where your success comes from. You don't judge people by how the look, but by their acts.

Hang in there. You can count on our votes come November.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see Trump and Hillary debate. He will totally push her over the edge!!

Anonymous said...

I had Mr. Sparks for drafting. Moore middle school, where Earl Campbell still holds all the track records.

He made us cut out our own paddles and would tell us how many holes to drill in them depending on how bad we'd been. Jerk also would yell at you half the time if you free handed anything, and half the time when you didn't.

Anonymous said...

I told her, "You could not get away with that today."

Please stop with the know it all bull. You have no idea what's going on in education or elementary education in these here days.

Stick with what you know like Natalie Merchant and Love Actually and Gore Dawn Keith.

Not the Speaks Volumes Guy said...

Ethan Couch the affluenza drunk driving murderer is on the run and you a drunk driving lawyer don't want to talk about it. Speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

That's a cool story about your teacher. I still run into some of my teachers that I had and I always try to voice my appreciation. What you described her doing is differentiated instruction and I can assure it still happens in schools. Certainly not with the competition, but any school worth anything is tailoring instructional needs to the level of their students.

Anonymous said...

8:55 -

We all make our own choices about what we want to focus on each day. Looks like you've made yours.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who know how to do a reverse image search through Google Images, today you will be greatly rewarded.

Anonymous said...

How do you make a cross out of a wooden hand? - 9:54

Ask Chubbs Peterson.

DF Happy Gilmore

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and Grizzly Adams had a beard!

Anonymous said...

You all should have known that the rich "Cracka" Ethan was going to run. Yall F$%^@ would have put a minority in jail for life for the same crime. You dumb A@# "Cracka's" Now all of those families have to suffer while this fool is probably on the beach somewhere getting tanked......

Anonymous said...

10:33, last I heard Barry wasn't the kid's attorney. But while we're on the subject of speaking up 10:33, I don't hear you talking about the Springtown Cop that was having sex with highschool girls.

Speaks volumes, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Skippy, I hope you get 8 years of Trump craziness.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 11:59 that the guy trolling Barry about the affluenza kid needs to go. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at the Dr that came up with that BS.

Anonymous said...

Rhome hired the ex Springtown cop Owens. He was on wfaa news for harassing teenagers. Maybe they will hire this gentleman also.

Anonymous said...

10:33, Some internet anonymous posted something stupid on another blog. You are an internet anonymous and you dont want to talk about it. Speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

I'm a good drawer

Pablito Picasso

Anonymous said...

Devonte Patterson is back for Bridgeport