27 June 2012

Cram Sessions

Story of my life:

  • wedding to go to this weekend
  • working this week
  • misplaced invitation
  • time: unknown
  • place: unknown
  • shoes to match dress: un-purchased

26 June 2012

Just Wasting Time

Places I got stuck in line today:

Waitin' on the coal train to pass.

Waitin' for my Starbucks beverage.

07 June 2012

Afternoon of Leisure

I spent part of my afternoon here:

While soaking up some sun, and reading, I noticed the following:

  • one cute guy, walking a fixed gear
  • boisterous bird
  • bird watcher
  • bird watcher's female companion
  • two shirtless stoner types who said, 'good morning' as they passed by at approximately 1:30pm
  • two jets
  • one helicopter
  • obnoxious mom pushing double stroller shouting into cell phone about yogurt
  • lady in scrubs, reading book
  • older man with frisbee, and young child
  • small passenger plane
  • guy with headphones
  • dog with guy with headphones
  • multiple birds
  • two girls on beach towel, eating Sonic

06 June 2012

Anatomy of School Libraries

I read [F]oxymoron'sSo What If It’s The Beginning Of The End Of DC’s School Libraries?.  What follows is my play by play reaction.

  • I absolutely loved my elementary school librarian. Mrs. Bright ... can you imagine a better name for an elementary school librarian?
  • She was a gem. 
  • Considering all levels of education, in my novice opinion, I think school libraries are most needed at the elementary level.
  • There is so much more to it than books, reading skills, fostering imagination and interests (... and forget that libraries encourage kids to read.)
    • Such as: 
    • it gives the teacher a break/ planning time, and it breaks up the monotony of sitting in a classroom
    • you learn how to behave/ different environments demand different behavior. i.e. you don't run around screaming in a library like you do on the playground.
    • you learn how to be quiet, sit still, and pay attention during story time 
    • you learn how to find things
    • you learn order
    • you learn that things have a place
    • you learn what fiction and nonfiction mean
    • you learn how to use the card catalog, and the Dewy Decimal System
    • you learn to put things back where they belong
    • you learn to respect things that aren't yours ... you learn to respect books.
  • And lastly, you learn life skills, like how to patiently wait in line, how to interact with someone when you check out a book, and you learn responsibility by being trusted to take something home, and then bring it back by a specified date. 
... or maybe I should have said, 'things you should have learned.'  Maybe I was just a lucky kid?  I feel the need to also point out that all of this could be taught by an involved parent and a public library. A novel idea, right?

02 June 2012

Anatomy of a Schmuck

I was at a sporting goods store last weekend, minding my own business, and then I heard someone say, "yes, I'm looking to purchase the most expensive canoe you have."  I turned to see what type of human makes comments like this, and I observed the following:

  • man
  • middle aged
  • American
  • beard
  • glasses
  • plaid shorts
  • loafers
  • ... not boat shoes, loafers
  • polo
  • not just any polo, a hot pink polo
  • popped collar
  • man purse
  • in addition to the, 'expensive canoe' comment I also heard him say that he wanted to rig it with an outboard motor (yes, outboard) ... in his words: 'you know, in case your arms get tired, or you pull a muscle paddling'