The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Good, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

          I'll do the bad first. Several individuals broke into our school last week and stole a bunch of ipads. My school is the closest one to the rioting and looting and burning that has been going on in Ferguson.
     
         One of the good things that happened is one our neighbors saw the stealing taking place. He drove to the National Guard station to alert them. Some of the electronics have already been recovered. I don't know if the thieves were apprehended. What I do know is this man risked his life doing the right thing. (The guys doing the stealing were quite visibly armed.) This hero was appalled, saying, "They're taking away from our kids." That is truly low...

       One other good thing is I began a couple of projects with DonorsChoose.org for some laptops. Both projects got fully funded, due to the generosity of people all over the world. (I even had a couple of donations from Sweden!)

      And now for the truly ugly. For those who have a weak stomach, avert your eyes. For those who have a delicate constitution, close this tab immediately. For those who are easily disgusted, unfollow me... now.

        (Don't say I didn't warn you.)


    
        What's that you say? You're wondering if that's a trick of light or a tear in the Croc? It's a tear. There are also some permanent stains the camera could not capture. (And they claim to be the kind of shoes you can hose off and they're good to go. I have a mind to sue 'em.) Don't Crocs have straps, you ask? Yes, but Foley (who only gnaws on MY shoes) chewed one of the straps off, so I cut off the other one. As horrible as the sight of these shoes are, the real horrifying thing is this:  I still wear these shoes out in public. (Hey! I figure the bottom of my pants covers--for the most part--the tear and the stains. And they're soooo comfortable.)

       Today the gods have smiled on me. Sleet has come. The cancellation of school has come. As Martha used to say, "It's a good thing." 
  

15 comments:

  1. It seems awfully early for weather days, but enjoy it if you have it. Sorry to hear more bad stories from your neck of the woods. I just can't comprehend how much evil and stupidity exist in our world anymore! Congrats to the man who spoke up.

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    1. Claudia--It is NEVER too early for a snow day.

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  2. You know, your posts are still being delivered to my inbox a day late. I won't be notified of this one until tomorrow, but I remembered you post on Mondays, so here I am. Does that mean I just beat the system? :)

    The bad is truly bad. And sad. The question, "What's wrong with people?" is one that we'll never be able to answer. Kudos to the man who stood up and did the right thing. Wish there were more like him.

    Congrats on the success of your fundraising!

    The Crocs. *sigh* Well, speaking as one who bears the pain of a bunion, when you find a comfy shoe, hang on for dear life. And honestly, it looks like that's what you're doing. lol

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    1. Lisa--I hope you're not dissing my Crocs. Those sturdy steeds won't tolerate such rude treatment. ;)

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  3. The two goods canceled the bad, so I'm dwelling on the Croc. How in not-heaven does one crack a Croc like that? Did you nail the heel to a ski and lean far out over the tip in an attempt to set a world ski jump record?

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    1. Val--I am gifted that way. I can fall going UP the stairs, if I'm wearing white, I don't even have to eat something in order to get ketchup or grease (or both) on my clothes, and apparently I can tear up indestructible Crocs.

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  4. Well that's a crock! You have no idea how you ripped your shoe? I have some ideas. Maybe you should expound?

    So sorry to hear about those I pads and SO proud of you for getting the funding to replace them!

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    1. Linda--Seriously, those Crocs are so ancient, I think they're tearing as a form of slow suicide. They are soooo tired and have given up.

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  5. AAAAck! My eyes! You can't unsee stuff like that, Sioux.

    (But I am very glad to hear about the courage and kindness for those kids. These old eyes always enjoy seeing the really good.) :-)

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    1. Cathy--I'm sure a few years of therapy will result in the psychological scars getting less noticeable. (I TOLD you to not look... and yet you did.)

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  6. The sleet sure wasn't a good thing to those of us who - for some unholy reason - still had school! I can't say a thing about the Crocs. I have a pair of torn shoes that are so ugly, a middle school kid once said in a snickering voice, "I like your shoes." Obviously I like them, too. Congratulations on your fundraising!

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    1. Tammy--Thanks. Your shoes may be ugly, but think they'd win a mere 2nd place ribbon next to my tan Crocs.

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  7. A pox upon the thieves, and huzzahs for the hero! My review of "Dickinstein" is up, if you'd like to read it.

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    1. Pox... and may body parts either wither away and die or quit functioning... I am so glad you enjoyed "Dickinstein," which means I'll be buying a copy soon.

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  8. Okay, I want to comment on all the previous blogs that I have missed since I have been lacking in getting on the computer. The memoir sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out. It's sad about the whole Ferguson situation and I'll definitely be trying out Cathy's Kitchen - sounds yummy. Maybe us WWWPs could go there sometime. Geez, my brain, I know I read about 4 or 5 previous blogs... hmmm, your pencils that were microwaved. Oh and Almost on the Dr. Oz show! Woot woot. The fact that you were contacted is a thing to be proud of... I'm so excited that you were contacted. And your crocs... well, when you have a fav, you just have to keep on going until they can't go any more. Did I miss anything? Probably.

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