October 1st, 2006


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From this article in the New York Times:

Ms. McGee, 51, a popular art teacher with 28 years in the classroom, is out of a job after leading her fifth-grade classes last April through the Dallas Museum of Art. One of her students saw nude art in the museum, and after the child’s parent complained, the teacher was suspended.

Although the tour had been approved by the principal, and the 89 students were accompanied by 4 other teachers, at least 12 parents and a museum docent, Ms. McGee said, she was called to the principal the next day and “bashed.”

She later received a memorandum in which the principal, Nancy Lawson, wrote: “During a study trip that you planned for fifth graders, students were exposed to nude statues and other nude art representations.” It cited additional complaints, which Ms. McGee has challenged.

The school board suspended her with pay on Sept. 22.

In a newsletter e-mailed to parents this week, the principal and Rick Reedy, superintendent of the Frisco Independent School District, said that Ms. McGee had been denied transfer to another school in the district, that her annual contract would not be renewed and that a replacement had been interviewed.
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First encounter of teh stoopid worth mentioning! *is all excited*

I work in a vegetarian restaurant, and sometimes get tourists from all over the world, including the USA and European countries. Today, this American woman came to eat... I live in Canada, by the way, where the currency is obviously the Canadian dollar.

Me: It comes out to a total of $23.33 please. *smiles politely*
Woman: *hands me a bill of US$100)

Now that's not a problem, our cash register can convert amounts in US bill into Canadian, and the change amount is given in Canadian dollars.

Me: *starts to take out $20 bills*
Woman: Oh no, I don't want the change in Canadian, give me American bills.
Me: ... We can't do that, we'd have to convert the money back to American dollars and that would be too compli--
Woman: Yes I'd prefer that, give me American bills.
Me: ... *turns to manager* Can I give back the change in American money?
Manager: *shakes head negatively* M'am, it is the exact same amount anyway, it's just converted into Cana--
Woman: *frustrated* No, why can't you give me back the change in American dollars?
Me: Well--
Woman: *grunts* Let me see if I have a Canadian $20 bill... Urgh whatever just give me the change.
Me: *does so*
Woman: I don't understand why you guys don't have American money in your cash registers!!
Me: ...Because we're in Canada?
Woman: *leaves*

I wanted to hit her. D: I refrained from saying any rude thing.

EDIT: Sorry for the double mention of where I live. :P I realized after I posted and had to wait for the post to be accepted to edit! >.<; Fixed fixed, along with a minor grammar mistake to please everyone. :D

What form do I fill out in order to crash into police headquarters?

This post reminded me of my favorite stupid sign.  Sadly, I don't have a photo.
When going west on Fayette Street in downtown Baltimore, there's a sign on the traffic light at the intersection with Frederick Street.  It reads:

No left turn at Frederick Street
except authorized vehicles

If you look left (south), you will see the very solid building that is the headquarters of the Baltimore City Police Dept.
Apparently, they don't mind you crashing through the front door, but only if you work for the city.
I guess it's less paperwork.

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Austria just elected a new parliament.  This is from the after-election discussion:

Host of discussion: So, your party lost 8%. They say that losers are orphans, it this true for you? [This seems to be some obscure proverb that I've never heard of. Whatever.]
soon-to-be-ex-Big Boss of Austria: Not at all, I have father and mother, both sadly deceased.
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