April 23, 2012
Today was another of those days where I searched hither and yon for a suitable article to write about. OK, truth be told, I only searched hither. If I had gone to yon I wouldn't have had enough money to get back. I did manage to find something that might tickle your fancies, though.
Those of us who are parents learn to expect the unexpected when the kids are young (and even sometimes when they're older. Tantrums are an ugly but not at all uncommon part of growing up.
Salecia Johnson is a six year-old kindergartener. She was in school in Midgeville, Georgia when she had a royal spaz attack. She apparently threw books and toys, tore at wall hangings threw a shelf that hit her principal in the leg, and jumped on a paper shredder and tried to break a glass frame, acording to an AP article carried in the Washington Post.
As tantrums go, this one was a beaut, but the school's reaction is the subject of heated debate. They called the police.
When an officer arrived and tried to calm the child in the principal's office, she resisted, authorities said. She then was handcuffed and taken away in a patrol car.
Baldwin County schools Superintendent Geneva Braziel called the student's behavior "violent and disruptive."
"The Milledgeville police department was ultimately called to assist due to safety concerns for the student, other classmates and the school staff," Braziel said in a statement.
Interim Police Chief Dray Swicord said the department's policy is to handcuff people when they are taken to the police station, regardless of their age, "for the safety of themselves as well as the officer." He said the child was restrained with steel cuffs, the only kind the department uses. He also said the girl will not be charged with a crime because she is too young.
The girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child's mother to pick her up at the police station. She said Salecia was in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs.
"She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists," Ruff said. "She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up."
The police chief said the girl was taken to the squad room, not a holding cell, and officers there tried to calm her and gave her a soda.
The girl was suspended and can't return to school until August, her mother, Constance Ruff, told WMAZ-TV.
So, dear readers, what say you? Was the school overreacting or did they act appropriately? Is the idea of a suspension until next school year along with the arrest reasonable? How would you have dealt with the situation?
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I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can ever remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable. - Mrs. Robert A. Taft
Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks. - Dr. SunWolf
A Beautiful Gesture
At my wedding I was amazed how well my mother controlled herself, until my grandmother had reached over to my grandfather's wheelchair and gently touched his hand. That was all it took to start my mother's tears flowing.
After the wedding, Mom went over to my grandmother and told her how that tender gesture triggered her outburst.
"Well, I'm sorry to ruin your moment," Grandmother replied,"but I was just trying to get him to stop snoring."
Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.
Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.
Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. all from William Penn, English admiral, born on this day in 1621
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Winter around these parts was quite mild, then spring came early in March. We had 80F temperatures well before we expected them. It is now the end of April.
Last week, right after Easter, we had our first "freeze warning" since February. We had been having days of 60F, 70F, and even 80F. All the greenery had already been coming back to life. Then, as usual, the warming trend restarted, wit temperatures topping the mid-80's.
As I write this, we have another freeze warning. Tonight it is supposed to drop into the low 30's and there's a possibility of frost and freezing temperatures in the northern sections of our "viewing area". Over the next few days, we are expecting another warming trend.
The "normal" around here this time of year is rain about every 3 days. So far, this year is normal, in that respect. What is unusual is the cooler temperatures when this rain comes in. With the peaks and valleys of the temperatures, it usually rains when a cold front moves across the area. At least, so far, it has been rain, although being out in it all day geocaching has proven that gloves and multiple players are still a good thing.
We have been luckier than some. I've watched the national weather forecast and have seen snow predicted in the central plains up north, and even today and tomorrow, snow is predicted for the Appalachan and New England areas. I know of one friend who is probably dancing naked in celebration of one more measurable snowfall. But, that's about all the celebration of the cooler temperatures that I know about.
I expect the peaks to level out for a while, but I expect the valleys to become more shallow as spring deepens and summer comes. But, that will be short lived as the peaks will begin to peak, for sure, and heat waves instead of cold waves will take prominence.
Yes, this is the Midwest. The old saying around here is, if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes. It'll change.
Here's your quiz:
Are your climate condiyions usually stable, or more like a roller coaster?
Over the span of a week, how many occurences of rain do you encounter?
What are the average high's and low's for your region this time of year?
Seesaw - In Many Ways, Life Has It's Ups and Downs
Cliff (the High-Tech Redneck who doesn't rate a fancy 'signature pic')Ranina's Ruminations
Condo Life (part 1 of 2)
This could happen to you.
I bought my condo during the housing boom, 5 years ago. I never wanted to own property because too many very expensive things can go wrong that I wouldn't know how to fix. Although I was renting a decent townhome in a subdivision, the large fluctuations in rental price prompted me to finally follow the advice of all my friends. I bought a condo, thinking that at least I could avoid outside maintenance. It's a nice, comfy little townhome-style unit with a large deck where I thought I would have some freedom and privacy.
My presumption could not have been further from the truth. Condos come with associations and I have discovered that associations are almost never a good thing. Although I knew, of course, that there was an association at the time of closing, no one could (or was willing to) tell me anything about the association bylaws. This left me unwittingly standing there with the keys to my new castle, waiting for a truckload of sewage to be dumped on my head.
I love to barbeque, so one of the first things I did when I moved in was set up my ultra-deluxe charcoal/gas grill along with my smoker unit on the deck. That first week, I was told that only one grill was allowed on a deck. I removed the smoker. Two weeks later I was told that only gas appliances were allowed on the deck. Nothing that could burn wood or charcoal was allowed. I was also told, although my grill could use either gas or charcoal, that it was not allowed because it could "possibly" burn charcoal. For this offence, I was charged $50.00.
After having a major, ugly fit because I never got to see any of these whim -- uh, bylaws, the fine was removed and I was given the website address where I could view them in entirety. I bought a gas grill and removed my pride-and-joy deluxe charcoal/gas grill to the garage, where the smoker could keep it company.
When summer arrived, I put a fan in the window to draw cooler air into the house. I was reported for having a window air conditioner (not allowed, I knew, in the bylaws). I countered that complaint to the board, providing pictures and explaining the obvious difference between a window air conditioner and a fan.
I should mention that all of these "reports" were coming from my next-door neighbor, who was president of the association and felt she could do whatever she wanted to condo owners. She and I had spoken several times outside. Conversation was pleasant and she gave no indication that she had any type of problem with me. But instead of coming to me with any concerns, she just kept reporting anything at all to get me fined. She said she regularly walked through the complex, reporting anything she considered a violation. I stopped conversing with her after that, simply saying "hello" and moving on whenever our paths crossed. I later discovered a write-up about this property on the internet, written by someone who moved simply because of the association abuse.
Next, as summer really started to burn, I noted that my central air unit could not compete with the sun burning down all day through all of my south-facing windows and the sliding-glass patio door. Even with blinds and drapes closed and the air conditioner running constantly, my house would heat up to around 87 degrees. I had my central air unit inspected and was told everything was working properly. I knew that window air conditioners were not allowed, so I bought a large, portable indoor unit that only vented through the window through a small, plastic window insert that matched the window trim. The unit even dispersed an occasional fine mist through the insert, instead of dripping.
Of course, Chatty Cathy (our fine president) reported that as a window air conditioner. Fortunately, everyone had gotten together and voted her out of office by then. I provided pictures of the indoor unit and the small window insert that was not even noticeable unless you were looking for it. The fine was removed and the portable unit stayed.
(To be continued. The really good part is yet to come.)
Kirsten's Krazy Kaleidoscope
"Bruce's story about the existence of extraterrestrials comes as no surprise to me. I've known for years that we are not alone in this universe. For one thing, no earthly being could possibly be as hostile as my ex-wife, not that I'm bitter."
~ Random quote from Tim - Really Good Quotes, August 13, 2004 ~
As I write this, it is Saturday afternoon, and I have a 10K race tomorrow morning. By the time you read this, the race will be over and if all goes according to plan, I will be basking in the glow of a race well run. But as of now, I am doing my usual day-before-race stuff. I am hydrating like crazy, taking extra vitamins, and eating nutritiously with a bit of extra carb intake.
I did this particular race two years ago, when it was still called the Sporting Life 10K instead of the currently named Yonge Street 10K. Back then, before some weird political fight between the race sponsor and the Canada Running Series, the race was held on the first Sunday in May. Despite these organizational changes, the race is still run on the same course - a fast, mostly downhill course.
The race of two years ago coincided with two other things, neither of them good. Firstly, I had a stomach bug, although I did not know that at the time I was running. I had put the queasy feeling in my stomach down to pre-race jitters. Shortly after I got home and took my post-race shower, the stomach bug became evident in all its glory. I spent the afternoon slumped in the bathroom, desperately clutching my hard-earned finisher's medal, which I refused to surrender no matter how bad I was feeling.
The other thing that happened that day was that I got word that our very own Tim had winged his way from this world into the next. It was sad news indeed, sad news for all of us in the RGQ family. Tim had been our friend, unofficial tech support guy, resident comedian, and one of the first RGQ writers.
When I got news of Tim's passing, I stopped caring about the stomach bug (although it must be said, throwing up and crying are not two activities that go well together - Tim was probably having a good laugh at the sight of it).
Call this race what you will - the Sporting Life 10K or the Yonge Street 10K - to me, it will always be Tim's Race.
There is a joke about how great it would be to start old and end up young. You would begin life in a nursing home, and end up as a twinkle in your daddy's eye, and possibly your mom's headache.
This does make me ponder. After all, it is Saturday morning, and no one is clamoring for my vast legal knowledge at the moment. So, as it is, I have nothing to do but ponder, doze and hope one of the dogs doesn't give me a heart attack by starting an impromptu bark-a-thon.
Here's the thing. February was chilly, but not tyrannically so. Even January was tolerable, if not down right tropical. March would have made a fine June, and April has been colder than a witches' mammary encased in a brass supportive device.
April started out as March had been. And, I can say we have had a few warm days, which is pretty normal for this time of year. However, the beginning of this week was cool, but pleasant. The last three days have been downright chilly. I haven't read the weather report for next week, but if I had to guess, more brisk weather is headed our way. Of course, it is equally possible that it will be hot enough to cook chicken ovum on the public walk way, but here is what I think will happen.
Next month, the leaves will fall. The wind will pick up, and it will start raining a lot. In June and July, we will have blizzards, including travel advisories, which will continue into September. By October and November, the earth will come to a complete stand still, and the presidential election will (phew!) finally be over. In December, as we all know, the world will come to an end.
Yep, the shrink was right. I needed a hobby. Being a catastrophe nut is as good as any. Next week, we'll talk about the pleasures of floating around in space.
Odds and Ends - Sex - Did you know that "Ithyphallophobia" is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis; that male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal; that a man's beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex; that a man will ejaculate about 18 quarts of semen in his lifetime; that sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate; that humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure; that for every 'normal' web page, there are 5 porn pages; and that the average shelf life of a latex condom is about 2 years. Have you checked yours lately?
OK, let's try this one-
I once had a cousin named Dude.....
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I once found a mouse in my bed
In fact, it was perched on my head
I went to swat him away
But he decided to stay
So I decided to name him Fred.
- Bonnie >^..^<
"If you are going through hell, keep going."
(Winston Churchill)Reader Comments
I smoked for four years, and don't understand all the fuss over second-hand smoke. Maybe that's because my nose is so insensitive, but my new friends who smoke are astounded to find an ashtray set out for them indoors. One of the saddest things I've seen was a wonderful and rather wealthy old lady who I went to visit in the hospital. I can understand that the staff were not happy about patching up the results of bad habits, but smoking was not particularly relevant to her troubles. I finally found her, outside, sitting on a cold concrete curb in the rain, to avoid adding narcotic withdrawal to her troubles. They could at least have given her a nicotine patch. Cancer rates have been soaring for decades in non-smokers, but from the news, you'd think that all the other air and food pollution is irrelevant. - Bob of the North
I get the feeling sorry for smokers part. The big brother stuff is truly scary, and who do they pick on next? On the other hand, yes, I am a non-smoker and my life has been impacted by smokers. I get severe migraines from breathing cigarette smoke. When I was a kid, my mother smoked cigarettes, my step-father smoked cigars. In the Midwestern winters, where you couldn't roll down the car windows for some fresh air, they'd stick all 4 of us in the back seat, light up, and drive all over the place. I was sick all winter long. Kids don't have a choice. You're stuck with the parents you're born to. Maybe I wouldn't like so much to see a law against smoking, but kids should definitely be able to sue their parents for subjecting them to said smoke. Maybe CYFD could remove kids from the homes of smokers. It is a dangerous drug, after all. With dangerous consequences to everyone surrounding the smoker. Especially innocent children. Plus, if you're renting an apartment (or a house) it's not really "your" home, is it. When you move out, the owner's going to want to rent it to someone else, and that smoke soaks into the walls, and the carpets, and it's impossible to get out. Ok, so let them smoke, they should just have to pay to replace the carpets and destinkify the place when they move out. Don't make it illegal, just make it damned expensive. - L&K, herm
I don't smoke either, but find it annoying that everyone is on the kick of denying them their privileges. But then, I support legalizing drug use to get it off the street, too! It's just a small step from that to someone telling us what we can or can't eat, drink, wear or do more than is already pro-scribed by law. If smokers put up with it, they deserved the consequences, as do we all if we don't stand up for our other rights. - Ruth in WA
These days, when a child needs to be physically restrained, it should be enough to make a video of the incident to avoid prosecution for doing it wrong. Getting wrapped tight in a blanket and held kindly might be a good procedure. Teachers should know how the child is treated at home. My mom swore off corporal punishment as part of her campaign against Nuclear War, so I was quite shocked to be hit with a ruler for talking in school. I quit paying attention to anything that might inspire a remark after that, and just daydreamed until I could flunk out. (Later, I went to the library, and then lectured to graduating engineers.) - Bob of the North
They should have a padded room in the nurses office to prevent injury, and call the parent to do the parenting. Handcuffs on a 6 year old! I can't even imagine it! - L&K, herm
I used to work as a lunch time monitor at my children's public school. We were responsible for monitoring the children during lunch hour recess. Whenever the children began physically fighting, we were responsible for breaking it up. The only way we could think of to do this was to grab the hair of the offenders. It always amazed me how quickly the combatants stopped fighting once that was done; they were more concerned about pain in their scalps. - Name Withheld
I hope you're not 86. I'd hate to see another friend disappear from the pages of RGQ. - L&K, herm
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