Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How many times?

Lately, i've been reminded of the old "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie-Roll center of a Tootsie-Pop" commercial, as i contemplate how many visits it takes to actually have a meeting with a guidance counselor at Little Girl's school.

The day the students went back, even though they had used the day prior as a special faculty/teacher preparation day, the decided to have a 5 hour meeting, tying up all of the guidance counselors.  After three visits, and being told they were still in the meeting, i gave up.

The next day, it took an hour to track down Little Girl's counselor, and she just said she couldn't meet with me yet.

The next time i saw her, she said she still didn't have an answer to one of the questions about courses.  This, after she was supposed to have gotten in touch with the people in that office before the winter break.

Finally, a phone call saying she had an answer, and so i went to meet with her.  After standing there for 35 minutes, being told she was busy, she took two other people who came in after me to talk to first.  Do i look like i need to be walked on?  Maybe so, cats certainly seem to think so.

The upshot is that Little Girl has actually completed enough civics to satisfy her requirements, and can take two online courses to make up for the proficiency tests she didn't get at the beginning of the year.  This is a good thing, as it means she will go into Algebra 2 next year having just completed Algebra 1, and it will still be fresh in her mind.  Why we separate them by a year with Geometry in the middle i have never understood.  So much of the first course gets forgotten in that year, it makes no sense.

Also, i got her report card.  All A's, and i'm relieved.  It was a hard decision, putting her in this school, and it seems to have been the right choice.

Today is:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
     Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka
     Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Anniversaries Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976
"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972
"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953
"Today Show"(TV), 1952
"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005


  1. I am so happy for you and her. Changes such as these, entering the bureaucracy and trying to dance along, are very hard. You are very patient. I see no excuse for the counselor not being about to schedule a firm appointment and you need to push for that next time.

  2. That is crazy you had such a run-around with the counselor. I've know it to be hard to see one with my son's school, but not like that. You'd think they would be pleased a mom cares enough about her kid to meet with them. Good that she's getting all A's!

  3. i am glad, after all that, you had a good outcome.

  4. I would have been a bit peeved about being ignored so many times. I'm just saying.

    Great news on those grades. That rocks and then some.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Math just wasn't my thing. I never made it past Geometry.

  6. Gack! Geometry! Now i'll have nighrmares. :). (I had to rake it twice.). Little Girl is doing very well indeed. Good for her. Awesome!

  7. Happy Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia! And Happy 2014! I thought they kind of go together, don't you?

  8. Good for her! Pooey on the less than available guidance counselor.

  9. This is the problem with public servants. There are many, many good ones, but the good ones go unnoticed. I worked for government, which was similar...and because raises weren't based on performance, most of the people around me didn't really do anything out of the ordinary to do a good job. The only thing that made people work hard was their own work ethic.