Saturday, August 6, 2016

And we wonder...

...why our education system is in the shape it is in.

Remember the school board snafu that almost kept Little Girl from being able to go to boot camp?  How they almost cost her the signing bonus?  How they messed up and she ended up graduating from high school without any of her family members able to be there?

That same school board still hasn't sent us her final report card.  They still haven't sent us her diploma.  They did, however, send us this:

Post card from the School Board

That's right, they are letting us know where her pick-up location is for the school bus for the upcoming year.

The year after she has graduated.

She won't be waiting for the bus any time soon.

Today is:

Accession Day -- United Arab Emirates (accession of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan)

Andorra La Vella Festival -- Andorra (through Monday)

Battle of Bushy Run Reenactment -- Harrison City, PA, US (commemorates the decisive battle of Pontiac's War in 1763; through tomorrow)

Best Elf Awards -- Fairy Calendar

Cowes Week begins -- Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (the largest, longest-running and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world; through the 15th)

Fancy Farm Picnic -- Fancy Farm, KY, US (what a name for a town, and what a good time they have, Southern hospitality at its best!)

Feast of Everything Green Except Money -- Hooray for veggies! You'll need them before you have that root beer float.

Festival of Nut and Ra; Chief Festival of Thoth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Hiroshima Day

Independence Day / National Day -- Bolivia; Jamaica

International Hangover Day -- always the day after International Beer Day, which should tell you something, and sponsored by the same group that does International Beer Day, which should tell you something more!

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo -- Coffeyville, KS, US (rodeo, livestock shows, carnival, and more; through the 13th)

Ishitori Festival -- Kasuga Shrine, Kuwana City, Japan (called the loudest festival in Japan, with lots of bell ringing and drum beating; through Monday)

League of N.H. Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair -- Newbury, NH, US ("America's oldest crafts fair," through next Sunday)

Miss Crustacean Usa Beauty Pageant and Ocean City Crab Creep -- Ocean City, NJ, US (crowning the most beautiful and fastest tree crab on Earth)

National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day -- shouldn't that read, anti-halitosis day?

National Mustard Day -- US, sponsored by the National Mustard Museum

National Root Beer Float Day -- A&W Root Beer really gets into this day 

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival -- Olathe, CO, US (lots of fun and all the "Olathe Sweet" corn you can eat)

Peace Festival -- Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

Sts. Justus and Pastor's Day (Patrons of Alcala, Spain; Madrid, Spain)

Tanabata Festival -- Sendai, Japan (Japan's largest Tanabata 'Star Festival', through the 8th)

Teinne Festival -- Ancient Celtic Calendar (Teinne, the Celtic Holy Fire, sometimes called Tan; date apprximate)

Transfiguration of the Lord -- Orthodox Christian

Wiggle Your Toes Day -- internet generated, and my suggestion is to celebrate it with a cool drink out by the pool!

Birthdays Today:

Romola Garai, 1982
Melissa George, 1976
Soleil Moon Frye, 1976
M. Night Shyamalan, 1970
Michelle Yeoh, 1962
Catherine Hicks, 1951
Dorian Harewood, 1950
Shirley Ann Jackson, 1946
Peter Bonerz, 1938
Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, 1934
Andy Warhol, 1928
Robert Mitchum, 1817
Lucille Ball, 1911
Clara Bow, 1905
Hoot Gibson, 1892
Alexander Fleming, 1881
Louella Parsons, 1881
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 1861
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809 
Daniel O'Connell, 1775

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Help"(Album debut), 1965

Today in History:

Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada founds the city of Bogota, Colombia, 1538
Holland (The Dutch Republic) sells Brazil to Portugal and the two 
countries sign the Treaty of The Hague, 1661
The first private military school in the US, Norwich University, is 
founded in Vermont, 1819
The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg, 1845
William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair, 1890
Alice Ramsey takes three friends (none of whom could drive) to become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, 1909
Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, 1926
Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down by the US National Forest Service, for reasons even they cannot explain, 1964
The Federal Voting Rights Act is signed, 1965
A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, 1986
The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, 1990
NASA makes the still disputed announcement that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms, 1996
The incoming coalition government of the United Kingdom discontinues the use of the controversial ContactPoint database of all children in that country, 2010
After a century of silence, Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts, spreading volcanic ash across the country's central North Island and affecting airports, 2012
The Curiosity Rover, controlled by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, lands safely on the surface of Mars, 2012


  1. That would be funny if not for the other screw ups!

  2. What Joe said. Good grief. How messed up can a school get?

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

  3. Maybe they're trying to tell you they want her to come back...but in the most backwards way possible? I sympathize with your/her frustration; a month into my senior year I was told that my schedule did not have enough credits for graduation so I'd have to go to summer school. Because of their incompetence.

    I told them to shove it, and I dropped out in October. (eventually I got my GED and graduated community college)

    Anyway...happy Root Beer Float day! (I had one yesterday, actually)

    The Pedestrian Writer

  4. I retired 12 years ago from teaching and after 31 years of screwups from the board I had enough. Can you believe it that these jerks are paid a great deal of money to make crazy decisions and make mistakes. Crazy!!!!!!

    See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Taking inefficiency to new heights. Or do I mean new depths?


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