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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Good morning and happy Friday!

Just had an encounter that could have gone way wrong. Sipping my coffee outside, got up to go inside and there’s a skunk five feet from me. Not literally a face off as he spun around and raised his tail, so more of a face--a**hole standoff as I stood quite still for what was maybe 15 seconds but seemed a lot longer. Finally he dropped his tail and took off running.

Skunks are the most oblivious of animals. I know they have terrible eyesight, but the rest of their faculties arent much better. Anyhow, Im glad this one held his fire as getting hit at that close range would have been most unpleasant.

Dianna
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Dianna
7 years ago
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Sven, whenever I encounter skunky out on an early morning run, I raise my hand and call, “Peace between our people, Skunky!”

Neither my dog nor I have been sprayed, and we’ve encountered skunks who are really, really mad. I think it’s the pose.

I just call out, “Peace between our peoples, Skunky!” to mildly freak the neighbors.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Kate: happy birthday to your daughter, but who would say that it’s wrong for her to celebrate? Except maybe Jehovah’s Witnesses…

Cali! Nice to see you!

Thanks for the further updates, Paddy. It’s an ugly mess, but I’m glad you are getting advice from other quarters.

And good morning, Fatwa--I feel you lurking out there!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Off to work. Going to be hot today and hotter over the weekend. Yuck.

Poof

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Friday salutations from drizzly yet Happy Larryville, GN!

And good morning, Fatwa--I feel you lurking out there!

Hai, backatcha, Sven…you were absolutely correct; I was slow-typing the rest of this comment. 😉

K8-E --

Belated Happy Birfday to teh Daughter; I’m appalled that folks have given her grief about celebrating her own natal day but unsurprised she won’t put up with that imbecilic carp.

( Guilt, it’s a Catholic Thing)

Hey, now…Joooish mothers invented it; Catholics advanced that ball by standing on the shoulders of (somewhat squat and bitterly sarcastic) giants. 😉

Q: How many Joooish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: “None. That’s okay -- I’ll just sit here in the dark…”

Paddy --

Once again, we’re extremely P.O.’d you’re being treated in such an ignominious manner and salute you for fighting back. (And we’re also good for a few shekels to teh Paddy Defense Fund.) Hope your chat with teh Education Law attorney is fruitful and provides some very workable tactics.

She tried at the beginning to get me to resign, even resorting to lies about deadlines for reporting things to the commission on teacher credentialing.

Lovely. Remember Alinsky’s Rules, especially:

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

If they wait for the report to come in, they’ll have to wait another month for the board to meet and my chief accuser will be employed elsewhere.

Excellent, as you will be -- at minimum -- a distraction which forces her to divide her time and energy at the same time she’s starting her new job. Which could lead to anger and/or mistakes.

She admitted today that my students are learning the content, while maintaining that my behavior is preventing students from learning.

Nothing contradictory about that.

May you channel your inner-Paul Anka and “slice like a fvcking hammer”, sir.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good day, Sven, Dianna, and Fatwa!

Sven’s right about the heat. Starting tomorrow we move into triple-digits and may get hotter than Sven’s Mountain Redoubt. Mrs. Paddy leaves with her work team for OK City tomorrow. They’ll be working in Moore, OK -- where the elementary school was wiped out two years ago -- for a week.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Safe journeys to Mrs. Paddy!

Hope your A/C does its job until teh weather cools down. (Just talked to Jim; it’s 104F in Woodland Hills as of a few minutes ago.)

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

There’s a wildfire in one of the canyons nearby (about 8 miles away). It’s already burned 1200 acres and the smoke plume has reached about 10,000 ft. It’s burning about 10 miles from where Teh Older works, but it’s burning away from him, so he’s in no danger.