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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol 1)

Yay! Another fun meme! I thought I would throw my blog into the mix and join the gang this Friday. In fact, this meme just SCREAMS me because of the sheer randomness – it’s a thing of beauty, ya’ll. *grin*

This Seven Quick Takes on Friday is brought to you by Conversion Diary. Hi Jennifer! It’s nice to meet you! *waves*

—1—

We had a little drama around here yesterday. Well, it’s a tragedy, quite frankly. I picked MK up from school yesterday and he was LIVID. One of his very good friends, a boy who has done all of the same band things – honors band, pep band, competitions – with MK tripped and fell in P.E. while holding a medicine ball (whatever the heck that thing is).

gap_kids_uniform The kids laughed. And were quite cruel in their teasing. And when it became apparent that this kid was badly injured, MK went ballistic on their butts. He reported the mean kids to the teacher and I guess it was so bad that this teacher is going to call a parent-teacher conference with the mean kids’ parents.

MK is not a tattle-tell. And because of his small size, he’s certainly taken his fair share of teasing from the “mean” kids. But MK is nothing if not loyal. And once you’re MK’s friend, then you’ve got him for life.

The boy that was injured is a big boy. He’s a bit on the overweight side but mostly, he’s just a BIG kid. His father is pretty big so he comes by his physique naturally. The mean kids can’t resist teasing him because of his size anyway, but when he fell, it just went out of control.

We had a pretty good talk in the car about how MK handled the situation. I told him I was proud of him for doing the right thing – the mean kids need to learn there are consequences to their, well, meanness. But I also told him that he would likely get some flack for being the “tattle-tell” at school today. He understood that and was willing to endure it – his conscience was clear.

I told him that if it became physical in any way, if he was hurt by another kid in any way, I wanted to know because that’s one thing I WILL NOT TOLERATE on any level – someone manhandling my kid. But if it was verbal, then he would just have to learn to control his temper and handle it because let’s face it, life is full of mean people. You just have to learn to deal with them.

—2—

MK had a band concert last night.

Winter Concert 08

Of course, the boy who was injured wasn’t there. He was the only kid in band big enough to handle the baritone saxophone and since he wasn’t there (they had to take the boy in to the emergency room – I think he messed up his knee pretty badly), it threw the rest of the band off rhythm and they didn’t play their best. They were all pretty upset about their chum and it showed in their music. It was a disappointing performance but the kids learned that there will be times in your life that something bad happens like this and you must go on – there was nothing they could do to help.

The teacher told the kids to play for their buddy. I thought that was sweet.

—3—

This episode also reinforces my dislike for physical education in the schools. I think the coaches ask these kids to do some pretty ridiculous things and then of course, it’s a prime feeding ground to pick on the smaller, weaker kids. Though I can certainly understand the need to get our kids moving, I think the curriculum could be structured a little differently and not so geared toward competition. MK is constantly coming home and telling how crazy out-of-control the kids got when they lost a game.

And then, there’s the whole physical education requirement in college thing. I had to take a P.E. course when I went to college and I was a late bloomer, so there I am, in my early 30’s in P.E. class with 20-something kids. Talk about embarrassing – and a complete waste of my time and money.

And did I mention the kids have to dress out for P.E.? So, you have the whole body image/self-conscious factor at one of the worst ages to put this on kids – the pre-teen/teenagers. It’s truly insane, in my opinion.

—4—

I learned the five characteristics to maintain a healthy civilization today:

1. Religion
2. Social Structure
3. Culture
4. Specialized jobs
5. Writing

See? Writing IS important.

I will shut up about that now.

—5—

My main computer (because I have two PC’s and two laptops – I know, I’m sick), has completely gone berserk on me. It just randomly restarts with no prompt from me and at irregular intervals.

It could be a virus, but I don’t think that’s what it is. I’ve been having power supply issues for months now. In fact, I was afraid to turn my computer off for months and well, haven’t turned my computer off for months because it would take me up to five minutes to get it started again.

I’ve scanned for viruses and it’s not showing anything (which doesn’t necessarily mean I don’t have one) but it was doing this shortly after I reformatted so I’m pretty sure it’s not a virus. I was lucky enough to make backups of my important files before it completely went nuts, but I still need to back up my emails and I haven’t been successful because every time I start the process, it shuts down on me. I finally just unplugged it and I’ll try it again later.

Instead of buying a new power supply though, I think we’re going to wait until after Christmas and just buy a new computer. I’ve had this computer for a long time and it’s probably time to just chock it and start over. I’d like my husband to build me one from scratch (I’m currently using the computer he built me and this baby is ROCK SOLID), but you can get such a good deal on a ready-made computer from Ubid that it seems silly to go any other route.

If you haven’t checked Ubid out, I highly recommend it. They sell refurbished electronics and we have gotten some amazing deals through them. And if you don’t want refurbished, then think of it like this – someone has already located a problem with the device, these guys fixed it and voila! It’s brand new again, minus the bugs. So refurbished can sometimes be better than brand new. 🙂

—6—

The sun is out for the first time in a week. Ahhhh. Hello sun. You are beautiful. Stick around a while, won’t you? Our extended forecast looks good, though we’re scheduled to get some wintery mix on Tuesday, which COULD discourage my sister and nephews from coming down for Christmas.

BUT, our forecast for Christmas is sunny and 55 (!!) so maybe not. I hope not. Of course, it says sunny now, that doesn’t mean it WILL be. Our weather, *shakes head*, is amazingly fickle.

What’s the weather forecast look like in your area for Christmas day?

—7—

MK is ringing the Salvation Army bell at the mall tomorrow. That should be fun. Actually, he’s teaming up with two other classmates and he wants to play the saxophone to help entice people to drop some money in the buckets. I’ll take a short video of that (providing he doesn’t chicken out) and post it soon.

8 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol 1)”

  1. I am there with you about the PE requirement through junior high/high school/college. When we were in college they at least tried to throw in some fitness/nutrition/etc. information, but it was still a waste of two paid credit hours. And junior high locker rooms are breeding grounds for viciousness. It’s one of the reasons I’m tentatively planning on homeschooling my 3 girls (8, 5, and 2 at the moment) for the middle school years. I’m not a huge advocate of home schooling per se . . . I’m just a huge anti-advocate for middle school as it exists. Sounds like you’ve got a son to be proud of in MK.

  2. About #3: I had to take one year of P.E., and I did so my freshman year to get it out of the way. Of course, I got the obese female teacher who was the hardest of all. We had a gymnastics portion that year. Yeah… that’s right… GYM-freakin’-nastics — a balance beam exercise, a vault jump, and uneven bars. UNEVEN BARS!

    Granted, we didn’t have to cut any flips on the beam or vault, but she wanted us to be able to do one flip on the uneven bars. I refused. I’m a tall girl, and at that point in school, I was already close to 5’8″, and I knew there was no way my long legs were going to cooperate with that contraption.

    She warned me on the day of the “test” that I would get a zero, and I told her I didn’t care. I was thisclose to telling her that if she could get her fat butt on those things, then I would.

  3. Great 7 Quick Takes! I bet you are proud of your son…

    It is hard to imagine snow when we are hiding in air conditioning, it is sooo hot outside, and as humid as hell (not quite, but effective description 😉 )

    Oh, a medicine ball is a really heavy ball that looks like a basketball.

    Greetings from Australia,

    Amanda

  4. HAHA! That sounds like something I would do. 😀

    This is a refurbished computer (bought it on UBid) and it’s always sort of had a power issue.

    My husband also thought it might be the motherboard, but we’re going to check the power supply first. I just wish the darn things didn’t cost $75! Ouch!

    PLEASE thank your uber-geeky (cool!) husband for his input!!! That definitely helps narrow things down. (((hugs)))

  5. Hi Karen,

    I asked CP about your computer issue as he is Executive Uber-Geek. Extrordinnaire. This was his response to your issues and something else to think about if you haven’t already (I also learned something just by asking):

    CP: “The main computer has a Power Supply going bad. One of the volt pins shorts durring work, and boom…power goes out. BUT, since the short is for just a moment, it causes a restart. the brief short is percieved by the computer as a restert request.
    alternative problems might be: a short in the reset switch at the motherboard or a motherboard going bad.
    my guess is that if she just replaced the Power Supply, then it’s either too low voltage (which would cause the low power spike-reset problem) or the motherboard was damaged by the last Power Supply and is going bad.
    or, s/he plugged the reset switch in backwards when s/he was reattaching everything and it’s just shorting randomly. which would be funny.”

    Me:”ol! I kinda doubt that as she designs websites and is probably smart enough not to do that.”

    CP:”i’ve done it. dumb things happen with tiny wires.”

  6. Hi Karin,
    sorry I’ve been absent for too long – due to work. Hope to be back as a frequent reader and commenter. OK?

    1) Kids are kids – but they need intelligent corrections
    2) I agree, the Teacher was clever and smart
    3) Preteen age is very important for every indivual. And the most important periode for Parents to take responsability and beeing positive coaches. In cooperation with the School.
    4) I would like to put respect and peace on top of your list. And move religion way down on the list. Not that I do not like religions, but the head of religions makes religion to a path to power for extremists and abuse and terrorisme etc
    5) Haha – Guess I know. I have only 3 Laptops myself. All of them with XP. I would like a more stabil and secure: Mac.
    6) We are now in the darkest periode of the year. Sunday to come, the Daylight will be more than 13 hours shorter than Mid Summer. Can you believe that?
    To Day – in the Morning it was some fog, but when I went into downtown Oslo, it was clear sky and Sunny. In Oslo, haha – still fog.
    For X-Mas: It looks like we will have a clear sky and around freezing point.
    7) Salvation Army: My Daughter dropped some high quality clothingings in their boxes this afternoon. (She did work as a fashion model, i.e. she has more than she needs)

    Have a busy but gentle pre-X-Mas weekend

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