The Positive Attitude of a 4th Grader.

I wish a good attitude could be bottled.4th Graders are Cool.

Just think how much money you could make.

Just think how many people you would personally like to drown in a five gallon bucket of this goopy liquid.

As school is about to begin, there’s one question being asked all over the country.

“Are you ready for school to start?’

Answers may vary, but they generally go like this.

Adults are 50/50.  Some want school to start.  Some not so much.

When I say adults, I’m talking about people who work in schools, not parents.  Every parent in America is ready for school to begin (and they have been since June 1st… my theory is people like their kids, they just don’t want to be in the same house as them).

High school students.  117% answer no (if they answer at all… they may be busy ignoring you). 

No discussion.  No exceptions.

No.  No.  No.

They hate school.  They hate everything.

Except sleeping until noon and texting.

Junior High students are confused about this question and every other aspect of their lives (puberty does strange things to an 11 year old brain).

Some like school.  Some hate school.  Some think Justin Bieber is cool (I told you they are a mess).

Grade school students are the special ones.

Most can’t wait for school to start.

By most, I mean 99%.

They like everything.  School.  Teachers.  Art.  Music.  Recess.  Open House.  Their superintendent.  Homework.

Alright, I went a little far with homework (and maybe the superintendent thing).

As a group, they can’t wait for school to start.

Especially, 4th graders.

That’s when the good attitude about school peaks.

They are wonderful.

They have the attitude we all should have.

Positive.  Upbeat.  Hopeful for a brighter future.

If only we could bottle it.

If only I could sell it.

Yesterday the Evil Spawn was in diapers.  Tomorrow I register her for 4th grade.  I’m dreading what comes next.

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Erectile Dysfunction. (This Blog is Safe for Work.)

Let’s talk about erectile dysfunctionI Remember When Golf Was a Family Game..

I’m disgusted, so we’re all going to suffer (this is worse than a bad blog… it’s an uncomfortably bad blog).

For the record, I’m not disgusted by erectile dysfunction.  These things happen (so I hear… ).

I’m disgusted by the fact I can’t watch golf on TV without being bombarded with ads about ED (which is evidently the hip way to say erectile dysfunction… which by the way, I’m uncomfortable saying in any form).

I’m going to snap if I see one more “When the moment is right” commercial.

I can handle watching it the first time.  Maybe even 3 times.  But I can’t take hundreds of times during an athletic event.

I don’t think it’s asking too much to watch golf with my daughter without seeing these types of ads.

Especially when they’re in such high rotation (it’s like a Michael Jackson video on MTV in 1983).

It’s troubling.

Actually, it gets more and more troubling as I get older (both the ads and the condition).

Why can’t my daughter grow up in a world without knowing about ED?

Why am I put in a  position where I have to discuss this “condition” with her and she’s not even 10 years old?

I just want to watch a few minutes of golf in peace and quiet.  I don’t want to watch couples lock eyes and embrace as they repaint their living room.

Just for the record:  I’ve painted a lot of rooms and it isn’t “that” much fun.

Plus, if you have ED, don’t you know it?

It’s not like you’re watching golf and say “Hey, wait a second.  That happens to me!”

Do you really need 189 commercials before you think…

…“I may need to speak with my doctor”

I’m all for being open and honest about any issue, but there’s also a time and a place.

And my Sunday afternoons aren’t it.

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The Monday of All Mondays.

The Monday after vacation has got to be the worst Monday of the year.Monday

So many emails.

So many messages.

So much paperwork.

So much to do.

So little time before school begins.

So many days until the next vacation.

And most importantly in today’s world… I’m thankful to have a job I can return to after vacationing from it. :)

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Competition benefits consumers.

If you don’t believe me think about the most annoying monopoly in America.

Cable companies.

Every town has one.We Shouldn't Be Afraid to Share Positive Aspects of Our Schools.

And that’s the problem.  Most towns only have one.

They don’t have any direct competition.

So, if you need their help… good luck (I speak the truth because I speak from experience… and it wasn’t good).

You won’t get an appointment, you’ll get a window.

As in “We will have someone at your house between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.”

What other business does that?

Who makes you miss work so they can show up when it’s convenient to them?  Worse yet, who makes us miss work and then doesn’t show up during the agreed upon time frame?

Only cable companies.

It’s a very “Take it or leave it” attitude (and if you like TV… you take it).

Businesses with competition can’t do this.

If you look in the phone book (yes, I’m dating myself) and there’s more than one business listed in a section, that’s competition.

Dentists.  Plumbers.  Contractors.  Beauticians.  Chiropractors.  Restaurants.  Gas stations.

They all have competition, so they work for you.

To be successful they have to keep prices down and provide quality service.

If they don’t, their customers will go elsewhere.

You know a business has competition when they advertise.

In phone books (or since it’s 2010… online).  On billboards.  In newspapers (or since it’s 2010… maybe not).  Even on radio and TV (but hopefully, not cable).

But you know who doesn’t advertise.

Public K-12 schools.


Pre-schools advertise.  Colleges advertise.  Graduate schools advertise.

But public schools don’t.

Is it because there’s no competition?  We’ve never been asked to compete for customers (students)?

Just like cable companies, we are often the only option in town.

Maybe we shouldn’t take this for granted.

Maybe we should be trying to entice families into our school districts.

Maybe we should be advertising our test scores, quality staffs, and educational opportunities.

Maybe students should be allowed to shop for schools regardless of where they reside.

Maybe monopolies aren’t good for anybody.  Even schools.

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