Friday, July 29, 2022

Pinnacles National Park Wildflowers, California
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96 Responses to Friday, July 29, 2022

  1. DeniseVB says:

    She seems nice …

  2. DeniseVB says:

  3. elliesmom says:

    California, New York, and New Jersey have laws in the works that would make it mandatory for middle schools and high schools to start later than 8:00 or 8:30 depending on the state because the medical community has determined teenagers need more sleep. (They can’t go to bed earlier, I guess.) My personal experience was the high school where I taught began at 7:30 and the middle school at 7:45. Both schools released the kids at 2:05. School days are measured in “Time on Learning”. The 15 minute difference is because it takes longer to feed 2400 kids lunch than 600. Both schools had the same TOL score.

    Lots of things go into the decision of when to start a school day. Primary constraint is the school bus. Most schools have their buses run two schedules at least. A “big kid run” and a “little kid run”. Usually they do the older kids first. I’m an early riser, and needing to leave the house at 6 am everyday when I taught high school wasn’t an issue for me, but first period tardiness for the kids was. I asked why not the little kids first since they tend to be earlier risers, and the answer was because the older kids have afterschool sports, part-time jobs, and other things. Delaying the end of the day would put football practice in the dark. If these laws are passed, little kids will be affected, too, either delaying the start of their day or bringing them in earlier.

    This is such an issue that differs greatly from school district to school district, it makes absolutely no sense for it to be decided at the state level. A school board makes the decision based on how many kids they need to bus, how many buses they have, how many kids they need to feed lunch, what afterschool activities they support, the average workday times for the parents. . . . This is not one size fits all. I can’t see why this is a state issue unless it’s one more step in removing schools from local control.

    • Ann says:

      My father was a high school math teacher (in NYS). He used to say that elementary school should start at 7 am, high school at 10 am. Those high school kids just weren’t very alert first thing in the morning.

      • elliesmom says:

        I don’t disagree with high school kids being more alert after 10 am, but a 10 am start means a 5:30 pm end. “Afterschool activities” would have to become “Beforeschool” activities. I think that’s a very viable choice for some schools, and I’m surprised more high schools don’t do it. Let the kids do their sports practice before the kids start their academic day. Competitions would have to move to the evenings and weekends. But I think it needs to remain a choice.

        • Ann says:

          When I was in high school (a million years ago) track and wrestling practiced before school. Looking back, those kids had to have been there at 6:30am! That is dedication to a sport.

          • lateblum says:

            My daughter had choral practice and band practice in the mornings before classes began when she was in h.s.

        • 1539days says:

          As long as we’re talking about changing the education schedule anyway, does school have to be 8 hours? Does each subject need to take up an equal amount of class time? Can a teen go home after 6 hours and do CBT at night?

        • Constance says:

          Well I think studies had shown most teenaged pregnancy happens between 3:30pm and 6:00pm after school lets out and before parents get home from work. It could be useful for high school to start late and run to 5:30. I don’t see a problem with sports workouts in the morning. My kids did swimming and their work outs were 5am to 7am. They got themselves up at 4:15. I thought it was BS and tried to get them to give it up. I guess that was a bad Mom move but it didn’t work anyway.

    • Somebody says:

      Years ago, our school district switched the schedule for the younger kids to start before the older kids. Their reasoning was two-fold, older kids need more sleep and we’re a bedroom community. Parents need to get on the road, reversing things allowed older siblings to get the younger ones off to school🙄

      For some reason this district has primary (k-2) and elementary (3-5) schools. On the island it’s worse, there are 3 schools with two grades per school. These schools are miles apart, they are not co-located. We have vast rural areas in this county. Those factors combined make for exceedingly long bus routes.

      The middle schools and high schools in this county are all co-located. In my area they are new and built side by side at the same time. In the other areas the middle school is in the old high school that they gutted and renovated after building a new high school next to it. All of them have a massive bus circle between them with covered walks. It’s very efficient, quick in and out. The police work traffic, quite efficient.

      My younger grandkids catch the bus at 6am, they return at 2:35pm. They are the 1st stop, so the first on and the first off. My older grandchild’s day is is 45 minutes shorter in total because of easier load/unload at the upper schools.

      I suppose the younger ones are more alert, but I feel sorry for them having to start their day so early. I had breakfast on the table when they arrived and sometimes the breakfast table looked like the national hotdogs eating contest🙄

      • The original plan was to have elementary schools spread out amongst the local neighborhoods so that kids could walk to school. But that meant that kids in minority neighborhoods would go to schools that were predominantly minority. Fast forward thru
        busing and 80’s child molest hysteria and you now have a system where few kids walk to school and those that do are accompanied by a designated adult. But the schools are still spread out like in the old system.

        Most of our schools were designed back when nobody dreamed that crazy people would shoot little kids.

    • Our middle and high schools start later and end later because they don’t want the kids unsupervised for 2-3 hours in the afternoon. I recall reading an article that said a survey of pregnant teens found that the majority of them reported that they got pregnant after school (3pm-5pm)..

  4. helenk3 says:

    Good Luck in the billion dollar drawing tonight

  5. taw46 says:

    • elliesmom says:

      Send some buses to the People’s Republic of Cambridge, MA. Lizzie Warren has a nice big house. Send her some pregnant moms who want to have their babies, too.

    • You could build a huge tent city inside of Mark Fuckerberg’s walled estate in Palo Alto.

      “Walls for me but not for thee.”

      • CalSteno says:

        I believe he bought four adjacent homes and then walled the entire compound. The added bonus is that he could bus them all to Menlo Park/Facebook headquarters for a Take an Illegal to Work Day so they could all learn tech skills.

    • elliesmom says:

      There actually never was. The constant editing of Wikipedia pages by people with biased agendas has been going on almost since its inception. Even on topics that aren’t at all controversial. there are folks who find it entertaining to change the information.

  6. helenk3 says:

    talk about bad choices, this is like asking do you want arsenic or cynanide

    • 1539days says:

      Ironic, because we already know Buttigieg can’t deliver.

    • Obama’s sole qualification to be POTUS was that he was black. If he was white then we would have had the Hillbeast for two terms.

      Peter Puffer Bootyjudge’s sole qualification to hold office is that he’s gay. If he was straight he couldn’t get elected as dogcatcher.

      I have no problem with the idea of electing women, blacks, or gays. I would happily vote for a black lesbian with a Hispanic surname if she had the right policies and was a person of good character.

      • taw46 says:

        The left was very clever to install Obama at that time. No one dared criticize him for fear of being called racist, so he could do whatever he (they) wanted. And the media made him a saint – remember all of those halo photos? The republicans stayed silent for years, only getting the backbone to speak out and fight his policies/executive orders when he was well into his second term. I don’t think the dems can ever do that again to that extent, with blacks, gays or women. People know too much now, there are more sources of news online. Hopefully, the voters will look at more than personality. But, who am I kidding? There is always blatant cheating, 2020 proved no one cares enough to do anything about it. So maybe Pete or Kamala can be President after all. 🤮

        • lateblum says:

          I wish you were right about people knowing too much to be manipulated 8m to voting for a label (gay, female, poc). But I was at a dinner last night where the Leftist propaganda was flowing freely. Talk about being judgmental! California has become Mecca to these people. Az and TX are veritable dens of sin and their lack of conservation should send the people from these states straight to hell. They don’t even have to die first. Yes. It was family. And No. i didn’t rebut. I learned the last couple of times to keep my mouth shut because the blowback is simply intolerable.
          These people will believe whatever the Party tells them. They’ll vote for a gerbil if that’s what they are told to do. It is mind blowing that people who see themselves as more intelligent than most will fall for the lies they are fed by the duplicitous democrat party. They don’t think for themselves. Now I’m not certain they can.

          • taw46 says:

            Yes, I do agree with you, the hardcore dems are still hardcore and will vote for the party. Call them a socialist or a commie? They don’t care, they will say yes I am, because I care about blah, blah, blah. I don’t argue anymore with the family, we just agree to disagree. There can never be discussions anymore, it automatically becomes an argument, and not worth it. Same for friends on FB that I worked with back in the day. They still bash Trump and his supporters, although maybe not as much, so I just scroll on by. These are people who were dear friends. They have no idea of my politics, because I have never discussed politics with them. I often wondered what would happen, if in the middle of one of their “Trump supporters are dumb, racist, bigots, etc” rants, I would say, I support Trump. Perhaps silence, or maybe they would drop me, who knows. I am sorry your family has those conversations in front of you. My family at least doesn’t do that, because they know I will not keep my mouth shut if they do. Lol. Isn’t it a shame that we have to live this way? The dems lost their effing minds over Trump, but to be fair, it started earlier with Obama.

            I think there are some people who can no longer be manipulated by the left, but I don’t think it matters since we now have election cheating as a way of life.

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  8. votermom says:

    Went for my first mammogram yesterday and they called and want me back. 😞

    • lyn5 says:

      😦 You may have dense breasts, or the tech screwed up. Call and ask so you don’t have to worry. ❤

      • votermom says:

        Thanks! It’s probably nothing.

        • Somebody says:

          My oldest sister almost always gets a call back. They move her from one machine to another and she usually ends up in an MRI. Something to do with her breast tissue, maybe dense like others are saying.

          Hopefully that’s all it is. If you wore deodorant or there were remnants of deodorant that can mess things up too.

          Sending prayers and good vibes your way (((hugs)))

    • lateblum says:

      Keeping my fingers crossed. It might be what lyn suggested. . . Dense breasts or a tech error.

    • taw46 says:

      Try not to stress! Years ago I got called back after a mammogram. They had to do another test with different equipment. They still had questions, so then I had to meet with a surgeon and schedule a biopsy. It turned out to be calcification in the tissues, so all was fine. But it was weeks to get all of this done and I was definitely worried and upset. Try not to worry yet, it may be nothing.

    • elliesmom says:

      They told me I would have to come back before I even undressed the last time I had a mammogram. They check your insurance to see how many different kinds of tests they can do and plan on it. When I told my doctor, she had the mammogram sent out to be read by someone else before I ended up with more invasive tests, and the second opinion came back that there was nothing there.

    • dm says:

      Agree with everyone. Don’t stress. I had issues from a relatively young age and had those puppies squished I can’t tell you how many times. Biopsies, excisions, all of it. HOWEVER, it is important to suffer the inconvenience and discomfort. When I finally came up with DCIS and two failed lumpectomies, I had a mastectomy. What really saved me was my vanity of not wanting to deal with 1 real and 1 fake booby. So, I had both removed. Turned out, the breast that was “fine” actually had lobular carcinoma which apparently is more difficult to pick up on a mammogram. I am not a vain person for the most part. But the one time I was, it saved me a lot of future stress and possibly much more.

    • MIranda says:

      I’ve been called back too. It ended up not being anything. Prayers that it’s the same for you.

    • Constance says:

      I get that every time. Apparently, there is such a thing a breast tissue in your back and I have it. Every time I tell them I have breast tissue in my back and every time they tell me they can only do the regular screening shots until the others are ordered and every time I go back and have the second set of poses and then an ultrasound and everytime they tell me “looks good you can go” Every time they nag me because I don’t go in on time and every time I tell them it takes me three appointments to get the job done and it’s too big of a pain in the ass.

  9. lyn5 says:

    “One of these was former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price,” Alito joked, referring to the conservative British leader’s announcement earlier this month that he planned to step down. “Post hoc ergo propter hoc, right?” the justice added, drawing applause and laughter from the audience to a Latin phrase used to describe a fallacious argument.

  10. helenk3 says:

    Kentucky Governor Beshire on tv talking about the flooding there. It is horrible.
    He is the first dem in a long time that does not turn my stomach when listening to him

  11. lyn5 says:

    • taw46 says:

      That looked awful. I was amazed he didn’t have some major injuries. And that councilwoman, no excuse for what she did. How could you not stop to see if he was injured?

      • lyn5 says:

        When I was cycling, I had a van turn right in front of me. I went with the motion of the van, and stayed on my bike and wasn’t hurt.

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  14. taw46 says:

    They both look incredible. And happy!!!

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