January 12, 2010

Non Linear Thinking Day

Crazy day.

I have a headache.

I hated Geometry 30 years ago. I still hate it. If I have to mentally move one more triangle in my head, it might explode.

My head.

Not the triangle.

Bad news is my son hates it as much as I did/do, although I keep up the cheerleading crap I'm getting so good at and keep saying, "Hey! This is GREAT!" and inside I'm thinking, 'HEY, this so f*cking sucks sewage laden swamp water."

Good news is he is better at it than I was. He actually pulled a B in it for the term. We won't discuss what I pulled when I took it. I told him our goal for him is a solid A.

I'm bound and determined to pass Geometry at some point in my life.

I have a headache.

I said that.

This morning was spent waiting in a long assed line trying to get Bones into our Middle School of the Arts. I had to sign him up for auditions. The notice said be there from 9:30 to 11:30 and I took that to mean, 'Please be here by 9:30 as we have some things to go over with you."

It also said 'do not be here before 9AM' and I thought, "Who in their right minds would be there before 9AM?"


I pulled in at 9:25 to find they had run out of parking and had us park in overflow which amounted to parking in a fire lane on the other side of the school, only to find that when I finally got to where we needed to be, there was no 'assembly' for us to attend, but a line of... 500? 800? parents all waiting to sign their child up for auditions.

Holy crap.

And this was DAY ONE. DAY ONE! There are two more days... all of this to get our kids an audition, in hopes they will pass, and end up in a lottery, to get into the best middle school in the county.

Or at least the best one for those of us who have kids that are a little... different.

I saw a girlfriend of mine there, and we were laughing at the absurdity of it all, while admitting to each other that we could both get so crazy stressed about it, but we're trying to keep it all in check.

We just want what's best for our children... as did the other hundreds of parents that were there.

It just... shouldn't be... so hard.

Bones is singing as his first choice and doing theater for his second choice. He has been with a voice coach for a year and memorizing a monologue for the past few months.

This so needs to work... and it's not that where he goes now is not a good school; it is a very good school. It's just for middle school it is not a good fit... for him.

Posted by Boudicca at January 12, 2010 10:22 PM

I'm still a little dizzy.

Now if you'd unlimbered that Viking hardware I'm sure the crowd would have thinned out.

I've just got the one and she's guileless and cute and smart. Triple threat. She goes to school in Fort Worth where she is going to overwhelm the opposition. If there are any problems, her mom is going to break out the viking hardware. She doesn't have any boots that I know of but all the rest, oh yeah. Sharp, pointy are her second and third names.

Posted by: Curtis at January 13, 2010 12:15 AM

Oh, how I feel your pain! My bugaboo was chemistry. I made it through with a B, but it was sheer dumb luck (and a teacher who took pity, I think). Unlike with math and physics,the rules didn't make sense to me. Now I am staring at it again, since the middle son is taking it. Finally ... I literally forced myself to figure out that damned electron configuration system. Only took me several decades to comprehend it. Now it seems easier, but I had to twist my own arm to make it happen. The only thing that made me feel better is I got to also clear up the mystery for someone else in the process.

Posted by: PeggyU at January 13, 2010 04:05 AM

"I'm bound and determined to pass Geometry at some point in my life."

Well if you don't pass it this time you will still have 2 more changes ;P

I hated Geometry also, but I loved Trig. But then again I was in my early 30's when I had my Trig class.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at January 13, 2010 09:25 AM

When there is that much demand you'd think the school system would figure out the obvious don't you? Ah well, best of luck. At least you have this as an option. We have no such thing in this county, the schools here all believe they are the best for everyone.

Posted by: patti at January 13, 2010 02:39 PM