August 20, 2013

School Daze

Through osmosis, Mama knows football.

T was asking his phone, "Siri, who is your favorite college football team?" to which his phone replied, "I always root for the underdog. So I guess that makes me an Oregon fan right now."

I said, "Hunh. Ask about NFL."

He said, "Siri, who is your favorite NFL team" and I whispered, "She's gunna say the Bucs" to which Siri said, "I always root for the underdog. So I guess that makes me a Tampa Bay Buccaneer's fan right now..."

T said, "Mama got it right..."

For now.

I need to win the lottery. I need to move out during football season...


There was a double murder at Bones' high school this summer. A janitor came in and shot and killed two other janitors in the wee hours of the morning.

It was horrific. The killer has not been caught, although they know who he is.

It's shaken the school to its roots. Teachers quit.

At orientation the principal was all like, "Your kids are safe!" and after the first day of school, we all got messages on our answering machines, "Your kids are safe!"

I don't know why it makes me laugh. They aren't any safer or less safe than yesterday. Just saying, "Your kids are safe!" doesn't mean anything to me.

But what's funny is not until today did something click.

Yesterday morning Bones' bus didn't come so I had to take him to school. We were running very late (long story, it was a fiasco) and because Bones was to take the bus, I didn't pay attention during orientation as to how to do drop off.

So now I'm faced with dropping my kid off at a school located in downtown, without knowing the procedure.

I drove around the downtown block and finally found a cop by a school fence entrance. I pulled off the side of the road, rolled down my window and said, "HELP! I have NO clue where to drop my kid off!"

I think I staved off the boredom of the day. He was really funny, laughed with me, and had Bones get out there and go on in, rather than my driving around the block to find the correct entrance.

I remember thinking, 'Wow, I've never seen a campus cop in full bullet proof vest before..."

It wasn't until today that I could hear the principal say, "Your kids are safe!" and I remember now seeing a cop here and there all over campus.


Meanwhile, with my eldest up in college, he and his buddy snap chat me videos of him doing stupid stuff, like eating a burger or wiggling his eyebrows.

I think I see him more now than when he lived here. Granted, it's in 2D, but still...

Posted by Boudicca at August 20, 2013 07:11 PM

Siri just lost her credibility. Oregon is ranked third out of the top 25 in the AP poll. That's hardly an underdog. Siri should have said Oregon State, which is ranked 25th.

Posted by: Angus of Tuscaloosa at August 20, 2013 07:32 PM

D'oh! I don't know football! T said Siri said Oregon State. *I* didn't know that Oregon had two universities.

Posted by: Bou at August 20, 2013 07:36 PM

Yep, and they have formidable mascots: the Ducks and the Beavers.

Posted by: Angus of Tuscaloosa at August 20, 2013 09:05 PM

For my money, there is very little better than drinking too much beer and listening to Oregon State play USC on the radio.

Posted by: K-nine at August 20, 2013 09:35 PM

K-Nine... subtle, but very funny.

Posted by: Bou at August 20, 2013 09:57 PM

School security? Impossible. A school near Atlanta got VERY lucky the other day when a guy with mental issues and 500 rounds surrendered without hurting anyone.... I saw an ad on TV last night in which kids ran out of their bus, across the lawn and into their school with NO gates, guards, fences, etc. Sadly, those days are LONG past. Dammit.

Posted by: George P at August 21, 2013 08:36 PM