Kathyp and everyone:
Yes,I too hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas. My wife, as usual had to prepare a dinner, deliver and serve it, which she did quite well, as she always does. I refer to these as her "ordeals" and occasionally remind her that Bill Buckley's sister "Christmased herself to death"
Anyway, it seems , in our family at least, that women don't last nearly as long as they used to. In my day, a well chosen woman, if not mistreated too badly, would last a lifetime. The younger members of our family now seem to split up, some even before getting around to getting married and amuse themselves fighting over sharing the kids for holidays and child support.
The current favorite is a 6 year old girl. I was amused to observe that of all the expensive things she received her favorite seemed to be a 99 cent deck of "OLD MAID" cards. I was interested in seeing if the principal character was by now a "matrimonically challenged female", but although she didn't look as wretched as the figure I remembered, she was still labeled the "old maid". Sounds like the basis for a class action suit if there ever was one!
For me,the modern educational system is taking some getting used to. There now is kindergarten and PREKINDERGARTEN,with diplomas and graduation celebrations requiring attendance of relatives and presumably gifts.
The teachers in our area no longer see themselves as responsible for teaching anyone themselves; instead they see their job as motivating the parents to do the teaching. However, some of the more outspoken parents have been known to suggest the teachers urinate up a rope and do what they are getting paid for. Being a resourceful and clever bunch, the educators have come up with a solution to the dilemma.
Our school system has, at great cost, purchased an educational plan whereby the students TEACH EACH OTHER! It hasn't been implemented yet, but the county system to our South discontinued their similar program, replaced the partitions which had been removed at great cost to facilitate larger rooms, and went back to more conventional methods.
I, for one, will not be satisfied with our educational system until at least 50 percent of our high school graduating class if confronted with the problem (in written form IN ENGLISH) that if their car consumed 15 gallons of fuel going 300 miles, how many miles per gallon did they get?
That's my rant for the week.