The Unbearable Banishment: some things DO change

Thursday, May 28, 2009

some things DO change

While watching the morning chat program here in Cleveland, I saw a story on my old high school. It was the featured “cool school” of the week. The track team won a record number of meets. The robotics team is in the finals of a competition. The glee club visits retirement homes to spread their joy.

When I attended, they had a smoking lounge. In order to get a passing grade, all you had to do was show up the majority of the time. Most of the students (myself included) walked around in a weed-induced haze. I have no idea who my guidance counselor was. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm not completely certain that I had one. So things are looking up at old Midpark High from an academic standpoint.

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I had to delete my Mom’s name from my phone contacts. How sad is that?


Blogger sid said...

A smoking lounge ... in the high school? Attend the majorty of classes to get a passing grade? Are you for real? Would never happen here. There'd be an uproar.

May 29, 2009 at 4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still haven't deleted Stephen's name from my phone contacts

May 29, 2009 at 5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

our smoking lounge was a fenced in area in the parking lot. complete with smudge pot for heat in the winter. we called it "The Grit Corral". yes. i visited regularly...

May 29, 2009 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more interesting thing is that people of our generation turned out better than our own kids in terms of being able to be independent. Of course, some of us are raising the current crop, so maybe not.

May 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

It is sad. So sorry, tUB.

May 30, 2009 at 3:36 AM  
Blogger Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

I still have my aunty, uncle and grandma's numbers in my phone (they all died in the last couple of years). Its not laziness, I often flick through the numbers in my phone but don't delete them. Not sure why.

May 30, 2009 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Blues said...

Oh man. That is really sad. Sadder than your last post even. I´m sorry.

May 30, 2009 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger James said...

Unbearable, sorry to hear about your mum.

May 30, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous neeeekole. said...

academic yea.. people still walk around with that same weed haze

June 2, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I still have my friend Jorge's number in my phone...which has changed make/model, I think, 3 times since his death in 2003.

June 3, 2009 at 7:28 AM  

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