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What I Didn’t Do On My Vacation

Like many, my vacation plans for 2020 got scrapped with the coronavirus.

My family and I don’t take a vacation every year.  We try to take one every other year.  This year was the “other” year.  Under normal circumstances, we’d be getting ready to leave for Graceland.  Under these circumstances, we’ve already taken a virtual tour of The King’s home and are striving to physically visit next year, maybe even doing it up and possibly staying at the adjoining hotel.  They have some pretty swanky rooms.

So this vacation year will be like the “off” years and we’ll be doing day trips.  Unfortunately, there aren’t many places to take a day trip to where you can actually do something.  Luckily some zoos and aquariums are open so we’ll be able to at least say we did something on vacation this year.  If we time it right we may even be able to hit the beach.  If not, there’s always the pool.  And at least we won’t end up with a ton of sand in our shoes.

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Label It

Regarding the labeling of the latest threatening tweet by SHITHOLE,
Kevin McCarthy tweeted that “citizens have a right to hear directly from their President and decide for themselves what to think about it.”

Americans are done hearing from SHITHOLE, the majority of us were done on day one. Most of us have never listened to a fucking thing he’s ever said. Most of the time he’s incoherent anyway. He has nothing good or nice to say. Why listen to the shit that spews from his trap? If anything he’s been good for a few laughs. That’s about it.

Most of us decided what to think a long time ago. Twitter is just catching on. Labeling SHITHOLE’S tweets is not taking away anyone’s rights to tweet or read threatening messages. They just don’t want them spread. Because we all know SHITHOLE instigates violence. He loves it. He can keep on tweeting his threats and Twitter will keep on labeling them. They should just remove them. Anyone else’s tweets would be removed and they would be put in Twitter jail or even banned. But you know “freedom of speech”. Right?

SHITHOLE is on very thin ice with Twitter. SHITHOLE may think he controls a lot of things, but he really doesn’t. Twitter is one of them.

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Face masks–they work

Face masks.  No, they’re not pretty and they’re far from comfortable.  But I do believe they are helping keep the daily coronavirus cases down.  At least in Massachusetts and many other states.  Remarkably, there are only 15 states, and Washington, DC, currently, that require them.  Research has shown that if they had been required nation wide months ago, we could’ve knocked our cases down by 80%.  Now we’re on track for half a million cases by Christmas, especially if Florida has anything to do with it.

For the past several weeks the country, mainly in the south, has seen an influx of positive cases.  Ironically, those states, namely Florida, Arizona and Texas, don’t require people to wear face masks.

Florida is right where Massachusetts was two months ago.  They’re on the verge of reaching 100,000 cases tomorrow.  Massachusetts is at 107,000 cases now and that’s only because we became transparent in our reporting only a few weeks ago.  And we’ve come so far.  We were the third highest in the country.  Now the tables have been turned.  Where the three hot spots once were NY, NJ and MA, they now appear to be FL, AZ and TX.  NY, NJ and MA require face masks.  FL, AZ and TX do not.  Do the math.

Florida had close to 3500 new cases today alone.  To put it in perspective, Massachusetts reported 125 cases today.  It was only a month ago when it seemed we couldn’t get out of the thousands.

You’re a fool if you think the coronavirus is going away any time soon.  It’s not.  It may never go away, even if there is a vaccine.  There’s a vaccine for the flu and that doesn’t go away.  And people who get the flu have been known to have to wear face masks.  So for your own safety and the safety of others, wear a damn mask when you’re out in public.  Even if your state doesn’t require it.

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Maybe They Just Didn’t Want To Go

I don’t know if it was the TikTokers or the K-poppers who foiled SHITHOLE’S big “comeback” pep rally in Tulsa.  I don’t really care.

What I do know is that if someone really wants to see someone they “admire” (God knows why anyone would admire SHITHOLE–but I digress), they aren’t going to let any kind of bad virus, bad weather, bad press, bad protesters, bad transportation, bad anything get in the way of getting the chance to see them.  Especially if it’s free. Or even if they’re being paid to see them.

Considering the real reason so many of SHITHOLE’S “fans” were dressed as blue seats in a red state last night is because the real “fans” didn’t want to go see SHITHOLE.

They’ve finally grown sick of the same ol’ SHITHOLE show.

 

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What I Learned In 8th Grade

The 2019-2020 school year has finally come to an end and the last three months have especially been a doozy.

I’ve gained a new respect for teachers, not that I didn’t already respect them.  They deserve the utmost appreciation and huge raises.  With home school going on since mid-March, I’ve been able to see first hand exactly what they’re teaching students in grade eight these days.  I discovered it’s not much different from what I learned in grade eight thirty-five years ago.

Here are just a few snippets of things I learned from my 8th grader and her teachers this year:

I learned that a² + b² still = c²–even all these years later.

I learned who Rube Goldberg was and discovered that I’ve always thought his machines were neat.

Science teachers can talk for thirty minutes or more about nothing but the weather.  Who knew?

The Theory of Evolution is even more fascinating than I ever thought and it will forever be debated.

Food Inc., although an interesting and eye-opening documentary, is not really for people with queasy stomachs.  I also got the sense it’s someone’s indirect way of trying to make children become vegetarians.  It seemed kind of brain-washy to me in certain ways.

Bottle rockets are cool.  Even cooler are female STEM teachers.

At this time it’s unknown what the first year of high school will be like.  Our state’s only direction right now is to tell all the school districts to save their pennies for hand sanitizer and face masks.  We don’t know if students will physically be attending school, how often they will physically be attending school, how often they will be learning at home, if they will be learning at home, if they will be learning at school, we know nothing.  And it’s very frustrating.

But I know if I have to I’ll be digging back into my brain to my freshman year of high school to try to co-teach my own freshman into the start of her final tier.