The state of schools in south Florida

I'm sure that I've made it clear previously that I feel that the school districts down here, well, suck balls.  Let me relay a tale which proves this point.

First, let me say that I know that my child is not perfect.  She's a normal, sometimes forgetful 15 year old.  I'm over that part.  I'm used to reminding her of things a million times.  About a week and a half ago, she told me that she needed $5.  Of course, it's like pulling teeth, so I have to follow up with 'for what?'.  Long story short, the teacher "made" them all take at least one raffle ticket to sell. (it's a computer class and the raffle would benefit some school sports team of which my child is no part)  Needless to say, she didn't sell it.  This, of course, didn't stop the teacher from still wanting. her. five. dollars!

So, I figured that I would send a note asking why I should give up 5 bucks for something that had nothing to do with this class.  What follows is the teacher's response….I have not edited it at all except to remove my last name.

DEAR MRS. MiamiShyner

SORRY I COULD NOT GET BACK TO YOU SOONER, TOO MANY THINGS AT THE SAME TIME.

LET ME EXPLAINED TO YOU WHY CAYTLIN NEEDS TO BRING THE $5.00.
THE TICKET  IN QUESTION WAS A RAFFLE THAT THE SCHOOL WAS GOING TO HAVE TO LIFT THE STUDENT'S SPIRIT BY GIVING THEM SOME PRICES BEFORE THE F-CAT, AND A WAY TO GET AN EXTRA A FOR THE STUDENTS IN THE INDIVIDUAL CLASSES. CAYTLIN COMMITTED HERSELF TO SALE ONE TICKET. I GAVE ALL OF THE STUDENTS THE OPTION OF RETURNING THE UNSOLD TICKET ON THE DAY DETERMINED BY THE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR, AND SHE AND OTHER STUDENTS DID NOT BRING THEM ON THAT DAY, I HAD TO PAY $160.00 OUT OF MY POCKET TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THE TICKETS THAT WERE NOT RETURNED ON TIME, AMONG THEM CAYTLIN'S.
SINCE THAT MOMENT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO COLLECT THE MONEY FROM THE STUDENTS THAT DID NOT BRING THE TICKETS, TO MAKE THE ECONOMICAL DEFICIT A LITTLE SMALLER.  AS YOU COULD IMAGINE, THIS WAS THE LAST TIME EVER THAT I WOULD GET INVOLVED IN ANYTHING MONEY RELATED FOR SCHOOL.
I HOPE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND MY SITUATION, AND I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN IT.

SINCERELY

MS GARCIA

Ha!  Are you done laughing yet?  Here is my response:

Ms. Garcia,
I appreciate the explanation.  It is my understanding that now you are in possession of the raffle ticket.  If this is correct, and I do believe that it is, despite any misunderstandings I cannot now give you the money for a raffle ticket for which I do not even have in my possession.
I have also been informed that you have now isolated Caitlyn (note spelling) from her friends in the class due to this issue about five dollars.  I find this to be highly unacceptable.  I am sure that, per your own note, there are other children who have not turned in the five dollars, and find it hard to believe that they are all receiving the same treatment from you.  If there is a problem with Caitlyn's classroom behavior, please make me aware of it and I will nip it in the bud from home.  If you feel that you need to discuss something with me, you will find my telephone number located at the bottom of this email.
 
Finally, for your own personal note, typing in all capital letters is equated with yelling.  I will assume that is not the message that you were trying to convey.  I do believe, however, that your means of response should be treated with as much care and consideration as your in-person interactions with parents, and that particularly, as a computer teacher, you would be aware of the social norms of electronic communications.
 
Again, you may feel free to contact me by telephone should you wish to discuss this matter further.
 
Regards,
 
Ms. MiamiShyner

Was I mildly bitchy?  Yes.  But over the top?  Nah.  Did I nearly jump out of my skin and want to slap the living shit out of this woman due to her response below?  HELLZ to the YEAH.

MRS. MiamiShyner

LET ME START BY SAYING THAT THE REASON WHY CAYTLIN HAS BEEN "ISOLATED" FROM HER FRIEND, IS BECAUSE SHE IS NO LONGER WORKING ON HER PROJECTS, SINCE SHE SPENDS ALL THE TIME TALKING TO THE GIRL THAT I MOVED AWAY FROM HER.
REGARDLESS OF WHAT SHE MIGHT THINK, MY PURPOSE IN SCHOOL IS TO HAVE STUDENTS WORKING AND LEARNING, GRANTED THAT THEY HAVE THE CHOICE NOT TO WORK, BUT NOT IF I CAN HELP IT.

ABOUT THE MONEY, THE TICKET THAT WAS RETURNED TO ME IS USELESS BECAUSE THE RAFFLE WAS OVER A MONTH AGO , AND AS I SAID, CAYTLIN TOOK UPON HERSELF THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SALLING THE TICKET BY THE DUE DATE, AND SHE DIDN'T, THE TICKET COULD HAVE BEEN THROWN AWAY BECAUSE IT IS WORTHLESS.
CAYTLIN HAS MADE ME ASK HER FOR THE MONEY FOR A MONTH, AND I DON'T THINK THAT IT IS FAIR FROM YOUR PART TO MAKE ME PAY FOR HER LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY, BUT IF YOU WANT TO DO SO, THEN SO BE IT.

WITH CAPITAL LETTERS IS HOW I WRITE ALL EMAILS TO EVERYBODY, I CAN READ BETTER WHAT I WRITE.

I HOPE THAT CAYTLIN'S COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN CLARIFIED, AND MINE TOO.

AT YOUR SERVICE

MS GARCIA

Seriously?!?!

  • I corrected you that it is MS not MRS if you paid attention.
  • Kiddo has been in your class for nearly 27 weeks now and you still cannot spell her name right even though I pointed that out to you too?
  • I'm sorry, but I don't care if English isn't your first language.  You need to get some classes under your belt about basic grammar.
  • You type in caps because "you can read better what you write"?!?!?!  Are you fucking kidding me?!?!  Are we both professionals here?  Wait, it is obvious that one of us is not.

So, I think I'm just going to post this here and let it go.  Why, you might ask?  Because the person who supervises the teachers, whom I've had the pleasure  opportunity to meet, Dr. Diaz, is going to stick up for Ms. Garcia.  I still might respond though if I'm feeling especially bitchy.

Oh, and why don't you get on your bicycle and ride down the K-12 and see if your five dollars is at the bottom.

"Two faculty… One speaks no English, the other learned English from watching "The Wide World of Sports." So you tell me… Which is better, speaking no English at all, or speaking Howard Cosell?"

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Just stuff

I have a standing rule at home for Kiddo: If neither Lovey or I are there, no one is allowed in the house.  Normal rule that I'm sure you may have had growing up too.  Then again, maybe not since times have changed.

This past Friday, one of Kiddo's friends stopped by after school, let's call her E.  No big deal, they were sitting out front just chatting.  Later, Kiddo told me that E had said that the house smelled amazing: like cookies and candy and Christmas. (I hadn't taken the tree down at that time.)  I have a thing about the house smelling nice, so I was happy with that comment.  Apparently, E also asked Kiddo if she could come live with us.  I laughed that one off at first.  BUT.  Later, Kiddo told me E's entire storoy.

<break out your hankies>

Her dad is just MIA.  Kiddo asked where he was, but apparently, he's a non-entity, similar to Kiddo's own sperm donor.  E said when Kiddo asked, "I ate him."  Funny, but sad.  On top of that, if I can totally take their word for it, E is currently living with her brother and step-sister who are in their early 20s because E's mom ditched her and left the state. 

Does Kiddo get on my nerves every once in a while?  Sure, what 15 year old doesn't?  But to ditch your child and move across the country and leave her so unceremoniously in the care of your other child who isn't that much older? OMG, I think my heart just broke.

I haven't been able to get this out of my mind.  Lovey asked if I wanted to adopt another 15 year old.  No, I don't.  I honestly don't even know how E is managing to escape Children and Family Services, but I am happy that she is at least still going to school.  I feel terrible about this and I don't know what to do.

I think that the least I can do is allow E to come over on Saturdays and probably Sundays to hang out with Kiddo.  Not that we're "normal", but at least for a couple days a week we can pretend to be so E can have somewhere where her life can seem normal.  Ugh, the sadness!

And on a completely different note…….

Last night on my way to yoga, it was wonderfully cool and crisp outside.  And maybe you'll understand this if you've lived far enough from a big city.  The air tasted good.  Like fall and leaves and, well, winter too I guess.

And one more completely different note……..

It takes a lot bring the sports world to a standstill, but there was no ignoring the magnitude of the moment. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pushed back his first pre-Super Bowl news conference one hour so it wouldn't conflict with the inauguration.

"What we're doing here today pales with what's going on in our nation's capital," Tomlin said.

Steelers principal owner Dan Rooney and his son Jim hand-delivered a game ball from the team's AFC Championship win to Obama on Monday, at a dinner Obama hosted for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the man he defeated for the presidency. Dan Rooney campaigned for Obama in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

"He's a [Chicago] Bears fan first, he admits that," Dan Rooney said Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "But he's a Steelers' fan. He's said it, and all his staff, they're rooting for us [in the Super Bowl]."

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2/30 – Daylight Savings Time

My recent problem which is getting worse is that I no longer know when I am hungry.  I eat at work at specific times, but not because I'm hungry.  On weekends, I just kind of forget to eat.  The only way I realize that I'm probably hungry is the nasty headache and a bit of an upset stomach.  I don't know if this is a symptom of something, but I'm trying not to let WebMD rule my life.

Last night I told Kiddo before bed that we would be going to Denny's this morning for breakfast so to be ready to go at 10.  At 8:30 I woke up to a viciously pounding headache along with a good bit of nausea.  I trucked off to the bathroom and noticed that her door was cracked and the light and TV were on.  I knocked and peeked in to find her sitting on the floor, fully dressed, watching TV.  She looked at me slightly confused (since I was still in my bathrobe) and all I could say was "Forgot to turn your clock back, huh?"  The look was priceless.

We ended up leaving a little earlier than 10 because I really needed to get some food in me.  Over to Denny's we went, since we all know that I hate IHOP.  It was about a 15 minute wait, which I can deal with.  Every time we've gone in there, the same guy is at the host stand taking names and getting asses in seats.  Today, he was MIA.  Insert train wreck here.

We finally got a seat and watched 4 different waitresses walk past us and not a one said a word to us.  I'm hungry and therefore pretty annoyed.  After 5 minutes, I was past annoyed.  We agreed that if we didn't have someone at least speaking to us in the next 5, we were gonna give up the fight.  Right then, I also called Sergio's, the most rockin' Cuban restaurant EVER!  They just don't speak a lot of English.  Someone picked up and I tried to ask them how long the wait was.  I got put on hold as I could hear the girl who answered the phone yelling "ENGLISH!!"  Not funny then, very funny now.  Someone finally came on and I asked how long for a table of three.  He said that he had three people on the list right now and he would put me on but I had to PROMISE that I would be there in five minutes.  I told him we'd be there in three.

Still never having seen a waitress to get as much as some silverware or a glass of water, we walked out.  I have never done that before in my life.  Sergio's in only a few blocks away from Denny's and Kiddo and I got out while Lovey parked the car.  We had barely walked in the place when they were calling us for our table.  Less than 2 minutes and we had water.  Another minute and we had silverware.  We had barely finished looking at the menu when our waitress was there to take our order.  Oh how I love you cafe con leche.  Less than 2 minutes and we had our coffee.  I am not exaggerating when I say it was less than 5 minutes before we had all of our food.  That's right.  In less time than it took to get seated an aggravated at Denny's, we had been seated, served, and were almost finished eating.

Btw, if you're ever in Miami and you go to Sergio's (and I suggest it), be aware that when they say you're getting two scrambled eggs, you're really getting somewhere in the neighborhood of five.  All full of cheese with a side of bacon and the hugest piece of toasty, buttery Cuban bread ever.  Artery clogging?  Yes,  Delicious and well worth it?  Hell yes.

My boys don't play till tomorrow so I went to do a little shopping today.  Hi Macy's.  I love when the things I want are 40% off and on top of that you let me use my coupon for another 30% off.  I think I got 4 tops and 2 skirts for about a C-note.

Lovey's aunt made some delicioso chicken with onions and peppers.  I love peppers.  I can't wait to eat it.  Sometimes I think she's trying to fatten me up since they're always telling me (and Lovey) that I'm too skinny.  Ah well.  I don't have that badonkadonk butt, but I can deal with that. 🙂

Oh yeah, last thing.  Today was the last day of early voting.  On my way to the mall, I drove by the place we voted.  The line was wrapped all the way around the library.  I'm thinking it had to have been at least a five hour wait.  People are serious about some voting down here!  I think I'm gonna need to do some volunteering in these last couple of days.

That's all I've got for you today…as if I didn't ramble enough.  I hope that you've all enjoyed your weekend.  See you again tomorrow for more misadventures of the house of Shyne.  MWAH!

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The week in review, btw ROCO

Hiya loyal readers <snicker> and those who just stumble upon.  On with all the nothing that happened in my world this week.

  • I think that we're all growing increasingly tired of politics.  I'll skip over all that jazz, except for one little photo to be posted a little later.
  • It's been a quiet week in la casa de MiamiShyner.  Lots of exercise going on and I've managed to get down to 125.  I am still shooting for 120, but hey, I just don't think my body is interested. 
  • There are officially 2 weeks until I go under the knife. (Double S, if you're reading this, yes, I know how you feel, but I also know you'll still love me 😛 )  I shall be looking fantastic for my 35th birthday as per the plan.
  • I got to see a really cool Cirque du Soleil demo since Corteo will be in town soon.
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  • I thought I was cute the other day….
    Me

  • I have the worst case of raccoon eyes EVER.  I guess they've always been like that.  I'm working on fixing it though.  Do love that my hair is finally getting long.  Let's see if I have something with which to compare from a few years ago.
  • Me

    There.  It's actually laying down and dare I say cascading over my shoulders now.  HA!  Oh, yeah, and I actually had makeup on in the picture on the left.

  • Pretty stoked that I'll officially be smart in another 51 days.  Completion of an Associates degree that really doesn't mean much.  Especially in south Florida where no one pays pretty much no matter what/who you know.
  • Can I go back to bartending now please?  Pretty please?  No?  Ok fine. Well, not fine, but I'll deal with it for a while longer.
  • Ooooh, big, BIG excitement is that we've reached the two-digit number countdown until vacation.  We've got a big group going this year so it should be mega-fun.  Park City again since we enjoyed it so much last year.  I'll be daily blogging from there like last year, but without any big announcements like an engagement. :-) 
  • We got this house for this year at last year's price, so we're pretty happy about that part too.
  • Our previous moving destination was Salt Lake City.  We're shying away from that now and leaning more towards the Boulder area.  I've seen some fantastic houses out there and they are reasonably priced.  With yards!
  • Oh, Saturday night Lovey and I went over to Octobeerfest.  $25 for all you can drink.  There was beer from all over, rum and vodka.  A whole bunch of people, mostly college kids, watching football and putting away booze.  Good times.  We still fit in as far as looking the age of the college kids unlike some of the old farts who were there trying to pick up younguns.
  • Yesterday, driving home, I saw this bumper sticker:

Not sure if it was a joke or what since we have a lot of young Republicans in our area.  I just found it amusing.  And mildly disturbing.

SO yeah, that's the week in review.  It is Friday as well, so let the congregation say….

ROCO!!

Peace out and have a great weekend everyone!!

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