Monthly Archive: April 2008

Just because you can breed …

Recently, a California court ruled that parents who wanted to home-school their children needed to be certified by the State.
I imagine home-schooling parents all over are up in arms about this, and about their right to teach their children however they see fit, and so on. The problem with that philosophy is that the rest of us in society have to live with whatever they produce. No matter how cooky these kids turn out, it’s not only the parents who taught them so admirably that have to deal with them – it’s the rest of us who have to deal with them , and who have to rely on them to be productive members of society. Unfortunately, there are so many home schoolers who subscribe to wacky approaches to child rearing. Take for example fans of ‘unschooling’ — who believe in the free-floating ‘fluid’ approach to schooling, without the shcackles of all that structure and discipline. Hopefully, all the kids who emerge from this kind of system will all be creative people who don’t need to deal with the structure of a workplace – with deadlines and safety procedures, and … well… rules.

Sorry, we’re out of … CHICKEN??

So, I just spent the weekend with my family in Estes Park, Colorado — the gateway to gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park. The weekend was wonderful, and we ate at some pretty nice restaurants up there, but our experience on Saturday night took the cake. Having been extremely healthy for weeks now, we decided that a bit of greasy indulgence was in order — what could fit the bill better than Kentucky Fried Chicken? So, we stopped into the Estes Park KFC. Now, there are only 4 of us in the family — but after we had ordered 2 number 3 meals (I think they were strips), the extremely brainy checkout chap stopped us right there and went nervously to see his manager.
Apparently, they were OUT OF CHICKEN??
Ok ….
So, we went across the street to MickyD’s. Not that they were much better off. They were too stunned by my husband and kids’ accents to realise they didn’t have any fries cooking, so we had to wait a while for those.
I was wishing we had bought our black tie attire so we could go to The Stanley. Oh well, we ate eventually, and then when back to our lovely Solitude cabin (highly recommended) to enjoy a bottle of wine instead!

Hide and Seek

What on EARTH is it that makes people want to be FOUND all the time! I’m completely expecting to find out that the article in The Times today (April 1st) about the Facebook application ‘Sniff’ is an April Fool’s gag … but it’s scarily right on. People are constantly making information of their whereabouts accessible to others – they let them know where they can be contacted at all hours of the day.

Yuckity yuck! I don’t LIKE that about the wired world. Pretty soon there will be no where left to hide … How do you tell that ‘white lie’ about not being available, or being dreadfully busy, if your friends and acquaintances can track where you are all the time? We might not quite be there yet, but we’re getting incredibly close!