Today's Grateful List/31 December 2015

  • Going to get answers no matter what

Friday, September 09, 2005

Pissed-Off-edness? A Permanent State?

I am sooooo pissed off and it seems to be an almost permanent state lately. This is today's adventure. After asking a minor technical question of the website guy at school, I find out through his casual mention that he and the PTB are planning on taking away the right to choose fonts, font colors, and font sizes so that the sites will look "professional." What a slap in the face! Does that mean my site looks like shit? Of course the director of schools uses it as an example in his parent cluster meetings of how websites should look and be, yet the technical assholes who don't reside in the real world don't think it looks professional. I fired off a furious email and asked why. Got a reply that I shouldn't take it personally, they are doing this for everyone. Excuuuuuuse me? I'm not supposed to take it personally? So I fired off another one asking him whose definition of professional is being used....reminding him that this was EXACTLY one of the fears the planning committee had and expressed back in the spring, that we'd be slaves of cookie cutter websites with no creativity. Haven't heard back from him yet on that matter. I invoked the name of Barry the principal as my back-up (and he does, btw), as well as using the example of the director of schools (not to mention the website guy's BOSS) who loves our site. No word, no word.....I hate those people who sit in little offices and aren't in touch with the real world. Like Mike the tech says, they don't understand that creativity is what teachers do and what the public expects. We're not IBM, for heaven's sake.

Good gracious, I feel my BP rising as I type. I could actually feel it rise when I was firing off my emails this a.m. It's such a control issue and makes absolutely no sense. I'm willing to go to the mat on this....over a freaking font. But it's the overall principle of the thing. If they don't like us having creativity, fine. They can go back to doing the website.


  • Idiot technical people with control issues
  • 7th grade "chiefs"
  • Lazy people
  • No advance warning
  • Late nights
  • Not feeling a part of any clique
  • Needless paperwork


Things That Make Me Happy At Work

  • Funny people
  • Freedom to be creative (in most areas)
  • Running the tv studio
  • My computer lab
  • Nice people


Thoughts for the day.....

Five lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people.. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello". I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11.30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down ! the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others. Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 -year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked."Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough lefmto leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away". Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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