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I think I am coming around with this new position [that I’m not entirely 100% sure about, but pretty sure about] sooner than I had thought I would. I am extremely nervous about the switch in grade levels. However, I know what my capabilities are. I know that I’ll be able to handle it and that I’ll just do the best that I can. I generally catch on quickly and have a general idea of what I may need to do.


I’m trying to look at some blogs of people who teach that grade level, I’ll probably pop my head in the current 2nd grade classrooms here soon to get a better feel of how it might look during reading, math, science, etc. I’m just trying to get a basic idea of how to manage a classroom at that level. I also need to just figure out how the flow of the day would work best.


The second night of conferences for the week is tonight. I only have five to do so I’m not TOO stressed. Two of them are siblings, also. I’m hoping it won’t be too stressful. I’ve got a family, though, that I’m a little nervous about. I’m going to recommend/ STRONGLY recommend they do another year before placing the student in Kindergarten next year. We have an optional kindergarten type of a program here that we offer, and I’d REALLY like to see him do that next year. I’m just almost sure that the parents are going to be against it, so I’m trying to get all of my ducks in a row for that conversation to take place. AND, who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me and feel that it might be a good fit for him as well.


I have a snapchat problem, guys. One in which I just start clicking down the line of my “most recents” and “best friends” or whatever, and they all get the pic. I need to start choosing carefully. I think I’ve sent a couple to Steve on accident. Not that he’d care. In fact, last night, he responded to one of them. I just would prefer to keep my distance from him because when I DID get that response I got the whole “butterflies in my belly” feeling and it sucked to not be able to continue a conversation with him. I mean, come on, it was only a quick little thing anyway. I suppose sometimes you just have that “connection” with someone that’s somehow addicting. *lame*


Speaking of lameness. The last couple of days I’ve been getting some random messages from Kyle. Which… I thought I kind of squashed a few weeks ago after telling him [again] that we seriously truly need to just be DONE talking to each other. I mean, I do like talking to him and stuff. But I’m able to now just be friends and stuff like that…. just talk and say hey and whatever else. I’m able to keep it at that level. (there was a time where I wanted more and thought we should..) However, I don’t think he’s able to do that. I feel like whenever I respond--- he talks even more and tries to carry on the conversation even after I’ve tried to end it. I know time is going on and he’s probably feeling more like himself. I just am NOT going to even go there. And now that we HAVE been friends for so long… I just. I don’t know. It bothers me more than anything, I suppose.


My mom is coming again tonight to be with the girls while I have conferences. I wonder how Isla will handle finding out she doesn’t have ballet…. AGAIN. Her teacher is unable to make it to class for like the 5th time this year. Apparently, there’s a death in her family and also she’s not feeling well. It’s just that with Isla gone every other weekend- it makes it kind of difficult for her to make it to all of the make-ups they end up having to do because of missing. I hope she doesn’t get too far behind. She usually catches on pretty quickly, though. ALSO- I feel bad because this particular teacher is a little bit “rough around the edges” and is kind of…. IDK- well, Isla will leave upset sometimes because the teacher yells at the little girls and stuff “all the time..”. Isla has such a big heart, too. Even if it isn’t Isla getting yelled at she feels so heartbroken for the ones that are having trouble and getting yelled at. SO, I hope this doesn’t feed into her being even more stressed about being prepared for recital.


Sienna and Isla are super excited for our trip this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!




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'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87


Associated Press

19 hrs ago


NEW YORK — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87.


Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family.


Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange. The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show's writers to elicit sexy answers.


Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.


After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated. New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game."


At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.


The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980.


Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all. When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook. The victims would then be mercilessly berated by the manic Barris, with a hat often yanked down over his eyes and ears, and a crew of second-tier celebrities.


Occasionally, someone would actually launch a successful career through the show. One example was the late country musician BoxCar Willie, who was a 1977 "Gong Show" winner.


He called himself "The King of Daytime Television," but to critics he was "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."


As "The Gong Show" and Barris' other series were slipping, he sold his company for a reported $100 million in 1980 and decided to go into films.


He directed and starred in "The Gong Show Movie," a thundering failure that stayed in theaters only a week.


Afterward, a distraught Barris checked into a New York hotel and wrote his autobiography, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," in two months. In it, he claimed to have been a CIA assassin.


The book (and the 2002 film based on it, directed by George Clooney) were widely dismissed by disbelievers who said the creator of some of television's most lowbrow game shows had allowed his imagination to run wild when he claimed to have spent his spare time traveling the world, quietly rubbing out enemies of the United States.


"It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years," quipped CIA spokesman Tom Crispell. "Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd," Crispell added. Barris, who offered no corroboration of his claims, was unmoved.


"Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin?" he once asked.


Seeking escape from the Hollywood rat race, he moved to a villa in the south of France in the 1980s with his girlfriend and future second wife, Robin Altman, and made only infrequent returns to his old haunts over the next two decades.


Back in the news in 2002 to help publicize "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," Barris said his shows were a forerunner to today's popular reality TV series.


Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Charles Barris was left destitute, along with his sister and their mother, when his dentist father died of a stroke.


After graduating from the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953, he took a series of jobs, including book salesman and fight promoter.


After being dropped from a low-level job at NBC, he found work at ABC, where he persuaded his bosses to let him open a Hollywood office, from which he launched his game-show empire.


He also had success in the music world. He wrote the 1962 hit record "Palisades Park," which was recorded by Freddy Cannon.


Barris's first marriage, to Lynn Levy, ended in divorce. Their daughter, Della, died of a drug overdose in 1998. He married his third wife, Mary, in 2000.


The late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas contributed biographical material to this report


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say WHAT?!?

Was sitting eating lunch (well, they were eating their subway, I was finishing my coffee) with the other two preschool teachers. We were rambling about our classes and students and conferences…. that sort of “teacher talk”.


Not much later, Alan (our principal) walks in, next year’s tentative “schedule” in hand. (The schedule with which grades have specials and when, lunch times, etc….) He sits down and just chats with us about “teacher talk”/joins in our discussion. He doesn’t offer much else, we were talking a little about taxes and government funds, etc. I SWEAR I heard him say something about “your two classes…. unless we get more to sign up before the end of May” but I’ll admit I was also only half-listening, as sometimes what he says isn’t all that important. I wanted to ask for a clarification, see if I heard right, if that means I’m out my preschool position next year, or WHAT…. but I didn’t. As always, I kept my mouth shut.

Now I’m kicking myself for not asking for clarification.


I do know that he went to their room this morning/yesterday morning and talked about changing times for KEY (like an alternate-kindergarten program that our school offers). I wonder if he mentioned at that time to THEM that they were switching to only two sections of preschool and avoided telling me. I’m not sure.


But I’d THINK that he would inform me the minute he found out.


He DID come tell me when he knew of the possibility, so I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. But I’m no idiot. I DO know that I’m generally the LAST of the three of us to find anything out--- EVEN if it pertains to MYSELF or MY CLASSROOM. *UGH* I guess we’ll wait and hear “officially” what I’m doing. It’d just be nice to know sooner than later.


I’d prefer some extra time to prepare my mind for another grade level as well as prepare things such as professional development, classroom materials, etc.


All this wishy-washiness of our school district is exactly what irks me. I guess sometimes it can also be a blessing in disguise- depending on how you look at it. At this particular time, it’s not something I enjoy.


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In Metal Gear Solid 1

Solid snake says he smuggled cigarettes in his stomach.



Like HELL you did. Theres no way a pack of cigarettes is coming back up OR going down. And you’re def. not shitting them out. 


you put those up your ass dude. 


And even then, theres no way a pack is going in there, unless you have a spacious rectum. 


Cigarette packs have pretty sharp corners if theyre not a soft pack



To smuggle in a pack of smokes, Im IMAGINING you’d have to fill a condom full of them.. and put them up your prison purse. prolly need a string to pull them out too. Or perhaps you could tie a knot at the end of the condom.. and hope your ass doesnt eat them. 



But 100% that isnt gonna get barfed up. that shit is an easy way to die. 



Anyway. I can believe camouflage that makes you invisible, taking out a helicopter with a rocket launcher with no cover, 1 man destroying a tank driven by a crazy Inuit, and a psychic who can read your mind.. 


but I draw the line at swallowing a pack of cigarettes. 


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dangers of getting what I want

It looks like we might do the camper thing. But on saturday, I went over to the burned down house to unload dog food. Usually my uncle comes over from where he is living with my cousin to unload the dog food, But, that bunch had gone to the mtns to I unloaded the dog food into a hand-truck. But the hand-truck snapped up when I dropped the dog food on it (it is a law of physics or something I should have paid attention to) and hit me directly in the center of my forehead. It sort of knocked me into this week.


I have experienced symptoms since then. Not limited to the purple easter egg on my head. 


So, above and beyond worrying about mother’s upcoming eye surgery and moving into campers and looking for a decent job...I feel weird. Very weird and jumpy. 


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