Posted By Kathleen David on May 3, 2013
Last week I was driving along and went to brake and found that I was without brakes. Or at least I had to knock it to the floor to slow down a bit. So I managed to get to the mechanic’s shop without crashing into anything (there were some near misses) and get the truck to halt.
I picked it up yesterday and took Caroline to her Girl Scout meeting. On the way back someone decided to make a left out of a parking lot and push their way into traffic moving at the speed limit (45). I learned that the brakes do work as did the brakes of the person behind me. The chippy who was in an oversized SUV and on the phone then proceeded to drive at 30 in a 45 zone. She also lit a cigarette while talking on her cellphone and driving. I so seriously wanted a cop at that time but no such luck. Although there have been seatbelt patrols all over the Island this week.
Caroline is going on an adventure with her sister Gwen this evening. They are going to see a ballet and then Caroline is sleeping over at Gwen’s because tomorrow they are going to the Cloisters where Gwen is leading a tour.
In the latest bit of Really? Really? Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas has introduced a bill for political approval of scientific papers. The Addicted to Info article about this Politicians are not peers. Yes, we do have rocket scientists that are members of congress but this is just ridiculous. There are plenty of hoops that research grants have to go through before they get any money, I don’t think we need to add congress to the mix.
We keep talking about how we want to bring America back to the forefront of invention and tech but we are killing a generation of potential scientists with standardized tests and not teaching them to think outside the box. Scoring high on a test is fine but really doesn’t show a mastery of the material. More a regurgitation of factoids that make no sense to the person taking the test other than they test well.
I have tried to do with Caroline what my parents did with me. I give her real world examples for things she is learning in school. Currently it is fractions and I explained why fractions are important to sewing and cooking. Next it is decimals and I am working on practical applications for that. I take her to see plays and Art exhibits. I encourage her learning about topics she is interested in. I want her to understand the practical applications.
Iron Man 3 really made up for Iron 2 in my book. It was pretty constant action. I saw in in 3-D and while there are some really cool sequences with the 3-D, one could see it in 2-D and it still would be pretty awesome. Shana’s theater, Sun Ray Cinema, is showing it in Jacksonville and they put Shwarma on the menu. I would recommend the Sun Ray Cinema for your movie going even if Shana wasn’t working there. It is a really cool place with a very large screen and good beer and food.
We are almost at the last episode for a bunch of series. I plan to talk about the ones I watched after the last episode has aired of each. I will say Elementary went some interesting places last night. I am unsure about the new big bad they are setting up on Once Upon A Time. Smash did exactly what I expected to happen with the exception of who is producing the indy upstart musical. Most of the comedies are doing what comedies do towards the end of the season. So what are you anticipating the last episode of?
I am grateful for the experiences that Caroline has in her life that help her learn more.