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This WASN'T in What To Expect!!!!! [personal entry] 
15th-Nov-2008 08:29 am
Just a quick note to God, or the Fates, or Whatever Else might be Out There:

If ANYONE had EVER mentioned SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS to me, lo, these many years ago,


also, there is not enough Ativan on the freakin' planet.

That is all. 
16th-Nov-2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Just a heads up so no one can say you weren't warned but when Koda is in his sophomore year of HS(provided he makes it that long) there will be a project where by you have a stack of pictures and have to go to the nursery and get a sample of each of the types of flowers and leaves on the papers. This will also involve dissecting said flowers and labeling items that all look alike.

Truthfully, I think if you handed in the project you got a good grade, it was that messed up.

Forewarned is forearmed as they say

Here is an idea what Koda's History topic is about- I stole this from the internets but basically Washington and Cinnicutus were both men absorbed with the Republican ideal. Koda should have picked Herodutus Father of History I could have written that one for him :)

Politically the American state is very similar to Athens. We seek to dominate and absorb alien peoples so that they might share our freedom but in doing so paradoxically create tyranny. We justify invasions using abstract republican values such as democracy. We are self-righteous and believe we are superior to all other states, we also believe it is our holy duty to spread democracy to all aliens, even those which fundamentally oppose democracy. We have an incredible unmatched hubris and belligerence. Our leaders attempt to inspire us to war and hunt Immanuel Goldstein through rousing oration, even if it’s plagued by Texan idiosyncrasies. The same rhetoric used in Pericles’ day is still in active use today, and will be eternally until people demand something more then a meme-infested banal minutia of red white and blue marginalization and judgment.
It is imperative in the modern era that we return to original republican moral values for our own sake in the pursuit of brilliance and to avoid further social decadence and corruption. Furthermore it is important that we return to George Washington’s (and other traditional republics) concept of isolationism. All states will eventually evolve into some semblance of a republic in the end; it is the natural human tendency. Just as many (if not more) lives will be lost in a quick, forced war (there is at least 29478 confirmed civilian casualties in Iraq for example but this is a wildly conservative number) as would be lost in a long, natural, protracted revolution. It is then logical (logos intact) for us to remain to ourselves and carry a big stick in the winds of time and allow dictators of far removed people to slaughter their people, it will only catalyze revolution further. It is not our place to colonize the world with the help of the new Delian League of NATO, our place is to enrich our own culture and remain closed to the outside turmoil. Eventually all states will be republican, and we will inherit a global united citizenry. This is not a distant imaginative dream; it is the will Cincinnatus reborn, our first president and proper hero and role model to all citizens, George Washington.

Edited at 2008-11-16 02:56 am (UTC)
16th-Nov-2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
oh. my. god. oh my god. oh my GOD. OMG!!!1!1!!

nonononononononoNO No. just... no.

make it go away, mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i detest history; always have. geography, too. history was the first college course i took; i got a Big Red F.

on the other hand, i adore literature. [yeah, i know; that lecture about how most intelligent, avid readers are also enthusiastic students of history? go find nightdog_barks and feed it to her--at least you'll have an agreeable, appreciative audience. that particular lecture just goes into one of my ears, zooms through the Big Empty Space in the middle, and flies right out the other ear].

so... what i'm thinkin' here is... the class is called Social Studies, right. And for this fair, it says "Choose an individual...." and F. Scott Fitzgerald, my absolutely-all-time-phenomenally-amazing-favorite-author, is known as the Father of the Jazz Age. And he qualifies as 'an individual,' right? see where i'm going with this? work with me here....

anyway. that weird flower thingy you mentioned? my stepdad is an agricultural scientist; before his retirement he was Geigy's seniorist senior agricultural scientist. and even i see where i'm going with this-- Welcome Out of Retirement, Grandpa! hee.

[and--just in case--[worst case] i've printed out your comment, thanks; it could possibly be the only thing that saves koda's scrawny little neck.]

Edited at 2008-11-16 12:51 pm (UTC)
16th-Nov-2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I could have used your stepdad when I was in HS then. That project was a BEAR. Even with everything all packed in individual labeled bags it still looked like nine hundred examples of the same thing.

I won't get on you about the history thing but I do have to say it makes me sad. Now I will go lurk back under the bridge where the rest of my historian elk sit in wait :P

I detested most classes in school but since I had people around me who told such great stories of the past I always had a thing for history. Some of it is tempered by the stack of history texts I am reading to muck my way through my Masters but I still love it and can watch the History Channel for HOURS. While my minor was in English I never really liked English class and your man Fitzgerald is a big reason why. I liked his writings but he is the reason I could never be a lit major. Sometimes a flower really is a flower. Jesus did EVERYTHING in The Great Gatsby have to have deeper symbolic meaning?

No, it really didn't

Edited at 2008-11-16 03:51 pm (UTC)