atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5914: So, where were YOU?

"The system is broken!" Short form: "disabled veteran" from Baltimore is upset that his son, who is about to graduate from high school, tested at the 4th grade level in math and 5th grade level in reading. He's complaining that the school system failed his son and "a whole lot of kids" and "The system is broken. They need to stop and fix it".

It's true that Baltimore schools are egregiously shitty. But:
"I get so emotionally wrapped up in it, I just want to scream because how can this happen? How can this happen to him?" Able emotionally asked of his son, who he fears is being left behind.

When asked if this keeps him up at night, Able replied, "More than you know. More than you know. They have just dropped the ball."
How much concern did you express in prior years? Did you ever look at what your son was being taught when he was in third grade? Fifth? Eighth? Or did you assume: "Hey, he's going to school! He'll be fine!"

You ask, "How can this happen to him?" Well, while you're blaming the school system, make sure you do it in front of a mirror. You are the kid's father. You dropped the ball first.

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Scammers are blowing up my damn phone today. I let it ring through both times on their first attempt, then blocked the number. Their second attempt, the ringer went "bloop" and quit--it literally rang for about half a second--then immediately the same number tried again, so I hit "ignore" and blocked the number.

Third time? The area code was from the Chicago area, but the friggin' prefix was 008, which is an impossible prefix. If you need to know why, go to your landline phone, lift the receiver, and dial 0. Hint: the phone system does not let you dial any phone number beginning with 00.

If the prefix is for an impossible number I know you're using something to spoof caller ID, and I'm not going to answer. (11x and 00x are impossible, for example.)

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Maki got snipped today. I go to pick him up in about half an hour. To make things even more entertaining, he had one undescended testicle; no idea what that's going to do for the bill or the recovery.

Well, it's got to be done. 'Twere best done quickly.
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