Wednesday, August 17, 2005


I am searching Google in vain for a humor post I saw two years ago. It was a retelling of "Lord of the Rings" in the style of dozens of renowned authors from Stephen King to James Joyce to Dr. Seuss. Extra Credit to anyone who can help me find it again.

p.s. Still going strong in the teaching world. Except that I lost my voice. That complicates classroom management (or lack thereof). Wish me luck at the parents/guardians back-to-school night tomorrow.


Blogger jbb said...

oh i always had fun when my teachers lost their voices:). good luck.


9:46 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

You have an interesting blog!
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9:52 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...
Is the Tolkein Sarcasm Page.

And just plain fun, but not for the kiddies:

So what do I get for finding this?

Oh, and isn't it nice that Irene thinks you have an interesting blog?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

oh--almost forgot--


8:52 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Let me know how parents SHOULDN'T behave. I need to prep for my dealing with my kids' future teachers.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

I can tell you that, Jason:

You shouldn't behave with apathy.

You shouldn't assume your child's teacher has no life, and be kept waiting for conferences.

You shouldn't expect your child's teacher to do the work of a parent in regards to teaching morality, behavior, and respect.

You shouldn't expect your child's teacher to go easy on your kid.

You shouldn't expect your child's teacher to 'have it in' for your kid.

You shouldn't expect your child's teacher to be able to read you or your kids mind.

You shouldn't expect your child's teacher to be infallible.

Jessica will probably offer her own suggestions, but as a father of four, these are the 'shouldn'ts' that I operate under in my interactions with teachers.


3:43 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Jason, BP said it well. Here's my list of slightly lower expectations:

1. You shouldn't behave with apathy. (Ok, so I stole that one, but it bears repeating.)

2. You shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. It's ok to call a teacher before he/she contacts you, whether out of interest or concern.

3. And, most importantly: When a teacher calls home to explain that your child is suspended for trying to punch her, don't say, "But he was sitting down, so he couldn't have hit you that hard."

4:09 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

BP, still not what I'm looking for, but you get the consolation prize.

Irene, bleh.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Consolation prize? Isn't that like a patio lounge?

Or something from Dicker & Dicker of Beverly Hills?


7:08 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Only the best for you, BP.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Great advice, Jess and BP!

3:08 PM  

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