Thursday, September 10, 2009

Failing Geometry

So, I went to this ROTC meeting for the parents tonight and found out at the end that Caleb is in jeopardy of "imminent failure" of geometry and that if he does fail, ROTC will have no choice but to drop him from the program.

This is Caleb's third year in that program, he would be totally devastated.

As if I needed another ration of crap dumped onto my plate, I have to hear this from his Colonel, not from the ex or him. Not saying anything bad about the Colonel, I'm just aghast that I wasn't even informed about this s***. I am going down to the school tomorrow after work and ask for an audience with whoever about how we are going to get him through this - failure is NOT an option.

I've already started looking up local tutors - their prices and their experience - in helping to get through this. I have absolutely no way to pay for it, but I am going to have to FIND a way if it's REALLY coming down to him failing. I have no clue about geometry, I forgot all that stuff in high school, I have had no practical application of it in my adult life except on 2 occasions that I can remember in the last 27 years since I graduated.

I had extreme trouble with Geometry as well. I was good with all the other stuff, but geometry stumped me. It was half way through the school year before I finally started to get it - but I was already at D level grade, I BARELY passed that class. It sucked. Terribly.

I think I'm going to get more info from his teacher in that class and then go from there. Maybe my mom or dad could help with a tutor's expenses. Maybe the school has it's own resources with which to draw from, whatever the case, I will not let this go until I have a clear cut plan of action.

I'm pretty tee'd off, really. Not because he's having trouble, but because I wasn't told about this. I will be going behind the ex's and anyone else' back and getting my updates on his educational progress from this point forth.


Nice ending to a vacation.


End Of Vacation

I've really been dreading this today - my vacation is over as of waking up for work tomorrow morning.
But not the end of the world - I just hope there are deliveries to make in the truck routing system.
I must admit no small amount of trepidation in taking time off and coming back. I have not seen my company dealing with layoffs in such a manner, but there is always the first time.
Yet, I had the time off coming, everyone else has been taking all kinds of time off, I had to do my 2 stints. I still will have plenty of time off hours left even after this - but I dare not take try taking any more of it for a while. I'm thinking Christmas, but maybe a day off at Thanksgiving as well. Before or after, doesn't matter, definitely the other drivers are going to be looking at time off during a major holiday - the MAJOR holidays are, of course, Thanksgiving and Christmas, with New Years a very close, but still trailing, 3rd.

I only elucidate my feelings - employment is a must, a paycheck is a must, there is no getting around such things.

In about 35 minutes, I am leaving for an ROTC meeting for parents. I only know it's for the parents, a communication type of thing, I want to be involved in my son's life to the point he KNOWS that I am there, and not just there, but in the "middle" of it as much as I can be and as much as is good with him. All the cadets will be there - that's what the email stated anyway.

I have to say that I would RATHER stay home and watch this Steeler's V Titans game, the Steelers are my home-town team. Just being honest, but I am pretty sure it will be an interesting meeting and the game is being recorded on DVR, so no big deal, I can watch it tomorrow if it's worth watching. However, I'm getting a view of the game right now - not really looking too stellar on the Steeler's part.

Really, I like getting out of the house - I've been out a couple times today on various errands all over the place. I took Prince to PetSmart - yes you can take your dog into Petsmart as long as it's leashed, licensed and vaccinated (not that they check). A store employee came up admiring him and told me he has a blue Dane. These are VERY beautiful dogs and very expensive, at least if you're getting it from a reputable breeder and that is, really, the ONLY place you're going to get one. They are a sight to behold.

A young German Shepherd came into the store - and started barking at Prince, whose deep voice reverberated throughout the store in response. "I think he has a bigger bark than you" says the guy with the woman holding the dog - to the dog. On the way out, the woman was CARRYING the dog, lol. I have not seen Prince afraid of any dog - not that I encourage him AT ALL in being violent and aggressive, that came naturally on his own and actually, I go the opposite in trying to get him to tone it down.

There is a hummingbird that is frequenting the feeder on a daily basis now. In the evenings, though, he just sits there, perehced above the feeder on the holder. The dogs just started loud barking - the thing took off, but only to the top of the fence. I can see him from here, my kitchen, some 40 feet away through the living room window. Pretty cool.

Well, I must be readying to go.
C'ya later.

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