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08:36 pm: Disorganization
Now that school has started, Lucila is supposed to come at 11am (so she'll be home by the time her son gets home). I got up at 10am and got the cats fed and things she likes to mix up in places she wouldn't and then she called right before 11 and said she had to take her son to the doctor (she was worried his shunt was acting up) and would be back by 1pm. I said okay and got out the duvet and pillow and went to sleep. I let her in about 1pm and then went back to sleep until her opening the sliding glass doors woke me up. It's the last thing she does -- going out to wash the windows and sweep the porch -- and the door is so heavy it makes quite a noise. It was 3:15, so I'd slept a bit long, but not so much to be unhappy.

Then I gathered grocery stuff and went to the library. I tried to order something via ILL Sunday and got email yesterday that my library card had expired and I had to get it reinstated again. You have to do this every two years. So I got mine active again and the email says to call them, which I'll try to do tomorrow, to order the ILL. Then I went on to the grocery store. Giant has a new logo and new arrangements in the store and they gave/mailed out some coupons. I took the reusable bag one with me and got that, since I had enough for three bags today, and asked the bagger to pack them so they had even weight. She packed them so they had even height and I had to repack outside.

But when I got up to the cashier, she and the bagger were talking about how to get tips out of handicapped people. How, if you say you won't take any money, they'll give you more. And I just quietly said "I've always figured helping us disabled folk is part of your job. You've got a union, surely that's covered." And they looked at each other and didn't talk anymore. The irony is that when I got home, I had a reply email from Giant about my praise of Amanda from when I needed a tow truck. Too bad I didn't think to look at the nametags of these two.

I came home and unpacked and was online briefly before I went to a condo board meeting. I didn't read the notice well -- it wasn't at City Hall, but at the management office -- so I was a little late, but I got to talk about having the diverter put back under the downspout, and a similar problem a neighbor is having. I've been here 17 years and the mulch has turned to pseudo-dirt and mounded way too far up. The management person agreed that next year, when the mulch goes down, they should dig up and pull out the dead mulch so there's space betwen the "dirt" and our porches. I'll have to remind her.

I was reading an old Sunday WashPost last night and there was an article in the Magazine where a woman who'd been an English teacher at a college retires and takes a botany class because she doesn't know how water gets to the top of trees (and other obvious things). How does someone graduate high school, much less college, without knowing about capillary action?

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From:mjlayman
Date:September 10th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
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They didn't know I was disabled, I just look old and fat, but they really shouldn't talk like that in front of any customers.
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From:ritaxis
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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She may very well have known about capillary action when she was sixteen.

What boggles my mind are engineers who don't know the first thing about biology.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
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They're too related!
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From:dragonet2
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)

I tutored first year bio students

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(100 basic class) for extra dough when I was in school and after while I lived in Lawrence.

The look on the one chicka's face when I was trying to explain plant sexual organs to her.... "Plants have sex?" she asked, then, "You're sh!tting me, they can't move." she soon after bounced a check and when I tried to recover, found out she'd dropped out.

and you so do not want to hear what my college-Engllsh-teacher friend says about her first-year studens.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 10th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)

Re: I tutored first year bio students

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LOL Well, there's someone who has never looked well at flowers!
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 10th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Have you ever watched "Are you smarter then a 5th grader?" My kids love seeing adults looking dumb. My son was rolling on the floor when one contestant couldn't name any marsupials. My daughter was laughing over one that couldn't name the 4 oceans.
I try to blame it on 1. people forget what they don't use. or 2. they were absent the day it was taught.
As to the 2 cashiers. Last year I had had enough getting my kids to behave in the store. So when I get to the register and the cashiers were fighting, I lost it and yelled at them like the little children they were (the cashiers, not my kids). I distinctly remember telling them that they were so lucky I wasn't their boss, or they both would have been fired. They had been fighting over whether or not they should date and had ended up cursing at each other!
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 10th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
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No, I've never watched that. I'm generally not that interested in displays of stupidity! Yeah, I can see you telling the cashiers to cut it out -- what do they think they're supposed to be doing?
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