Friday, May 09, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

This will be a LONG weekend. We leave right after I get out of school for Kendra's mom where I will be performing our niece's wedding tomorrow. Tonight is the rehearsal dinner. It's catered! By Subway! Yeah, that pretty much sums up most of the experience ahead. Jackson has been so sick and we are concerned about how he will do while we are there.

I have been having issues with a student parent. Today, we broke off communication and we will each meet individually with an Assistant Principal next week about this. I hate parents that make excuses for their kids and this woman is basically a whack job so it makes it so intolerable. I am worried that the principal will want me to give in to her and that makes me mad because I think this will compromise my professional and personal integrity to shut up a useless parent. I suppose this could be the hill on which I die since I am leaving at the end of the year anyway. I hate that I have to go out with this woman being such a jerk. It had been a pretty good year.

If you think about it, pray for my dad this weekend. He told me last night that he bought my mom roses for Mother's Day and left them on the kitchen table. He looks at them so he can think about her. It is our first Mother's Day without Mom. I am anticipating that it will be ridiculously difficult, especially for Dad.

I miss my mom

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Jasper Speaks:

In short, the reason I will never be a Red Sox fan. The Yankees pretty much suck too. Although during the Maine years I might have been annoyed enough to try this:

From News of the Weird:

BOSTON (Reuters) - A New York Yankees' fan was accused on Monday of murdering a Boston Red Sox supporter and injuring another by running both down with a car after a heated argument over one of America's oldest sporting rivalries.

Ivonne Hernandez, 43, pleaded not guilty on Monday to reckless second-degree murder, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of reckless conduct after the incident in a Nashua, New Hampshire parking lot last Friday.

Prosecutors say Hernandez was drunk when she drove her car across a dirt parking lot outside the Nashua City Hall into Matthew Beaudoin, 29, and Maria Hughes, 21, after exchanging words with them about the Yankees and Red Sox baseball teams.

The spat began at a local bar where Hernandez said she was a Yankees fan, according to witnesses quoted by the Nashua Telegraph newspaper.

It then spilled outside where a group that included Beaudoin chanted "Yankees suck!" when they saw a Yankees sticker on the rear window of Hernandez's car, New Hampshire's Assistant Attorney General, Susan Morrell, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

She told Nashua District Court that Hernandez drove directly at the group and did not brake, hitting Beaudoin.

"The forensic evidence at the scene indicates tire tracks going about 200 feet (61 meters) that did not swerve or brake," Morrell said. "He went onto the windshield and then when the car hit the parking meter he was ejected," she added.

Beaudoin died of massive head trauma, she added.

Hernandez told police she had only wanted to scare the group. She was ordered held without bail.

Hughes suffered minor injuries.

The Red Sox and the New York Yankees have long been one of sport's most colourful and fiercest rivalries.

While Boston won the World Series championship five times in its first two decades, including the 1903 inaugural series, they endured an 86-year dry spell before winning their sixth Series in 2004 and seventh in 2007.

The Yankees, however, have racked up 26 wins over the Series' history, including streaks of three, four and five-in-a-row championships.

Back To Jasper:

Nobody should die for baseball. Especially Red Sox baseball. (Love you Len!)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Currently Watching:
A Raisin in the Sun

Jasper Speaks:

Quick update --- So, I was doing well to keep the blog up until the train wreck that has been this week hit. The boy has been sick and I have missed a couple of days of school. Well, at least a part of a couple of days. I came and stayed until lunch on Monday and then came back for zero and first hour on Tuesday. Sadly, I was so bored out of my mind at home that I almost wanted to be at school even more.

I took the boy to the Doctor yesterday. They tested him for strep throat but decided it was just a viral infection of the throat. That was good AND bad news. Good, it wasn't strep and he is not contagious. Bad, there is no medication for it and it takes about a week to cycle through. UG!

We are going out of town for the weekend. That sounds all exotic and stuff but really it is not. I am performing my niece's wedding in the middle of nowhere. We have to take the boy and that is always a challenge. We wanted to stay in a hotel so we could let him run around a bit more than at the M-I-L's . Oddly, although REALLY this is the absolute middle spot of NOWHERE, no hotels in a 40 mile radius have rooms available. We are hotel snobs since the wife is a manager of a Sheraton and we were willing to put that aside for the greater good, but there are NO ROOMS anywhere. Sad.

Most of my students are on a field trip today so this has been a pretty useless day. I have had the oddest two weeks in school. Oh well, the end is SO CLOSE. Which actually is frightening because I am not ready for the summer. UG!

Anyway, that is what is going on here! Quick update complete!