Category Archives: Education

Happy Day Off from School and Work!

Happy Columbus Day (free clip art)

Happy Columbus Day (free clip art)

Although there is always a lot of discussion about whether Columbus Day is a “real holiday” or not, it is a day when schools are closed, so school bus drivers do not have to go to work! So, I am all for that! Happy Day Off!

Talk Radio

While driving through Chattanooga last week I tried a local radio station with a talk show underway. It was interesting to hear someone besides the big mouths like Rush for a change. This guy, Neal Boortz, was funny, had strong opinions, and made good conversation. I don’t get his show on any local radio stations. That bites. Wish I could find a way to listen online – it would be fun to hear a few more of his shows.

Every Thursday I listen to sports talk radio. It’s FM, but I know there are some decent AM stations out there and if I’m driving late at night I might surf the AM airwaves for something different. I do listen to Jim Rome. He’s a bit of an jerk but he is plugged in and has some good interviews.

I hate the callers who read their “call” from a written script like third graders struggling to read aloud in class from their Dick and Jane primers. Dan Patrick puts on a good show but he’s a bit pompous too. I’m starting to think that the pompous syndrome is part of the radio hiring requirements. Our local boys do a better job with their show. George Plaster is a good host and another with this syndrome. But he has access and that’s what I’m paying for, I guess. Plus, when I really have something to say, he will take my call. So, in the words of another radio pompous jerk, “Well, there you go.”


Facebook paid sponsors are hiding malware

Earlier today I was on Facebook, and I saw an advertisement on the side of the page, suggesting that I “like” a certain page about Google. I decided to check it out and clicked on the link to take me to that FB page. That FB page had very little information on it, but there was a link to take me directly to the website of the company. When I clicked on that link, I got a notice from my Norton Security software that it had just blocked a Phoenix toolkit malicious invasion attempt. What is up with that?

I sent a message to the FB page of that company, telling them that there is a malicious code in their website. I am hoping that they did not know that! I asked them to message me back to let me know when it is fixed so I can go back to their website and read it. I thought it looked like something that I would want to bookmark and look at on a regular basis!

Asbestos and Mesothelioma

With all of the hype I’ve been hearing over the past several years about asbestos and Mesothelioma I have been noticing more situations where it appears that people are taking more action to take precautions about removing the asbestos in their environment.  I can remember several years ago when I was driving to work and saw a complete house tented while it was being demolished.  I have to say that I’m glad that people are beginning to take the dangers seriously!  Right about that same time I was asked to be trained at work to do an asbestos survey of the office and report any areas of concern to my boss so that the asbestos could be taken care of.

Naturally I’ve taken an interest in asbestos ever since then.  I don’t think that the average person even realizes the dangers of asbestos exposure even with all of the commercials for attorneys that specialize in asbestos cases, that have been on for the past several years. I’ll bet that if tomorrow I asked just about everyone that I chose to if they knew of someone who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or knew anything about asbestos, that the majority of folks would answer with a no.


Last Saturday morning I took my parents up to the community center for the monthly “All you can eat buffet” that the Ruritan Club sponsors to raise money for their various projects. Their biggest pet project is to raise money for the local volunteer fire department and resuce squad, but they also donate money to the local animal shelters, food banks, and try to offer at least two college scholarships every year to a local high school senior to help them to defray the cost of college.

When I hear about an organization that raises money to give scholarships to local kids, I always feel a surge of gratitude swell up in my own chest. My youngest son went to Princeton on scholarships and grants and without that financial assistance he would not have been able to go to such a highly regarded university. The cost of education beyond high school is rapidly increasing and sending students from financially challenged families needs to become a higher priority for this country if we are ever going to be able to win the war on poverty. In my opinion, high school does not do enough to prepare students for real life, and we should require at least two more years of public education before releasing the students into the work world.