Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday Newsday

Did you ever hear of that guy who wrote a book called 100 Things to do Before You Die? Guess what? He died. According to his family, he had only done about half the things in his book. Go figure. Maybe he should have stuck with his first title: 50 Things to do Before You Die.

Our local paper had a picture of an old lady who just had her 108th birthday. She's not from around here, but apparently she moved to Lake of the Ozarks after her husband retired. That's not the interesting part. She told a story about when she was driving, and had a wreck because she was blinded by the sun. The policeman asked her what happened, and she started to tell him that she couldn't see because of the sun, but he only heard that she couldn't see, and made her take a vision test. During that vision test, they determined that she couldn't see well enough to drive, and revoked her license. She was not happy. "I should have just kept my mouth shut, and I would still have my license," she said. The age at which her license was revoked: 96. But the REALLY interesting thing was that she gave the secret for looking 20 years younger: use cold cream on your face every night. WooHoo! I saw her picture. That ol' gal doesn't look a day over 88! Sorry, no link.

News around the cafeteria is that kids now can have only a milk OR a juice with breakfast, or they have to pay 25 cents for another one. The question came up because a teacher asked if the kids had cereal for breakfast, and they had to pour the milk on the cereal, did that mean that they had to buy something to drink with it. The school district I live in charges 50 cents for milk, and their elementary lunch price is $2.00 compared to our $1.50. Another new development is that a serving of tater tots for the kids is about 8 tots. Or as many as can fit into a little plastic gravy cup thingy. Napoleon Dynamite would never stand for this! Somebody commented that it will hurt the free lunch kids. Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against the free lunch kids. It's not their fault. And I don't want them slowly starving over the school year. At least they can save their soda money for three days and buy a double tray every now and then. But I had to go and make a comment concerning the free lunch situation, which resulted in the shunning of Mrs. Hillbilly Mom for the rest of the lunch period. Yep. I couldn't resist. "Free doesn't buy as much as it used to."

Some people just don't have a sense of humor, I guess.


Marshamarshamarsha said...

My grammy used Pond's cold cream on her face every night, and she had the softest skin besides looking young for her age. Smelled like rose petals, too.

Stewed Hamm said...

They were probably too distracted by hunger pangs to get the joke.

DeadpanAnn said...

Ah, yes. I now pay $3.00 for a lunch that's worth about .50, and suspect that it's due to the fact that over 90% of our kids are free lunch kids. Someone's gotta pay. Meanwhile, the lunches keep getting smaller and crappier. And that evil lunch lady who tried to poison me last year works in my line every day now, so I always get the burned piece of pizza or the scoop of pasta that doesn't have any sauce on it.

Hillbilly Mom said...

My grandma used that, too. And Jergens Lotion on her hands.

One of them WAS just sitting down to a gravy cup of tater tots.

Miss Ann,
Who knew inflation was so bad in Mississippi? A teacher lunch here is $1.75. Maybe you have more free lunchies than us. I used to work at a school that was 90 percent free and reduced. They started feeding kids in the summer out of the High School cafeteria, even if they didn't go to summer school.

DeadpanAnn said...

They started feeding kids in the summer out of the High School cafeteria, even if they didn't go to summer school.

Yeah they do that here too. You don't even have to be registered in the district. Free lunches year round!

Stewed Hamm said...

Same here in West Ham. Hell, you don't even have to be a kid anymore... apparently schools were created expressly to feed anyone who felt like dropping by. They just up and decided one day that "hey, as long as all those little rugrats are hanging around here all day, we might as well put 'em some knowledge!"

Honestly, though, as prevalent as this half-assed idea seems to be, it's probably something imposed by the Feds.