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April 11, 2005

"Mother takes on school cafeteria!"

If a headline could have been written about my reaction to the day-glo orange note I got from my son's school, that's what it would have said.

To begin the story with the beginning of the story, my son was dismissed at noon one day a couple weeks ago. He went ahead and got a lunch ticket anyway, even though he knew he wasn't eating lunch at school that day. Well, the cafeteria workers gave him a ticket on their "credit plan." Here's where the twist comes in: the next day I gave him money for two lunches, to pay off his "loan" from the day before. He came home with the extra $1.75!

So today I get this note, explaining that if I don't pay this money back, after the 3rd "offense" he gets peanut butter and jelly instead of the regular lunch. Oh, boo hoo! As any graduate of the public school system knows, sometimes the PB & J is better than the regular lunch! I grudingly got the money out of my wallet, BUT I wrote on said day-glo orange note that he paid for a lunch he never ate. It was all I could do not to write "and shove this $1.75 up your collective arses."

Oh, and what came in the daily mail today! I sat down to browse the "US News" mag with all plans of reading about Charles and Camilla, and there's this little box which encloses an interview with "Hanoi" Jane Fonda! According to her, the right wing is responsible for those "doctored" photos of her and John F-ing Kerry. Did you know that? We right-wingers have apparently been hard at work for years now. First that and then the whole bru-ha-ha with Slick Willie, the cigar, and Monica Lewinski! Oh what a load of crap. And she is a....C*** if there ever was one. She's "born again?" I'm more of a Christian than that sorry excuse for humanity.

And I'm losing my patience with other publications as well. The Women's Day mag, one I love to read for the recipes, has this article about talking to your mother about family diseases and what not. To hear them tell it, if you're fat you'll get heart disease, if you eat too much red meat you'll get heart disease, if you don't FART thrice daily....etc, etc....

Don't get me wrong, with heart disease in my own family I take these things seriously (especially that farting thing...tee hee) but I'm getting tired of these scare tactics. Are we as a whole that stupid?

I guess I've got this off my chest. I feel a bit better now, as if anyone really cared. Oh yeah, my daughter's damn diaper leaked during her nap, so I had to rip the bedding off the crib and throw it in the washer. Just another day in the life, I guess.

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