TheÃ‚Â lovely 20 year old neighbor-boy asked today.
Not the question I needed following the “youthanizing” of my 40 year-old neighbors (see boob post below)Ã‚Â this past winter.
“I was dancing naked at his concerts when you were still playing tee-ball, bucko,” I said.
Okay, I didn’t, but I was thinking it.Ã‚Â I mean, I can’t be that old, I just can’t be.
Neighbor-boy came home from college this weekend and my four year-old daughter watched him mow the lawn all day Monday.Ã‚Â When he was finished, Beth yelled out the window to his mother telling her she should send the boy back outside so Beth could look at him some more.Ã‚Â Then I shouted out the window that she definately should send him back out.Ã‚Â All right, I didn’t do that.Ã‚Â I didn’t even think it.Ã‚Â
So You Think You Can Dance is back on and I love, love, love that show.Ã‚Â As you know, I’m a sucker for people making their dreams come true and so far this crew doesn’t disappoint.Ã‚Â Mary the judge and choreographer cracks me up with her laugh and there’s something about that artsy/dancey crowd that is so interesting to me.Ã‚Â Plus, I’m sure that Kathleen Marshall and her brother Rob (director of Oscar-winning Chicago) will be on at some point and don’t I just love to see Pittsburghers on TV?Ã‚Â Yes, I do.Ã‚Â
I opened the paper this morning and this was on the front page.Ã‚Â Duquesne City is a teeny, one-square-mile town outside of Pittsburgh that’s drowning in a sea of social problems so complicated I’d need an entire year to peel back every troubling layer.Ã‚Â What sickens me is that Duquesne sits in the middle of another district–a huge one that boasts astro-turf on its football field–and it won’t do anything for the kids who go to Duquesne.Ã‚Â
It’s like West Mifflin is standing on theÃ‚Â banks of the Monongahela River, pointing into the center of it, saying “Wow, would you take a frickin’ look at little old Duquesne.Ã‚Â The mills closed down, the infrastructure is gutted, there’re seven businesses left, they graduate twenty-one kids a year (there are approx. 900 kids in the district), they have three extracurricular activities available, no honors classes, no art or music or band, isn’t it a shame they aren’t doing as well as we are?”
Then the guy from the state says “Can’t you do something to help them, West Mifflin?”
“F-no, are you kidding me?Ã‚Â It’s not my fault the mills closed down.Ã‚Â I moved the hell out of there.Ã‚Â It’s not my responsibility.”
And I guess West Mifflin would be sort of right.Ã‚Â But it demonstrates the need for government in education.Ã‚Â No one is willing to help the guys who need it.Ã‚Â Pennsylvania’s structure for funding education is frightening–it basically operates on the “If you were lucky enough to be born in a wealthy district then you deserve a good education,” policy.
Don’t these blockheads realize if they don’t contribute to the education of those less fortunate than them, they’ll be paying for their jail-time later?Ã‚Â Seriously.Ã‚Â Do the math.
And no, vouchers will not solve the problem.Ã‚Â