I am not the smartest person in the world. I am actually quite ignorant in what most would consider common knowledge things. Like who were the blue and who were the gray? And what is the difference between white and red blood cells? And the whole pumping your own gas thing has always been a struggle for me.
Alas, you can see...I can be quite ignorant. What do I blame it on? Oh, the fact that I was more concerned about the color of Sean's eyes in Physics than quantum mechanics. And I cared about the color of Alyssa's prom dress way more than the color of the Confederate army's uniforms. I mean who remembers World War I anyways. But I also place partial blame on the public schools and the lack of accountability held.
There I said it. And I feel like since I have spent my entire adult life serving the public schools, I can. But I also want to say that public education is the best thing our country has going for it and I believe in it with every fiber of my being. And even though it has some glaring flaws, it is still better than any other country's educational system out there -- even Korea and China. No matter what Alan Greenspan says ... or JG.
But today I about passed out of embarrassment at the Taco Bell drive though. Seriously. I really almost passed out.
I had just finished a grueling Silver Sneakers Yoga class which was intended for senior citizens, and the mexcian monster within was calling my name. So, due to the budgetary constraints, I went to the Bell..cause that bell tolls for me.
And my total was $8.24. I handed the girl a $20 and she took it from my hand while I said,
ME - Oh wait, I have a quarter too.
GIRL - Oh I am sorry. I already punched in $20.
ME - So you can't take my quarter?
GIRL - Uhm, only if you want to wait for my manager to void it and reset it?
ME - Well, can't you just count out the change?
Insert very perplexed face...
Then she handed me $11.25.
ME - No. Let's do this together. Start with just the change. It was $.24 and I gave you $.25 so how much change should you give me.
Then she handed me a penny. VERY GOOD.
ME - Now it was $8 and I gave you $20. So how many dollars should I get back.
And she handed me $11.
ME - No, It should be $12.
GIRL - But the screen says $11.76.
ME - But I gave you the quarter, remember?
GIRL - And I gave you a penny, remember? (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SARCASM)
ME - Okay, I am right. Give me $12.01 and a taco supreme with a Dr Pepper and no one will get hurt.
I must get back into the classroom.