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  • No, what freaked me out more is how many times I've proofread this stupid book and SPELL-CHECK STILL NAILED ME!!!

    I guess one misspelling out of over 100,000 words isn't too bad, but STILL.
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    • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
      Did I cry when I learned of his passing? Hell, no.
      I sometimes wonder how I'll react when I get That Call (or in my case, That Email since I don't allow the Perpetually Arguing Panda Parents or even the Perpetually Sticky Panda Siblings to have my phone number). I've never been close to Father Panda, so I won't have lost anything except the hope that one day it will all magically get better. That's really all that will end with his death.
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      • Buried somewhere in this journal is the tale of my high school history teacher Mr. Pervert, a revolting man who spent my sophomore year sexually harassing the fifteen-year-old girls in his classroom and making the lone Jewish student (who had lost his grandparents' generation to concentration camps) cry by denying the Holocaust happened. I hated every single second I spent in his class. He was mean, he was stupid, he was arrogant, and if any of you are familiar with the Zombie series, I based Mr. Dayze loosely on him. (A piece of him went into Elias of the Rune series as well.)

        Just an hour ago, I was surfing through recent archives of my cubhood hometown newspaper and found a long article rhapsodizing about this man. What a great teacher he was. How he spends his retirement volunteering. It was sickening to read the praise lavishly ladled over his head. If you weren't in his classroom, you'd read it and be sad that such a vibrant learning experience with such an enthusiastic man had passed you by. But I was there, Mr. Pervert, and I remember the cringing girls and the crying boy, how you invited the prettiest young women to join your Boating Club where they could go on trips alone with you, and how you bragged to us on the first day of class that you could do anything you wanted and never get fired since you had tenure.

        Gay Panda feels like taking a shower after reading that article.

        I tend to get sucked in by surface appearances. I read about successful authors/teachers/human beings and feel insecure because I couldn't make it in traditional publishing, I was a good but not gifted teacher, and as a human being, I am so very deeply flawed. I'm vain. I'm a coward. I'm shy. Had I read this article about a person I didn't know, I would have spent some time afterwards wishing that I could be as cool a person and involved in the community as he is.

        But I do know this one. That article wasn't about him. It was about the pretty facade he puts up to hide the dirty old man he really is. The surface lies, in this case. I can't judge success by an article. He wasn't a beacon of shining light in the world of education, and I know exactly why he volunteers. It isn't to better the community.

        * still need that shower *
        * and a non-primal doughnut *
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        • *hug* But put down the donut.

          Maybe write a letter to the editor? If they get enough, maybe they'll print one.
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

          B*tch-lite

          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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          • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
            *hug* But put down the donut.

            Maybe write a letter to the editor? If they get enough, maybe they'll print one.
            I don't have enough energy to go out for doughnuts anyway.

            I like to think I played a small part in his early 'retirement' with a letter I wrote. A few years after I graduated from high school, a friend told me that Mr. Pervert had been suspended for finally going too far. But he was fighting the suspension with a lawsuit, and it was looking good for him to win his job back.

            So I wrote a letter to the high school detailing every awful thing he did when I was in his class. Chasing girls around the room. Catching them in headlocks. Kissing them. Giving unwelcome backrubs during exams. Bragging that he could use any racist/sexist slur and we couldn't make him stop. The principal forwarded it to the school board, who contacted me and asked if I would testify against him in court. I said yes. I wasn't brave enough at age 15 to say anything, but at 21 I was in a different place. I hated to think of him walking back into that classroom, triumphant that he really COULD do anything, and just continue on.

            He dropped his lawsuit.
            Last edited by Gay Panda; 11-09-2013, 11:14 AM.
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            • Wow, what a douchebag. Probably volunteers wherever young ladies can be found.

              Brave of you to write that letter even as a 21 year old - brave at any age.

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              • Originally posted by Gay Panda View Post
                I don't have enough energy to go out for doughnuts anyway.

                I like to think I played a small part in his early 'retirement' with a letter I wrote. A few years after I graduated from high school, a friend told me that Mr. Pervert had been suspended for finally going too far. But he was fighting the suspension with a lawsuit, and it was looking good for him to win his job back.

                So I wrote a letter to the high school detailing every awful thing he did when I was in his class. Chasing girls around the room. Catching them in headlocks. Kissing them. Giving unwelcome backrubs during exams. Bragging that he could use any racist/sexist slur and we couldn't make him stop. The principal forwarded it to the school board, who contacted me and asked if I would testify against him in court. I said yes. I wasn't brave enough at age 15 to say anything, but at 21 I was in a different place. I hated to think of him walking back into that classroom, triumphant that he really COULD do anything, and just continue on.

                He dropped his lawsuit.
                Very cool, brave Panda! *applause* (Another bad teacher bites the dust.)

                I find that my sloth like tendencies have reduced my drinking (drinking is my donuts). Now that the corner store closed down, I have to walk a half mile to get alcohol. My laziness often conquers my inner lush. (I know yours isn't laziness.)
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                B*tch-lite

                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                • And to honor Gay Panda, I will never eat another purple potato. even though they are the best of the potato colors!

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                  • I take my hat off to you gorgeous Panda. Nothing quite like using emasculators to crush those unwanted puppies!!!!!!!
                    Arseholes need to be treated as such!!!!!!!!!
                    Three cheers for Panda!!!!!
                    "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                    ...small steps....

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                    • Oh, thank you, everyone! It didn't feel too much like bravery at the time. He couldn't hold my grades over my head any longer (and college prospects).

                      I happened to sit in his class that year right next to one of his favorite targets, a small and pretty girl who always had his hands sliding over her shoulders and on her back. She was so obviously uncomfortable with it, and it was so uncomfortable to witness from inches away. He honestly seemed to think that all of the girls in his class (and the few boys he targeted) genuinely enjoyed his attentions. Um, no. Generally, 15-year-old boys and girls are not fantasizing about their 55-year-old teachers. I don't think I've ever felt more indignant than I did while writing that letter.
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                      • no purple potatoes!!!
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                        • Every time someone purchases an Earth/Sky, I want to apologize for what they are about to read.

                          I posted it in Gripe of the Day, but I'll complain about it here as well: PLEASE don't solicit your Facebook friends on how to wax your nose hairs. I can't shake the mental imagery.
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                          • so which is worse, the cylinder of dark hairs looking like a tiny tree

                            or the potential boogers that might be hanging on to the limbs?
                            beautiful
                            yeah you are

                            Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
                            lol

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                            • Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                              so which is worse, the cylinder of dark hairs looking like a tiny tree

                              or the potential boogers that might be hanging on to the limbs?
                              I think you should write that in a Valentine's Day card and send it to me. I will be yours forever.
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                              • i've heard the love of a panda is the greatest love of all
                                beautiful
                                yeah you are

                                Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
                                lol

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