So, the other day Leanne and I were watching Jeopardy, you know, like you do. The category was body parts. Alex shows a picture of a chinchilla. The guy just stands there with this blank look on his face. Alex finally says, “We need an answer…” This poor guy, still with the blank look on his face, now a little more stressed, says, “Um, I’m really sorry, but titmouse!?” Really the first body part you thought of was a …ahem…tit!? Really?? Okay.
This directly leads into the inappropriateness of today’s first graders…
Today the first graders were playing a game called “Chunk It” in which they pick a consonant and then a rime pattern, like c-at, cat. Tadah new word! Anyway… Examples of why, “chunk it” is a bad idea: br-est, you say it, cr-ap. I think that one is pretty self explanatory and then the kicker; n-ig. When the little boy who, unfortunately I might add, who picked this said n-ig, nig! A little boy sitting next to him immediately got this look on his face like, “Holy hell I know what that means!” I quickly said, “Oh, nig, is that a word?” Luckily the little boy said no, but the other boy was still thinking about it. He finally came out and said, “Well that’s like negro…?” I said it was close and we moved on with the game.
Again this is why “chunk it” is a dangerous, dangerous rouse.
Describe the town you grew up
I mainly grew up in Middletown, Ohio. Mtown! You know! I mean, what?
Middletown is a steel town, the home of AK Steel or is it Armco? I can’t remember. Anyway, steel town! Because of this we were a mainly middle to mid lower class society. A lot of people worked at AK. There was only really one “rich” neighborhood in the whole city and it wasn’t that big. There was only one high school, two junior highs, and a handful of elementary schools. Everybody pretty much knows everybody. If you didn’t on Monday, you sure as hell would by Friday. Middletown was always trying to better itself, really it was. We had a mall, but that fell apart and is now only like two department stores and other stores scattered within the inside of the mall.
We don’t really have a “downtown” per se, because downtown fell apart like ten years prior. Oh Middletown. How I wish you would get your act together and be the town I know you can be! People are always hoping that Middletown will turn the corner and become the town it should be, but as of yet…it hasn’t happened. I was glad for all the experiences that Middletown gave me, but also, I am glad to get out!
What about your hometown? What was it like?