Posts Tagged ‘Personal chatter’


Thursday, September 10th, 2009

There’s a reason I never leave my food unattended around students:

The teacher had stepped away from her desk for a few moments around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 2. After returning, she drank her tea and noticed it had a “peculiar taste,” according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

The taste of … hand sanitizer.

At the time of the incident, five students were in her classroom waiting on a school bus, the report stated. The students told the assistant principal and school resource officer they didn’t see anyone put anything in the teacher’s drink.

Of course they didn’t see anything.  And whichever one put the sanitizer in this teacher’s drink just wanted to make sure the drink had been disinfected.


Monday, August 24th, 2009

Looks like flu season has started…

The college has received word of the first confirmed case of the H1N1 virus in one of our students.  The student sought treatment and is now recuperating at home. The faculty members of that student have been informed today and students who were attending those classes will be notified by faculty.

One of the drawbacks of teaching is exposure to every illness that comes around – from common colds, to stomach viruses, to the hottest new flu pandemics.  Sigh.

Rain on the way

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

As North Myrtle Beach continues to clean up after the fire, I thought I’d pull an NMB picture from the archives.  Here’s North Myrtle Beach about to get some rain in late summer, 2004.

North Myrtle Beach, Summer 2004 - 1024x768.  Click to enlarge.

North Myrtle Beach, Summer 2004 - 1024x768. Click to enlarge.

Disappearing hard drives

Friday, February 13th, 2009

So I’m checking e-mail last night, and something strange happened inside my laptop.  The hard drive disappeared.  No smoke, no odd noises.  Just … no hard drive.

As far as the laptop was concerned, the hard drive had simply been teleported from inside the laptop to inside of Bertrand Russell’s celestial teapot.  Poof!  Gone.

So today’s lessons are:

  1. Always keep backups.
  2. Always keep a spare hard drive around for your primary laptop.