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Friday, April 19, 2013

munchies

The word on the street - literally - is that June broke her foot.  Remember June? My crossing guard cohort? She's been out for over two months now.  Apparently it was a pretty bad break.

She's to be returning soon, however, and I'm sure everyone will be happy to see her.  June is well liked at the school.  She has a nice balance of steadfastness and kindness.  A while back, I'd asked her how long she'd worked there.  The answer converts to "forever".

I know she must be itching to get active again, but her patience has probably helped her healing.  In the meantime, her absence, I think, has been a boost for us crossing guards, a.k.a. "the forgotten ones".  In fact, I learned most about her foot situation last month when I was running that week-long ACT camp.

The ACT workshops were scheduled at a time that conflicted with my morning school zone duties, so I'd put in for coverage on those mornings.  Through slight misunderstanding, my reservist thought she had to cover both the morning and afternoon shifts.  So on that first day when I showed up in the afternoon, she was so delighted to see me and learn that her sentence was only half as bad as she'd thought.  She hugged me like a trapped cruise passenger who'd just made it back to shore.  Then she filled me in on the June situation.

All this time, the reservists have been rotating shifts to cover June's duties that also include lunchroom monitoring (no thanks!).

Admittedly, elementary school crossing guard isn't much of a glamour job.  The schedule is rigid, the weather can be a b*tch, the vest is hideous... but for people like June and me who live near the school, it works as a  nice part-time supplement.  Still, it's nice to get a day off.  Like today.

Last night after dinner, Wolfgang said he and some friends were thinking of going climbing. I thought it strange they would go climbing on a school night, but was then reminded that today is a "no student" day.



I'm not sure when it started, but our school district takes April 20th off each year.  It's the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, and it's also "marijuana day".  That combination, I suppose, made them decide to just schedule professional development every April 20th - 19th this year since the 20th falls on Saturday.

Anyway, I'm SO glad he went climbing as it served to remind me that there's no school today.  I've had a couple of other clueless close calls of going out there on no-school days and being the village idiot crossing guard.  

Another nice last minute save!  Right here in the land of legalized loco weed, no less.


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13 comments:

  1. So I'm reading and reading... crossing guard, broken foot... dedication to the job... Wolfgang climbing... wondering why the post is called "Munchies." :)

    Earth Day is coming up... You Coloradians(What do they call you all?) should throw that one into the mix, too.

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    1. OH, heh. The suspense must've been killing you right?
      And you're right, Earth Day is next week - Sweet Earth Mother of Ganja!

      Hmm... Coloradians? Coloradios? Coloradies? Hicks?

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    2. Thanks for the big laugh. :)

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  2. So "marijuana" on this post; "white powdery substance" on the last. What's next? "Look at the meth I made"? or "Did you ever know you were my heroine?"
    Wonder if June's foot got runned over in the line of duty...occupational hazard!

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    1. The ATF is probably already monitoring our house anyways.

      I wonder about the source of June's broke foot too! Minivan driving mom? One of those big buckets o' ketchup??

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  3. I was so glad Anita had to ask why you titled this post Munchies. I was afraid I'd be the only one who didn't get it.
    So tell us non-Coloradians/Coloradios/Hicks how a typical marijuana day is celebrated. This may be just the thing I need to convince Hubby to move there....
    And I'm sorry to hear about June's foot, but happy that she's at least accounted for. I have to admit, if I had to do lunch duty every day, I may have enjoyed a broken foot.

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    1. Since today is the Official marijuana day, I understand Taco Bell has increased staffing...
      I've been called upon to fill in for lunchroom duty a few times. I'd rather do playground duty... and playground duty sucks!

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    2. I don't know if I should be proud of myself for not getting the munchies reference, or embarrassed that I had to Google it. But whatever.... I know it NOW. And while I was at it, I looked up the 420 reference. Ugh. I've lived such a sheltered life.

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    3. OH, I thought you eventually got the munchies...
      reference from the June Cleaverwoman with the baggie. I've turned into one of those bad influences!

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  4. I totally got the munches reference. Especially on 420 day. Good thing it's legal up there for you Coloradians. Go out and get stocked up on tacos and get ready for Earth Day.

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    1. Shame there are no more twinkies.

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  5. I only learned about this 420 thing last year. One of my younger coworkers thought it was funny that I did not get the "420" reference.

    Yesterday (4/20), out of the blue I decided to try a simple recipe I had heard about. I was at the grocery store and saw some Ande's mints and remembered I wanted to make a brownie recipe I'd heard about. (Make a box mix of brownies and top with Ande's mints when they come out of the oven. Let the mints melt then spread like frosting.)

    I brought the brownies to bowling and shared with everyone. Someone asked me, "Are these 'special' brownies?" I'd forgotten the date and returned a blank stare. "You know," she said. "Special - because it's 4/20?"

    DOH! I told her I was sorry to disappoint. They were only special in that I'd bothered to make them at all AND that they had a fun mint frosting on them.

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    1. They were special brownies, just not "special!" brownies. There's always next year!

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