Goodness gracious, middle school has changed.

I spent three and half hours at the kid’s middle school tonight to get an idea of the class load, and I am worn out. My head is worn out from having to take all the notes and keep track of everything. Swear to God, it was easier… almost forty years ago, tanjit.

Then again, we still had the Cold War going on and it wasn’t really clear that we were winning at the time, so perhaps I shouldn’t be nostalgic. I’m rambling, aren’t I? I need to get some sleep.


Aww, shucks. The kids start school again tomorrow.

Ten hours from now, and they’ll be back in school.  I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself, really.  …No, you don’t understand [twitching]: I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. It’s freedom. Horrible, horrible freedom!

…Although.  Yeah.  I could go get chips.


One more day of school/government closings.

Not such a horrible thing in Chez Lane, but I feel incredibly sorry for families where both parents work away from home. I mean, from my point of view the kids missing last Friday, today, and tomorrow has mostly just resulted in an extended exercise in keeping them from blowing up the house.  But what’s been a mild complication for me has been a going-on-a-week rolling disaster for some of my neighbors. I respect people who can juggle that.  I’m grateful that I don’t have to.

Moe Lane

PS: The roads really are bad, here. I mock DC for its attitude towards snow as much as the next transplantee, but we had a no-fooling blizzard and there’s nowhere to put the stuff. I got neighbors who still can’t move their cars because the snowplows had to prioritize.


School starts tomorrow.

Three words that challenge “Central air” for the sheer, slightly guilty, pleasure that they give me.  Although true bliss has to wait for Wednesday.


Attention, Maryland parents: the Democrats want to extend summer vacation!

They won’t tell you the party affiliation of Peter Franchot, Rick Meehan and Sen. James N. Mathias Jr. – but I will. Oh, yes, I will: Democrats, the lot of ’em!



Eastern Shore and Western Maryland lawmakers joined Comptroller Peter Franchot on Thursday in calling for school to start after Labor Day.

The proposed change, hailed as a way to promote family time and extend the tourist season, would have a $74.3 million economic impact, the Bureau of Revenue Estimates said in a new report. School starts this year in most school systems around the state Aug. 26, a week before Labor Day.



If your school has to issue a press release denying your vampire problem…

[UPDATE] Welcome, Instapundit readers.  Yes, this is a real story.

…then it’s pretty clear: you have a vampire problem.

Headmaster: No Vampires At Our School
Boston Latin H.S. Tries To Quash Rumors

BOSTON — The headmaster of one of the city’s most prestigious exam schools is dealing with an unusual rumor sweeping student classrooms.

There are no vampires at Boston Latin School, says headmaster Lynne Moone Teta.


Yeah. Damn right you saw this movie. We all did. And we all know what happens next: there’s going to be a few more people gone, and then there’s going to be a couple more, and there’s going to be some conveniently-upcoming big shindig and the bloodsucking fiends are going to be converging en masse on the conveniently-stake-free walking smorgasbord. Just like clockwork.

Well, I’m here to properly help. Not to try to tell you why there are no vampires, really: if there aren’t any, why bother telling you? No, I’m here to tell you what to do when one of the gore-lusting leeches comes smashing through the walls looking for your precious bodily fluids.

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