Kids back at school!

…Sorta. They’re in full virtual mode, which is like the regular virtual mode, only with normal-length classes. Not as much homework, but they’ll be doing more classwork during the day. Some of the kids are back in physical classes, some are doing hybrid, my kids’ teachers kind of hinted that having me there to crack the metaphorical whip over mine would be optimal.

…Yeah, that’s fair. They’re my kids, after all. They come by it honestly.

Moe Lane

PS: And thank God some of these kids are back in school. Not every family has the luxury of even an untrained in-house teacher’s aide.

Back to school!

And it wasn’t too bad, in fact: the kids got back into the class routine pretty well. They might have even missed it, a little. Played merry hell with my writing and posting schedule, though.

But that’s all right, since we’re not doing too badly on that front for right now. I need to create another spreadsheet to work out what’s getting worked on this month. And here I thought that there would be no math…

Sorry, folks: wasn’t feeling it today.

This week is just going to be bad for getting anything except the most necessary work done. Hopefully it’ll stabilize, once the county gets used to high intensity remote learning. But in the meantime I keep having to half-guess what work my kids still need to do, and it’s annoying as all get-out.

Moe Lane

PS: Oh, yeah, I have rants. But I’m retired from all that.

The return of the Tyranny of Pants.

My children were not entirely happy to be told they’d have to wear full sets of clothing again. Well, except for socks. They’re supposed to, but neither didn’t and I think they both think they’ve put one over on their old man. I figured it was best to give ’em both at least one small victory.

Moe Lane

PS: Going fine, except when the county’s computer network freezes up under the sudden pressure. But that’s only happened six, seven times so far. In the last hour. I wonder how counties without any money are doing right now?

School starts tomorrow!

…Which doesn’t have the same ring to it when it effectively means I start the new unpaid job tomorrow! Then again, we enjoy the nigh-obscene luxury of having parents home to minimize the situation; I was a stay-at-home already and my wife is still telecommuting. Based on the emails and messages coming out from the schools, there are a lot of kids in this county who will not have anybody to help them this semester with, well, pretty much everything.

I don’t think this is entirely fair to them, but I don’t really know what I can do about it, either.

Not too much done today.

Worked on the sonnet, and attended Zoom meetings about next week’s back-to-sitting-in-front-of-their-computers-to-do-lessons-while-I-play-administrative-assistant schedule for my kids. And I shouldn’t even really complain. Reading between the lines, I think the county schools are assuming that the kids are going to be at home by themselves and trying to navigate all of this while their parents are at work. Since my wife is still telecommuting and this is my job… welp. I’m sure other people would be happy to trade with me.

Today was day one of remote learning!


:slightly manic look:

At least we were able to get online. But the materials provided were provided digitally, and this is the first time my kids’ school system’s done this en masse, and it all worked out as you’d guess. To be fair, it still worked out about three steps better than I was expecting, but I’m not saying that it worked out well. And I had to watch everything like a hawk to get that far, and you can imagine how well my kids enjoyed that.


Teen bakes sugar cookies using grandpa’s ashes… you know where this is going, right?


A female student at Da Vinci Charter Academy, a public charter high school, brought the cookies to school on Oct. 4 and gave them to at least nine other students, said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.

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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.