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Nov. 12th, 2008 12:45 pm Big Bang

Today I am working from home.

Derrick, without knowing what he was saying, repeated an insult he learned from one of our neighbor's (we'd been warned about their language, but hadn't been able to determine if he was hanging out with the kids who used bad language or not). However, the insult is very obscene and graphic -- it is a fairly common insult that is literally an invitation for oral intercourse -- and extremely inappropriate for any elementary school, and completely out of bounds at a conservative Christian school. So he got suspended for two days, and I get to work from home Today (as well as yesterday which was a school holiday and part of Monday)

Just before noon, I heard a loud "bang" and the screen on my monitor reacted like it had just been degaussed. The bang was loud enough to make me jump. After calming the dog and talking to Derrick briefly I looked out the window to the sub-station on the next hill (less than 1/4 mile) and could see smoke. From Derrick's window I was able to confirm that there were workers there, so I didn't feel I needed to call SDG&E (and try to fight through their menu to find the right place for that report). So I started to return to work.

However, I couldn't. My connection to work had dropped. When I tried to reestablish I couldn't connect. After a bit of playing, I finally determined that my router needed to be reset. Since this is the oldest piece of equipment in my network -- and I may not be able to get a replacement without "upgrading" to a less friendly and possibly less stable unit -- I was glad that it only had to be reset to start working again.

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Date:November 12th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
And now he's learned that, whenever he wants a vacation, he should use graphic and inappropriate language.

I don't agree with suspensions, especially for kids who have a hard time with school in the first place. The school here gives "in school suspensions." You get to sit in the principal's office and do all your work.
Date:November 13th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
However, if he had waited another day or two he would have missed out on the field trip to Legoland that they are go to on Fri. That would really put a crimp in his mouth.
Date:November 13th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, but he didn't. So instead he got a couple of days at home with Dad to watch him, while he did stuff he likes (as opposed to school work, which he doesn't.) And future consequences don't make a difference... that he'll be behind when he gets back to school, that he'll have to catch up, etc. It might have been better if the consequences were that he missed the trip, rather than a small vacation.
Date:November 15th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, Derrick didn't get to have any fun. I made sure he brought home all his homework. He did the homework and he did not watch any TV, play with any of the other kids in the neighborhood, or get to ride his scooter. By Wed. afternoon he was very grumpy indeed. I would have loved to have made him miss the field trip, but I would have had to taken the day off during my first week on the new job. Oh, well.
Date:November 16th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
That works, then.