Saturday, August 23, 2008

In the Eye of the Storm

Welcome to Kermit, Texas, where school board meetings sometimes lead to fistfights...

Thursday, August 21. Crunch time. It's meet-the-teacher day. The first day of school is Monday the 25th. The new school won't be ready until January, so here we are at East Primary again. It's morning now, and you can feel the tension in the air...

This is my lovely and gracious wife's second year of teaching second grade.

"Welcome!" says the happy apple. "Now GO TO THE OFFICE AND SIGN IN!"

Mrs.Kirk has a nameplate over the door this year... for the very first time! Progress is being made!

Part of the much-celebrated science word wall returns from last year, defying bets that it couldn't be found.

Liz's credentials.

Do you like the crystal rocks and petrified wood in front of the window?

All these writing concepts for second grade?

Meet-the-Teacher isn't until 4:00 p.m., but some parents were standing outside at 2:00, like it was some kind of Star Wars movie! One dad even called the police when he was told he couldn't come in until 4:00!

"Math Magic"was a concept which came to Liz in a dream!

I like the traffic light concept for the discipline chart. Liz's eyes also change color when she is angry, just like the smiley face on the red light.

This year, Kermit the Frog over the sink has been replaced...

by the solar system.

Here's a Kermit, napping in this cabinet.

A cartoon map of the town.

3:55. Five minutes until the parents come in, Robert and I have been told to scoot. We will head to Purple Sage (the 3rd thru 5th grade school) to meet Robert's teacher.

Meet the new school, behind Purple Sage Elementary.

The new building is coming soon! Everyone is wondering how it will work to move their classrooms over Christmas break....

The new school will be right across the highway from the Kermit pyramid house.


  • Here's my former preacher, Brian McGonagill, getting on the TV news just by buying gas.

  • A GenX blogger's memories of Kermit.

  • Another paper, this time from Grand Junction, Colorado, discovers Kermit.

  • McCain beats Obama in hissing cockroach race.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Wedding at the "Shack"

On July 20, the day after our Fort Davis and McDonald Observatory adventures, we attended a wedding at The Shack in the Back

between Odessa and Midland.

The "in the back" refers to its location behind a now-abandoned Sears warehouse.

This was the wedding of Robert's teacher from first grade. (He's about to start fifth grade!)

The eclectically decorated shack is, like almost everything else around here, next door to an oilfield equipment yard.

Here's a chainsaw bear for Granny J.

A much larger bear!

A jukebox that plays 45's!An old guy like me can remember the Hemisfair license plates.

Robert teaches the ring bearer a few things about pool, much to the eventual astonishment of the ring bearer's mom...

Robert really liked this old phone booth.

The mother of the bride is ,of course, our Avon distributor.

Robert wishes it be noted that the NewsWest 9 tower (center of picture) is nearby.

The happy couple are pronounced husband and wife.


The "island", really the peninsula, could only be reached by walking through this Indiana Jones-type jungle.

Here's the lovely and gracious bride! Best wishes!
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