I Have Had Enough!

I sat in the teacher’s lounge at lunch today, staring at my thick hunk of a meatish substance coated in gravy, and at my tool for eating same which was a spork, that combination of fork and spoon that doesn’t do a particularly good job as either. The choices for consuming said meatish substance were (a) sticking one’s fingers into the rather tough meaty gravy mess and tearing it up into bite sized pieces, (b) hacking at it rather forlornly with two sporks, hoping to eventually worry a piece loose, or (c) just dispense with utensils and fingers completely and set it on the table and rip it apart with one’s fangs.

In the back of my mind was playing the speech that we got from administration before school began: “You are professionals, and must always dress like professionals.” How many professionals do you know that aren’t trusted to use a freakin’ plastic knife to cut their imitation food without being able to resist the urge to assassinate each other via inflicting paper cuts? We can use scissors, fer cryin’ out loud. We’re trusted with freakin’ staplers. Hell, we even use paper cutters. But a plastic knife is too much like a weapon for us professionally-dressed professionals to be entrusted with.

No doubt my paper cutter operating credentials will be yanked tomorrow. I may be tempted to use it to cut my food and we can’t have that now, can we?

Another person came in, sat down, attempted to eat his food, and declared “I have had enough! It is absolutely ridiculous that we can’t have cutlery.” A pulse was throbbing on his forehead. He glared balefully at his plate. I didn’t say anything because anything I had to say would have been quite incendiary.

Oddly enough, or perhaps not, the people that were seemingly most incensed over the lack of eating utensils were the older people that were used to making their own decisions. The younger people that were used to somebody else making all their decisions didn’t seem to mind or, if they did, hid it much better.

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    kcduffy said,

    I cannot add anything to this, so please just know that this is (((me))) applauding in complete agreement.

  2. 2

    kae said,

    Swampie has had enough…

    Okay, that’s a really scary thought!

  3. 3

    Robert D said,

    Damn it, I was hoping you were quitting that insane asylum. (but that’s just me) šŸ˜‰

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    I think that with the tax cuts ended, it will cost us more in taxes than my salary is worth.

    I was walking over the land briefly today before heading into town with SwampMan to take the oldest grandson on a cub scout uniform purchasing trip. The fences are falling down. Fallen limbs and leaves need to be raked, compost piles need to be made, and the fall garden needs putting in. Chickens and ducks need to be put in the freezer, and we have 10 lambs that need to be taken off for slaughter for our freezer, and son’s and daughter’s freezers.

    SwampMan, with his bad knees, is effectively crippled. Home repairs, maintenance, painting, cleaning, laundry, cooking, roofing, raking, feeding, mowing, gardening, catching sheep, loading sheep, etc. has to be done by me, and I don’t have the time to do it all!

    I do not know if I’m going to make it through this school year.

    • 5

      Robert D said,

      Swampie, I know damn well you can do better than that teaching job. (insurance be damned) What are we always saying about taking care of family first? You can do something with the computer like before and still be at home.

      and besides…Obama will take ceer of teh helf ensurance shit, ya don haf ta work to be helfy…

      • 6

        swampie said,

        Robert D, the “official” unemployment rate is 12%. The actual is probably 20-something percent. Not many people in the private sector are hiring somebody that is 50 (or even 40) because of the health care uncertainty. Believe me, I’m lucky to have that job!

        Unemployment *is* coming next year when the Fed money is cut, I believe. The school systems will have to cut like crazy; they’ll have no choice. If I stay through the end of the school year, I may be able to draw unemployment while I plant an absolutely HUGE garden and work in a home-based business.

        Yep, son and I are working on a home-based business, but it will take us about a year (with him being out of state this winter for work, and me only having a few hours available per week to work on it) to have our products ready for market next fall and even then it will take awhile to break even depending, of course, on the economy. It would be nice to have a lil’ unemployment security blanket (grin) in order to buy a few groceries.

        In the meantime, I’m cutting back on my livestock and poultry and increasing the garden just in case I suddenly have all I can stands and can’t stands no more.

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