Friday, 22 April 2005
|0644 - A nice evening|
The trip to Detroit was full of the usual travel hassles, with a new twist added: I'd gotten an upgrade to first class, and the suitcase I checked got a priority handling tag. They prioritized it right onto another, earlier flight, and it got to Detroit before I did. Unfortunately, I didn't know that, and waited for it to come off the luggage carousel, then waited 20 minutes more in line at the baggage service office before finally being taken to the storage room where it was waiting for me. Grrrr.
Got to the hotel, got checked in, picked up a box with stuff for the costume I didn't finish ($407, ouch!), unpacked. Called Mary Sue, the lady the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live had set up for the second date, and made plans. Went down to the lobby and talked with howardtayler, his wife sandratayler, cathyr19355, and her husband Eric. A very interesting conversation. I showed Sandra my AP-130 plasgun; she seemed impressed.
Finally headed for Mary Sue's place. Got there a little later than I'd planned, but it worked out. We talked for a while. I found out that her principal had scuttled her (and other teachers') plans to have me come talk to the students at her school, on the premise that I've never done anything of the sort before, and she didn't want to run any risks. I guess I can understand that, though I'm disappointed. We had a nice dinner at a local restaurant, and talked more. And more. I finally took her home, went back to the hotel, and collapsed.
I'm going to have lunch with some techies from her school district and go look around the new high school where she teaches, and then dive headfirst into the con today.
current mood: cheerful
...risks? Of *what*, pray tell?
Heavens, these pencil-pushers. Live in a little cotton-wrapped world of their own.
"...risks? Of *what*, pray tell?"
The risks of pissing off the principal of her school and maybe getting herself fired as a result? Schools can be ridiculously restrictive about what and who they permit to speak to students. (Ridiculous, in the sense that schools will sometimes exclude people who have useful information to impart and permit speakers whose value is at best minimal, on the most dubious of grounds).
I was referring, based on the way Jay had phrased it, to the *principal* stating that there were risks, which is how I read it. And the question still stands: what risks were the principal thinking of?
Your reading of the post may be correct. However, without knowing more about the type of thinking or the curriculum of her school district, I'd be hard-pressed to say what "risks" she meant, other than perhaps some kind of risk of school board or parental disapproval.
The concern was that of the principal, not the teacher. Neither I nor the teacher could figure out what she was concerned about, although I've got no problem with her wanting to be careful about allowing an untried person to speak to kids. Maybe she thought I would incite a riot in the school or something.
The concern was that of the principal, not the teacher.
Yes, I got that the second time around; I'd presumed after re-reading your post that the principal was also female.
That being said, it's interesting that your friend, the teacher, didn't have a clue as to what the principal was concerned about. I can't imagine even a paranoid Fundamentalist imagining that your presence would cause riots. The only thing I can think of is that someone might presume you would cause unGodly thoughts, somehow.
Well, there was that incident some 20 centuries ago or so where they say someone suggested people be nice to each other for a change and got nailed to a tree for it...
But really, I suspect it's an extension of Zero-
ToleranceIntelligence policies and bureaucrat-think: Anything not expressly allowed is or out to be forbidden, and it's easier to say "no" than have to explain why "no" wasn't said.
I could understand the principal and/or school board refusing to give *permission* for Jay to do a talk at the school easily enough, for the reason you stated. However, that doesn't explain why principal or school board would consider his doing so a "risk."
It's a conveniently vague reason to back up the denial without actual substance. Had it been "..because of the risk of X.." then it could be argued. Vagueness leaves room for question ("of what?") but not argument. If a concrete risk is mentioned, there could be steps suggested to alleviate that - but then comes implementation and work and all. Easier to just deny and be vague about why. I don't support this, but I see it being the case all too easily.
Well, it doesn't sound like a reason to me, but then I'm not a voter in that school district. :-)
I had a dream that you went on the subway diet, lost weight/got the body of a bodybuilder, and then that Jared became your arch nemesis because you took his job. Jared then made his own tron constume (but it was a different color), and then you guys started fighting eachother whenever your paths would cross. It was intense and seriously badass.
I think you should do it, and start bad mouthing him.