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19 August 2013 @ 10:13 am
Moan-day again...  
Voting closes today for the LJ Idol Poll. My entry is here, and we are losing 4 of 14 people (!!), so your support is always appreciated. There are some really terrific stories this week. :)

Weather: What IS this mess? Hovering around 100o and muggy, with a chance of thunderstorms starting yesterday. Several days of this ahead, and the air is, of course, dead. When the Delta breeze stops in Sacramento, the place instantly becomes a furnace. :(

Not much sleep last night due to the heat, a backache, and dreams of searching through LEGOs (many now even sorted!) for that one freaking missing piece on many of the sets. Plus, some of my son's various Star Wars clones/droids/etc. are likely at the house of an ex-friend who used to wheedle and wheedle to borrow them. :(

So, school started last Thursday (let me not get into my usual epic rant on our School District's ever-summer-reducing policies). The street I take to the freeway on the way to work is still torn up. This was a June-August project, but the one part they've focused on is right in front of a high school. The road is down to one lane each way, with sidewalks torn up there and around the corner. You know, exactly where the parents drop off and the kids need to walk! The street also continues on toward two elementary schools, a middle school, and another high school, so morning rush through that area is a disaster. I go in a little later, but I noticed last week that on opening day the workers were pouring and shaping the sidewalk at hyperspeed. For awhile, I wondered what exactly was being done there and what improvements were supposed to be made. Then I noticed the torn-up bike lane and sidewalks, and the giant sewer pipes. Technically, the signs say "road work" and not "road construction." I guess what they mean is, SEWER work. A whole summer to do two blocks of road! \o?

Today's burning question: what the heck happened to my weekend? How is it already over? :(

ETA: Back from the bike ride. Good thing I did the long one yesterday instead! This one finished a little short, and right at 100o. Funny, it never seems that bad at the start, but heat stress seems to be cumulative. Ulhh....

Port: school busesdesertport on August 21st, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Oy, and I can just imagine what a joy that stretch of road is for the school bus drivers. :/ The city couldn't have coordinated its construction schedule with the district calendar?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
I'm wondering if the county went over-schedule (because that's a lot of time for a two-block area, no matter WHAT you're doing to it).

But the mess is not only single-lane, the right-hand turn is affected, and I believe some of the buses are expected to make that turn-- the entrance is around that corner.

The sidewalk on the school side is poured and set now... but there are still open trenches on both sides, so they're off limits. What are they doing, forming a life-sustaining habitat below the street-level there? Sheesh!

Love the icon, BTW. :D
jya_bd_cp_ttgbjya_bd_cp_ttgb on August 21st, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Around here, they're pitching to keep schools closed until the Monday after Labor Day because we lose something like 74 million in revenue do to people not being able to vacation. It doesn't make sense to have schools open early or follow the bs countries where it's all year round. Great for teacher's paychecks, sure, but family time goes to squat in a sandbox.

Then again, maybe that's the point. No parents are able to be with the kids and schools are "Free" instead of babysitters and whatever while you do summer work. :< Very sad state of affairs in this country.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 21st, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
The day after Labor Day (as in, usually the Tuesday) was when schools opened when I was a kid, and I much prefer it!

The longer summers make it much easier for families to vacation (this has been a real problem for us in the last few years), and I think kids really need that lengthy downtime. Plus, as a parent whose kids were in daycare, it is a lot easier to cover long blocks (the summer!) of time than it is to cover a random week off in February (no joke. Our schools close for "ski week" now during the Presidents' Day week).

The point of this change, locally, is so that kids in high school have their finals before Christmas break and not some time after they return. The district hijacks 9 younger grades of kids (and their families) for the high school schedule. :(

I have a couple of different solutions for this: 1) MUCH later start, so finals are in February and there's lots of study time after Christmas break, OR 2) Use the Quarter system rather than the Semester system! Hey, there are colleges that even use the Quarter system. :O

The upshot, apart from the short summer, is that our schools are paying for air-conditioning during half of August, which is routinely the hottest month in this area. Extending a little into June, by contrast, is cheaper.

Where are you located? We're in Sacramento, and my sister's kids in Portland (Oregon) still love on the "day-after-Labor-Day" schedule. Plus, they're out of school by June 10-12. They have a longer summer and less wasted time mid-year in the winter weather...
jya_bd_cp_ttgbjya_bd_cp_ttgb on August 21st, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
We're in Maryland, so we deal with hurricanes the first and last parts of the school year. This past one, it was Sandy shutting things down for three days locally. And yeah, today's ninety something, so the school would've closed early for no A/C today anyhow.