Tuesday, October 7, 2008
New Milestones Reached.
I begin by apologising for my absence from the Blogosphere. It was not of my doing. I blame my working conditions. I may have a case to take to the Department of Labor.
Each and every day teachers, like myself, toil in the muck of bacteria and viruses. We are surrounded by droplets of infected spittle every time we enter a classroom or bend down to answer a question. For example, little Johnny raised his hand. I, being a diligent educator, rushed to his side.
"Mr. Williamson, I don't understand why this should be a negative number. I know what I'm suppose to do when we subtract with a negative and I tried that with this problem but I think this problem is one of the exceptions to the rule - you know how that works in English. There are exceptions to every rule and I think I found one in math and if I did then I think I should get some kind of extra credit or something."
Of course it is said with one breath as one long run on sentence.
"Johnny, Math and English are different," I answer and then continue with reasons. "It should be a negative number for multiple reasons. Give me a second to think of a way to show you so you can understand."
This is a teacher's way of saying "You're really struggling to get those hamsters to spin that upstairs wheel so how can I translate what I'm saying into one syllable words and pictures so you grasp some meaning".
While I searched my vocabulary for words used by today's youth, Johnny mounted a full scale attack on my immune system. He sneezed. Johnny, like so many other children, finds loud siren sneezes funny. Of course we all know that you can't achieve that kind of sound by covering your mouth and Johnny did not cover his mouth.
I sounded the retreat but it was too late. I felt moisture on my face. A biblical plague was upon my house!
To make a long story short - I've been sick with a very bad cold for the last week. I think I hit bottom yesterday. I like it when I hit bottom and start to feel shades of normal again. I'm considering investing in one of the Department of Homeland Security's Hazmat suits to wear to school. Ah, the good life of living in a bubble.
Let's get to the news.
We are setting new flight records! Here are the numbers:
Voyager: Last year's all time flight record: 490 missions. Today the Voyager hit 490 missions for the current year and we have one month to go before our Space Center year ends.
Galileo: Last year's flight numbers: 188 missions. Today the Galileo hit 235 missions for the current year and we have one month to go before our Space Center year ends.
Magellan: Last year's all time flight record: 212 missions. Today the Magellan hit 207 missions for the current year and we have one month to go before our Space Center year ends.
Phoenix: Last year's all time flight numbers: 400 missions. Today the Phoenix hit 401 missions for the current year and we have one month to go before our Space Center year ends.
Odyssey: Last year's all time record flight numbers: 624 missions. Today the Odyssey hit 588 missions for the current year. We will easily exceed that record before the Space Center's year ends on November 8th.
Well Troops, we are busy. The numbers speak for themselves. A special thanks to our staff for the extra effort and a very special thanks to our guests for spending their time and their money with us. Your support keeps us open.