Category Archives: Education

Our First Significant Snow Tomorrow

The weather forecast has been using that 4-letter word, snow, for the past couple of days. Looks like it will finally get here sometime tomorrow. I’m not surprised – after all, this is the middle of January, which is right in the middle of winter. Cold temperatures and the chance of snow are part of the weather in Tennessee every December, January and February, with a tiny chance in November and March.

The big question on everyone’s mind is always, “will schools be closed?” We handle that by the county and each the 7 in the Metro Nashville area has different challenges and concerns. But the biggest factor for all of them is whether the roads will be safe for the school buses or not. The schools here have already announced they will be closed all day tomorrow.

Some will complain and criticize saying that we have not even seen the first snowflake and that the weather forecast could be wrong. But with all the satellites and radar and computer modelling we have to help the weather forecasters, our people have gotten pretty darn good about predicting snow and ice. So we are having rain tonight and tomorrow morning, with temperatures dropping steadily through the night. And then at some point, it turns to freezing rain, then sleet, and then snow – predicted to accumulate about 1″ in my area.

Let’s just hope that the freezing rain and sleet does not last long. Ice on the trees is always worse than the same amount of snow. Be safe, my friends!

Wonderful news about a new college program

My nephew is in high school in his freshman year. He will be a sophomore next year and does really well. Gets great grades, is in sports and drama club. That being said, we just received news that the state university is partnering with the local high schools and offering students a way to jump start their college career. They can work on an associates degree in liberal arts while in high school. With only two classes per semester so as to not overload them. The first four classes are free with the exception of books and then the cost for the remaining ones is significantly reduced.

My nephew is one of the students offered a chance at this wonderful opportunity. I am so happy for him and he is really excited about it. When he graduates high school he will already have an associates degree with credits that will transfer to whatever major he chooses for his bachelor’s degree. He would have his bachelor’s degree by 20 a masters by 22 and if he chooses he could very well have a doctorate by 24 years of age.

That is just amazing to me. I am so unbelievably happy for him. I think more universities should offer high school students this opportunity.

Impracticable Jokers

My son turned me onto one of the most entertaining and enjoyable of “Reality Show” impracticable Jokers. It comes on the TruTV channel on our cable package. Not a channel that I had ever spent any time watching. It now is on top of my “Favorite” channels!

This show is about four long time best friends that enjoy embarrassing each other in any way that they can! So far my favorite episode is when Sal and Murr try to get someone in a campus library to hush them, using bird calls, jingle bells, tubas and other loud sounds that are not acceptable to produce in a library any where.The cymbals at wwbw.com turned out to be too much for Sal to handle so he walks out with his head hanging down low and is one step closer to be that nights “Loser” and that is never a good thing.

Sunday Paper

We did not get our Sunday paper this morning. I went out at 8:30, then again at 9:30 and there’s no paper. My neighbors don’t subscribe, so I don’t know if the paper carrier came though here or not, as there are no other driveways to check and see if they got one and just not me.

This is so frustrating. I was looking forward to sipping on my cup of coffee and reading the paper this morning to see what all is going on in the world that I can’t find by going online. But considering what we went through last night I’ve decided not to call and complain. Just because we got through this snow storm all right doesn’t mean that the paper delivery guy made out as well.

Fun Family Math

One very cool thing about my family is the way the numbers of our birthdays fall. There is a definite pattern of numbers and my mom played those numbers on one of her Las Vegas trips and actually won Keno money from them. The birthdays for the 5 of us run 21, 19, 17, 15 and 13. Isn’t that cool?

That numbering pattern didn’t follow through with my kids. Mine were born on the 1, 2 and 4.