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  1. How do you pack your crampons?

    Climbing Rope Inspection-critter style...
  2. One fix for seattle needed

    My last monthly pay stub? $3824.43. And that is typical. I have been teaching for 22 years and have 9 years of college credit under my belt. Do I want a pay raise? No. I want class sizes that will allow me more than the average 1.66 minutes of one-on-one contact time per student per day. Recently, more than half of my 31-33 students/class were gone to see the bird parade and I was actually able to have a real conversation with each student in each of my classes. It was a glimpse at the way things should be. I usually feel like I am doing a shitty job because I can't keep up with all the bullshit busy work I have to do on daily basis and give my students timely (read "in context") feedback on the the learning they demonstrate. And here's a healthy "fuck you" to whoever brought up the 180+afewyouhavethesummeroff comment. I start at 6:30 am, every day. I end at 4:00 pm, (unless there is a staff meeting or parent conference after school). I work 2 hours, every evening assessing my students learning (and still lose ground steadily from Sept to July) because I have no time in-building to do that part of my job. I also put in 2 hours every Sunday assessing my students learning. I field calls and e-mails on a daily basis from parents who think their kid's getting a raw deal because I insist (via invitations to attend after school work time) that they actually complete assignments and turn them in. Are there teachers who don't deserve the $19.40/hour salary I get? Sure there are, but they are the minority in my building.
  3. So much for "President Christie"

    I'd say there's a pretty big difference, but don't let facts stand in the way, Junior. Of course, we probably shouldn't limit this little survey of Democrat corruption to Illinois--after all, there's always Christie's predecessor, John Corzine, who stole $1.6 Billion of other people's money in investment schemes. But here we go: Rod Blagojevich — Governor from 2003 through 2009, when he became the first Illinois governor in history to be impeached. Convicted of numerous corruption charges Monday, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. George Ryan — Governor from 1999 through 2003. After leaving office, was convicted of racketeering for actions as governor and secretary of state. In November 2007, began serving 6 1/2 years in federal prison. U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski — Pleaded guilty to corruption charges and left office in 1995. Served 17 months in prison, but was pardoned by President Bill Clinton. Rostenkowski was a representative from 1959-95. U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds — Convicted of misconduct with a 16-year-old campaign volunteer and resigned in 1995. Served more than two years in prison. Later convicted on federal wire and bank fraud charges and sentenced to more than six years in prison. President Clinton commuted that sentence. Dan Walker — Governor from 1973-1977. Pleaded guilty to bank fraud and other charges in 1987 related to his business activities after leaving office. Spent just over a year and a half in federal prison. Otto Kerner — Governor from 1961-1968. Resigned to become judge, then was convicted of bribery related to his tenure as governor. Sentenced to three years in prison. William G. Stratton — Governor from 1953-1961. Indicted after leaving office on income-tax evasion charges but was acquitted. Secretary of State Paul Powell — Roughly $800,000 was found stuffed in shoe boxes Powell's home after he died in 1970. Auditor Orville Hodge — Pleaded guilty in the 1950s to embezzling more than $1.5 million from the state while in office. He used the money to buy two planes, four automobiles and homes in Illinois and Florida. Attorney General William Scott — Convicted of tax fraud and spent a year in prison in the 1980s. Was Illinois attorney general from 1969-80. And let's not forget Jesse Jackson Jr. In jail. Plagiarism: submitted with the proper cash gratuity (they call it "tuition"), it's good toward a boutique MA at a university near you! But he changed some words...
  4. Evolution: is it happening?

    Not long after moving into my house, which backs up to a greenbelt on the lot, I saw this furry football dragging a large branch of a rhodie down into the trees. In the next few days it managed to take 2 rhodies down to stumps and make several hostas disappear. I ended up using a live capture trap to move it to a park about a mile away. They are curious little animals. They create paths in dense underbrush and partially burrow. I managed to get rid of the lot of them on my property by clearing out the english ivy that covered almost all of it.
  5. Evolution: is it happening?

    Laurence Moran says you should already know the answer to the question.
  6. Mmmm...sushi...

  7. new rap station on South Face Jello tower

    This is such an adolescent mindset. It's cool until the dweebs begin to like it, then it's not so cool. pssh, your mom is adolescent. Haven't you ever noticed somebody doing something retarded, and then realized, "wait, I do that too!" and then been disgusted and tried to become someone better? You must have been born perfect No, I haven't, and no, I wasn't. I don't see how not letting others actions determine my convictions makes me perfect.
  8. new rap station on South Face Jello tower

    This is such an adolescent mindset. It's cool until the dweebs begin to like it, then it's not so cool.
  9. Paging Teachers

    Members of the math dept in the middle school where I teach recently flipped, and they feel it is a good thing. I have been doing lesser versions on the theme for a few years in the science classes I teach, mostly with my highly capable classes. As an example, I have asked students to go to the American Chemical Assoc website middleshoolchemistry.com where they read about concepts, view animations that illustrate them, and then come to class and do lab activities that provide direct experience using what they gained from the prep work. A lot less class time is spent on preparing for the lab work, and more time is spent processing and extending what has been experienced in the labs. The downside is that there is a minority of students who don't come to class with what they need to do the lab work. This is where I differentiate. They don't get as much out of the learning goal, because they didn't put as much into it, but once they see other students engaged in hands on, meaningful work, they often self-correct and come better prepared for future endeavors. The internet is a very valuable tool, once you learn where the good resources are, and powerful learning can take place beyond, yet connected to, the classroom.
  10. Hey whats that

    I have this app on my iPhone. It was super-useful when I was on a boat in SE Alaska. http://www.peakfinder.org/?lat=48.3265&lng=-121.7508&ele=1630&name=Round%20Mountain I also have this one which adds labels to peaks viewed through the iPhone camera lens. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/peaks/id332170121?mt=8
  11. Was John Wayne gay?

    Hey, what happened to Ben? We've got some semantics to argue.
  12. Was John Wayne gay?

    Or, maybe he was gay.
  13. Douchiest "Climbing" Photos of all time?!

    Yeah, but...
  14. staff meeting

    From my understanding, the PLC is comprised of the entire school, with departments being subgroups of the PLC. This I gained from the first chapter of a book about PLCs my colleagues and I are required to read. I don't think my admin has read the book because she keeps referring to the various departments as PLCs.
  15. staff meeting

    My PLC is focusing on the CCSS to be sure our SIP is in compliance, and in alignment with, the SGGs so that Danielson domains 1 and 4 will be included in both focused and comprehensive eVals, as is expected by the EEA and CPA. I love my job.
  16. staff meeting

    "I looked up "fubar" in the German dictionary and there's no fubar in here."
  17. Douchiest climbing term of all time

    Das Toof
  18. The ----- Oh My God!

    [img:center]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-g-VRlL5YDH4/UCxUUmjmz7I/AAAAAAAAAXM/TXoTwLLq4jo/s1600/bayjackets.jpeg[/img] Where's Willy Wonka ?
  19. Yu Shi Trundle

    Watch the skyline above the McDonald's sign at the 3 second mark, and then the rest of the video.
  20. Sold

    Two unused Whippets. $65 a piece, or both for $120
  21. Books

    I opened a dusty box in my garage and found some books I forgot I had. Since I obviously don't need them, I was hoping to find them a new home for the price of a beer or two. Boulder Climbs South Richard Rossiter 1989 Bow Valley Rock Perry/Martin/Dougherty 1988 Big Wall Tech Manual -SOLD Middendorf 1988 Bugaboo Rock -SOLD Green & Benson 1990 Climbing Big Walls Strassman 1990 The Climbers Guide to North America-West Coast Rock Climbs 2nd Edition Harlin 1987 Rock Climbs of Tuolumne Meadows Reid/Falkenstein 1986 Oregon Rock-A Climbers Guide Thomas 1983 Great American Rock Climbs -SOLD Dumais 1995 High Drama-Mountain Rescue Stories From Four Continents MacInnes 1980 Mountaineering-The Freedom of the Hills 3rd Edition 1974
  22. Books

    Still got 'em. Still don't need 'em.
  23. Veet for men

    "Do NOT put on knob and bollocks
  24. skinning at downhill areas

    Stevens Mission Ridge Crystal Snoqualmie and Mt Baker don't have any uphill travel policy documentation online that I could find.
  25. result of "lower taxes"

    This bridge was designated by WSDOT as 'functionally obsolete'. Uh...yep.