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Saturday, June 30 2001

Webmaster's note: David Caldwell generously offered to supply an extra postcard entry this week in light of my travel over Saturday night and Sunday from home in California to Blacklick Valley, so here is the first of two by David this weekend. I hope to be able to keep the Jonal entries coming during my week's vacation "at home," but it remains to be seen how realistic that aim may be. —jon kennedy

Choices

After reading Jon's Nanty Glo Jonal for Wednesday, I had to add a few choices of my own about college. Those are when and/or whether to attend college. My point is that too much peer and parental pressure is placed upon young adults now to attend college immediately after high school when many of them aren't mature enough to reap the benefits of a college degree.

As a result, they fluff through their courses any way they can so that their full energy and focus can be saved for the weekend party. These bashes often consume so much time and energy that the students flunk out of college or worse yet: the partying gets out of hand and the student ends up with a criminal record that follows him for the rest of his life.

I know that I was not mature enough to make it through college when I was eighteen. I had a lot of growing up to do. During grade school and high school, I was able to get passing grades without studying. I lacked motivation and by the time I graduated from high school, my study habits went from atrocious to nonexistent.

I had to attend the school of hard knocks for a few years. That is, I moved from job to job and suddenly realized that I was going nowhere. Deep in the recesses of my mind, I always had the desire to attend college. Two factors finally motivated me to bring that desire to realization. My diminishing eyesight was limiting my employment prospects and on several jobs I worked for people who weren't nearly as bright as I was. However, they were in charge because they had college degrees.

I entered my freshman year of college when I was 27 years old. With the hard-earned maturity and motivation, I was able to earn my BA in Secondary Education in three years and do so with high honors in spite of the fact that I had to do a lot of reading with a magnifying glass.

Aside from my failing eyesight, I don't believe I was all that much different than many of my high school classmates. Back then; there wasn't as much pressure on students to go directly into college. I would guess that fewer than half my classmates went on immediately to higher education. A few, like me, went at a later time. I am, along with Jon, a strong proponent of higher education. In fact, I am a strong advocate of life-long education. Nevertheless, we do have to be careful that we don't push our youth along paths they are not ready to travel.

Computer sex

An English teacher was explaining to his students the concept of gender association in the English language. He stated how hurricanes at one time were given feminine names and how ships and planes were usually referred to as "she." One of the students raised his hand and asked, "What gender is a computer?" The teacher wasn't certain which it was, so he divided the class into two groups, males in one, females in the other, and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in the masculine gender because—

1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they are the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to in the feminine gender because—

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

Conclusion: Computers must be bisexual and should be neutered to prevent overpopulating.

Sent by David Caldwell

American law

The Constitution is either a superior, paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts and, like other acts, is alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it. If the former part of the alternative be true, then a legislative act contrary to the Constitution is not law; if the latter part be true, then written constitutions are absurd attempts, on the part of the people, to limit a power in its own nature illimitable. Thus, the Constitution is either The Supreme Law of the Land, superceding all other laws, or the Constitution is a worthless piece of paper. If the latter, government can do as it pleases. If the former, tyrants have seized sovereignty illegally, it is the duty of the people to put them in their proper place in history.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall - 1803

Sent by Bill Dalrymple
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