8:00AM - Garage door contractor shows up (right on time). He spent about 20 minutes looking at the opener with me working the Up/Down button. Turns out the motor drive and drive gear are factory packed with grease, but this particular unit didn't get enough. I suspected this but didn't want to pull it apart and void a warranty. Plus, the installation is still within the installer's warranty - so this wasn't costing me anything but time - which I was already committing to other contractors. Anyway, he greased it all up and it works fine. Off he went by 8:30AM after I signed some stuff.
10:00AM - Both the refrigerator repairman and insulation contractor show up at the same time (what are the odds). So I talk to the refrigerator guy first and get him started on his troubleshooting. Then I talk and walk through the project with the insulation guys (2 guys). They say they're going to be done by 2:00PM because the foreman needs to pick up his kid from school - perfect, I may be able to make meeting with The Pudge's principal.
10:30AM - Refrigerator guy can't get the refrigerator to make the noise both The Mrs and I heard. I suspected it was a low freon problem, but refrigerator guy says freon is good. He was actually more interested in what happened to the tree on the deck. Anyway, this was covered under our extended warranty (would have been $137 for the call) so this is one item where I'm glad we have the extended warranty. I like the refrigerator (Kenmore Elite) but it has had some minor problems where the warranty has already paid for itself. I have warranties on the dryer (LG) and the Microwave (Kenmore). Anything with electronics I think the warranty is worth having.
|The insulation guys set up their Atic-Cat pump system and pumped all of the cellulose through a 4" hose. This wasn't near as loud as you'd think it would be.|
3:00PM The Mrs and I did our walk of shame over to The Pudge's school. It's not far. In fact, you can sort of see it in the picture behind the insulation guys trailer.
The Pudge's F
This is a long, involved story and quite boring, so I'll give you the Reader's Digest version. There's an on-line software that the school district uses to allow parents to monitor their child's grades. Most teacher will update it daily or a couple times a week with homework, labs, test and quizzes. And it will give you an instantaneous grade snapshot. We've been using it for years and have never had a problem until this year's math class. The 1st marking period, we noticed the software indicated an A+ but for daily entries, it listed "X" or "1". He ended up with a "B" for the marking period. The 2nd marking period was more of the same, only this time he ended up with an "F". Every other class gives number grades and an equivalent letter grade. And for the 2nd marking period, The Pudge had A+, A+, A, A, A-, B+...and an F.
The teacher never gave us any indication that anything was wrong. On report card day, The Pudge had to wait 2 hours until we got home from work, and then proceeded to have a total melt-down including hyperventilating. The Mrs. and I were furious with the teacher and school. That weekend, we wrote a very detailed letter to the guidance counselor and principal (not the teacher). We got a fairly quick response back from the principal and set up the appointment to see him on Triple Whammy Friday.
The Thursday night before our meeting, while The Pudge and I were at scouts, The Mrs. gets a call from the teacher (this is around 7:00PM). The first thing the teacher starts talking about is having to work late. The Mrs. cut her off on that topic right away (The Mrs. routinely works until 9 and 10 at night) and told her to get to the point. The teacher wanted to let us know that she realizes there is a problem with the on-line software and communication and that she and the school are taking steps to correct it. Blah, blah, blah...we'll work to fix the problem.
We came to find out later she called at least 2 other parent that night. The Pudge told us that a lot of A/B students in his class also failed. We also found out that a bunch of students had problems with this same teacher last year. So much so that at least one transferred out of the class this year when she found out who the teacher was. Now we're really furious - and off we go to the principals office.
So, the teacher is in the meeting with us, the principal and guidance counselor. Everyone is all lovey-dovey and the teacher will now send letters home every two weeks with student progress (for everyone in the class). I really wanted to give the principal an earful about a problem teacher that is causing problems for me and my family, and the school knew about it for at least one previous year. This is one of the problems we have with the teacher's union and tenure (hopefully soon corrected by Governor Christie - love that guy). I'm still thinking about writing another letter to the principal stating this. Do I want to do the noble thing and try and prevent this from happening to next year's 7th and 8th graders? I'm thinking on it.
We get home and tell The Pudge everything and he feels a little better. He thinks he can stick it out for a couple of more months, then he goes to high school. The Mrs. and I decided to take him out to Don Pablo's for dinner. We get there and there's a 30 minute wait. We go into the crowded bar area and I go and get drinks. The Pudge likes margaritas so I asked the barkeep for a virgin and a regular for The Mrs. He brings them over and I ask which is the virgin? He says "oh, I thought you said frozen." The Pudge almost wound up face down in the gutter. Bwahahahaha - now that's good parenting. When I get back with the drinks, here The Mrs and The Pudge are talking to a family whose son is in The Pudge's math class. And they were in the same situation although they didn't get an audience with the Principal. Small world.
And that is how my weekend started.
The good news is that it got really cold Saturday (around 20 degrees) and The Mrs. said she felt warmer because of all of the new insulation. It was worth it just for that.