A fantastic, fantastic book by Natalie Babbitt. Not a children's book if your association with children's books includes pictures, but a book with some cool concepts that middle schoolers or elementry school kids can really understand. It's about a family who drank from a hidden spring, and it caused them to live forever, without aging (though when they drank from it they had no idea it wasn't just an ordinay spring.) It probably sounds like a stupid, simple book, but it's great to get discussions going (or just make people think) about if you would really WANT to live forever, if given the opportunity. Especially these days when we're not sure what the future of the planet is, would you really want to be committed to living forever, no matter what? FOREVER?
Miss Alabama in 1994, when asked if she would want to live forever if it were possible: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever."
Tuck Everlasting was also a movie, but I did not see it, so I cannot comment on it.
A giant piece of paper on the wall whose sole purpose is to house graffiti
. The comments, drawings, thoughts, quotes, song lyrics, and nonsense written on it is generally written in marker. When it gets so almost every inch of the paper is filled with something, it is time for a clean start with a new piece of paper.
The graffiti board we had in our 6th grade classroom was a conglomeration of really neat stuff and utter shit, such as "Lisa and Sidney and Stephanie are cool," which was scrawled over the board (by lisa, Stephanie, or Sidney) at least half a dozen times per page, so the total is probably a very high number. There was often a "not" inserted into the sentence by someone who got tired of reading that same shit every day, and this caused much uproar.
A fantastic toy. Has been in existance for at least 50 years. Vaguely reminiscent of Legos, but made of wood instead of the cheap, brightly-colored plastic that so dominates the toy market today. These pieces of wood were round, and maybe a foot long, and were notched, such that you could build a real log cabin, but one that would fit in a corner of your room. All you had to do was make a square with 4 logs and line up the little notches, with the left and right sides under the top and bottom sides (or the other way around). Then add two more logs. And two more. Repeat until your cabin was as tall as you wanted it to be. A very simple process, but it was really cool. It also had some sort of a roof, though I don't remember exactly how that worked; I just remember the roof was green.
Lincoln Logs were classic.
Half of LOL
. For when something isn't funny enough to use the whole thing.
Aimperson1: A guy walks into a bar, and says "OUCH!"
Aimperson2: L( . That was halfway amusing, but don't start plannng any comedy careers.
Someone who has trouble keeping horizontal surfaces neat. Desks become a place for papers and books to accumulate; couches become a breeding ground for coats, purses, and junk.
OMG, did you see her house?? She has a major case of horizontal surface disease.
A stupid thing boys say in early elementary school that has no real purpose. Kid A will tag kid B, and then as kid A is running away as fast as possible, he will yell "got you last no returns!" which means that kid B is tagged, and can't tag kid A back. Kid B will say to himself "darn!" but that is about the extent of its impact on his life.
Sometimes kid B will try to tag kid A back, before kid A can say "got you last no returns," but kid A is prepared for this, and will jump backwards so as to be out of kid B's reach.
Again, none of this has any real purpose, because it is not in the context of a game of tag; it is just random.
As we were passing the other second grade class, two boys from the other line ran through our entire line tagging everyone saying "got you last no returns" to each of us, as fast as they could.
Four years later, the same two boys still had not gotten over the fascination of got you last no returns, and as one of them was passing by me, he tagged me... but, not thinking, he accidently tagged my chest. I think this surprised both of us, because he ran away even faster than usual.
If you haven't heard of the computer game Glider
, you should read that definition before reading this one.
Glider Pro was what came after the original Glider, adding to it lots of new things, but it was essentially the same game. In Glider pro there are more room backgrounds.... you can link a switch to an object in another room.... there are LOTS more objects... etc., etc., etc. Makes building rooms/houses more fun because you have more options, but loses some of the charm of the original Glider
. There is a Glider Pro for Mac OS X, but it doesn't have room editor. The one for OS 9, which does have a room editor, works on OS X machines that have a "classic" mode, but it freezes randomly for no reason.
note: Cassidy & Greene, the company that licensed Glider
and Glider Pro, went bankrupt several years ago. The author, John Calhoun, has made Glider Pro available online for free, as shareware. Go to Google and search for Glider OS X, and you can download Glider Pro-- the OS X or the OS 9. As far as I know, Glider Pro is only available for the Mac.
I have spent HOURS playing Glider Pro, or Glidering.