Dude. It’s a matter of perspective!


BEN: “With the start of the school year just around the corner, I’ve been talking with “Dr. C” and our school’s board of directors about Covid in general – and the Delta variant in particular. We’ve decided school for kids under 12 will be “virtual” until vaccines become available. We’ll have regular, full time in-class learning for students 12 and over who provide proof of full vaccination. We’ve had some strong reactions including threats of lawsuits and other nonsense. Our attorneys have confirmed that “As a private institution, our school isn’t subject to any restrictions in terms of violations of the rights of students.” In other words, we can set requirements for our students and if they refuse to comply we can refuse to admit them. We only know of four students who won’t be attending because of our vaccination requirements (measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, meningitis, influenza and covid-19) – and our “waiting list” remains at well over 200 students. This is one time when living in our little “lake bubble” is a big advantage. Chad, Janette, Patricia and I will forge ahead and make absolutely sure our kids get a great education. We have a “waiting list” of kids who want to attend school here at our “Table Rock campus,” and plan to start limited admissions sometime after the Covid vaccines become available for kids under 12. I swear, it seems like I can’t even remember what “pre-pandemic” life was like 🙂 ”
DAVID: “On a totally unrelated subject, we had said earlier we’d be taking a “Jeopardy break” until there was a new season and permanent host. Of course, we record every Jeopardy show and couldn’t resist checking in to see what was going on. And… with the emergence of Josh Saak and Matt Amondio… and guest hosts like Sanjay Gupta and Robin Roberts, we haven’t missed any episodes. Guess “hard-core” Jeopardy fans just can’t stay away!”

Check it out. Dudes rated “PG”

Hey, guys, it’s Ben. I wasn’t sure what rating to assign to this post, so I looked up the ratings guide on-line:
“G: General Audiences. This program is designed to be appropriate for all ages. …
PG: Parental Guidance Suggested…
PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may not be suited for children under age 13…”
Not sure whether this would be “PG” or “PG-13”. As far as I’m concerned, it could just be rated “HOT”.


Here’s a letter to the editor from today’s Kansas City Star newspaper:
“DUBIOUS DISTINCTION
Governor Mike Parson welcomes you to Missouri. The “Not-Me” State. The COVID capital of the U.S.
When you leave, take home a special gift to your family and friends, the delta variant virus. You will remember it for the rest of your life. Enjoy your visit!”
In Taney County, MO where we live, the COVID vaccination rate is just over thirty percent and the risk level is “SEVERE.” As a result, we’re locked down as tight as we were before the vaccines became available. We all have a bit of “cabin fever” but we’re proud of how well the kids have been dealing with it. We’ve been spending most afternoons out on the lake – boating, fishing, swimming and wake boarding. That’s a BIG help.
On rainy afternoons (we’ve had quite a few) Dub has been hanging out at Nathan and Diana’s -helping Diana with the babies. He says he’s gotten “real good at changing diapers.” Says the important thing to remember is to “keep their dinkies covered when you take the old diaper off ’cause cold air turns ’em into pee fountains.” I asked him if minds changing diapers and he said “Nah. It’s just pee and poop 🙂

Dude. Check it out. “Balls ‘n boners in Black ‘n white”

Hey, guys. It’s Ben. Summer is in full swing here at the lake and it’s pretty cool. Chad and I had talked about taking a summer school break… and mentioned it to the kids. The idea did not appeal. Dub said “If we take the summer off, we might fall behind.” I didn’t bother to tell him that all the kids are ‘way beyond grade level and some time off wouldn’t be a problem for them. Anyway, we kind of compromised. We’re doing half days at school this summer (8:30 a.m. until noon), which gives us all afternoon and evening to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and whatever. At least the kids won’t “fall behind” 🙂