Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Zealand and Australia pictures — Six Word Saturday —

my Six Words:

Finished New Zealand and Australia pictures

Find them posted here or in my side bar at
Our 2012-2013 New Zealand and Australia
We did a 14 day New Zealand and Australia cruise on the Diamond Princess and then stayed and played in Sydney three days and three nights on our own.  We left Houston on December 26 and returned January 14.
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Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "N" / Thursday Two Questions —

New Zealand and Australia—more of our most recent cruise pictures
Here we have some pictures to honor Alphabe-Thursday letter "N"

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My "N" is for the National Maritime Museum in Sidney, Australia.  Docked on the left is the HMAS Vampire and to our right the HMAS Onslow.  The Onslow is a vintage submarine and this was the closest to a sub I have been yet.  The picture on the right is another view of the area outside the museum.

We did not go inside the ships or the museum because for the two hours we would spend the price for admission was atrocious.  There was a senior price, very low, for which we would have paid and then gone inside.  But this museum only allowed citizens of Australia to have that.  In the U.S. and most countries we visit, if a person is the appropriate age then there is no discrimination based on citizenship.  For some goodies in Sydney we did pay only the senior price.


That's all the "N" word pictures I have but I did want to finish up, or almost finish posting my New Zealand and Australia holiday pictures.  You can see all I have so far here, (Our 2012-2013 New Zealand and Australia).

Above is a little kids' park along the way to the museum.  This boat looks like fun.  On the is Mrs. Jim coming out of China Town.


Fruit and vegetable market was about like the ones in our grocery stores except this on was in the Market building.  On Saturday night we went to a concert in the park. The park was full of people out for the evening's nice weather.


Mrs. Jim is ready a Sarsaparilla at the oldest bar in Sydney.  I would rather be back on the ferry, riding around in the harbor.  And we did, pictures follow. 


I didn't expect to see this little amusement park along the shore. It looked inviting but we didn't have time to stop in. Besides they may not have let us pay the cheaper senior rate.

==> You can see other "N" letter posts by visiting Jenny's blog post, Alphabe- Thursday. My letter "N" portion of this post will be critiqued by Head Mistress Jenny. I always hope for a good grade.

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Now for my Thursday Two Questions.

My last post last week was about an "M" word, More.

My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):.

1. Have you ever been discriminated against because of some silly rule? 
This one today was because I was not a citizen.  Other times is has been because I was too old.  Or that this _____ was available only for the opposite sex.  Etc, etc, etc. 

2. When you are on holiday how do you interface with the natives?
I like to pick their brains about how some things work in their countries or find out about their heritage.
Bonus Question: What is your favorite "N" word?
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==>   My post is for Amanda at her Thursday Two Questions blog, Self Sagacity.

==>Be sure to check out all of my posted New Zealand and Australia pictures.  You can do that by clicking here (Our 2012-2013 New Zealand and Australia).

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Don't get caught / Two Shoes Tuesday # 25 -- "Cheat"

Our prompt word this week is cheat.  What comes to mind when you think of this word?

The first thing that came to my mind was cheating on your mate.  I don't why that was first, for sure I wouldn't ever cheat on mine.  We will have been married for 40 years this coming weekend on February 24th.

The second thing that I thought of was cheating in school.  I can honestly say that I never cheated even one time in any of my classes.

That isn't the case for everyone.  Some school cheaters are very flagrant but all deserve punishment.  I will relate to one of my students here.

Caught Red Handed

When I first started teaching at San Jacinto College the newer teachers were assigned to teach an Orientation 101 class.  This was required of all new freshmen with no prior college work.  The course was to help students adapt readily to our campus and also to learn what was expected of them and offered some insights as to how to do well in school.

About the third year that I taught the class I suspected one of my students cheating.  We only offered two exams.  During the first exam one student appeared to be glancing at the student across the isle trying to find how he answered.  Every time I would look over to him or go stand near him he was turn his eyes on his own work although he was fidgeting a lot.

He made a fair grade on his test but when I checked several of the question numbers he missed were also missed by the cross isle student.  They both had the same multiple choice letter even though their questions were different.  I had previously warned the students that the test had scrambled questions.

When I passed the papers back, I asked the suspected cheater to remain after class.  I talked with him, told him by himself again how I scrambled the questions and how his missed questions matched the number questions of the fellow across the isle. 

He vowed he didn't cheat and that was that.  I could have booted him from class but there would be repercussions for me in checking how good I had informed and warned him, what proof I had, etc.  I.e. the red tape and pain I received would not be worth the punishment that he got.

So I let bygones be bygone and went on.  For the final exam I again gave my warnings and tried hard to keep a special eye on this problem student.  I did suspect he was cheating but did not call it on him.

When I corrected the papers he did terribly bad.  His grade was in the twenties or thirties or lower.  Sure enough, he had letter for letter for question number for question number the same answers as his across the isle fellow student even though most all of the questions were different due to my scrambling. 

With just two tests and him getting only a fair grade on the first and flunking the second by a wide margin, those test averages, his atrocious attendance record, and  his low in class and project grades, HE FAILED my course. 

He was the only student that I ever failed Introduction 101.  I suspect his other classes were not good either as I never saw him again on our campus. 

He did not come to me for any raising of his grade work or the like.  The test grades and the course grades were posted by me the next day after the final exam so he should have known well before he received his official grade report from the college. 

That was before the privacy laws.  Now most professors do not post class grades.  Our San Jacinto policy was later changed.  If the student wished to get their grades right away after the exam before the college mail they could give their teacher a self addressed stamped envelope. 

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Two Shoes Tuesday is a place for bloggers to share what we enjoy doing most... writing! Each week Josie provides a one-word writing prompt and invite us to share a short story, poem, essay, thought, or photo relating to that topic.

The writing prompt this week for February 19, 2013, is "cheat".  For a list of and links to those participating, go here.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Succintly Yours -- Animal Problems

Rocky no no! How many times have I told you to stay away from those pretty skunks? Bad dog!

Announcer: Judgment says it's time to use Duz Laundry soap.

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Optional, Word of the Week: Judgment --
Succinctly Yours Week 100
Congratulations to GMa on her hosting for two years, a total of 100 times.
Rules: Use the photo as inspiration for a story. 
..Maximum of 140 characters OR 140 words.
But this time GMa has given me 150 words for the best answer to her last week's question;  the pretty heart picture was from her 'Love, True Love,' sheet music cover.


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