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Mar 10th 2011

Emmy!!!

Mar 10th 2011

Jim. JimJimJim. I still stand by it (although removed from the passion of the moment, I can see with a bit more clarity the other side of the coin...but don't tell LT).

Maybe the mere mention of Jim's douchebaggery will summon LT back. Nice to see a name from the past , Emmy. Even if it was before my time.

Mar 10th 2011

There was a time before your time?

Also, welcome back, EJ.

Mar 10th 2011

Blast from the past! Good to see you around emmyjean. What's new?

Mar 10th 2011

There was a time before your time?

Only on here.

Mar 10th 2011

I forgot how much I loved coming to this place...it's good to see that there are still alot of familiar 'faces' hanging out!

Truth be told, I just kind of gradually lost interest in the show from season four on. It wasn't even due to storyline or anything like that, necessarily, because I am of the opinion that any storyline can work if it is well-written...I just wasn't really laughing anymore, the humor was way too outlandish.

I'm in the process of a) getting married, and b) buying my first house (well, our house, but you know...). :) Maybe I can start coming back to the WC as a stress-reliever!

Mar 10th 2011

Whoo hoo! Congratulations, double! We've all gradually lost interest as well. We've just stayed stressed.

Mar 10th 2011

Hey Emmyjean! We always love to see old friends return (along with new lovers and the disabled).

Maybe I can start coming back to the WC as a stress-reliever!

Whatever excuse you need, we'll accept!

Mar 10th 2011

Truth be told, I just kind of gradually lost interest in the show from season four on. It wasn't even due to storyline or anything like that, necessarily, because I am of the opinion that any storyline can work if it is well-written...I just wasn't really laughing anymore, the humor was way too outlandish.

That's exactly the way I feel. It's sad sometimes, but I'm mainly over it.

Congrats on getting married and buying a house! I should be buying something soon, if all goes according to plan.

Mar 10th 2011

I think I miss how much I used to love the show more than I miss the show itself.

Mar 10th 2011

I think I miss how much I used to love the show more than I miss the show itself.

QFT.

Mar 10th 2011

Yep.

Mar 10th 2011

It's nice to be part of something, which is why we're still here, I suppose.

Mar 10th 2011

Yes. It was nice to be here in the show's hey-day when every thing, every episode was a revelation, and a revelation to be revealed in. You know what, though? Being everyones friend and having them enjoy your life's views and experiences, and enjoying theirs? That's pretty cool too.

Mar 10th 2011

Yeah, I regret not knowing about this place when there were things about the show worth debating, but hanging around here has its compensations.

Mar 10th 2011

I think I miss how much I used to love the show more than I miss the show itself.

Oh, laws, yes.

I remember racing home from teaching class on Thursday nights and getting home just in time to (a) see the show, and (b) post and catch up on posts immediately thereafter.

Hanging around here has its compensations.

Yes, it does.

Mar 10th 2011

There was a time that I worked nights and that sucked because I would have to read pages upon pages of comments, and many times I would have an immediate response that I wouldn't post because the point had come and gone. That was always mind wrenching.

Mar 11th 2011 edited

Being on the east coast, I'd get to see the show before many of you, which was great, but then I'd have to either stay up to read all your posts/reactions, or wait until I got here to work the next day. It made Friday's extra awesome.

Regardless,

Hanging around here has its compensations.

Absolutely it does. Huggy hugs!

Mar 11th 2011

ETA.

Fridays now - kinda quieter. And less awesome.

Mar 11th 2011

Yeah, I regret not knowing about this place when there were things about the show worth debating, but hanging around here has its compensations.

Yup.

Mar 11th 2011

It made Friday's extra awesome.

I remember that too. It was very neat to sign in here on Friday mornings and see hundreds of new comments about the episode. Heady times.

Mar 11th 2011

It's sad to say, because I relished the feeling of having a show I was pumped about, looked forward to and could analyze till I was blue in the face...but I've honestly kind of given up on TV in general.

EVERY show I've ever watched has been awesome for several seasons (where I scheduled stuff around it if humanly possible), progressed to just 'eh' for a season or two (during which I would DVR it and watch it eventually, in hopes it would pick up again), and then went to garbage (where I just stopped watching and didn't miss it).

The Office was the last one. Before that, ER. The X-Files. House. Why, oh why, does everything have to be ruled by greed? Going on without Carell = going on without Duchovny. A Bad Idea.

Mar 12th 2011 edited

Going on without Carell = going on without Duchovny. A Bad Idea.

= ER going on without Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Juliana Marguilies. Also a bad idea.

Mar 30th 2011

Half a month without DftF? That ain't right. Where he at?

Same goes for Anque who has been only gone four days, but is still missed.

Also everyone else who has been gone four days or longer.

Mar 30th 2011

I went to lunch yesterday and nobody missed me.

Mar 30th 2011

I'm here! I'm crazy busy fighting this stuff at school (we've got the independent evaluation scheduled for next week in Syracuse) and putting together wedding websites and catering and trying to figure out where we're going to live when someone buys this house. Good times.

Mar 30th 2011

Keep us posted on the school battles, Anque. I am interested in how that turns out.

Even though my kid's problems don't match up exactly with anyone else's kid's problems, it seems to be pretty universal that all kids gots problems.

Mar 30th 2011

Yep. I agree.

Well, I did have a good development.

So, the team of people who meet to discuss special education for kids (in New York anyway) consist of the current teacher, a parent advocate (sometimes), the special ed coordination boss and the team of folks who actually help them with whatever issues they are currently facing. We have an educational psychologist, a social worker, and an occupational therapist. Which does not help with occupations, contrary to what the name suggests.

Anyway. The special ed coordination boss's whole objective is saving the school money - keeping the number of kids on the IEP program to a manageable number while making sure that the school is following the law. His job is a very combative one where (a good SEC anyway) has to help bridge the gap between available services and money, and the big hearts of the specialists who want to provide every kid with every accommodation imaginable. It's pretty rare, in my experience anyway, that you run into ones who know how to balance that well. Most of them err on the side of safety, which is the limit/limit/limit, save $$$ for the state side. I get that this job is complicated. Mr. A and I have a very dear friend who used to do the same thing for another school district in New York.

However, this guy is...a douche. To the point that we explained to our friend who did this job exactly what has happened since the kiddo started school and even he said that they are giving us a bad deal. (It's a really long story.) But the guy basically completely cut my kiddo's services when we accidentally ran across an egregious error on their part during a meeting. Douche.

So this guy, he's actually the boss of all of the specialists. What that means is that when we're in a meeting, talking about my kid, the specialists (the experts who have actually interacted with my kid!) only speak when spoken to and are loathe to say anything that will make this SEC mad.

When we got combative with the SEC at this last meeting, I could feel the energy in the room change. All of the specialists clammed up and looked down at their notes, just basically waiting for the guy in charge to finish up the meeting. We had to be hard about several of the instruments that were used to gauge our kiddo's eligibility for services, and hard about how things have gone in the past, which some of those specialists were responsible for. But it's the only way we have a chance in hell of getting the stuff our kiddo needs.

Anyway, Mr. A and I left the meeting feeling horrible about the specialists who work with J-man. Hoping that we hadn't alienated or offended them and hoping that it wasn't going to affect the way in which they interact with him. (Well, he really only meets with one of them and that one only once a week, right now...but she loves him. And she's the only one in the room that I get any sense actually cares for him at all, including his teacher. Unfortunately, she's technically the one responsible for the document that we had major problems with (we know that her marching orders come from him, however.)

All that to say, I ran into her outside of school yesterday and told her that I hope we hadn't offended her when things got charged and that we really appreciate what she does with him and she said, "Oh, no, not at all. I think what you are doing is right. You absolutely have to do what is best for him. If you don't fight for him, who will?" So I'm feeling better about the fact that he's still having a good session with her once a week and that we might not have alienated the others as bad as we thought either. But who knows.

And the fact that we got his independent evaluation scheduled so quickly (this place normally books three months out, but had a last minute cancellation), I hope bodes well for us. The SEC is still being a douche, but I feel better knowing I really have a lot of choices available to me. I'm not averse to the homeschooling thing anymore and if we have to do that for 3rd, 4th and 5th, so be it. We'll give them a chance to help us with what we need, but if they can't or won't, we'll move on.

Mar 30th 2011

Thanks for the news, Anque. I do know what an occupational therapist is because my daughter goes to one.

You would never know from looking at my daughter or spending time with her that she has some physical problems. She was late walking, climbing stairs, and swinging. Even now has difficulty with things like climbing and balance. She will not go up high on things because she doesn't trust her balance and ability to jump off safely...and for good reason. She is six and still working on riding a tricycle. Her occupational therapist works with her on things like that.

We're not sure what it is she has...last year they tried to label her as having a non-verbal learning disability (which doesn't sound like what it is), and while some of the symptoms matched (difficulty riding a tricycle is almost diagnostic), a lot of the symptoms did not. So we aren't sure. She loves to dance, loves to swing, loves to climb...just is not sure of her body position in space, and can come off as clumsy sometimes.

The other day I came downstairs and she was jumping off the arm of the couch on to the cushions of the couch. I was thrilled because she never does things like that.

Mar 30th 2011

We're not sure what it is she has...

This is the same thing we have experienced. Our kiddo doesn't fit into the label of learning disabled or purely ADHD or even ODD or SED. I mean, he is learning disabled, but not in the way that New York State defines it. The trouble we're having at this point is that, because he doesn't fit a label, and because they don't recognize his learning difficulties, yet they are still having trouble with him in the classroom for various reasons, they are pushing hard to label him as a difficult "motivationally deficient" child, which is simply not true.

I don't really think that most of the kids out there 'fit' one label or the other. And yet we have to try to pigeon-hole them this way so we can get them services. It's frustrating.

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