CAT Tracks for November 30, 2010
POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE


WARNING, WARNING, WARNING...

What follows are "personal reflections" prompted by today's date.

As sole owner and operator of CAT Tracks...

(Are you getting tired of hearing that? Me too! Now that the political season is over, maybe I can drop the disclaimers...and move on. Well...maybe I'll play it safe...wait another month...make it a New Year's resolution...to KEEP!!!)

Anyway...

As sole owner and operator of CAT Tracks, I hereby claim a "Point of Personal Privilege" in the remarks that follow. The commentary below was originally in the "intro" to this posting. However, after further review, I decided to relocate it.

That allows those of you not interested in MY personal reflections (aka julieanewell.comish type stuff) to avoid the comments with ease...by leaving NOW!


POSTSCRIPT:

I actually thought about going to tonight's game...REALLY.

For old-time's sake...

Today would have been my 37th wedding anniversary.

In my youthful years, I spent some quality/quantity time on Cairo High School fan busses.

Yep...as Superintendent Swopes said in his WSIL interview, CHS DOES have a "history" of no home games. However, it's no great mystery as to why. The answer dates back to the first Cairo "arson era", which was complemented by the sounds and visions of nightly tracer fire across Washington Avenue.

However, as the idiom goes...

    It's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good).

Shy little ol' me and a hot, young school secretary by the name of Julie Jones were the regular chaperones, putting in hours and hours and hours of "seat time" on big yellow busses...headed to exotic destinations. We sat innocently side-by-side and talked, getting to know each other...all before our first official date. Exotic destinations? Hell, Julie and I once rode a Cairo High fan bus to Cuba! (Okay, okay...it was Cuba, Kentucky.)

Ahhh, memories...


Ahem...

Uh, I'm sorry...did I digress???


Anyway...

Yep, I actually thought about going to tonight's game.

But, then...

The Cairo Board of Education called a Special Meeting for tonight at 5 p.m.


Hmmm...

Guess the members of the Cairo Board of Education and the Superintendent aren't making the 130-mile school-night trek either.


PPS:

Another personal reflection...

I got my "start" in attending school board meetings back in those days...the early 1970s...back when the Cairo Board of Education met in one of the many "buildings that no longer exist in Cairo"...at the corner of Center Street and Washington Avenue, where the Laborers International Union building is now located. (My memory places me upstairs. The fading recollection puts the BOE meeting room in the attic of the building, but reason tells me that it was most likely the cramped, no-seats-provided, 2nd floor.)

Sooo...

As Madam CAT President and I take our accustomed, improvised seats on the hard steps of the Old Junior High Building...whilst the BOE members sit in their padded executive chairs, dine at taxpayer expense, and hold their "Committee of the Whole" meeting on collective bargaining, I can take consolation in another memory.

Because...

Yeah...Julie Jones was there!

Hell, yeah!!!


The views expressed above are NOT the official position of the Cairo Association of Teachers.