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February 25, 2008 11:17 AM

So on Friday my truck decided that it had had enough and now the transfer case works in 4wd but makes a noise like ice in a blender in 2wd. It’s going to cost probably a grand at least if I have somebody else do it but if I wait until after we’ve moved and I have the space in the garage to get it done myself I can likely knock that down to below $500. I’ve decided to wait until after we move.

So long story short we’re a one-car family until we close on the house and I can get my truck fixed. (Or the weather gets above 40 degrees consistently and I can ride the bike.)

This situation is of course causing me no end of issue with my schedule. I’m used to getting to work at or around 6 a.m. and today I got there at 6:45 a.m. - almost a full hour later. My wife is none too thrilled with the situation either. Worse yet I have to leave work at the time I normally do because I have to pick up my daughter.

On top of this I’m dealing with the fallout from a network migration at the office, I can’t seem to find a truck rental place that has a truck with a lift-gate except for business rentals, I came into work this last weekend without taking a day off during the week so I’ve got that “never leave work” feeling, my body is not getting enough sleep nor the right food, the weather looks like it’ll be crappy for the move, and I _still_ haven’t gotten my office boxed at home let alone anything else.

Did I miss anything? Oh yeah - I haven’t done my taxes yet and can’t find the interest statements from the bank and credit union.

On top of all this SEDOM is talking about putting my daughter in a “life skills” class next year. This is basically a “burger flipper” class in my book and I refuse to accept that. We will continue to focus on academics and speech and OT even if I have to beat the hell out of somebody (metaphorically speaking that is) to make it happen.

I mean WTF are they thinking? She’s finally breaking through on her language stuff and awareness! She even made an origination at school the other day that she hated P.E. ! (Most geeks do.) She NEEDS INTERACTION TO LEARN. The “life skills” class is NOT going to give her that. The “autism” class is not going to give her that.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again - they’ve forgotten who the parents are. And while most parents would likely be more than willing to hand that much control off to the schools I and my wife are not.

Unfortunately they are dissolving the existing class so we have to figure out where she’s going to go. She’s potty trained so she _could_ be mainstreamed but I’m not sure she could handle that yet. (Let me rephrase that - I have no doubt my daughter would be able to adapt but it’s would be a seriously steep hill for her to climb right now.)

I wonder what the other parents think. Maybe I should contact anybody else who has a child in that class or at SEDOM and take a poll to find out how SEDOM is doing overall. That could turn out to be ugly but I might just do that.

Regardless I can’t just sit on this. Even with all the other things going on this, and the monthly mortgage payment, are by far the two highest things on my list to make sure get taken care of on a regular basis.

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Feb. 26th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Life skills and burger flipping definitely aren't the same thing; good for you for not letting them railroad her. My nephew has Asperger's, and we had a hell of a time keeping him in classes that would actually do him some good. The system's attitude seems to be 'why work on them when we could just streamline them into the welfare system'... idiots...
Feb. 26th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
The problem is that with these people it's a slippery slope. And to them "life skills" means "burger flipper" even if they don't say it. And for my money it's parents that should be teaching life skills anyway not schools.

*sigh* I had a hell of a time growing up in school. People, doctors, teachers, almost ever one of them said I would never be able to do anything. In my mind I have proven that wrong. (Though I seem to have some need to re-prove it constantly.)

And I see that going on with my daughter now. Part of me, a small part, wants to just mainstream my daughter and let her hit the gradient full-on. But as a parent I can't in good conscience do that. She'd grow up far too bitter and that's a tough trap to escape. (Even now I'm just getting past the worst of it.)

As you correctly surmised we're likely in for the fight of our lives to keep her on an academic track and if the only way to do that is mainstreaming her then we'll deal.

Moving to the new house will help as we'll (hopefully) be better organized and we're going to have an actual library/study area. :-)

That and I'm going to get her away from the TV if it kills me.

*phone rings*

Hello? Mom? What are you calling me this time of night for? Oh. Yes I do recognize the irony of the last statement. Thanks for pointing that out for me. You too. Good night!


Feb. 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
My senior high had a life skills class that was a decent idea - it covered balancing a checkbook, understanding contracts, figuring out what politicians were actually saying (ok, so they weren't very good at that one, but they tried), learning to recognize scams like bait-and-switch. Of course, it was a mainstream class, altho they did tend to "encourage" anyone who wasn't getting C's or better to take it. A class like that is a good backup to what parents should be teaching their kids, and I really think it should be taught to everyone.

but then, I also think everyone should have to work a service job (like waiting tables) for at least 6 months before they're allowed to graduate/drink/drive/vote/all of the above...
Feb. 26th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I can't argue that those classes aren't a good thing - for students that don't already have a learning issue.

And having done pizza, auto parts sales and delivery, and in-house computer service, among many other things, I can totally understand why people should have a service job at least once in their life. And yes probably before they are allowed to vote/drink/drive/graduate. :-)
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