Face Masks for the Fancy

Honeywell-brand face masks, er, Procedure Masks with Earloops, will not only prevent exposure to covid germs, but will also bring your vocabulary up a notch.

Instead of putting on and taking off the face mask, I mean, procedure mask, you don it and doff it. Classy words, if you ask me.

Hello, Alexander Graham Bell?

Nothing like an old school building to discover antique technology.

Feast your eyes on the old and the new, side by side (well, below and above).

These two telephones…what stories that would tell.

This Book is the Property of:

I came across this label in a classroom book the other day. Anyone old enough to remember school textbooks probably remembers these labels affixed to the inside flap:

I remember that we defaced that label wth extreme prejudice, although I cannot recall the exact phrases we invariably used…Maybe something like State: Mental; Province (can’t recall); County: Jail; Parish (can’t recall), etc.

I am curious as to the origin of the label. Why these categories and not others, such as “school number” or “name?

The Scream


Real screaming, real tantrum. Adjust speakers accordingly.

Imagine having to listen to this while you are teaching a class.

Barbecued Chicken

This is barbecued chcken thighs, plus vegetables, roll, etc.

What isn’t eaten is thrown away.


Individually wrapped, with a platter of tomato, lettuce, pickle, ketchup, mustard and more. Plus sweet potato in plastic cups and whole oranges.

What isn’t eaten is thrown away.

New Series: School Lunch

I am starting a new series, documenting School Lunches. This is fancy lunch, people, made fresh everyday in the school kitchen, boxed up to look like a big fat TV dinner, and served in the classroom. They come with sides and all the trimmin’s. And yes, the portions for the kindergartens are exactly the same as the portions for high schoolers.



Magneti’ Book is my new Favorite Toy

So simple and so good. Combine magnetic parts of vehicles to match the picture or to create a new wacky ride. The whole thing is in a fake book that can be put on the shelf!

Was this around when we were kids? I have never seen this before. The closest we had was Colorforms, which was too abstract and that vinyl plastic could never be put back correctly. I probably have the last copy of this toy in America: Janod is currently only delivering their toys to France and Belgium.

(And yes, I found this unopened, hidden in the back of a school storage closet.)

Penitentiary Blues, Continued

More gates, inside and out.

Table for one, please.

What a student eats.

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July 2021