Category Archives: Good Things

Good Things: James Tate

James Tate has been banned from the Shelton High School senior prom for taping cardboard letters to the side of the school. You can imagine what the letters spelled out. Something terrible. Horrendous, and vile. It’s so bad…I’ve been going back and forth all day on whether or not to post it on here. Please be warned: the picture below is extremely offensive.

AAAAAAGGGHH! Lock up your daughters!

So the “Headmaster” of Shelton High School, Dr. Beth Smith – hang on, why does a public school have a headmaster? That seems entirely unnecessary and just a teensy bit totally pretentious. Anyways, Dr. Beth Smith gave James Tate an in-school suspension for this. In-school suspension = you ain’t goin’ to prom.

May I add that the school was holding a contest on the most creative way to ask someone to prom?

May I also add that the two friends who went with James to hold the ladder were also banned from the prom?

Ridiculous. First of all, the school was encouraging creative and different ways to ask someone to prom. Did James vandalize school property? Nothing was damaged. If James Tate had spray-painted the invitation to the side of the school, we would understandably have a problem. But this wasn’t done with a malicious intent. This was done to win a contest, and to make Sonali feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Grounds for such a severe punishment? I think not.

I went to high school with this kid named Dan. I’m using his real name, because frankly, I don’t give a damn. He transferred to my school sophomore year. He was okay in the beginning, but it didn’t take long for me (and most other people) to see that he was a terrible, mean-spirited person. HE got to go to his senior prom. You know what he did there? He went up to the “bartender,” asked for a cup of straight grenadine, went up to a girl who was wearing a stunning white dress, and dumped it all over her. Dan was kicked out of the prom, and wasn’t allowed to attend any other senior activities, including graduation. Everyone stood by the administration because the punishment fit the crime. There aren’t many people standing by Shelton High’s administration, and that’s a Good Thing.

The numerous Facebook groups that were created to support James Tate are AMAZING. As of this moment, the “Let James Tate Go to the Prom” group has 173,343 “likes.” Click here to like the page. My best friend (who lives in Shelton) told me today that she’s seen “Team Tate” signs on people’s lawns. Even with this nation-wide support James Tate is receiving, Dr. Beth Smith is refusing to lift the ban. Something tells me Beth Smith never got asked to prom.

My source in Shelton told me today that a hotel in the area is sponsoring an alternate prom for the students. Local radio station 93.7 FM is DJing. Fuggin’ incredible. I love it. It’s so “Footloose.”

Dr. Beth Smith made an announcement that any student who asks for a refund of their Shelton High School prom tickets will be suspended. Apparently, a pair of prom tickets cost $180.

Trust me kids, it’s the best $180 you’ll ever lose.


5/14/2011: UPDATE – Dr. Beth Smith reversed her decision and is letting James Tate go to Prom. Click here for her press conference.


Good Things: Friends Who Have Interesting Lives

You know that friend who has a really interesting life and you thoroughly enjoy hearing about said life but would probably never have the guts to actually do anything they do? For me, that friend is Andrew. He just started a blog about the newest chapter in his life: moving to Prague to teach English as a second language. He takes lots of great pictures and talks about his adventures in what he described to me as the most “beer drinkingest” city in Europe.

  • Culture:
“The wonderful people at Vayama sent me an e-mail reminding me to make sure my passport and all that was in order as well as reserving my favorite seat or special meal. Along with this, they provided me with a link of some etiquette to keep in mind while in the Czech Republic. Some things that popped out to me:
1. Dress Attire – DON’T wear shorts unless you are partaking in sports or going swimming.
Not incredibly happy about this.
2. Table Manners – DO praise the food and ask for seconds, even if you’re stuffed.
Better find a gym once I’m over there.
3. Tipping – DO tip using cash. Putting the tip on your credit card is considered rude.
Gotta start carrying cash. Drag.
7. Socializing and Conversation – DO talk about sports, especially hockey or soccer. DON’T assume that whoever you are conversing with has religious beliefs. The Czech Republic is largely an atheist and agnostic country and proud of that fact.
Soccer and Atheism, sounds like my kinda place.
  • Food (Andrew is a vegetarian/dirty hippie):

“After seeing all the sights and sounds of the castle and old town, we stopped off at a beer garden where we parted ways with our tour guide. Had a few pivos [beers] and food. I had czech pancakes with veggies and potatoes. Really good. Some people got fish (and to my surprise, and I can only imagine theirs, got an entire fish. It was at least gutted and served with butter and lemon). Others got duck or chicken and got half a bird (literally half of a bird that was on a rotisserie and then cut in half and put on a plate). After seeing a few restaurants and the local grocery, something tells me I’ll be eating meat around here.”

  • Teaching English lessons:

“So after team teaching 2 lessons, I’ve learned a fair deal. First and foremost: I talk too fast (and probably too much). The first lesson went well. It was an intermediate class and they had a pretty good grasp on the english language. There were still some glares like “What is this stupid American saying?” and one woman actually told me that I talk too fast for them to understand. After. That. I. Tried. Really. Hard. To. Annunciate. Every. Word.”

  • The view from his flat:

Keep up with Andrew’s Prague Blog (Haha! That almost rhymes) here: Andy, You’re a Star: Adventures Abroad

Good Things: Discovering the Key to Playoff Happiness

So, the Bruins are in the playoffs. My fiance is a HUGE Bruins fan. I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries that the outcome of a Bruins game totally makes or breaks Tom’s mood. Currently, they are playing the Montreal Canadiens, and Tom DESPISES that team. When the Bruins lose to the Canadiens, it’s equal to someone ripping Tom’s heart out of his chest and eating it in front of him. The Bruins lost the first two games, both of which Tom watched out in the living room. He superstitiously decided to watch the third game in the bedroom, which they won, so last night, he HAD to watch it in the bedroom. They weren’t doing so well in the beginning. Usually, I avoid looking at/talking to Tom when his team is losing. It’s just not worth the possibility of dying. But last night, when I began to hear guttural noises (much like the sound a dying cow would make) coming from the bedroom after the Canadiens took a 1-0 lead, I decided to try something a little different. Continue reading Good Things: Discovering the Key to Playoff Happiness

Good Things: Living With a Boy

I have so many Good Things to say about living with a boy that it might have to be a two-parter.

This week, I noticed something strange. I hadn’t picked up any clothes off the floor in a while. Like…since Tuesday. It was obvious that Tom had actually read Bad Things: Living With a Boy (he doesn’t usually read my blog) and had taken it to heart, and was trying to be better about it, and it gave me the warm fuzzies, so I wrote him a little note. We don’t usually do that. We’re not a note-leaving couple. I wrote: Continue reading Good Things: Living With a Boy