Washington continues to bail on U.S.!

Here’s a promise I’m keeping. I’m through defending President Obama from the attacks of my conservative friends. This doesn’t mean I agree with “them,” but I’m not convinced what’s happening is in the best interests of the country. Actually, both parties are to blame for a lack of bi-partisan efforts to keep the U.S. afloat. But, as my dear departed mother once said of “W,” “we’ve had worse presidents and our country has still survived.” To quote the MC5, “Are you gonna be part of the problem or part of the solution. Kick out the jams (brothers and sisters).”

GV football goes baseball-istic to beat Saginaw Valley in finale

ALLENDALE ¬— The Detroit Tigers pitching staff would have been impressed with the Grand Valley State University football team.
The Lakers used a three-strikes-and-you’re-out strategy to turn a close game into a 49-34 win over Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday.
Grand Valley improved to 9-2 by winning the regular-season finale and greatly enhanced its chances of getting into the Division II playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Grand Valley’s most important series of plays happened when they “struck out” Saginaw Valley with three touchdowns in about nine minutes.
Strike one: Leading 28-27 after Saginaw’s Norman Shuford (22 carries, 88 yards) scored on a 1-yard run with 9 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Erik Thompson returned the kickoff 76 yards for a 35-27 margin.
Strike 2: Little-used tight end Alton Voss blocked and recovered Saginaw Valley’s next punt attempt and Kirk Spencer scored on a 24-yard shovel pass on Grand Valley’s very next play.
Strike 3: Grand Valley’s Isiah Dunning sacked Saginaw Valley quarterback Jonathon Jennings at the Grand Valley 23 late in the third quarter, then Robinson capped an eight-play drive with a 1-yard run with 14:51 to play in the game.
That was the drive where tight end Jamie Potts showed his baseball prowess. The left fielder on the Grand Valley baseball team caught a pass one-handed that moved the ball to the 4-yard line.
“(The cornerback) kind of had my right arm locked up (aka holding) and I saw that the ball was thrown pretty deep, so I couldn’t adjust to it much,” Potts said. “I just stuck it out there and luckily it went into my hand.
“I thought I had the easy part. (Quarterback) Heath (Parling) was putting the ball where I needed it to be and I had a little bit of a size advantage, so it wasn’t too hard.
“It’s kind of like catching a baseball,” Potts said. “That’s good practice for me.”

You’re never too old to learn, I guess

I may have been under the mistaken impression that I was pretty smart.
I mean, I’m a guy (not that that has anything to do with it) with a college education, I’ve worked in retail grocery, as a professional journalist and, for the past 16 years or so, as a teacher’s aide in a Special Education classroom.
I don’t know what my IQ is, but according to some on-line tests I’ve taken, it should be somewhere in the 130s, perhaps as high as 140. OK, I’m not MENSA qualified, but I am pretty smart.
Or so I thought until Friday morning/afternoon when I was at a job site with my special education students.
I had four of them with me in one of our high-school cafeterias and I went into the kitchen area to see how two of them — we’ll call them Alice and Karen — were doing with the dishes.
Alice was washing the dishes and Karen was transferring those same dishes from the hot rinse water to the lukewarm water that contained sanitizer. Karen, however, was not taking the soaked dishes out of the sanitizer sink as she was putting newer ones in, so the top couple of stainless steel serving platters were not completely immersed in the sink.
I looked at her and said, “Those have to be submerged, otherwise they won’t get sanitized.” She looked at me with a kind of “Huh?” look which made me realize “submerged” might have bee too big of a word for her to comprehend.
Restating my first remark, I said: “They have to be underwater to be completely clean.” Again, I was greeted with a blank stare. Perhaps she thought I said they have to be IN the water. The misunderstanding was OK because the dishes WERE in the water.
It wasn’t but a couple of seconds later, Alice yelled at Karen, “PUSH THEM DOWN!” So she did.
The kitchen helper, Chloe, just started laughing. And I did, too.
Yes, it was pretty funny. This 61-year old, college educated guy who is supposed to be teaching his students how to do every-day chores, just got schooled by a 19-year old, special-needs student.
I am humbled.