Archive for February, 2008

What a Crazy Day!!

February 15, 2008 1 comment

Forney High School was evacuated Friday morning after a bomb threat was called into the sheriff’s office, a representative at the Forney ISD said.

Authorities swept the campus and reported at 11:40 a.m. that no bomb had been found, said Jennie Moore, a school district spokewoman.

Students were relocated to the middle school as authorities swept the campus, Ms. Moore said.

Parents who picked up their children will return them to classes, and remaning students will be transported back to high school for the remainder of the day, Ms. Moore said.

About 1,700 students attend the high school.

[From Students returning to Forney High after bomb threat | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News ]

Trey called me this morning about 10:00am. When I saw his name on the phone I thought, “What did you forget this time?” But it was a different kind of call. He told me about the bomb threat and how they evacuated the school and taken them all to the Middle School. And now they were told if they had phones to call their parents to come and get them. So I said okay and promptly left to do so. I drove to the Middle School before being told that I had gone to the wrong one. We have two now. The newest one will officially open in August. That is the one where they were held and was, of course, clear on the other side of town. After sitting in line about an hour on the only road that goes by the school, I was able to park and join the throng of parents waiting for their kids.

And wait we did. We were instructed to write our child’s name on a list which would be used to inform the student that their ride was present. The problem was that the kids were in two different locations and were really loud and not able to hear their names when they were called. I was standing outside in the wind and constantly dropping temperatures for two hours. It was starting to get ugly. People nerves were shot, they were cold and most (including me) could not understand what the huge hold-up was. These kids were 14-18 years old. How about letting the out on the football field and let parents find their child and then verify ID with someone as they leave? Anything would be better than what actually happened.

I don’t really have the answer. It seems that the school did a great job evacuating and getting the kids to safety. With that many kids – not a easy job to say the least. I am thankful that they had a plan and the plan worked. But did they have a plan for the release of the students. I don’t think so. At least, it didn’t seem well thought out. Maybe that should be the next thing they work up.

The article appeared in the Dalls Morning News but is not exactly correct. I seriously doubt anyone who picked up the child took them back to the school. I know I didn’t. Not after standing in the cold for two hours. Happy Bomb-threat Day, Trey. You have the rest of the day off. By the time we actually left the Middle School there was only 2 hours of school left anyway. It seemed kind of pointless to me.

Categories: Current Affairs

Yes! There are pictures in that post.

February 7, 2008 1 comment

I know it is hard to believe but I finally got some pictures included. I have had the hardest time getting this blog done this week. This cruise was not just a vacation for us but a training conference with FamilyLife concerning the awesome marriage conference that we volunteer with every year. So we have been quite busy all week with sessions and eating and trying to enjoy the different locations and just the beauty of it all. I found that I didn’t have a lot of time to post the way I wanted. But now I have managed to get my pictures on Flickr for everyone to enjoy. So, have at it! Let us know if you like them or not. Click on the Flickr badge to the right to see all of them.

Categories: Travel

Back in Galveston

February 3, 2008 Leave a comment

After a long week on the high seas… well, not long enough really, we have returned to the states. What a trip we had! This ship and crew were great. Our first cruise was a rousing success. I am amazed at the order and efficiency of getting 3,000 people off of the ship. They really have it down. Rhonda and I have talked about bringing the boys on a cruise next time. Maybe to celebrate Trey’s graduation? It might take that long to save enough for it. Although, it isn’t as expensive as it might seem.

Rhonda and I really didn’t expect to go through this week and not gain any weight. We walked a mile at least once a day and most days were able to walk two miles on treadmills and the jogging track that wound around the smokestack. That doesn’t count all of the extraneous walking we did all over the ship and on excursions. We also used the stairs about 90% of the time. Even so, I gained 7 pounds and Rhonda gained 5 pounds. Hopefully, it will only take a week or so to get rid of it. And then, back to our weight loss goals.

Thanks to all who have shared this trip with us. We hope that we have warmed you up on some really chilly days with our posts and pictures. Oh, yeah… the pictures? Stay tuned.

Categories: Travel

Oh Maya, it’s all in ruins!

February 1, 2008 Leave a comment

We chose to go to Tulum during our stop in Cozumel. It was going to be a all-day trek but one that we heard was great. When the ship pulled into port off we were off to a nearby ferry which took us on a 45 minute ride to mainland Mexico. We arrived at Playa del Carmen, a beautiful coastal city which we would love to spend more time in sometime. From there we walked about a mile to board busses that would take us on the hour ride to the Mayan Ruins at Tulum.

It is really amazing how advanced the Mayans were. Whether it is the building and precise placement of temples that allowed for the proper acoustics to amplify the voice of the Grand Poobaa Head Priest to be heard by 60,000+ people or the fact that their calendar has been found to be more accurate than the one we use, it is just amazing. These people lived 3.000 years before Christ was born. Some consider them to be o ne of the lost tribes of Israel. Some consider them to be from another world. Yeah, ET was apparently here long before the movie. Who knows? Our guide was great. He told us his grandmothers were both full blood May an and he was very passionate about the tour. This was the only Mayan temple that was built on a beach. It was beautiful. It was just a great day.

Because of technical problems on the ship, we actually arrived at Cozumel an hour late. We were told that the tour would not be affected. I don’t guess it was. But we had to go straight from the busses back to the ferry back to the ship. No shopping in Cozumel for us. In fact, we didn’t even really see Cozumel. Just the pier. As it was, we arrived back at the ship 15 minutes after the posted time to shove off. They were waiting for us (about 250 people) and as soon as we were all aboard the door was closed and the familiar rumbling and vibrating starting indicating the ships engines had been engaged. Good thing we were with a Carnival excursion. We might still be in Cozumel. But we made it. And now we are on our way back home.

Categories: Travel