So, there are a few things I need to talk to someone about. You are nominated.
1. I took dear son to the book store to acquire the new Riordan (The Lightning Thief series author) book last night -- I can't resist it when my kids ask for books. When he got home with his book and opened it up, out dropped a hall pass from a local high school. The only way I can imagine that it got in there is if someone bought the book, read it (at school) and returned it to the store. For shame.
That just puts my intellectual property panties in a bunch, you know? You want a new book badly enough to read it? Then own it. Pay for it or wait for a copy to come available at the library. Now, Dear Son's got a second hand book for which we paid full price -- tho I have to admit, whoever bogarted this book did keep it in pristine condition. Still...
2. There is a local hullabaloo brewing concerning Dear Daughter's high school. The Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O'Fallon MO founded her school 127 some odd years ago in this neighborhood and have run a school for girls there ever since. Now, with out any novices for several years with a median age in the 70's, their numbers are dwindling. They are looking for a viable way to keep the school and their commitment to our city alive while their order fades into the past. And I'm thankful for that.
They are running a capital campaign the first phase of which provides an endowment for future scholarships for girls in need and renovation for the current main building, built in 1957. That phase is for like 7 million dollars, of which we've raised like 1.5 million. The second phase calls for razing a 127 year old building and replacing it with a more useful facility. These gals have used their best practice and decided that this is a course they'd like to pursue in the future. Neighborhood nay-sayers have come out against the project, specifically the plan to raze this 127 year old building. In a nutshell, I say that no building is worth losing the education of even one girl.
I'm angry at their attempts to stick a spoke in this effort to keep this school here in our neighborhood. The naysayers, to my knowledge, don't have and have never had children attend this school. And they'd be the first in line to bitch and moan if the property were to become blighted in the end because the sisters ran out of money to run the school at all...
3. Finally, the Wall Street Journal today ran an article about Walmart and Target and their toy pricing for the holidays. Apparently, Target had been able to undercut Walmart's prices on some toys, so Walmart has reduced prices to just beneath Target's to induce Holiday shoppers to come to Walmart for these deals, and perhaps shop for other things as well.
All I have to say is that $1.44 on a Recording Studio Barbie is not nearly enough savings to induce me to change from Target to Walmart. Not even in the ball park. I have a Walmart prejudice. So sue me.
Two FO's today. No pictures because it gets dark just after lunchtime now and the light was terrible. One is a cowl which I cast on for on Wednesday. One was a scarf I started a year ago and it just needed ends woven in. I'm putting both in my win column, no matter the knitting time frame.