Dude, we totally talked about this last night!

I’m starting my second year of duty as a student conduct hearing officer at UCF, and all hearing officers attended day long training this past saturday. Its pretty long and tedious for the most part, but I heard a funny story from a colleague, and I probably shouldn’t share it due to confidentiallity and all, but here goes. No names or dates included.

Dude!Students are required to represent themselves in hearings, although they are allowed to bring in witnesses or advisors if they wish. This one student was charged with possession and consumption of cannabis, and he brought in his roommate to help explain how the marijuana wasn’t his, he never used drugs, he didn’t know everyone who was at his apartment that night etc. But the first thing the witness said to the hearing panel was “yeah, we were all smoking weed that night”. He completely ratted him out. The charged student was incredulous and flustered. The hearing officer and the conduct staffer were trying like crazy to repress their amusement. And then the charged student said, “Dude, …”

Hiba is here

Our 15 year old exchange student from Lebanon has arrived and has started 11th grade at Winter Park High. She is charming and bright. Her religious practices are requiring some adjustments in our household life, but its all minor. She’s getting accustomed to our american diet, and is introducing some middle eastern fare to us. There is a halal grocer very close to our house, and they special ordered and cut some beef flank steak for me, which we grilled and enjoyed last night.

I’ve asked for permission to post some photos of our guest, but I’m not pressing the issue.

TSA Announces

Snake Threat Level Change for the Aviation Sector

NO SNAKES OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERMITTED ON A PLANE. SNAKES ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED IN CHECKED BAGGAGE. This includes all pythons, boas, rattlesnakes, vipers, mambas, adders, and other known species of snakes.
Complete announcement here.

Exception: some limited amounts of snakes may be allowed if Samuel L. Jackson is traveling

When in Iowa, don’t forget to duck

This old Dave Barry column was rerun this weekend by the Miami Herald.

(This classic DAVE BARRY column was originally published on Aug. 20, 1995.)

If you’re looking for a vacation travel destination that blends excitement with huge amounts of corn, I strongly recommend Iowa. I recently spent a few days there, and I can honestly say that it was comparable to experiences I’ve had in sophisticated, prestige travel destinations such as Paris, in the sense that I was not once engulfed by hog manure.

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Hiba is on her way

Our Lebanese student is on her way. Sources report to us that she along with a whole batch of state department sponsored exchange students were airlifted out of Lebanon to Cyprus. They were restricted to a 15 kg luggage limit (about 33 lbs).

She should arrive in Orlando via Washington DC as scheduled this coming saturday 8/12!! We need to hustle to get the rooms ready.

technology aggravation

I’m a big fan of technology, and I love it when things work well just like they are supposed to! (The GPS unit we took on our roadtrip is a great example). But its aggravating when technology malfunctions. Here’s two similar stories;

1. We bought a new Whirlpool range and oven unit for our kitchen remodel last summer. Although the stovetop burners are controlled by conventional mechanical dials, the oven is controlled by an electronic panel, and it stopped working about 6 months ago. We had to arrange appointments for diagnosis and repair, and a new panel had to be ordered, and we were without the use of an oven for 2 or 3 weeks. Upon our recent return from vacation, to our dismay, its acting up again, and we cannot get the oven to turn on. The good news is that our purchase date was August 7 2005, and we called them yesterday, August 6, 2006, to request service under our 1 year warranty. The bad news, is we’ll be without an oven for a few weeks.

2. Last christmas, I treated myself to a $350 fishfinding sonar unit for my boat, with integrated temperature and water speed gauge. It was a big job to mount it on the boat and run all the wiring and seal it up, and it worked well for a while. Then the electronic display started acting haywire, and I called the company, got an RMA number (return materials authorization) and shipped it off to the factory in Tulsa OK. They replaced it with a new unit, but it took 3-4 weeks to get the new unit back. Now the new unit is acting up. Its not obviously an electronic problem, it just tends to shut down intermittently and will not turn back on. I strongly suspected a problem with my wiring and installation, but I got a pinout diagram off the internet, and took an electrical meter along on my most recent fishing trip. Sure enough, after a few hours on the water it shut down. I checked with the electrical meter, and the power supply was strong and constant. So today I called the factory and got another RMA to send this one in for repair or replacement. sheesh.