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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