Going to try and post every few weeks some quick hits. Things that are interesting (to me, at least) but perhaps too small for a single post.
Things that would have got me expelled if done today:
Last day of senior year, several of us graduating seniors were running around the school with squirt guns. Back in the day they were small, bright green or orange and in no way resembled anything like a real gun. Still, not really allowed in school, even in the late 80’s. So while waiting for our Humanities class to begin, my buddy jumps up and shoots at me across the room. JUST as the teacher walks in. This teacher was kinda a jerk teacher, real hard ass. So he sees this and yells out “Mr. Jansen, just WHAT do you think you are doing?”, then sits down at his desk and just stares at my friend. The silence is deafening. He then leans back and puts his hands behind his head, gets an evil grin on his face and begins to speak. “I should send you down to the Dean, which means you would get ISS and not be able to graduate tonight with the rest of your classmates. My reputation almost calls for me to do that”. Then comes the dagger, “Instead, I won’t. IF, and only if, you stand up here in front of the class and sing ‘I’m a Little Teapot'”.
The look on my friend’s face was a combination of joy at being able to graduate, fear at this attempt at public humiliation and puzzlement and this weird change of character from the teacher. “Come on, get up here and let’s have at it”, the teacher said. Slowly my friend stands up but he is frozen in place. Suddenly 2 of our classmates said they would go up there and sing it with him, and ran up and grabbed him by the arms, led him to the front of the class, where the began to sing. “You need to do the animation as well, don’t forget!”, chimed in the teacher. So on our last day of senior year, my buddy and 2 of our cheerleader classmates stood that the front of Humanities singing “I’m a Little Teapot”. Oh what I would have given for there to have been cell phones with cameras at that time…