(Copyright 1999. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

March 15, 1999

---11th in a Series---


Perfume, puddles and Whitman's sexuality

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999
I knew, mind you, I just knew that today was
going to be a bad day.  So, of course, the
feeling's confirmed. I go to my locker to put
my coat away and it's surrounded by a few
inches of water. "Good thing I wore my boots
today," I mutter to myself as I put the coat into
the locker. I head towards the science wing,
and this riveting or saw sound starts up and,
scares me into dropping my purse on the floor. 
Then the glass perfume sampler breaks in my
purse as it hits the cement floor. "Another
wonderful day at Bristol Eastern High!  I really
hope that Spanish is a bit better."
-- Leslie Marshall, junior, Bristol Eastern High School

Friday, Jan. 29, 1999
I was sitting in my world history class, and
coming down with a small case of hypothermia
(or that's how I was feeling at the time, at
least). It's the end of January and all of the
windows in our class were open. I asked if
someone could please just  close the window.
Before anyone could oblige, my teacher
informed us that she had been told to keep the
windows open, because the "air quality" in her
room wasn't very clean. Oh, but don't worry,
she said, we could wear our coats that day. I
sighed as I pulled my wool gloves over my
fingers while I tried to keep taking notes.
-- Suzanne Gregorczyk, freshman, Bristol
Central High School


Monday, Feb. 15, 1999
Construction on the new kitchen at E.C.
Goodwin Tech finally got under way on Nov.
22, five months later than originally planned.

I was back there about two weeks ago and
there is nothing left. All the walls were gone
and the floor was gone. They dug up the floor
to put in new pipes and grease traps. Last I
heard they were hoping to be finished by the
middle of May, though we won't use it until
next school year. The tenth grades stay in a
temporary kitchen preparing sandwiches or
foods that only has to be bake since all we
have in a convection oven. The eleventh
graders are working at UConn Medical Center
in Farmington and they are helping out at the
Bristol Technical Education Center.

Construction in the math center has been
completed. It looks great. The new math center
has a lot of computers that the students can get
math help on.

Before Christmas break the renovation of the
Auditorium began. It resumed in the middle of
January. It's about half finished and it looks
great so far. They still have to put in new
tables, chairs, and carpet and they have to
finish painting. Hopefully the auditorium won't
get trashed. Two years ago they renovated the
lavatories and they were trashed.
-- Marc Bramhall, junior, E.C. Goodwin
Technical School

Monday, Feb. 22, 1999
Got our English hallway back today. The teacher was
trembling. She was just so pleased to have a place to
PUT something.

Sadly, a great deal of the construction seems to be
unfinished, and we are still 
without floor tiles or ceilings. A small matter when
compared to the vast gaps between the walls and
ceilings through which one can clearly hear every
exhausted exhalation of every bored student in every
classroom on the hall. This and the everpresent
clanking and bellowing of constant rennovation in the
near distance....
 
Me: "SO, HERE WHITMAN IS RETURNING TO
THE IDEA OF THE PREVIOUS POEM,
EXPRESSING HIS TRANSCENDENTALISM!"
Teacher: "HIS ...WHAT?"
Me: "TRANSCENDENTALISM!"
Teacher: "WHAT?"
Me: "HIS SOCKS! HE'S TALKING ABOUT HIS
SOCKS!"
Teacher: "WHAT?"
Fellow student: "SO, LIKE, WHITMAN WAS GAY,
RIGHT?"
-- Joe Wilbur, junior, Bristol Eastern High School

Wednesday, March 3, 1999
Construction has advanced to the next level of doom.
The first sections of hallways -- the English halls --
are complete, and they moved onto the next step -- the
social studies corridor. What does this mean for
teachers and students? More headaches! Headaches
from an array of pungent odors. Headaches from
confused students roaming the halls. Headaches from
the cave-like echoing condition, the lack of ceiling and
floor tiles. You get the gist.

The classrooms themselves do look a tad bit different.
The heaters and other hardware were painted a gray-
bluish slate color. New windows were installed.
Electrical outlets were added. Teachers were assigned
new rooming buddies. And schedules have been
adjusted.

Construction obviously is inconvenient, but it has
become a fact of life. Hopefully, five, 10 years down
the road -- when construction is complete -- we'll
reflect and see it was all worth it. Okay, so not really,
but we can always hope.
-- Merissa Mastropiero, junior, Bristol Eastern High
School


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