(Copyright 1999. All rights reserved.)

The Tattoo

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

March 29, 1999

---12th in a Series---

Can you say 'smoke and fumes' in Italian?

Friday, March 12, 1999
There I was in study hall, thinking about how I would
kill to be in Reece Witherspoon's position in her new
movie, with the slight buzzing from the
construction in the background, when all of a sudden
my daydreaming was interrupted by a construction
worker with a strong accent.

--- "Have any of you seen any loose wires around
here?" he asked the half-sleeping class.
--- "Well, there is a wire hanging from the ceiling by
the music hallway," I replied.
--- "Oh, that's nothing," he said. "Anyone else? ... OK,
thank you."

As I tried to go back to daydreaming, I couldn't help
thinking to myself: "Since when are wires hanging
from the ceiling not a hazard?"

Well, there goes this construction again, proving
another hazard wrong.  And I thought loose wires and
asbestos were hazardous. Silly me.  Oh well, I
wonder when the lunch bell is gonna ring.
-- Irene Sitilides, freshman, Bristol Central High

Monday, March 15, 1999
So, they opened up the "refinished" hallways. Believe
it or not, I was actually expecting to see some
improvement! Silly me.

I was disappointed to see that some of the floors still
had no tiles; there were no new lockers, they were
simply painted over; there were no ceilings, only a
few tiles scattered here and there to hang light fixtures
from. There aren't even WALLS in one of the rooms,
only a huge partition to separate the classes.

Believe me, it's hard enough to concentrate on what
your own teacher is saying without having to listen to
someone else's lesson, as well.
-- Natalie Minor, freshman, Bristol Eastern High

Wednesday, March 17, 1999
Today I was on my way to my science class, which
happens to be on the second floor,  when I saw a
woman going down the hall looking rather lost. I
slowed down to see if i could be of any help.

Woman: "Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to
the other classes on this floor?"

Me: "Well, all the connector hallways are closed
down, so you have to go all the way down to the
basement, across this hall and back up the stairs."

Woman: "Huh?"

Me:(sigh) "Hold on, I'll walk you there, I know it's
-- Suzanne Gregorczyk, freshman, Bristol Central
High School

Wenesday, March 24, 1999
Italian test. There are no rules. He says there are no
rules. You just have to KNOW. An electrical cracking
from the PA system"

"Um, students and teachers, you may notice some
smoking in the area of room 127. We've just asked
them to stop welding and we will properly vent the
area. No need for concern."

Next to me, the blonde in the Grateful Dead t-shirt
halts her struggle with the subject/verb agreement long
enough to grumble.

She: "Yeah, sure. It's chemical. I was there, man. It
was all over the place. 'Properly vent the area?'
Nobody gives a damn."

Italian teacher: "In Italian, Gina."

Me: "I do. I give a damn. There are damns to be

Teacher: "In Italiano, Guissepe."

She: "Well, what are you going to do about it?"

Teacher: "In Italiano, Gina."

Me (to teacher): "How do you say 'hold my breath and
weep' in Italiano?"
-- Joe Wilbur, junior, Bristol Eastern High School

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