No. 2 Pencils only

First day of a standardized test for my sophomores, ah, that brings back the memories. Hunched over a desk, painful indentations in the side of you finger, and the little bubbles you had to fill in perfectly or garner eternal-damnation. Those were the times.

As I’m reading the directions to my seventh period class, there is a constant stream of reiteration playing in my head from my own standardized tests in elementary school. I kept on thinking, “Wuzzle means to mix” “Balu is a bear”.

I remember those distinctly as the preamble to a set of questions, such as, “what does wuzzle mean?”

Why do the tentacle of long past memories dangle on like that? Is there a purpose those images will serve?

Well, see… now I have Tail Spin stuck in my head.

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About Wellsy

Chris is a twenty-something Special Education teacher and Football coach in a little town south of Eugene, Oregon. Chris happily lives with his beautiful wife and his terribly uncoordinated Grate Dane named Moose. Chris has been known to travel, like reading, wanting more time to writing, be in the outdoors more, and generally not befoul the world.

Posted on April 17, 2008, in the past and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I totally remember those two as well. You would think that they could come up with new ones each year but they were always the same.

    da da da tail spin!

  2. Do you actually have tail spin stuck in your head, or just: duh duh duh tailspin!?

  3. Well, there’s the “oh ah oh ah oh” part, the part where he throws the pineapple through the propeller (don’t try at home) at the bad guy, and then the “duh duh duh… tailspin”.

    I’m more complex than just a one part of a cartoon theme song type of guy, come on.

  4. duh duh duh tailspin!

  5. Well great. Now *I* have TaleSpin stuck in my head!

    And do kids today even know what a #2 pencil is? All their new-fangled computers and their XBoxes, and their pokey-mans…

    GET OFF MY LAWN!

    -= Chris

  6. I never realized how gross “no.2 pencil” can sound until just now…

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