Last week saw the end of an era. The fountain in the center of town was removed. Sad. My kids spent many summer days romping in the water and dancing around the fountain during summer concerts in the park or afternoons gatherings. I have no idea how old the fountain was. I have no idea why it was removed. I do know that times change. When we moved here there was a giant slide, large swings, and a merry-go-round. Slowly, one-by-one, each of these former icons of American parks have disappeared. I blame lawyers. In a few generation slides and swings may be extinct. All those fun things I used to play with will be gone. At least they are replacing it with a splash pad and some other new expensive water feature.
I worked all day Friday from 7 am until 12:40 am on a Senior project. A girl brought in Pure Rebellion, a faith based ministry, for her senior project. It was an ok. experience. For the most part. There are just so many pros and cons to renting out the auditorium for travelling shows and community people and the school district has not completely thought it through.
Strange. They weren't very good at following rules. The principle said they couldn't advertise on school property and they did. They would even put up more posters when posters were taken down. They didn't seem to have a respect that they were in a school and that school was in session. They didn't fill out all the things they would need on the rental agreement so we were scrambling to find what they wanted .. or they would wonder around the school and just take what they wanted as if the fact that they were renting the auditorium meant that everything in the school was available to them. But most disturbing was the lack of wishing to follow the law regarding occupancy.
I also felt like they were not very honest for being Christian people... oh and they had horrible language. The things they said while they were tearing things down did not reflect followers of Christ or what they had just preached to 650 people in the auditorium for the past 3 hours. I told them I that although I was contracted for $400 dollars that I would accept $350 IF they were out by 11 pm. They were not. I left the building at 12:40 am. I got home and read the check. He handed me $350. Grr. They could have at least paid the $400 of the contract since they didn't get out in a timely manner. My friend Jeff was not happy. He is insisting that they pay up! I had to attend an extra meeting to discuss all the issues with the district. It will be interesting to see what they choose to do to protect the assets. I'd just like to be done with them.