Burger Girl Survived The Storm, She Is A-Ok! #Firefly2015

Miracle of miracles.  Burger Girl got out of the evacuation of 2015 safely, but we are all very concerned about one thing.  A commenter on my blog wrote the following:

I hope she remembered to turn off the grill.  Now I’m worried.

Yes, nothing raises the eyebrows more than thinking about 90,000 drunk and stoned festival attendees rushing from a huge field onto a bridge over a major highway.

We evacuated. People are still leaving. We are sitting in my car safe and sound. No worries! Thank you all for the love. Circuits are very overwhelmed with the large number of people trying to call loved ones.

Apparently Burger Girl and some other “campers” as she likes to call them (I call them “grillers”) were last seen wandering around the streets of Dover and wound up at… yes, another place with grills:

I brought my fellow campers to one of my favorite all-nite Dover places: Hollywood Diner.

You can take the grill away from the girl, but you can’t take the girl out of a grill.  But did she turn off the old one????

As the sun rises on a new day, and the already muddy Firefly turns into something that will be a lot of fun in pictures today, we must not forget what got us there in the first place.  Fathers.  If there were no fathers, we wouldn’t be able to do anything.  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.

Okay, shameless plug there.

I’m just glad Burger Girl thought of the important things as she was leaving:

On my way out I stopped to grab ice so we could chill our wine. This is what my friend texted me when i told her: “In the midst of a high risk evacuation massacre we know we can count on you!!! “

Ice.  Very important.  But did she turn off the grill?

She did manage to get some pictures before the grill abandonment last night:



I wonder how much cleansing she got last night.  Cause we know Burger Girl got to her car pretty fast, along with several campers.  She was drinking heavily (the wine) and went out to eat (Hollywood Diner).  We shall find out today as the story concludes on the last day of Firefly 2015.  And the mud will fly!  And who is the woman in green?  Another burger flipper or one of the friendly cashiers?

If Delaware Legislators Don’t Pass Opt Out Bill They Must Not Care What Parents Think, #supportHB50


In one week, 144 hours to be exact, the Delaware House Education Committee will meet at 2:30pm to discuss House Bill 50, the controversial parent opt-out bill.  This is a crucial moment for Delaware education.  Sponsored by State Rep. John Kowalko and State Senator Dave Lawson, House Bill 50 would honor a parent’s right to opt out of the state assessment without penalty to the student or the school.

The Chair of the House Education Committee meeting, Earl Jaques, is very much against parent opt out.  Last month, he publicly said opt-out is admitting your children are failures and can’t measure up.  He apologized to special needs parents for his comments, but not every parent.  As if special needs students are the only ones opting out.  While I laid off on my attempt to have him removed as the Chair of the House Education Committee, I have not forgotten his public insult to every Delaware parent and student considering opting out.

Governor Markell is working overtime trying to come up with new schemes to thwart the parent opt-out movement.  With the assistance of Jaques and other legislators, he introduced a measure to reduce the amount of “other” standardized testing students have to take while ignoring the plain simple fact that many parents hate and loathe the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  It’s not just because its based on the Common Core State Standards, it is because the test is designed in such a way that many students will do poorly on it.  This allows those in the corporate education reform movement to continue to invade our schools with the “fixes” our schools need.  While they walk away with a tidy profit.  Markell and the Delaware DOE are committed to these “reforms” for our schools.

If this bill does not pass the House Education Committee, it will show that the majority of our Delaware legislators do not believe in choice for parents.  Only when it comes to charter schools.  Because at the end of the day, that is what this boils down to: parents choosing the best possible educational outcome for their children.  And the Smarter Balanced Assessment is NOT even close to being good for our children.  Or our teachers, schools and our community.

I need every active opt out parent in Delaware to do their best to come to this meeting on Wednesday April 22nd at 2:30pm at Legislative Hall in Dover.  While this is a very inconvenient time for most parents, take your child out of school early and bring them.  Public comment will be available.  If your child is up for it, let them speak about the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  This is the moment in Delaware when we can take back control of education in Delaware.  This is the time when we tell Governor Markell, Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the Delaware DOE that they do not control our children’s lives and the state does not own them.

We need the House Education Committee to pass this legislation so our schools can consistently and openly respect parent choice.  Capital and Christina have already passed similar resolutions, and Red Clay could be next.  We will find out the answer to that tonight at their board meeting.  State Rep. Kim Williams opted her son, a junior in high school, out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  I am sure she has received a ton of heat for this decision from Markell and other legislators, but the amount of respect she has earned is beyond measure.

This is the House Education Committee, and I would get busy now emailing them asking them for their support of this important legislation.  Cause I can guarantee, many parents will remember their vote when they are up for reelection!

Chair: Earl Jaques: Earl.Jacques@state.de.us

Vice-Chair: Kim Williams: kimberly.williams@state.de.us

Michael Barbieri: michael.barbieri@state.de.us

Stephanie Bolden: StephanieT.Bolden@state.de.us

Timothy Dukes: Timothy.Dukes@state.de.us

Debra Heffernan: debra.heffernan@state.de.us

Kevin Hensley: Kevin.Hensley@state.de.us

Harvey Kenton: Harvey.Kenton@state.de.us

Sean Lynn: Sean.Lynn@state.de.us

Sean Matthews: sean.matthews@state.de.us

Joseph Miro: joseph.miro@state.de.us

Edward Osienski: Edward.Osienski@state.de.us

Charles Potter: Charles.Potter@state.de.us

Michael Ramone: Michael.Ramone@state.de.us

In the meantime, please show your support by sharing this article everywhere, on Twitter with hashtag #supportHB50 or on Facebook by posting this to all your friends and anywhere you can think of where it can make a difference.  Talk to parents at your child’s school or at extracurricular activities.  Contact your relatives and loved ones in Delaware to help support this.  The children of Delaware need YOU!