Earlier this school year, I railed against the idiots in our school district, the ones who decided to take out perfectly good playgrounds and replace them with deathtraps. Deathtraps which, when finally installed and opened weeks after school was in session, were quickly closed because of the number of injuries sustained in mere days of their reopening. I sent emails to the superintendent and school board. I met with the Head Idiot of Facilities. I attended school board meetings. Ultimately, I went to the local newspaper and got a story out of it, a story which made me look pretty much like a typical Marin sky-is-falling housewife worried about her precious little Johnny.
The whole thing was a cluster fu$% to the tune of $1.7 million, not counting repairs and months and months of no playgrounds and look-me-in-the-eye-and-lie-to-me conversations with school district employees. [One example, the Head Idiot of Facilities showing me pictures of our old playgrounds, trying to prove to me that the new ones are similar. The photo cropped off one-third of the structure that had been there before. Hello? Am I supposed to believe a photo or my own experiences through seven years of my kids at the school?]
A follow-up article on December 8 reported school district officials saying the playgrounds were ready to be reopened. ""If all of the repairs are made this week and the weather holds, everything should be open by the middle of next week, and certainly by the end of Christmas break." [Hey, if nothing else, give the dude who said that kudos for calling it "Christmas break" rather than "winter holiday break."]
Two of the three playgrounds at Youngest's school have reopened, although it being the rainy season and all, they don't get much use. ["What about little Johnny?! What if he slips?! Oh, dear!"]
The playground Youngest plays on is not opened yet. The principal sent out this little note in the newsletter this week:
"We are still trying to get the rubber surfacing completed around the play structure. The crew needs at least three dry days to be able to get in here to do this. Although it has not rained, it has been frosty and foggy, preventing this work from being done. The compound that is used will swell if it absorbs any moisture. Swelling will cause a trip hazard. The playground will be completed as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience."
In other words, 23 out of 24 playground structures throughout the district were fixed and reopened and operational. The only ONE that has not been done is the one that the son of the whistle-blowing bitch plays on.