School’s In For Bummer

Greetings and solicitations!

It used to be that the school year was a happy time. A time when the junior-sized asshole humans were (mostly) out from underfoot. Ahhhh. Those were the days.

No more.

You can blame it all on politics and unions and Tea Parties and partisanship and vouchers and hog wallerin’ and mud slingin’ and clean campaigns and dirty campaigns and COLA and inflation and school boards and lots, lots more.

Is an army of darkness one of the seven seals of Armageddon? Or maybe it was a vial? I can never keep those things straight.

Make no mistake. Let me be clear. War has been declared. And war is Hell. Tranquility has been attacked and tranquility will be defended. Even if I have to asplode.

If you want to enlist, make the jump.

We don’t have school age children any more. Well, not in the traditional sense. Our gerbils have matured and de-nested even though their high school educations remain incomplete.

Since we don’t have kids in the school system, you’d think the comings and goings of the school year would be of little interest. You’d be wrong.

It is the American Dream to have your own home, lock yourself inside of it and never open the front door. Ever. Alas, that dream is under threat. The Houseland Security Advisory System has been raised to “SEVERE” due to “Severe risk of cuteness overload solicitation attacks.”

Here’s how it works:

  • School goes back in session.
  • Cute little cherubs with the sweetest and more innocent faces are selected for The Program.
  • The Program trains and churns out highly skilled financial procurement operatives.
  • Operatives are given a clipboard, assigned a mission, and deployed to the target area.

A carpet-bombing scorched-earth policy is employed. This is war! War is no time to be timid. That means target doors have to be hit several times a day. Move like you got a purpose, maggot!

I’ve lost count, but I think our house has been hit by every school, even those out of our district, multiple times. We have obviously been designated a high-value target. The school system intelligence community must be hard hit, because if they think we have disposable income, they are sadly mistaken. We’re in it up to our assets.

Those cute little faces. And their poignant pitches. So moving. So touching. The Program is scientifically designed to move psychological levers designed to make your hand twitch for your wallet before you even know what you are doing. Some of them even flash pictures of puppies.

Here’s the deal. My wife just had surgery and is off-work for six weeks. (Thanks to FMLA the employer can’t legally fire her taking care of her health. Score one for the bottom 47 percent!) She’s not permitted to sleep in a bed. So we obtained a special chair and she sleeps in the living room. Her days are spent watching TV and napping.

Biker wisdom I can agree with.

Do you have any idea how it feels to be woken up my solicitors – cute or not – when sleep deprived? My wife desperately needs her sleep and the little snot-blowers are treating our house like they’re the three little pigs. We are under siege and I’ve had it.

Without resources of any kind, I’m forced to run a guerrilla counter-insurgency campaign. (The best of both worlds.) I’ve been forced to be creative and think outside of the box. My ideas so far include:

  • Bio-Toxin sign on the front door.
  • Radiation danger sign on the front door.
  • A small bag of flour on the porch with a tag that reads, “Distilled remains of previous school-aged solicitor.”
  • Fake poop and vomit scattered on porch.
  • QUARANTINE sign on front door. I’m thinking of going with leprosy.
  • Chalk outline in driveway with red paint splatters and police “do not cross” tape.
  • A plaque that reads, “Welcome, friend. Please knock to learn about my religion.”
  • A sign that says, “Smile! You are on YouTube.”
  • A sticker that reads, “This house protected by pipe bombs.”
  • A “Have You Seen My Missing Spider?” sign.
  • A note that reads, “Peace, love and always be naked.”
  • An arrow that reads, “Justin Bieber lives next door.”
  • A colorful sign that reads, “Quiet! Terrorism training class in session. Loud noises are not advised.”
  • A picture of Jeffrey Dahmer with the caption: “Welcome home, son!”

Can you come up with any creative ideas of your own? I’m grading on a curve and will award gold stars to the best participants. And participant ribbons for everyone else. Remember – Creativity is key. There are no points for second place.

Which ideas do you think will work best? Explain your answer.

4 responses

  1. Poop and vomit are probably the most effective because they are like, a universal language…assuming that Esperanto gives me dry heaves.

    Have you considered sitting on the front porch, shaving tennis balls with straight razor? I kind of scared myself by thinking of that.

    Poor Mrs. A…six weeks?!? That’s a hell of a lot of Price is Right episodes.


    1. I have no doubt that if I sat on the front porch that would prove to be remarkably effective. But who has that kind of time? And it is sort of self-defeating to enjoying the one place on Earth where I am king of the castle.

      You have a devious mind, my friend. I’m so jealous. Tennis balls!

      The shoulder surgery was way more intense than I expected. It’s major surgery. She’ll be recovering for six months to a year, but she should be able to go back to work in six weeks. Her company has made it clear there will be no “reasonable accommodation” and there’s rumors and wild speculation on the part of some that once she gets back the department will be reorganized to eliminate her position. Stay tuned! 🙂


  2. Put a sign on the door in bold letters…

    [ Homeschool in session. Do not disturb.]

    smaller sign taped below it…

    [ unless you want to be deprogrammed and truly educated.]

    You could either decorate the sign with peace signs and marijuana leaves or go the other route and decorate with AK-47s and religious crosses.



    1. Excellent. You have earned a gold star.

      Remind me to never make you my enemy. Your inventiveness is worrisome. 🙂

      I actually had a couple of similar ideas but didn’t include them in the original post because even I thought my versions went too far. You found a way to express them much better.

      Homeschool. That’s sublime and fits perfectly with the theme of this post. Good work!


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