Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lex Luthor Bailout

This is absolutely hilarious. Thanks to Ben for bringing this one to my attention. I usually prefer the Silver Age "Lex Luthor, evil scientific genius" to the current "Lex Luthor, evil corporate giant", but this is a wonderful take on the current version. And topical, too!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

School Better Never Call This House!

I am the fourth of six children, and therefore, the fourth to attend St. Bridget's School in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia. My older brothers and sister were handfuls at school, as evidenced by the reaction of one of the good Sisters of St. Joseph on reading my name on her roll on my first day of First Grade. She asked, "Are you one of those notorious McElvenneys?" to which I replied, "Don't worry, Sister. By the end of the year, you'll forget all about the others." Having had many calls from school concerning my older siblings, my mother always reminded me of the one iron-clad rule: "School better never call this house about you."

When I was in Third Grade, my Dad took my older (Eighth Grade) brother to an Open House at LaSalle College High School, in anticipation of his taking the admissions test, although my brother firmly wanted to go to Roman Catholic High School, and, indeed, that's the high school he did attend. For whatever reason, my Dad brought me along, too, and I fell in love with the place. I told my Dad, when we were going home, "This is where I'm going to high school." Not, "This is where I want to go to high school", but, "This is where I'm going to high school."

When I was in Eighth Grade, waiting for the results of the Admissions Test for LaSalle College High School in the Spring of 1970, the Post Office went on strike, so the results of the test were held up in the mail. For some reason beyond my understanding, someone from LaSalle called St. Bridget's, rather than my parents, with the news that I had been accepted and had earned a scholarship. Mother Superior at St. Bridget's called my house with the news. It was late afternoon, and Mom was making dinner. I was at the kitchen table doing my homework. As soon as she picked up the phone, Mom recognized Mother's voice saying, "I'm calling about David." Without waiting to hear more, Mom reached over and cracked me across the back of the head, saying, "I told you, school better never call this house!" Of course, I had no idea what this was about. I knew I hadn't done anything wrong at school, lately, and I didn't know it was news about LaSalle. When Mom heard the news from Mother, she was very pleased, but she would not apologize for cracking me. She just said, "You knew the rule."