I Flunked English (Obviously) – Me & Mrs Brown

Duck!

Duck!

Let me begin this week’s story by sharing with you that I flunked the 4th quarter of high school 10th grade English.  At that time, I detested English.  I hated writing and if someone had told me that one day I would be using spare time to write stories, (even if they are true accounts), I would have laughed right in their face and asked them to share with me whatever the heck it was they were smoking because it must be great stuff!
Despite my terrible attitude and habits that year after getting dumped by my girlfriend, (that’s this story if you’re interested), I honestly did not like English.  I was an honor’s student so all of my college preparatory classes were the “H” category, for those who were not supposed to score D’s and F’s.  The H classes were designed to be more difficult than other similar classes.  I hated English for the same reason I hated Art classes – I felt I didn’t have a creative bone in my body.  Oddly enough, I received an A in my Grammar class.  I’m sure it’s not showing up here in my writing, but because of that class, I can explain the difference between affect and effect.  I also know what a gerund phrase is and that’s just sad.
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Practical Joking in High School Spanish Class

The infamous Senor Heidler (El Guapo)

The infamous Senor Heidler (El Guapo)

No high school teacher sticks out in my memory in detail like Mr. Heidler, better known as Señor Heidler, our Spanish teacher. This is because I had him as a teacher in all my three years at Taft Sr. High Scool, 1974-1976. I took Spanish in 9th grade at Wilson Jr High School and then decided to continue when I got to high school.

I liked Spanish. I liked the sound of the words. Spanish and I got along very well, probably because it follows rules very well. I loved mathematics for the same reason – learn the rules and you can perform any problem. Learn the rules of Spanish and you can conjugate most verbs and pronounce almost every word. So I got to sit in Señor Heidler’s classes for 3 years and I was a good language student. I’d have to say that I had the best command of Spanish in our class. This was to play out to my advantage one day in a funny practical joke.

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