For some reason I've had some memories pop into my head today about a
Summer School class I took many moons ago. I took ti to get the credit
out of the way. I needed to make up Algebra II on my schedule and this
was the only way fit all of it in without killing myself.
it was not quite a blow off class. I had to pay attention and actually
learned a bit. It was Government and Economics. One semester each.
There were two conversations that I specifically remember. Both
involved a dumb blond who just had no worldly experience and didn't
read on a regular basis.
1) We were covering the different stock and bond markets. The teacher
mentioned that U. S. bonds were one of the most reliable if not the
most reliable domestic investment you can get. That is why their yield
is low. The blond spoke up and asked "What is the deal with U. S.
bonds? They can fail too right." The teacher replied "If U. S. bonds
don't pay off, you have a lot more to worry about than the stock
market." The blond didn't get it. We had to explain that by the time U.
S. bonds are failing, the entire economy of the U. S. will be in the
toilet. She never did get the concept of the government being that
important to the economy.
2) The discussion was on relations with the Middle East. They have oil
and we want the oil. Thus, conflict. The subject of etiquette came up
and the fact that one should not eat from a common try with the left
hand in the Middle East came up. The blond asked "Why in the world
would that be a problem?" The teacher responded "Would someone fill her
in pleas." The teacher went on with the discussion and a few moments
later your hear from the same girl "Nuh-uh. That can't be right." The
teacher without having heard what was said replied "Yes, that is what