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BOTD 01-06-2016 Tiptoe Through the Tulips - A Stevie Production

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Skater

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips...
A Stevie Production

It's 1968. You are the principal of a senior public (middle) school with pupils ranging from 11 to 13 years of age.

You have a grade seven student named Martin who is known for being a bit of a class clown at school, whom you've paddled a couple of times during his tenure at your school...



Martin, 12
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There is a program on television known as 'Laugh In' that has a nasty habit of starting catch phrases among adolescent boys that quickly become irritating by constant repetition...


Verrrrrry interesting but stoopid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qf6Sv3A9zs

Lately the show featured a performer known as 'Tiny Tim' who sings in a ridiculous falsetto voice...


Tiptoe Through the Tulips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OASFIhEwesM

You are becoming thoroughly fed up with listening to twelve year old boys emulating this singer... it grates on the nerves of all the teachers...

One day you finally snap, get on the public address system, and announce that any student who does a 'Tiny Tim' imitation will receive corporal punishment for each offense.

You later wonder whether or not you were wise to let your temper run away with you like that... but decide to let the prohibition stand even though the threat of corporal punishment just might be considered to be overkill and all...

Next morning you hear Martin warbling 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' right under your office window... he thought he could escape in time, but he was wrong about that...

You can give him up to six swats on his underwear... will you?


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AFinch

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No. I am assuming the setting for this BOTD is the US (or perhaps Canada). Given that 8th graders study civics, and the First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, and given that I already believe I "let my temper run away with me", and also given that he was "warbling under my window" rather than that I've obviously caught him "in flagrante delicto", I'm going to pretend I didn't hear, and walk back my heat of the moment decree from yesterday.

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I wrote this as Kier was evdently posting his remarks:

Hearing that song may well make me get physically ill, cause my blood pressure to rise, and turn a good day into a bad one, but my stark reality is that it is not profane, does not make fun of anyone race or religion, and is protected speech under the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. I had best not paddle the boy, not if I do not want to risk being called before the Department of Justice.

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Kat

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Count me with Kier and 18Smacked. In 1968, I might get away with such an arbitrary rule and the draconian punishment that goes with it, but I'd hope that upon reflection, I'd revoke the rule. There are much worse things boys that age could be saying.

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I remember a woman from the Swim Club we belonged to, who had gone to CA on vacation with her family, and she told the story of how her 12 year-old daughter had touched the hair of Tiny Tim when they saw him at the hotel where they stayed. The woman said that she wanted to wash her daughter's hands with bleach! Laughing I was about 13 at the time, but I thought the guy was absurd, too. The mom's story cracked me up.

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David M. Katz

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BOTD Scenario wrote:
Next morning you hear Martin warbling 'Tiptoe Through the Tulips' right under your office window... he thought he could escape in time, but he was wrong about that...


Martin is obviously taunting me. Note that he "thought he could escape in time." Even though the boy is doing this to "challenge" me and my idiotic prohibition I will NOT paddle him but I will sit him down for a talk on not poking bears.

Just because it is your right doesn't make it right.

I need to make a new announcement repealing my edict or I will have several more boys serenading me from under my office window.



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ivor

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David M. Katz wrote: I need to make a new announcement repealing my edict or I will have several more boys serenading me from under my office window.



Time for a strategic withdrawal. I don't want a whole host of parrot tulips springing into life under my office window.

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Jack

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I'm really torn on this (and the First Amendment in schools, especially lower grade schools, is a complication I chose to simply ignore at this time). The simple fact is that this started as something funny the kids were just doing. I overreacted (and have already admitted that to myself). The simple fact is, I question the capability of someone who can be provoked like this by kids being kids to be a school principal.

On the other hand, given his positioning and attempt to get away, it's seems obvious that Martin is doing this, not innocently, which I would ignore, but in an attempt to provoke me. I hate to disappoint him. Since it's before school, I'm going to call him into the office and just leave him sitting (and sweating).

Once school begins, I'll get back on the loud speaker, apologize for overreacting previously, but point out that this song is annoying to some people, so we should respect them. It is disruptive of class, so won't be tolerated in the class room, and I'll ask kindly that they avoid it in the halls. If they're outside, where people have room to escape them - knock themselves out.

Sometimes politeness and a bit of humor accomplish more than threats.

"Oh, Martin! Are you still here? Get to class."

(PS - in '94, one of Steve's friends - Ronnie - drove me INSANE with one of those Beavis and Butthead things. I can't even remember what it was now, but I really did want to blister his butt a few times because he just kept doing it over and over and over.... and over and over and over.... I did give him a play spanking once, and tickled him a couple of times, and he eventually got over that one. It's happened many other times, but that's the worst one I remember).


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Padraig

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I'm with Jack.

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Stevie did a very good Tiny Tim imitation in 1968, largely because he was the only boy in his class whose voice had changed and could sing in an actual falsetto... Twisted Evil

Stevie.



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ivor

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StevieWeeks wrote:Stevie did a very good Tiny Tim imitation in 1968, largely because he was the only boy in his class whose voice had changed and sang in an actual falsetto... Twisted Evil

Stevie.

And there was me thinking Stevie would be good on the bottom notes.........

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Kat

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ivor wrote:And there was me thinking Stevie would be good on the bottom notes.........

With that and the parrot tulips, you're on roll! Laughing

Kat

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parrot tulips...

https://www.google.ca/search?q=parrot+tulips&hl=en&biw=1920&bih=978&site=webhp&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi63saj163RAhWJ3YMKHeISAZ8QsAQIGQ

David M. Katz

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I remember my (now adult) kids used to get under my skin with "This is the Song that Never Ends" from Lambchop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U2zJOryHKQ

When Scott was 11 and Todd was 9 we went on a vacation to Florida. Guess what I heard for almost the entire trip?

Catchy song - let it soak in to your brain. You're welcome. Very Happy


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Seems harsh since most 12 year olds will sing with a high voice anyway. However ,it being '68 and all. I dont want to be making threats I wont carry out and its quite clear that Martin thinks it funny to try me out by letting me hear the song so close to my office. I will have him in switchon  my speaker as have my talk to him and then give him 2 swats Think the deterrent value means This problem will be sorted and I wont have to play the heavy over this any more nor be seen to back off.

AFinch

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David M. Katz wrote:I remember my (now adult) kids used to get under my skin with "This is the Song that Never Ends" from Lambchop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U2zJOryHKQ

When Scott was 11 and Todd was 9 we went on a vacation to Florida.  Guess what I heard for almost the entire trip?

Catchy song - let it soak in to your brain.  You're welcome.  Very Happy

I loved Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop--and still miss them both.

Jack

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David M. Katz wrote:I remember my (now adult) kids used to get under my skin with "This is the Song that Never Ends" from Lambchop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U2zJOryHKQ

When Scott was 11 and Todd was 9 we went on a vacation to Florida.  Guess what I heard for almost the entire trip?

Catchy song - let it soak in to your brain.  You're welcome.  Very Happy

I remember a book (a fantasy parody called Samurai Cat) where the protagonist's nephew was taken away to be tortured, until the hero gave up the information or something. They opened a video to show the hero how things were going, and the nephew was tied to a chair, but singing, "Three thousand two hundred and thirty eighth verse, same as the first! I'm Henry the Eighth I am..." Most of the torturers were screaming and covering their ears, but a few had already killed themselves.


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