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Here you will find my latest theories, commentaries, complaints, words of wisdom, practical tips, satires, epiphanies, conspiracies, and random thoughts. Feel free to respond with your comments at charles@crackhousemonkey.com.


Monday, February 25, 2002

 
Teachers are in a special profession. Teachers aren't the same as they used to be. I see a lot of people complain about bad teachers. I don't believe that is true. Teachers have a very hard job. Most people won't cut it being a teacher. The secret to teaching isn't about telling a student how to add or read. Anyone can do that. It is easy to explain that 1 + 1 = 2. Teachers today have to reach a child. They have to make a child want to learn. There are too many distractions for children not to learn. How do you make a child focus on doing work? It is not an easy task. Reaching a child is a talent that is very hard to learn. I have tried reaching children and it's almost impossible. Next time when you see a teacher, be sure to thank them. Be sure to recognize them for their work. Be sure they know that what they are doing is important and very valuable. Try teaching. See how difficult it really is.
posted by Charles Wang 1:07 AM | 0 comments


Friday, February 22, 2002

 
Today I will talk about family. Family is very important. People are only given one family. I know, some parents get remarried and some will say you have two families. To me, it's two families getting together to form a larger family. In America we have lost the value for family. They are deemed as an embarrassment to us. It seems we always blame our parents for embarrassing us. The truth is we embarrass them more. We do weird things that probably make them feel embarrassed. They disagree with how we dress and we will also disagree with how they dress. Don't hide from the embarrassment. Embrace it. This is the only family that you have. You can either be embarrassed and angry with them or you can love them for their uniqueness. Be proud of your family. Everyone has one. Show them that yours is the best.
posted by Charles Wang 6:05 PM | 0 comments


Thursday, February 21, 2002

 
For the last two weeks the world gathered for some of the greatest competition in sports. This years Winter Olympic Games are held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Every time the Olympics come around, I catch Olympic fever. This year is no different. This year's short track and speed skating has caught my eye. I want to be a speed skater. To my disappointment there are only about six speed skating rinks in the United States. Another disappointment is that I've never stepped onto the ice before. In a couple of days the Olympics will be over and I will go back to my everyday activities and forget speed skating entirely. Some dreams will never come true.
posted by Charles Wang 9:39 PM | 0 comments


Wednesday, February 20, 2002

 
CLASSIC BLASTED CHICKEN
Recipe Courtesy of Sara Moulton

3 1/2 pound chicken, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper and place in a roasting pan. Roast for 45 minutes, or until the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a skewer. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let stand for 15 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

posted by Charles Wang 12:42 AM | 0 comments


Monday, February 18, 2002

 
Why do we give tips for, anyway? When we pay for a meal at the restaurant aren't we also paying for the services of the waiter or waitress? I find no reason to pay an extra tip. It is only fair to tip when the waiter or waitress has done something extra. If they were to clean up the mess on the floor from me dropping my dinner, then they should get a tip. It isn't their job to clean but they did clean it. Most of the waiters and waitresses don't know how to wait. They are not very polite. They get no tip. No reason to support their rudeness. Why do we tip so much? We don't even pay that much for sales tax. Next time when you need to tip, give them what they deserve. Nothing.
posted by Charles Wang 11:02 PM | 0 comments

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