Wednesday, March 14, 2007

There's Something in the Air...

A seasonal change is at hand. I’m still not sure what magical device furtively sends a signal to every restaurant across the land, but an unspoken consensus has been met, and it is only communicated to a patron such as myself by the altered companion to the regular steaming mug of green tea that comes with every meal.

The towels given for the purpose of wiping one’s hands before eating are ice cold, instead of the steaming comfort they once were in a land wrapped in Jack Frost’s embrace.

This can only mean one thing.

Spring is near!

This is good news for certain students, whose teachers I hear tell steadfastly refuse to turn on the heater until the room thermometer dips under 12 degrees C, and then maybe they’d entertain the idea. On the rare occasion that the pleas from the shivering bundles writing on worksheets are heeded, relief is had for only 20 minutes before being shut down. This relief would probably be longer due to residual heat if the windows weren’t almost immediately thrown open afterwards to disperse potentially dangerous fumes from the kerosene heater.

On a completely unrelated note, the teacher’s room is a super-popular area to request for daily cleaning duty during the winter. Something about it being nice and toasty all day long…

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