I’m just misunderstood

September 12, 2006 at 2:48 am (Uncategorized)

Strong words from a man whose name comes right off the pages of a romance novel. But seriously. I regret nothing about the unfocused exuberance of my youth. I regret nothing about vocalizing my loathing of back to school season. If there’s one thing I regret, it’s that the young lady pictured here never taught any of my classes.

teacher.jpgI read a column by Mark Laflamme in the Aug. 30 issue about how much he hated going back to school. The more I read the article, the hotter under the collar I became.

First, he used language in the article that, in my opinion, was very offensive to teachers and to people who actually enjoy learning new things and look forward to new beginnings.

Second, if he had done less spitball shooting and placing of tacks in other’s chairs, then maybe he would have learned to write a little better, be a lot more respectful of others, and could actually be writing more meaningful articles for your paper, other than most of the garbage he writes.

I hope I speak for all educators when I say that we are not “old people” wearing sweater vests, or people in need of a lobotomy.

It is a fact that, in Singapore, teachers make more money than doctors. Why? Because teachers taught doctors what they know!

Another letter to the editor said it best recently: your paper is becoming a Mark Laflamme showcase, which, in my eyes, is bringing the quality of your paper down.

Brant Remington, Lewiston



  1. Linda said,

    Well, not everyone appreciates the genre. Seems to me that if Mr Remington really understood kids, he’d have hooted with laughter and recognition when he read that column.

  2. AO said,

    Sounds like Mr. Remington has a ruler stuck up his butt.

  3. jarheaddoc said,

    More like a section of telephone pole. Stick-ectomy: surgical removal of that large piece of wood in your butt.

    I wonder if he’s a closet surfer of this blog….?

  4. wangdang said,

    dang. this letter made me look
    to the sunjournal for the article it was responding to
    but can’t seem to get into sunjournal.

  5. K2 said,

    I can’t get to the eSJ either this morning. I don’t even know why I try it anymore. Worst . . . website . . . ever.

    Hey, Brant, go fuck yourself. Ever hear of having some fun?

    For the record, I hated high school too. I can’t name one teacher who was really good. In fact, I can only name one good one, Mr. Tracey, my 10th grade science teacher. He retired a few years back, partially because the school took away his water-bottle sprayer, which he would squirt at you if you were being a bonehead.

    The only great teachers I ever had were in college, all two of them: Dr. Doolittle (honest!) and Dr. MacKenzie (who is now RIT’s provost.)

    I’m all for school, but until we start paying secondary school teachers competitive wages that attract talent and skill, we’re going to have a lot of crappy educators.

  6. is this a prank? said,

    so if you do a search for the articles on sunjournal.com 08/30/06, to find the one referred to here, this is what comes up, only one result :


    1. Pats beat Oakland in season opener
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – New England’s quest for an unprecedented three straight Super Bowl victories is in good hands with two stars the Patriots didn’t lose: Tom Brady and Richard Seymour.

  7. K2 said,

    And, man, that hot teacher pic is making me frisky. AO, MT, you busy? . . . .

  8. brenda said,

    probably. last time that happened, it turned out to be an inside joke.

  9. K2 said,

    Ah, football. Vikings win on the road, on grass, on MNF, with a new coach — who benched our starting safety for disciplinary reasons (he played a rookie instead, the 156th pick in the draft) — against a Hall of Fame coach and a tough Redskins defense. Things are looking up in Minnesota.

    And if there’s a classier act than Brad Johson . . . well, there isn’t.

  10. spitball said,

    yeah, the teacher above must have a Brazilian wax job, or at least a good tall leg-shave because otherwise, we’d be seeing hair down under that hem.

  11. K2 said,

    Maybe she’s a Mexican hairless?

  12. brenda said,

    Oh, I’m sure she isn’t as ugly as a mexican hairless under there….

    anyway, I wrote ekaiser@sunjournal.com and he gave me a link to the article. Pretty funny. I think Brant Remington was also kidding around, although defensive about criticism of teachers…

  13. la llarona said,

    you calling me ugly now?

  14. brenda said,

    no! I meant the ugly hairless chihuahua, not mexican women, silly!
    !Que bonita!
    !Te gusto!

  15. K2 said,

    Chihuahuas are flightless bats. Right down there with pugs, below rats.

  16. Arby said,

    Just for the record, I hated high school with a passion. I agreed with every word Mark said. I was laughing my ass off and could relate to every word of that masterpiece. Brant, if you can’t accept other people’s opinion, tough!

  17. LaFlamme said,

    I was out using my telescope Saturday when my neighbor, a history teacher, suggested I try using the optics to find someone with a sense of humor. I had no idea what he was talking about at first.

  18. LaFlamme said,

    Is the eSJ still fugged up? I get calls on that every day. I have no idea.

  19. Linda said,

    I notice that they have the word “blogs” back in there, for Our View, Huddle Up, etc etc. I THOUGHT they took the word out, which made sense to me. I’d never rush to add them to my “bloglines” list.

    But — that tells you that I CAN log into the site. Doesn’t tell you why I’d want to though.

  20. Bobbie said,

    The eSJ wasn’t fugged up when I accessed it a little while ago. There were days when I didn’t want to go to school, but I wasn’t as adventerous (or daring) as Mark. I was usually the last one anyone thought of when it came down to who to blame for doing something.

    As for Mr. Remington, he definitely needs to get a sense of humor. The SJ knows what a gem it has in Mark’s columns-anyone else remember Eric saying that Mark’s columns/one time SJ blog was responsible for the majority of the hits on the eSJ site?

  21. LaFlamme said,

    And I LIKE teachers. They’re the salt of the earth and all that. But I really wanted to post that letter because the name Brant Remington pleases me to no end.

  22. Montel said,

    If, indeed, the SJ is such a rag, why does Mark constantly plagerize from it to put on his blog? Did anyone even attempt to get Mr. Remington’s permission to use his letter here? Probably not!

  23. brenda said,

    I was getting in to the SJ, but it wouldn’t give me any articles in the archive for 8/30/06 so I could read the offending article by mark, it only gave me that one sports headline. Eric gave me a link to all the stories & articles for 8/30/06 so I could read it.

  24. LaFlamme said,

    Go wax your head, Montel.

  25. K2 said,

    Face it, LaFlamme, you LIKE men.

    Sorry. Just so perfectly set up.

  26. LaFlamme said,

    Dammit, is that from a movie? It is, isn’t it! I can’t come up with it.

  27. K2 said,

    You plaigerized yourself, LaFlamme? You just blew my mind. . . .

  28. K2 said,

    Do you like men, Billy?

    Airplane. Just so damn funny.

  29. LaFlamme said,

    Okay, now I’m utterly confused. And I’ve only been up an hour.

  30. K2 said,

    Well, Mont-I-won’t-tell-he’s-gay says that you’re disparaging the SJ whilst stealing its contents for this here blog. Isn’t most of the SJ stuff you post in here stuff that you wrote? Or am I missing Montel Labotomy’s point?

  31. LaFlamme said,

    I think he’s referring to the fact that I posted Mr. Remington’s letter. In my defense, I waited until it was published to post it here.

  32. brenda said,

    well, this is how I found out what he’s talking about:
    Hi Brenda,
    We just made a major change to our site which is probably preventing
    you from seeing the article.

    Try this link to see all the news for that day:

    Eric Kaiser
    Web Editor
    (207) 784-5411, ext 2152
    (800) 482-0753

  33. brenda said,

    anyway, it seems to me Remington’s type of humor fits right in with the lost soles blogs.

  34. LaFlamme said,

    But anyway… a short, quick, spontaneous list of teacher songs:
    Teacher, Teacher by .38 Special
    Don’t Stand So Close, by the Police
    To Sir, With Love, by Lulu
    Schools Out, by Alice Cooper
    The Wall, Pink Floyd
    Hot for Teacher, by Van Halen

  35. LaFlamme said,

    Also, Smoking in the Boy’s Room

  36. Linda said,

    What about Wonderful World by the great Sam Cooke and Lou Adler. Not a perfect fit with Alice Cooper, but I bet AO LOVES that scene in “Witness”, in the barn, I don’t have to say more do I AO?

  37. Richie said,

    I love it when some liberal asshat comes out with crap like that, about teachers getting paid more somewhere else. If it’s so great there Mr. Remington, why don’t you MOVE there ? Yah ! Pack your little doily’s up & move there ! Don’t want to do you ?
    I don’t blame you, I would rather live on Knox Street than live anywhere else in the world !

    Right. OK.
    Moving on; it must have been a slow day for Mark; blogging something from his hate mail pile.

  38. Montel said,

    Richie, it wasn’t HIS hate mail, but the SJ’s mail. I’m certain he could fill columns of his hate mail, but instead he stole this one.

  39. Mainetarr said,

    Montel, why don’t you shut your Sally Jesse Raphael mouth and go wax your ass while your at it.
    The school article was funny, period.
    Brant Remington…what soap opera did this jerk off steal his name from? The Young and The Ignorant?

  40. AO said,

    Montel/Dan, Ya don’t like it, don’t read it.

  41. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah! What they said!

  42. Montel said,

    When Sheila starts getting her panties in a twist, you always know I’m getting close to the truth. Tsk.

  43. LaFlamme said,

    When that happens, a lot of us just get plain excited.

  44. K2 said,

    I just soiled my linens.

  45. AO said,

    Dan/Montel, I don’t think you could EVER get anyones panties in a twist. Eww…perish the thought!

  46. LaFlamme said,

    I have also polluted my knickers.

  47. K2 said,

    I cracked a nut in my pup tent.

  48. LaFlamme said,

    I polished my bayonet.

  49. AO said,

    Wow. She must be hawt! 🙂

  50. LaFlamme said,

    Wait, I thought we were talking about you and your twisted panties.

  51. AO said,

    ME?? Hmm…it’s been a while since I last had twisted panties. WELL…maybe not THAT long ago. 😉

  52. K2 said,

    I’ve made the bald man puke.

  53. LaFlamme said,

    Ha! I can’t compete with that one. Oh, wait. I can. I just gave birth to some knuckle children.

  54. Mainetarr said,

    That’s gross, K2. Montel, I think you’ve smoked too much medicinal marijuana, ya freak.

  55. Mainetarr said,

    Actually, Dan, I’m glad you’re back, you fat fucker. I missed you.

  56. Linda said,

    Jeez, what’s going on over here?

  57. Mainetarr said,

    Montel, aka Dan, aka Fat Bastard is in the house. Can’t you feel the love?

  58. LaFlamme said,

    Well, caaaaaaaaan you feel the loooooooooooove toni-ight.

  59. Mainetarr said,

    Love, peace and chicken grease. All can be found in Dan’s panties.

  60. Linda said,

    OK — feeling it.

  61. Linda said,

    well obviously, I didn’t mean Dan’s panties

  62. Mainetarr said,

    Obviously. How can we describe Dan? He is obnoxious, fat, hairy, and so old his blood type has been discontinued.

  63. Linda said,

    I can only imagine. Is the SJ too boring for him? I believe he’s been invited over here a few times. Maybe he’s afraid to lock and load — he just skates by then vanishes. Like a sting ray. You know, not our Ray.

  64. Mainetarr said,

    He also has a striking face, only l am not sure how many times it has been struck.

  65. Thaifood Teena said,

    Rumor has it he was so ugly, they tinted the windows on his incubator.

  66. Linda said,

    Hey Teena, I guess you know him pretty well, eh?

  67. Thaifood Teena said,

    Well, after seeing him, I have decided I am for abortion in cases of incest.

  68. Linda said,

    I’m a little distracted tonight Teena — got a new computer and I’m busy setting it up.

  69. LaFlamme said,

    You guys are KILLING me here.

  70. Linda said,

    Yes, we’re so dull we hardly recognize ourselves.

  71. Cleedus said,

    Whoa, Teena, you can’t be gettin’ rid of my cousin/brother/in-laws with that abortion crap. who the hell is gonna support me when I’m old and gray and can’t get it up if you hoe them fuckers out before they hatch?

  72. AO said,

    Dunkin Donuts Dan. Lover of all donuts. Lover of all cops. Wonder if he’s still wearing those Depends? Guess it just Depends on the twisted state of his panties.

  73. Anonymous said,

    Any one think that woman in the picture’s got a dick?

  74. AO said,

    If she does, it’s got a serious case of shrinkage.

  75. Mainetarr said,

    If she does have a dick, it’s gotta be pretty small. That’s one short dress.

  76. Thaifood Teena said,

    Cleedus-is it true that you were sixteen years old before you learned to wave goodbye?

  77. LaFlamme said,

    Now, why would you say such a thing, anon?

  78. Linda said,

    I doubt if she has one, in the usual sense of the word. But she may have one in some other sense.

  79. Breaking News said,

    The reason Dan has been absent for most of the summer is because he went to the ocean and Greenpeace tried to drag him back into the water.

  80. LaFlamme said,

    Where’s Mouthful, Mount Hell, whatever his name is?

  81. AO said,

    Montel. He’s at the ocean fighting being dragged back into the water by Greenpeace.

  82. AO said,

    Or, we could call him Monthell.

  83. Linda said,

    Rainbow Warrior II?

  84. Thaifood Teena said,

    Are you sure about that Breaking News? I heard he was diagnosed with flesh eating disease and the doctor gave him five years to live.

  85. Mainetarr said,

    I am going to pee my pants laughing. Jay-sus.

    Sign at Dunkin Donuts” Maxium capacity 40 patrons or Dan.

  86. LaFlamme said,

    I’m still thinking about that dick thing. Well, not THINKING about it thinking about it. Just… you know what I mean.

  87. AO said,

    We know, dreaming, right? 🙂

  88. Linda said,

    What do you suppose she’s poking at with that stick?

  89. jarheaddoc said,

    I would let her beat me like a red headed step child with that stick if i were looking up her dress while she did it.

    “Thank you ma’am, may I have another, and oh, by the way, the suspected penis isn’t there”

    At least that’s how it went….never mind, I just finished

  90. Mainetarr said,

    It says “Naughty Boys will be Caned” on the chalkboard, so I would guess she is whacking someone.

  91. jarheaddoc said,

    No shit, it does! I was having a hard time not leering at her. It’s hard to think when all the blood goes to the little head.

  92. Mainetarr said,


  93. Linda said,

    Why so quiet all evening jd — did it take you that long?

  94. Mainetarr said,

    Ooops, what I was going to say it, “The little bald man’s not going to puke is he?”

  95. Cleedus said,

    TT, for the reck-erd, that was my turd grade gra-gradu-when I got out of school

  96. Mainetarr said,

    That’s it, I can no longer type.

  97. jarheaddoc said,

    Take me that long to…what…Linda?

  98. Cleedus said,

    Dat’s cause my unca billy bob jimmy ray steve gived me da job at the chi-ken fam. Get some ever’ day and we sell the eggs

  99. Linda said,

    You are the one telling the story, jd

  100. Cleedus said,

    They’s purty easy to ketch in them cages, but in da yard? Fur-get it

  101. jarheaddoc said,

    But you ask me a vague question, Linda, and I needed clarification before I can answer.

  102. Thaifood Teena said,

    Cleedus: A man who has been married three times and has the same in-laws. Whatever.

  103. Cleedus said,

    Pappy sez gots to keep them jeans tight. had to cut a slot for my thang, though, my balls was bein’ mushed

  104. Thaifood Teena said,

    Cleedus, taking your wife on a cruise does not mean circling the Dairy Queen.

  105. Thaifood Teena said,

    Look Redneck, just because you thought genitalia was an Italian airline doesn’t mean I want to hear about your thang.

  106. Cleedus said,

    Oh, pshaw, city woman, we been in the cess pool. An cows not my thing, that’s my brudder

  107. Cleedus said,

    Pappy sez an airline what’s used to blow up his other woman, the one don’t say nothin’

  108. Cleedus said,

    Now you tell me dis bout that other woman: she gots a patch on her ass, how she poop?

  109. Linda said,

    Is it just me, or does “wringer whacking” sound more like our kind of topic than Our View’s? Oh, it’s probably just my imagination.

  110. joker said,

    A Jewish family invited their gentile neighbors over for holiday dinner. The first course was set in front of them and the Jewish couple announced, “This is matzoh ball soup.”On seeing the two large matzoh balls floating in the broth, the Gentile man was hesitant to taste this strange looking brew. Gently the Jewish couple pressed the Gentile man. “Try it; if you don’t like it, you don’t have to finish it.”

    Finally he agreed. He dug his spoon in, first picking up a small piece of matzoh ball with some soup in his spoon, and tasting it gingerly. The usual “Mmmmmmmmm” sound could be heard coming from deep within his chest, and he quickly finished the whole bowl.

    “That was good” the man said. “Can you eat any other parts of the matzoh?”

  111. jarheaddoc said,

    In all the names I have ever developed myself, or heard, about a penis, wringer is not one of them.

  112. ? said,

    what’s MILF stand for? anyone?

  113. Linda said,

    Careful — if I’m remembering right, the answer is NSFW. I’m not going to google it from here either

  114. ? said,

    I’m sure if it’s NSFW that’s the one . I see it on porno ads.

  115. waz it rumplestiltskin said,

    NASSAU, Bahamas – The death of
    Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son was termed “suspicious” by the coroner’s office Wednesday, and a formal inquiry that could lead to criminal charges has been scheduled.
    Authorities said at least one other person was in the hospital room when Daniel Wayne Smith died Sunday while visiting his mother, a reality TV star and former Playboy playmate, three days after she gave birth to a baby girl.
    The person was not a member of the hospital staff, Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, told The Associated Press. He refused to reveal the person’s identity, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.
    Her Majesty’s Coroner Linda P. Virgill scheduled the inquest for the week of Oct. 23, saying it “is the right course of action.” If jurors at the inquest decide a crime took place, the case would be sent to the attorney general’s office, authorities said.
    “Whenever there is a suspicious death we would have an inquest to determine how the person died,” Bradley Neely, chief inspector of the coroner’s office, told AP Television News.
    The inquest would be open to the public, Virgill said.
    She said authorities believe they know what killed Smith, but were awaiting a toxicology report to confirm the findings. She declined to disclose details but said there was no sign of physical injury to Smith.
    “I can confirm that there was definitely a third person in the room at the time of death and I do know who that person is,” Virgill said. “But I am unwilling to reveal that information at this time for various reasons.”
    either Rumplestiltskin reclaimed the firstborn on that old debt/assistance that got her married to the old millionaire;
    or someone close to her who didn’t want to share the $$$$$ inheritance

  116. LaFlamme said,

    MILF= mother I’d like to fool around with.

  117. ?!! said,

    oh, thanks. Probably another f word synonymous w/ fool around.
    I was confused ’cause I thought MIL was mother-in-law
    that didn’t make sense in the context of porno ads
    nobody would want to f – with their M-I-L

  118. {:>b~ said,

    the above pictured teacher is a TILF !!!

  119. LaFlamme said,

    Ahhhh, very good. Very good.

  120. His Awesome Student said,

    I hate all you people who left a bad comment about Mr.Remington he is awesome! He is my science teacher and he rox! People need to get to know him before they go blabbering their big fat mouths about him! So all the people that left a nasty comment, YOU SUCK!!!!

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