Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kids Wear the Darnedest Things

Funny T-shirt on a kid at lunch: "Video games ruined my life. Good thing I have 2 left."

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Parents Say the Darnedest Things

(I don't have proof of parentage, of course, so the speaker could have been an aunt, a much older sister or even a babysitter...but go with me on this.) Walking through the local outdoor mall with a friend a few hours ago, we overheard a young woman trying to encourage a toddler to walk both faster and in a straight line by saying, "C'mon, tiny human!"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kids Say the Darnedest--and Most Profound--Things at Jazz Camp

I'm directing a band at the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp this week. After my band played a passage not so well and then played it much better the next time, one of my tenor players came up with this gem: "It's amazing when we count."

(I liked that one so much that I wrote it on the board.)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kids Say the Darnedest Things When Riding Public Transit

While on the Atlanta airport train earlier this morning, I was amused by a conversation being held by the family next to me...

KID (maybe 5 years old): The train is farting? Mom, why is she saying "The train is farting?"
MOM: She's not saying "The train is farting," sweetheart; she's saying "The train is departing."

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

People at the Next Table Say the Darnedest Things?

I may have misheard this, since I wasn't intentionally eavesdropping, but I could swear I heard a guy at the next table at dinner tonight describe a college course by saying "that was one of the funner maths I took."
Two things immediately came to mind:
1) At least he didn't say it was "one of the funner maths I've tooken."
2) Perhaps his time in school would have been better spent taking one of the less funner Englishes.

(Yes, I have some catching up to do on this blog. I'll try to post some of the better KSTDT entries from the past few months shortly.)

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kids Say the Darnedest Things About Their Mistakes (and the Well-Worn Analogies Used to Prevent Them)

Going through the major scales with a middle schooler, some confusion ensued...

ME: What note does the F scale start on?
KID: E. (thinks for a second) No, wait...
ME: Thats supposed to be an easy question, like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?"
KID: Phil.