Okay, one of the most interesting aspects of having a blog is seeing what Google searches bring people to your blog. Usually the key words of the search will be something like, "Wizard of Oz pictures" or "Braden Bell blog" or something like that.
I suspect that some of these are from my younger students who feel a transgressive thrill in typing a teacher's first name into a search engine and have heard rumors from the all-knowing 8th graders that Dr. Bell has a website. (Is this analogous to how my friends and I would figure out where teachers lived and what their phone numbers were. And then we'd make really funny prank calls: Teacher: Hello? Us: (Guffaw) Hi is (Guffaw) is (Guffaw) is your refrigerator (extended snorts and snickers) is your refrigerator running? Teacher: Yes Us: (Usually disolved in laughter before we could say, "Then you better go catch it!!!!" Bwaa-hah-hah-ha.)
However, last month there was a search I'd not seen before. The search terms were, "How ugly Braden is?' (Yes, that's how it was written). That sort of made me feel bad. I mean, no one's beating my door down to get me to be in the next Twilight movie and yeah, my midsection is growing fast enough that I worry their might be an alien or something inside (probably one that really likes Mexican food) but I'm not quite ugly. I mean, no one's ever screamed and run away or anything. Anyway, I consoled myself with the fact that I may be ugly but their syntax was bad! Hah! SO THERE!
Anyway, today I was looking at the latest searches and found this one: "
Thanks, whoever you are! That made me laugh. Truth be told, I wasn't terribly cute at 12. I was rather awkward, although I had an awesome purple Izod shirt with some checkered vans (pretty excited when my mom let me trade in my Keds and Garanimals for the more sophisticated stuff).
But anyway, thanks--whoever you are. You made my day.
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