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Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part 2/4

I couldn’t stand teaching on a field of gooey, carpeted dirt. After a few weeks, the place started to look like fallout from a nuclear blast. I wanted Old Faithful back.

When I asked Old Faithful for a few cans of the spray that removed gum by freezing it, he told me he missed the free goodies.

As he handed me a half-dozen cans, he said, “Don’t let the spray touch your fingers. You’ll get frostbite. Try wearing protective gloves.”


Do you know how much gum 200 students can leave stuck in a classroom carpet?

Great! I earned combat pay in Vietnam for being shot at. I wondered if I should put in a request for hazardous-duty pay.

For the next few weeks, I crawled around scraping gum off the carpet. I also bought a vacuum and used it daily.

I now had two jobs—teacher and custodian while Bookie’s Dream was paid to sleep and place bets.

Some readers might wonder why I let the kids chew gum. Easy answer—I didn’t have x-ray vision and most kids make sure they weren’t chewing when I was looking. Lucky for them too.

If I had superman’s talents, I would have sizzled a few along with Bookie’s Dream.

Discover What is San Bernardino Saying about Vandalism?

Continued in Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part 3 or return to Part 1

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part 1/4

Custodians are guys that clean classrooms and schools. They come in two models—those that do a great job and those that check in then as soon as the boss is gone, read a book, sleep, or call a bookie to place bets on long shots at the track.

Lucky for teachers, the second model is in the minority and should be recalled. Over the years, I had both.

When I became the high school journalism advisor in the early 90s and started working fourteen hour days, my night custodian, Old Faithful (although I was older), did a great job. As a reward, the student editors often left him food: candy, cookies, cake and pizza slices.

Old Faithful used to say we were making him fat and his girlfriend didn’t like that.


How they keep schools clean in Japan.

Then Old Faithful was replaced by Bookie’s Dream, who only emptied the classroom trashcan and the floor slowly grew a crop of dirt. The carpet was brown, so Bookie’s Dream thought it wouldn’t be noticed.

However, the chewing gum ratted him out.

Even though the school district had a rule  against chewing gum, that didn’t stop the students from chewing it. Discover one example of the cost of graffiti.

Continued in Bookie’s Dream, Old Faithful and Chewing Gum – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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