How Utterly Stupid Is That?

Victoria and Fabrics 25

More photos from Mexico today, but before that, a report from several sources that a suburban Philadelphia public school used webcams in school-supplied laptops to spy on students in their homes. The person responsible for that particular decision tempts one to bring back the ol’ tar and feathers routine. Reports in The NY Times, NBC, The Philadelphia Inquirer and USA TodayThe Inquirer‘s coverage is best. (As of this morning, the school is claiming it has only activated the webcams to locate missing laptops and never to spy on students, which leaves a major question as to how the administrator knew what she claimed to know when calling in a student for “bad behavior” at home.)

Other crazy items catching my eye:


A last batch of photos from Mexico. We leave this afternoon, arriving back in Minneapolis by mid-evening. Yesterday’s photos are from a trip up the coast to, first Barre de Navidad. The town’s history holds that the first Spanish explorers visited in 1523. It served as an anchorage when the Spanish explorer Cortez continued his exploration of the “Southern Sea.” A viceroy named it Puerto de Navidad (Port of Christmas), because the Spanish explorers landed on Christmas Day. Since the town was originally built on a sandbar, the name was later changed to “Bar of Christmas.” Barra de Navidad became a town of shipbuilders and buccaneers, and vessels were built there that would sail as far as the newly-discovered Philippines, in search of gold.

We continued to El Tamarindo Golf Resort for lunch. I noted yesterday how nice that was.

“Nap time.” Youngster taking a break while his folks mind their stall at the Barra de Navidad outdoor market.

Possible Norte Americano hippies, in more-or-less permanent residence doing crafts in Mexico. It’s a fairly common sight.

A street-side children’s entertainment enterprise. One peso per ride (about 8 cents). A trio of one boy and two girls were intent on trying all the rides.

“School’s Out.” It was unclear whether for the day or merely for lunch, and I didn’t ask. In any case, right at the school’s entrance were a number of small shops with attractive nuisances: stickers for sale, candy, and other stuff to entice youngsters.

El Tamarindo. Villas overlooking the Pacific. It’s a gated compound of immense acreage. If you need to ask how expensive, you should not consider vacationing there.

Reflections in the infinity pool at El Tamarindo.


Victoria had the first run at the red, green and yellow diaphanous fabrics. We started with the yellow, and she set the standard.

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