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June 16, 2005

Hmmm...who do I sue?

California, San Fernando Valley, Granada Hills ... Fall of 1959 I started kindergarten at Rinaldi Street Elementary School.

It was one of those typical schools built in Southern California in the late 40's through 50's. A low-slung, one-story affair of concrete, steel and brick, a playground fully covered in asphalt. Utilitarian and easy to build since the babyboom was in full swing.

Remember paper monitors and pencil monitors? You know, the kids in charge of passing out supplies to the class. In my school there were also window monitors.

Funny thing So. California -- we'd start back to school just after Labor Day and right in the midst of some of the hottest weather of the years. Triple digit temperatures for days on end. Rinaldi School had no air conditioning and when it was hot the window monitor would open the windows, the lights would be turned off and we'd read or color or sometimes just put our heads down for a rest. I've just realized something ...

I was educated in a GULAG!!!

Posted by Darleen at June 16, 2005 12:37 PM


You're right that the heat part, by itself, doesn't contribute that much to a gulag-like atmosphere.

On the other hand, if your school chained you to the floor without food or water in the fetal position for 18-24 hours, even after you had urinated and defecated on yourself, I strongly encourage you to sue.

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