Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dropping a Mixtape


Apparently I've never written about Earvin before. Funny. He's been a thorn in my side for a while. I guess he's not done anything blog-worthy until now.

It was week two in the English 12 classes at the continuation high school. Third period was journalism. (Read: the kids that write the school paper.) Ms. M had dropped Earvin from the class before she retired to make things easier for me, but the counselor put him back in.

Ugh.

Earvin is one of those students who has no concept of proper behavior. Oh, he pays lip service to it, but when I actually want him to sit down and let me start class, he'll "do it in a minute". He just needs to finish whatever he's talking about right then. And that something is rarely, if ever, classroom appropriate.

On this day, Earvin was all about the rap song he had just released into the world.

He had to play it for everybody. Repeatedly.

And no matter how much I protested that it was inappropriate for school and that we had classwork to do, Earvin needed "just a minute" to "finish up".

Oh, the class was so enthusiastic about the song. They're sure he's going to be famous. And they told him how brilliant it was.

Personally, I thought the song was profanity-laced, misogynistic, violent, and rude. Of course, I'm not into rap music, and when every other word is either an f-bomb or that n-one, I'm left totally cold.

But Earvin was so proud. And he had to promote it. He needed a credit card. He asked me if he could use mine.

And then he was shocked that I wouldn't let him use it. (He only needed $5, and he was going to give me the cash.)

Some students are just so clueless...

Earvin seems to think I like him. I have no idea what gave him that impression.

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  1. Ugh... I feel for you. And thanks for commenting on my blog about the early wake-up. Actually, I thought of you while watching this morning's SpaceX launch. ~grin~ Did you get to look up at the pre-dawn skies and see anything or were you getting to sleep in? Be well!

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    1. Pre-dawn skies? I don't see pre-dawn skies unless I'm on my way to work.

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  2. I'm kind of at a loss for words. He wanted to use your credit card to promote his song? … the song you don't like? 😞

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    1. Yeah. I know, insane. He's not really all that connected to reality sometimes.

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  3. Haha! I'd get him a Visa Gift card and make him sign a contract to give you 10% of the royalties if he gets famous.

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    1. That would have been cool. Alas, he needed the $5 right then (*rolls eyes*), so I didn't have the gift card option.

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  4. I'm cracking up at the fact that he thought you would give him your credit card. He does not seem to have a grasp on how the world works.

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  5. A case of tough love huh? You gotta play nice to get what you want in this world lol.

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  6. Naive. Or maybe not as naive as you think. On the other hand, if you had demanded royalties on his music sales, it might have taught him something, too. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. See, now I wish I'd thought of that. Instead of having him pay me back, I should have demanded a percentage. Well, next time...

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  7. Well, to be fair, that does describe most rap songs on the radio. I somehow still doubt his is any good.

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  8. This kid talks bold for someone who should just shut his trap. Rap crap like that is not music, in my mind anyway

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    1. There are some with that personality. I hope he grows out of some of it (although I'm sure much of his bravado will remain all of his life).

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  9. Can't stand rap either. It's violent. One of my sons likes it and it used to drive me insane. Earvin is an excellent pseudonym!

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    1. I thought Earvin sounded a bit obnoxious. I like coming up with obnoxious pseudonyms for students. It's my little form of revenge.

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  10. Oh goodness. That's quite the bold request to use someone's credit card. smh

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