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Feeling better

Writing up a curse like that one is therapeutic, and drains off the bad energies. Finding out that My Son had to look up 'pederast' (and it's not a card game) was amusing.

Troop Patrol Leaders Council last night. We have a new Senior Patrol Leader, and the transition to our new Scoutmaster begins now; They have energy, they have visions, they have three months coming in which it's bad camping weather, and half the meetings are cancelled because of school/federal holidays. Sigh.

I've started a new job of Designated Noodge for the Life Scouts, trying to prod them, sorry, guide them into finishing their Eagles. We have three of them with their 18th birthdays breathing down their necks. One of them has written up his proposal, one of them has lining up the site and the resources so he can write his proposal, and one of them has decided on his project but hasn't done very much groundwork. With the one who did his project over the summer but has been dragging his feet over the writeup (sounds familiar), it's not impossible that we would see four Eagle Scouts awarded in 2008, following the two that were awarded in 2007. That would be cool.

Spelling outrage: when did they decide to drop doubling the consonant when turning a verb into a participle? The past participle of 'cancel' is 'cancelled', and I don't give a crap if the spellchecker thinks there should only be one 'l'. Two 'l' with it.

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deckardcanine
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
I think the new rule is not to double the consonant when it's not on a stressed syllable. You'll have to get used to it, just as you'll have to get used to my generation being raised with lower-case seasons.

I hope your son looked up the word before inviting anyone to "a game of pederast."
dhlawrence
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
It isn't dropped in the King's English ;)
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
leftovers of an early reading habit
I read WAY too much Tolkien, Dunsany, Eddings, Lewis, etc. and now 'color' and 'behavior' look weird to me.
dhlawrence
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: leftovers of an early reading habit
They look weird to me too, but that's because we still leave the u's and consonants in words in Canadian English. Plus we get derivatives of the British-issue Harry Potter novels (no 'Sorceror's Stone' for us!)
torakiyoshi
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Bad camping weather my foot! Your kids can earn frost points for every degree below 32ºF, providing they stay overnight in an unheated, outdoor environment. Get 100 Frost Points and you get a special award. Get 500 and you get a silver patch. My brother earned it once.

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi, whose troop camped out every month from September through May

Edited at 2007-12-11 03:43 pm (UTC)
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Not practical
We have to drive a hundred miles into the Sierras to get snow to camp in. OTOH, we do have a Puddle Duck patch that is awarded when it rains during a campout.
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