Speaking of English, I think Mark Osterman likes me. Why?
Because: In Social Studies, he asked me what topic I was doing for my
report. And when I told him Artemis, he advised me to do Zeus.
And in English, he giggled when the substitute teacher we had
called we Suzanne Sanders instead of Saunders. I'm still doing
November 1, 1984
(Thursday) Guess what!?!? ALERT is going to Chattanooga,
Tennessee!!! My class is being split in half since we're on Wednesday
and that creates the only bad thing about the trip. Jodz (and Lee and
Mark) are all going on the 1st trip + Sarah + I are going on the 2nd.
It'll still be great though. Then we went to the
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. We had a six mile train ride behind
a diesel-electric locomotive. Also we went through a bunch of cars,
like a pullman + a caboose. After that, it was a seven-hour bus ride
November 8, 1984 (Thursday)
Did I ever mention that I'm rooming with Sarah and her
mother, who's a chaperone on the trip???? Well, now I have.
November 10. 1984 (Saturday) Hi!!! I definitely think Mark
Osterman likes me. Why? In the past few weeks, he's said to me:
His project was pyramids. He made a huge poster with
pictures of Imhotep Cheops + practically everything + person in
Egyptian history + a model of the Step Pyramid done in Legos.
Lee did a mediocre model of the Parthenon, which toothpicks for
columns. There were three other great projects, besides Mark's.
They were, Venk Reddy's, which was a clay Nile River with blue vinegar
for water that "flooded" when you put baking soda on it.
Margaret Nesbit's, which was baked tablets (that smelled like
cookies) with the Ten Commandments written on them in Hebrew.
And Stacey Buebell's, which was a big poster of the Hebrew
alphabet, all 26 letters + 10 vowels. I've made two new
friends. The first is Gena Kohn (I misspelled her name on p. 65 [in
the story of Sarah's birthday party]). She is short, with long blond
hair. She was on the honor roll, too. The next is Jennifer
Adkins. She is a bit shorter than me, no glasses (neither does Gena)
and is new at E.L. Wright. I sit next to her in P.E. + we try to sit
by each other in homeroom. She's the only real friend I have in
my homeroom, but she isn't in any of my classes. The "A" + "B"
honor rolls were in the newsletter this week + those people should
learn to spell! I spotted Willu (Willy) Armstrong, Sqaj (Suraj)
Menacheri and Wart (Ward) bates. At least no boo-boos for me!
- The aforementioned on p.75 about Artemis and my name
when I was gong to Chatanooga
- Asked if I got straight A's (yes)
- Asked again about Chatanooga
- Also asked again about A's
November 11, 1984 (Monday) Chatanooga, here we are! After
seven hours on the bus, and ending up one-half hour off schedule,
we're here! I've bought:
There was a "Test Your Sex Appeal"
machine in 1 gift shop. The ranks were:
- 6 stickers
- A ruler for Tammy
- 1 grape candlestick
got an Uncontrollable! Sean Cary tried 3 times + got a Wild, a Burning
and a Passionate. Too bad I haven't a chance of seeing if he really is
- Poor fish: try again
- Hot Stuff
November 13, 1984 (Tuesday) 'Bye,
Chatanooga! Now I'll describe the trip methodically. First, I
got to K-Mart to wait (with everyone else) for the activity bus. The
nI got my field study guide "All Aboard the ALERT Express." I also
received a bunch of brainteasers stapled together (labeled
"Mindbenders") the words to "Chatanooga Choo Choo," and a brochure
about the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. When the bus arrived, we
loaded our stuff onto it + we were off. We got to Atlanta about 12:15
but ate our bag lunches about 12:45 (we were supposed to eat at
twelve). We checked in at the hotel about 3:30. As said before,
I roomed with Sarah and her mother. Our rooms were made-over railroad
cars. Ours was number 767. After checking in, we changed, and
worked on our field study guides for about an hour. Then Mrs. Lefton
went out + got the other people she was in charge of, which were: us
two, Lisa Turner, Stephanie Stephenson, Jennifer Whitley, and a bunch
of thoerhs I don't know. Anyway then our group rode on one of the
trolley. It was fun, but Sarah said the trolleys in Boston are better.
After that our group went gift shopping. As aforementioned, I
bought 6 stickers, a ruler, and a stick of candy. Sarah bought four
sticks of candy and a hat. Then we saw the model railroad. It
is an exact replica of Chatanooga, even down to tiny flashing
traffic lights. At 6:30 is was time for dinner. As it turned
out, we were ten minutes late, but the others were even later. It was
a great dinner though. We had salad, four pieces of chicken
each, and vegatables, but the crowning point was at the end, sundaes!
Chocolate or butterscotch, I got chocolate. Then we went to a
conference room and did "Historical Interviews." Since my class never
got to research the people, we divided pu and joined a group. I was in
Casey Jones. After that, we went back to our rooms, did our
evaluations, and went to bed (45 minutes late). The next
morning, we woke up, got dressed, worked on our evaluations, packed,
and finally, got our group together. Then we headed over to McDonald's
for breakfast -- I had hot cakes, hash browns, and milk. Then
we went up Lookout Mountain. I felt slightly sick, + so did my
seatmate Renée but Lookout Mountain was neat. Chatanooga looked
exactly like the model railroad.