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Greetings to everyone!
I know you are looking forward to a beautiful Easter weekend. Make sure to take the time to remember the real meaning of this sacred holiday with your family. HE LIVES.  The Regional DTDA Convention in Minneapolis was a great success last weekend. It was strange having the plane de-iced at the Minneapolis airport and arriving in Austin to 88º!! We are looking forward to the National DTDA Convention in Austin next week and hope we will see many of you there. Come by our booth and pick up a free T-shirt as well as sign up for some beautiful door prizes.
Donna Haas and I were co-guest speakers at the convention in Minneapolis last weekend and many of you asked for me to send a copy of some of the passages we read. Below you will find the four passages. Some of them you may have seen before. They are always fun to look at again. Hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend. 
As always, please stay in touch,
Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team

1. You believe the staff room should be equipped with a Valium salt lick.
2. You find humor in other people's stupidity.
3. You want to slap the next person who says "Must be nice to work 8 to 3:20 and have summers free".
4. You believe chocolate is a food group.
5. You can tell if it's a full moon without ever looking outside.
6. You believe "Shallow gene pool" should have its own box in the report card.
7. You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says Boy, the kids sure are mellow today."
8. When out in public you feel the urge to snap your fingers at children you do not know and correct their behavior.
9. You have no life between August to June.
10. Marking all A's on report cards would make your life SO much simpler.
11. When you mention "Vegetables" you're not talking about a food group.
12. You think people should be required to get a government permit before being allowed to reproduce.
13. You wonder how some parents ever MANAGED to reproduce.
14. You laugh uncontrollably when people refer to the staff room as the "lounge."
15. You believe in aerial spraying of Prozak.
16. You encourage an obnoxious parent to check into charter schools or home schooling.
17. You believe no one should be permitted to reproduce without having taught in an elementary setting for the last 10 years.
18. You've ever had your profession slammed by someone who would "Never DREAM" of doing your job.
19. You can't have children because there's no name you could give a child that wouldn't bring on high blood pressure the moment you heard it uttered.
20. You think caffeine should be available in intravenous form.
21. You know you are in for a major project when a parent says "I have a great idea I'd like to discuss. I think it would be such fun."
22. You smile weakly, and want to choke a person when he or she says "Oh, you must have such FUN every day. This must be like playtime for you."
23. Your personal life comes to a screeching halt at report card time.
24. Meeting a child's parent instantly answers the question "Why is this kid like this?"

Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of that year's incoming freshmen. Here's this year's list:
1. The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.
2. They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and did not know he had ever been shot. 
3. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged. 
4. Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
5. There has been only one Pope. They can only really remember one president. 
6. They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War. 
7. They have never feared a nuclear war. "The Day After" is a pill to them, not a movie. 
8. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up, and Tiananmen Square means nothing to them. 
9. Their lifetime has always included AIDS. 
10. They never had a Polio shot, and likely do not know what it is. 
11. Bottle caps have not only always been screw off, but have always been plastic. They have no idea what a pull-top can looks like. 
12. Atari pre-dates them, as do vinyl albums. 
13. The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them. 
14. They have never owned a record player.
15. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
16. Star Wars looks very fake to them, and the special effects are pathetic. 
17. There have always been red M&Ms, and blue ones are not new. What do you mean there used to be beige ones? 
18. They may have heard of an 8-track, but chances are they probably never have actually seen or heard one. 
19. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old. 
20. As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents. 
21. They have always had an answering machine. 
22. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black-and-white TV.
23. They have always had cable.
24. There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA is. 
25. They cannot fathom not having a remote control. 
26. They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony. 
27. Roller-skating has always meant inline for them. 
28. The Tonight Show has always been with Jay Leno. 
29. They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool. 
30. Popcorn has always been cooked in a microwave. 
31. They have never seen Larry Bird play, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a football player. 
32. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws. 
33. The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII, or even the Civil War. 
34. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran. 
35. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are. 
36. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from. 
37. They never heard the terms: "Where's the beef?," "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "de plane, de plane!" 
38. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. is. 
39. The Titanic was found? I thought we always knew where it was. 
40. Michael Jackson has always been white.
41. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
42. McDonald's never came in styrofoam containers.
43. There has always been MTV.

Face it. Nobody owes you a living.
What you achieve or fail to achieve in your lifetime
is directly related to what you do... or fail to do.
No one chooses his or her parents or childhood,
but you can choose your own direction.
Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome,
but that, too, is relative to each individual.
Nothing is carved in stone.
You can change anything in your life
if you want to badly enough...
Excuses are for losers.
Those who take responsibility for their actions are the real winners in life.
Winners meet life's challenges head on,
knowing no guarantees,
and they give each challenge all they've got.
Never think that it is too late or too early to begin.
Time plays no favorites,
and time will pass whether or not you act.
Take control of your life.
Dare to dream and take some risk...compete.
Be enthusiastic. Show some compassion.
If you are not willing to honestly work for your goals do not expect others to.
And most importantly...believe in yourself.

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge because
it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.


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