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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The pitter-patter of all those Sheep feet means that you're out and about, rushing to get more done. That's fine, but slow down by the week- end so you can heed some important advice. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You're in charge of your own destiny these days, and, no doubt, you'll have that Bull's-eye of yours right on target. But don't forget to make time for family events. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be prepared for a power struggle that you don't want. Look to the helpful folks around you for advice on how to avoid it without losing the important gains you' ve made. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Congratulations. You're about to claim your hard- earned reward for your pa- tience and persistence. Now, go out and enjoy some fun and games with friends and family. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat might find it difficult to shake off that list- less feeling. But be patient. By week's end, your spirits will perk up and you' 11 be your perfectly purring self again. VIRGO (August 23 to Sep- tember 22) A problem with a co-worker could prove to be a blessing in disguise when a superior steps in to investi- gate and discovers a situation that could prove helpful to you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) This is a favor- able time to move ahead with your plans. Some setbacks are expected, but they' re only temporary. Pick up the pace again and stay with it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your cre- ativity is recognized and re- warded. So go ahead and claim what you've earned. Meanwhile, that irksome and mysterious situation will soon be resolved. SAGITTARIUS (Novem- ber 22 to December 21) A new associate brings ideas that the wise Sagittarian will quickly realize can benefit both of you. Meanwhile, someone from the workplace makes an emotional request. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) It might be a good idea to ease up on that hectic pace and spend more time studying things you'll need to know when more opportunities come later in November. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A relatively quiet time is now giving way to a period of high activity. Face it with the anticipation that it will bring you some well-deserved boons and ben- efits. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Go with the flow, or make waves? It's up to you. Either way, you'll get noticed. However, make up your own mind. Don't let any- one tell you what choices to make. BORN THIS WEEK: You like to examine everything before you agree to accept what you' re told. Your need for truth keeps everyone around you honest. (c) 2001 King Features Syn- dicate, Inc. Ill l I JOIN US FOR LUNCH Daily Lush Specials Monday Friday -J ................. ,iv = Tue00ay Night Off 00nior Citizen 00scoum w Prime Fdday/Satu00ay Nights Room 10 By Emily G. Lundy For the last twenty years of my 34-year career, I taught classes predominantly in rooms without windows, only a small see-through in the door that led into my room. Often I wished for a ceiling "sky-line" or whatever just to see the oncoming tornadoes or low-flying aircraft like a heli- copterfor accident victims or for drying aid to the football field. Fortunately, from my class- room door to the side outside door was about 50 feet of dis- tance. On either side of this double door were insulated glass panels. A quick look out my door to the west let us know about snow, rain, dark- ness, etc. Often I asked a stu- dent to look out to see if rain or snow was really falling. (The inquiring mind always wants to know.) In case of a power short- age, each hall had an emer- gency light to burn automati- cally for 30 minutes in case of acute darkness. Acute darkness happened briefly a few times I taught there. Lasting darkness which eventually sent us all home for the day occurred one time after lunch. During lunch-break it seems into the school parking lot too fast and hit a major pole with more major lines of power that ran from the pole to 'the school. We were in absolute darkness. I had a class in my room; at first the situation seemed harmless. The stu- dent was o.k. but in much trouble. I always had candles in my bottom drawer or a box of matches but never both. That day I opened my door to the scared voices of my students in the background, and we re- ceivedslithers of light from the automatic emergency set up and tle panels around the out- side door. Then some good soul brought me a lighted candle which a student soon blew out, and I couldn't even tell which one he was. But his voice sounded male. Soon all students in the school had slipped out or into some other place; who could know. Probably many counted on the permanent darkness inside and went home or to the other side of the building where architects in later years had regained their senses and designed an add on with one window in each room. Windowless buildings were a junior student drove his truck probably cheaper to build, now that I think about it. I stood on concrete floors to teach; therefore, any periodical ar- ticle about our schools being "palaces" made me irritated, nauseated, and motivated. Without students on that day the "lights went out," most of the teachers gravitated to the darkest room of all--the teacher's lounge in the middle of the windowless building. Cola and Candy machines In there had lights that somehow burned, I seem to remember but cannot swear to it, with the other lights out. Then the y Wednesday, October 31, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 1] emergency light for that hall was directly beside the door leading into the workroom, lounge, or hiding place (what- ever you want to call it). Two of us stared at the out- side light willing it to continue burning. We could not go back to our rooms for any- thing if we could not see to round a corner. Eventually the principal said everyone could go home as our problem could not be "fixed" until later in the evening. Many times I could have wept for a window. Rainy days are my favorites, and to hear the rain but not see it was almost more than I could bear. With the rain came water into my room, the back por- tion, through the foundation. On a Monday, after a week- end rain, I could expect a floor puddle ten feet from the back of the room toward the front. If I reported the deluge or not, in came moppers, then later people with special suc- tion machines to get the wa- ter. Thankfully, my room was large enough to keep most of Us in the front half. Before I tearned, I lost some good books, the bottom of a small organ, and witnessed the rot- ting of some pieces of furni- ture. For a special project one year some boys in shop built a boat to represent on a small scale the vessel boat in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel T. Coleridge. For several years I kept that boat as a symbol of con- ditions in my room, tell classes we could always sail away in it. Then the school board de- cided the ,igh school needed Carpet. I did not want it as I'm not known as a neat per, son even though I would not have to do the vacuuming. Then there was the wate problem in all rooms along th back of the school as th[ level of land there before th building of the school wa lower than other areas. I j u tell it like it is withou analyzation of any kind. "Don't place carpet in my room all the way to the back," I begged. When the wate't comes, the stench will b sickening. No one listenec the smell built up a day or two after rain had fallen, and i must have spent hundreds of dollars on potpourri which did not really help. In some years the situation became political, and schooi board races might be won of lost on the "water" condition at the school which certainly, was not the fault of the one being blamed. A building in a hole will have problems with nature. Every custodian, mainte; nance head, self-made engi! neers, and others had solu- tions for the water problem Mine was to build up the floor three inches with space in-between that would allow the water to reach a ditch half a mile from my room. But all I knew was literature. Pumps are now in effect to help the water problem I think. I don't ask and try to forget my "home away from home" for many years, but ever so often on a rainy, dark day as I watch from the back window of my bedroom, I think of Room 10 with mixed emotions. NEWS. 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