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on Jun 14, 2007
Those who ever wondered why Palo Alto is often referred to as 'Shallow Alto", could've attended or read about the Paly graduation, in which Blaine Marchant received a loud standing O from students and parents alike.
well, you see, blaine marchant is the young exclusive country club member who pulled a prank on the hired help, aka paly administration, and the adult country club members naturally rallied around the young squire, who the inferior hired help dared attempt to get punished. it's crucial that we maintain the class hierarchy where everybody know their rightful place.
The rousing standing ovation for young Mr. Marchant by both students and parents was necessary to ensure that the lower classes know their proper place and to discourage them from ever challenging the clever pranks pulled by their betters. What is this world coming to if the lower classes attempt to challenge their masters?
I was at the graduation, and am certain that only about 1/3 of the graduates and a small handful of people in the audience cheered for Blaine. Most people (including my kid and most fellow graduates) politely clapped and did not go crazy.
However, stating that he got a "rousing standing ovation" is more interesting in a news story than reality, I suppose.
The main reason for the cheers, according to my graduating offspring, was to indicate that the administration over-reacted. Most of the kids I talked with in the Class of '007 felt that the prank was fairly stupid, but that the administration's strong reaction was even more stupid.
That said ... I hope that airhorns and noisemakers are banned from future graduations. There was a group right behind my family that had several airhorns that they honked for a loooonnnggg time for their pal -- drowning out the name of the two kids who followed. It was just rude.
Everyone can just shut up about Blaine. So what if he got a lot of cheers? You guys can waste your time being bitter if you want, but it all happened and there isn't anything anyone can do and Blaine is awesome and an amazing friend and that is why I cheered, and I'm sure why the majority of other people cheered. From the look on his face when he came back it looked like he was embarassed about the whole thing, and I was teasing him about it and he just shook his head and didn't say anything. Its not like he was beaming and proud about his "Tom Cheers" or whatever.
i say old chap, or old girl for that matter-we are not being bitter, en contreur. we are glad that young blaine and his fellow young and not so young aristocrats have put the hired help in their place and showed them that impertinence won't do at all.
The slide show was wonderful! Just like being there but, better view and not as hot! Very nicely done!
oh yes, i say, the slide show, how splendid. the aristocrats recording their glory in a slide show, facilitating the experience for the blue blooded folk who who are fearful of the hot sun which only the bloody kafirs can stand. jolly good. and how splendid that the hired help got to sample some of the canapes leftovers in the servant quarters where they belong.
and young lord blaine, splendidly attired, fresh off his triumph over the rioting lower classes,who so impertinently dared class warfare. lord blaine, how smashingly fetching he was, splendid, splendid i say. i would be so bloody fortunate if he agreed to come round to my country estate as the guest of honor for my next hunting party. bloody fortunate i will be, my word.
Seems as though someone is trying their hand at comedy. Unfortunately, Blimey, you are terribly misguided. The fact is, Blaine will be punished, but the administration attempted to jail him by "wrongly estimating" the price of the car removal. Blaine is a good, humble kid who's only crime was participating in the annual tradition of pranks at Paly. Fact is, at another school this wouldn't be a big deal, and Blaine 's only punishment would be to remove the car and repair the deck. As far as I can tell, that consisted only of replacing two measly boards in the deck.
naturally, old boy, if one of your neighborly chaps flipped his old volvo onto your front yard, paint sprayed with gang graffiti, you would just laughed it off as the annual tradition of pranks in your neighborhood. jolly sporty of you old chap, jolly sporty. and young master blaine, humble he is, my word. treats the downstairs chaps decently does he?
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