BP. Proper Noun. Big Oil company who sought out Gulf Coast fisherman and families reliant on the biodiversity and abundance of the Gulf Coast and wetland areas, offering to pay them sums of $5,000 for waving the right to sue the company shortly after an offshore rig exploded and days before it was confirmed by media that oil was actually pouring out of the well and into the sea.
Celebration of Service. Proper Noun, in certain circles. Big event for local nonprofit. May occupy mind of program director for months and completely consume life for weeks.
Dispersants. Noun. Chemicals used to break up oil in the sea. Use stems from catastrophic events, which occur when big business decides personal profit is more important than public safety. Exact chemical compositions are considered “trade secrets” to minimize the ability of scientists (and others) to assess the impact on health and the environment.
DIBELS test. Noun; that thing where capitals imply words that describe the test. A test done in English that requires each student to spend 15 minutes alone with the teacher, during which time parents are asked to sub. Test has significance somewhere and is likely related to some requirement. Jazz Fest (see entry, below) may impair parents’ ability to process significance of testing. Or else, the experience of subbing for a class of 1st graders may destroy the brain cells holding that particular set of information.
Jazz Fest. Proper Noun. AKA: Fess. Like most things about New Orleans, highly misunderstood. Seven days over two weeks, hundreds of musicians, artists, and food vendors. This is not your Northern California “Jazz Festival” where erudite folk sit around and sip wine from fancy glasses while listening to the gentle smoothness of elevator music. It’s more like Woodstock sobered up just enough to put on pants and then hooked up with a Louisiana girl who knows how to cook.
Pink tea. Noun. AKA: Crystal Light. Made for child’s birthday play-date/tea party. Easy to clean up when spilled on crinoline and other costume material. Served with petit fours and fruit salad.
Race Day. Proper Noun, according to school emails. Day(s) when students are hauled out to open space to run long distances which increase with age. All kids finish, all kids win, emphasis on participation, exercise, and drinking lots of water afterward. Usually happens right in the middle of Jazz Fest, see entry above.