I absolutely got a kick out of this Facebook Update from my cousin, who is a freshman in high school. This is definitely one of those “When I was your age” stories, but I think you’ll enjoy the story. Kyle just updated Facebook:
In 2010, students get text messages as soon as school is cancelled. Notification has been streamlined, information is disseminated quickly, cheaply and efficently.
Rewind 10 years to 2000, my sophomore year of high school.
One night, I decided I’d have a little fun with the snow that was falling. So, I changed my voicemail on my cell phone. In my best impersonation, I said something along the lines of this:
“This is Matt Plater, Superintendent of Schuyler County School District #1. School is cancelled tomorrow, January 7th, 2010. There will be no school on January 7th.”
Then, I posted my MSN Messenger Away Message.
“NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!!!! CALL 217-322-7533 IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME!!!”
I let it sit overnight, went to bed, and got up the next morning. Called the *real* number, found out school was on, took my away message down, and went to school.
The hallways seemed pretty empty. Some people told me how they almost bought it. We all had some laughs.
3rd period, I get called into the office to speak with the Principal, the Superintendent I had impersonated, and the Dean of Students.
Turns out that over 1/3 of the high school did not show up for school. I talked my way out of it, but the school district lost quite a bit of money from the state for the missing students. Whoops.
So in 10 more years I’ll be sayin “Pssh, I’ve been doing viral before you were born.”
Happy Snow Day!