Determined to get all the required courses I could get in this second year, I signed up for geometry. Unfortunately, this conflicted with an elective class that I also wanted to take. Alas, a sacrifice was made.
Geometry was my first class every day. The teacher was new to the school and unknown to any of the students. Upon entering the classroom for the first time, everyone noticed that all the window blinds were closed and there was subdued lighting emanating from the overhead fluorescents, making the room somewhat darker than what we were used to. Granted, the morning sun was a bit blinding at that time of day, but the north side shades were also closed. We were all puzzled.
More puzzling was the teacher. He was writing on the blackboard as the class entered. His back was toward us. When he finished writing and after everyone had taken their seats, he turned around. Oh my god, I thought to myself. They've hired Dracula! Standing at the front of the room was a tall, dark-haired man, dressed in a black robe-like garment and wearing sunglasses.
None of us knew what to make of him. He appeared very strange and ominous. My first thought was that he wanted to intimidate the class with his appearance. He certainly did achieve that effect. That was until he spoke. We were all expecting a deep, foreboding voice to accompany this somewhat daunting figure standing before us. Instead, he sounded like my stepfather (a.k.a. Satan ) when Satan rambled nonsense to himself in a somewhat high nasal voice. It took all I had not to bust out laughing. Some other students also chuckled.
After introducing himself , he told us that he was from the Philippines, and that the bright morning light and the chalk dust, to which he was allergic, would irritate his eyes. Thus, the shades of both types were explained. I assumed the black robe was to protect his clothing underneath from collecting chalk dust.
He also had a slight speech impediment wherein, for example, he would say "phlease" instead of "please".
It was my third week in geometry. I was struggling not so much with the lessons, but with the voice of the teacher and the fact that he was becoming more phonetically challenged as the days progressed. It was somewhat hard to ignore, but I stuck it out.
Then one fateful day in that third week, he dissected the triangle, complete with diagrams and explaining all the angles, sines, cosines and tangents.
I immediately knew that I would not be earning this math credit when he pointed to the blackboard and uttered the words, "Can anyone name this 'phart' of the triangle."
Bodies fell to the floor erupting in laughter, with me being the first. I happily dropped geometry for drama.
This Theme Thursday's prompt is: Triangle