Tues Sept 28 So Van went from a victorious day to a tough day when his french teacher gave him an 11 for a poetry recitation. 11? ELEVEN!? Van is convinced she is biased against foreigners. Mom says she will talk with the teacher, possibly wednesday, when his class walks to a movie theatre.

Liberty also felt a little discouraged because she got an average time in the 30m sprints, which she says doesn't make sense becauase girls who were slower than her had faster times. Seems like another anti-foreigner bias.

But overall, they are well. Van has fun with class clowns in class. Liberty has made friends with a transkid, and other interesting characters, who all seem generally like decent kids.