Secure documents

More scenes from a book tour: SECURE DOCUMENTS!

Secure documents do not enter sign, Pasadena High, Houston, TX, USA


  1. That’s probably where the state tests are held. Having worked in a Texas school during testing time that sign is nothing to be trifled with. Staffers will tackle you.

  2. Yup, that is exactly what that sign is Kevin. Testing documents of some sort are stored in that room. Basically, that means that the room is only accessible to the testing coordinator and maybe the principal. Someone that isn’t absolutely and totally authorized to be in there ending up in there and the state finds out about it, well all hell breaks loose.
    First off, that’ll count as a MAJOR “testing irregularity”. Chances are, at least one person is losing their job. Next, the school may very well have to completely invalidate any and all tests that have been done recently, as in this year, or they may have to totally retest recent tests. Either way, it would get really expensive. Especially since they’re Title 1, that testing is serious high stakes.

    1. I briefly dated a girl from Pasadena. Briefly.

      She was nice in her way, but by our 5th encounter (barely dates, she would appear and disappear at my place in a bit of a whirlwind and I only ventured into her neighbourhood twice) I had learned her father was in the Klan, her ex was always around, trying to lure her into his awful amateur porn ventures, everyone, her parents, siblings and their partners and various ex’s, had an exceptional habitual chemical vice in one form or another and firearms, often in poor repair, displayed or laying about the house, near windows…just in case. It was frankly just a bit much.

      Totally open though and fun to talk to, we remained friends, she could come over as long as it was just her or her+ her 2 kids.

      I met her at the courthouse downtown, because I’m fairly polite about privacy and courthouses are excellent places to exercise such discretion, it wasn’t until our second encounter/date that I learned she was there filing papers against a local surgeon, for adding a few millimeters to the requested augmentation.

      Pasadena, where the air is unique and so is the brain damage. C’mon, the bulk of it is all within 10 miles of 610, you know it’s Houston, we all did. Just a special part.

      But that was all like 20 years ago, it is probably totally different now.

      1. In the last twenty years, Pasadena has gone from being “that place where all the pickup trucks go to roost” to just another poor section of Houston.  However, the thrift-store shopping there is still amazing, if you know where to go.

  3. I bet there’s a door at Fort Knox with a taped-on sign that says “GOLD BRICKS, DO NOT ENTER” just to catch the would-be thieves.

    1.  Right beside the big red button marked “DO NOT PUSH” that opens the trap door straight into the brig.

  4. To be fair, there is a deadbolt on the door.

    Though, also to be fair, it does kind of paint a target on the room, too.

    1. How much you wanna bet the deadbolt isn’t locked, and has the same key as the handle lock?

      When I was in high school, the building was “brand new” (finished construction 2002), and I could use my student ID card (or any sufficiently stiff card) to open any locked door in the school, except the chemistry labs (which were always deadbolted and had a jam guard.)

      1. In my much older school it finally occurred to the art teacher to ask how I had managed to open up the locked art room for lunch and homeroom. My answer was “Screwdriver”

  5. It’s a recruitment test.  You tell the applicant they can’t move more than 5 feet from where they stand, give them a binder marked “Classified”, and that they must follow all the instructions on the door.

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