Teaching and swimming pools have a lot in common. Sometimes you ease into the cold water and tinkle a toe before getting your head wet. Other times, a burly friend picks you up and hurls you into the deep end to sink or swim. The author of "Watch Out Fer Them Skeeter Bushes Or They Will Git Che" began his teaching career the second way, and takes the reader through an amazing array of adventures in his classrooms and offices. Almost four million minutes of interactions with young people and staff during his long career yields plenty of humorous, poignant, soul-searching, and ridiculous moments. This book is an escapist, entertaining set of stories appealing to both teachers and non-educators. Every recollection is based on a true set of events, as head-scratching as some may appear. What is a skeeter bush anyway? That question is eventually answered, but not until the author completes his journey from flailing in the deep end of public education to safely climbing out of the pool.