Garvald attempts to enjoy himself and get himself out of his usual morning depression...his biggest fear is missing out on life...so he watches "Chris Mathews" with very poor reception early in the morning and falls back to sleep listening to "Meet the Press...his dreams are mixed in with some infomercial until he wakes up...Buffy is one of his few pleasures and he cuddles her... comforting his loneliness and boredom in the high desert...
He gets his hot tub ready and tastes his last tiny bit of herb to escape while getting some sun in his backyard mixed in with a ride to his office to give his 2 cents to the neocons of Newsbusters...Julio and his wife walk in to do some work or also surf the net...they ignore G...
"will it be a long year?? or will you ever learn to be happy by yourself and not depend on others to cheer you up??"
He scolds himself and then he sees young folks flocking to a peace corp pot luck dinner/barbecue at his neighor Tom's place in the middle of the adjacent duplex...it's packed with all of this club from the surrounding very large county....He envies Tom as he envies others that can organize these events... He overly worries about being ostracized by these folks a generation younger, wishing to be included...Where can he socialize and make friends?? He had a game a chess with his unofficial mentor, Dr. Sam. G worries that life is passing him by...no one to really share his experiences except the audience out in his cyber world...
He chats with a young native American math teacher about his visions for the chess program in Utopachi. She is interested and he realizes that he can still do so much and survive the loneliness by plunging deep into his project. He tells her that he came back from Oz because he wanted to do something really
"spectacular in his at best mediocre teaching career!"
On Friday he showed his principal where he wanted the chess board. Mr. Blaney was very receptive and gave him some good ideas in the building and painting of this school project. He's so happy that he has such a good principal. He feels that this man was almost a gift from the universe!
Go with the flow, G!
If you build it, they will come!
9/19 If you paint it, they will play chess!
Winston Churchill would always take a little power nap in the early evening and then have a very productive night working hard on saving Britain from the Nazis! Bush is no Winston Churchill and we are not fighting the Nazis! We are going there to feed the greedy oil companies and be their free mercenaries while continuing to line the oil stained pockets of the Bush Cosa Nostra!
Ok G! Relax and enjoy your little fireside chat with your friends of the Okie Zone...
I'm so energized after a nap ...I could so much of a better job at school if I ever could try to reprogram my energy for early in the am or ever had a planning period right after lunch so I could have that revitalizing siesta!
But I had a good day sans the adderall, which helped me to fall into a deep slumber during the news. Now I'm wide awake drinking my tea and hot cocoa mixture that I invented after experimenting with Marty's reaction to it. He loves it but he especially loves that Pinon nut flavored coffee! MMM...even the whiny Clay loves that coffee with a heaping teaspoon of chocholate and mini marshmallows to wake these two boys up early in the morning!
Sometimes I'm determined to have a good day regardless of Betty Lou storming into my classroom to tell me next time I use the phone to put it back on her computer shelf the way she had it! The phone was originally for the life skills class but now it is basically hers by eminent domain! Now we get the same hang up calls that I get in my ED classroom!
"Is it your phone, Betty Lou?" I ask her calmly.She makes a snide remark and walks off back to her nesting spot in the life skills class!
At the end of the day she is back again this speaking a mile a minute in Navaho to the other ladies again. Finishing in English, "I don't have to be treated this way!" It was so peaceful for a week's vacation without her!
I had the usual problems again with D again. He knocked over a table when I was just cleaning up around him. Fortunately, the girls working on their math quickly got up before he screamed and threw over the table with his incredible strength from such a little man. He could have easily hurt them and then I'm sure there'd be a lawsuit against the school.
I had to wait with him till 4:45 until his home's van finally came to get him. At least I had the chess players, so I wasn't completely wasting my time. He attempted to knock over another table before he finally left with someone that is used to dealing with him.
The day finished well ! I walked around our beautiful campus and village all green from the rains. The sun is setting earlier now, about 7:15 and I watch her snuggle into the mountains at the corner of the valley.I soak in one of the last evenings of "summer" before we finally get the lush green killing frost and my beautiful pink rose will wilt ...will it be the end of spring in the summer or just the beginning???
I walk to school after chatting with a neighbor who is the "corn Pollen" teacher. These students are always wanting projects to help beautify the school. They did a gorgeous mural on one of the walls except for the emaciated cougar. Buffy is far better looking. She actually has the blonde body of a very strong 50lb mountain lion! I love her so much!
Brett is great at these kinds of projects. I explained to him about the chess board and where we're going to paint it. We will go into town Sunday and buy the paint from Home Depot after getting some cash for the paint and sealer! I am so excited!
I chatted with the custodians. They kidded with me about Betty Lou!
"have you all kissed and made up yet?"
I showed them where we will have the human chess. We will build the half life size pieces getting the art teacher and the wood shop teacher involved with the project also. The biggest complaint from students is that it looks like a prison with the drab grey walls. The murals will only accentuate the mountains and the desert plains that we see from the courtyard!
Gradually more teachers will be involved as the faculty sees the project materialize. I could see all the building painted with murals.
In the twilight with the outline of the mountains as the frame, the three of us saw this school become more beautiful than she has ever has been before!