Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Squaw Valley snuggled into the beautiful Serendipach Range

On a nicer note, before I was motivated to expose newsbusters for it's hypocrisy and its desire for the neocon party to control the media, I was realizing again how peaceful it was here looking at the technicolor sky each night before the moonsoon rains drift away from the Serendipachi range. Today was the first day that it hasn't rained but I still saw all the ominous clouds gathering so we could still be in for a down pour. Much of the lowlands of New Mexico are deluged in floods as the waters from the continental divide flow downstream on both sides.

I walk with Buffy and let go of her leash in our backyard, the Serendipachi range, with no vehicles to worry at the base of this range. It is so green now . You forget that you are in a high desert . It has rained more this summer than it has in 15 years!

Today was Marty's first day. I realized actually how happy I was to see him almost as if he was my son. I was proud of him and saw his growth over the summer. He's working at Denny's washing dishes earning lots of spending money. You wouldn't believe him to be the same immature boy that walked into the trailer that I had as a classroom this time last year. I gave him a book of Australia and he seemed happy to see me too! I felt much more of a rush than I did with Clay (almost like these boys were my children!) It is amazing when you are gone from someone close (especially Buffy) for a couple of months, the deep warmth that you get when you see them again.
I was so happy to see my favorite chess player again. He was taller and more mature also. He came by for a quick game of chess before he had to go to football practice even though we didn't have time to finish. How wonderful it is to feel the growth and success within him and others that you have worked with! Both he and Marty made such great strides second semester. When you instill in these children some passion and reason for being you realize that it was all worthwhile too. When they have a little success in chess or even just getting a job they blossom!....like flowers in the desert blooming so magnificently with all the different colors after the summer monsoons.
(gosh, I'm becoming verklempt in my middle age with tears welling up in my eyes now! ...sometimes, I love to let myself fantasize(?) that Dad is with me still... he wrote to M just before he floated over to the other side, that even though we hadn't talked much over the long distance line to OZ he was with me spiritually...uh oh, tears are really rolling down my cheeks now! I guess it's really raining from heaven now!)

Marty started thinking about his work and careers. When I had him write in class about his feeling he showed his motivation to succeed and graduate. He had a very rough first semester with his very close second cousin .( a freshman commited suicide by hanging himself and the whole school was in mourning for a long time with attempts by him before Xmas and others)

I am so excited about the year. He still did not have a great day but that is normal for him. He told me that he walked out of the Spanish class and then cussed at the principal. He was sitting in the life skills class with Betty Lou. I took him back into my room and enjoyed chatting with him while I taught a retarded girl cursive.
(She is a mother of a child and married to a man much older than him . She wants to learn and be a good mother. I saw a great amount of growth in her over the summer too. She and her husband would come by my home to sell things occasionally.)
Today he told the very good new young peace corp teacher with a pony tail whom the Borg thought would work better with these kids, to fuck off a few times ...I chatted with the young gentleman with the humbling experience in Bangladesh that was just his way of bonding with him!
"You should have seen the was with me the beginning of last year."
Tom laughed! He's a very nice chap! He's the new young hit with all the 4 Navaho assistants in the life skills classroom (sans the severely disabled kids) and especially Betty Lou (she appears to have a tendency to become fond of younger men including the other sped teacher, Julio the Latin flirt from Equador).
I'm happy that they aren't here so I can take them back to my classroom and not deal with the current negative vibes from the gossiping squaws with nothing to do but chatter away! Without these ladies to distract the kids I am able to bond with my new students and they want to learn!

I had a poor attitude yesterday still angry at Betty Lou staking her parking place in the life skills class like she does in every classroom of the past, present and future. She has more furniture than any teacher. She has taken over (by eminent domain) several pieces of school property to establish her territory even more than my bitch does in our front and backyards. We started off last year in the trailer and she made sure to occupy a great portion of each room. She has her desk, her computer desk, her school phone (of which she's on the phone or surfing the computer evertyime I walk by..She has been able to succesfully do it in what ever classroom she lays down her stakes.) She even wants for her big newbubba truck to lay claim to the only parking spot with a shady tree . This week I've had to ride my car instead of walking since I've had to run errands. I was happy to be earlier than her this morning and gleefully take posession of the shade ;) Now she is documenting every conversation we have since Tom is tired of being our intermediary. Of course the documentation came up on my classroom printer. I picked it up wondering where it came from and saw more spin on our brief chat than Faux (Fox) news channel's O'reilly and Ohannity! I have been "snappy" with her and moved her filing cabinet "scraping" the hallway floor into the life skills class. My snappiness was witnessed by the other hens and she claims a student (uh no). There are 3 larger more comfortable desk chairs and desk apparently posessed by the assistants. Marge said I could put my things an old table when I come to the classroom (I'm scheduled there for 3 hours !) So I sat on Tom's chair (who teaches there has one of those cushy rolling chairs)
"Why are you sitting on Tom's chair?"
I actually in retrospect think this whole sped hallway could make a great sitcom.
A bellagonna (white man) learning how best to deal with the ladies of this tribe.
The male janitors (males are obviously 2nd class in this matriarchal society) think the whole situation is hilarious. They all make sure to kid me about how me and Betty Lou act like we are married!

I requested that she not work with me but the Borg still let her go and make her home in my life skills class which I have for more than 3 hours a day. I'm wondering when she'll bring in her own couch and matress?? There she was effectively gossiping to the other 3 assistants in that class in her native tongue while making little snide remarks to me as if I did not belong there.

Fortunately none of the severely disabled students were there so I could take the other students into my classroom (I actually feel much more at home there with out the Navaho gossip. I've bonded with Julio sharing my freshly ground coffee. He's promised me some tasy Venezuelan coffee. I don't feel any negative vibes in the room anymore since my "wife" has finally vacated her settlement . I don't have her to constantly nag me anymore! I feel free again!

I woke up to a beautiful day today and just knew that I was going to have a great day even saying hello to BL with her usual ignoring from her. The bad vibes from her have sluffed off onto the substitute assistant who is one of the grandmas in the community. She is in the same clan as my favorite chess player. He called her grandma as children do to the older ladies in their extended familiies. It is obviously a matriarchal community as they are the prime force in bringing up the children. The men are often out of the picture as they are inner city communities but not at all in the same way. This community is extremely family orientated.
Today was the best day because I was well rested and had a much more positive attitude. I wasn't going to let any sour lady spoil my day.
I came home and hugged my gorgeous little bitch as she jumped up and down so happy to greet her master. I had the feeling that I wasn't going to be lonely this year and was going to find enjoyment in everything especially the evening show each night while Buffy frolics by the very green ditch that takes all the torrential rain out of the pasture.

I'm getting up early and learning more now how to seize each day and make the moment last....from playing with Buffy to kidding with my students as they enjoy learning math and English! The assistant (married to a teacher and expecting in October) was often laughing at my jokes. It was great. I actually sometimes think I'm becoming a good teacher. With the addaboy I'm even getting better organized!
lata mates!
"Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget."
Maria Edgeworth



Saturday, August 19, 2006

The witch's curse!


Today was a productive day, sort of. I took some addaboy and was wanting to visit the flea market in town. I try to only to make a couple trips into town since it's 30 miles away on route 666. Just the old name of the route makes me want to avoid it especially since the incident of the one time letting M light up a cigarette with my the roof open. Guess what happened. I smelled something burning and couldn't figure out where it was coming from. I stopped the car knowing how serious it was. Finally I reached under my seat and the tissue was burning some pages of my website. I burned my fingers getting the flaming papers out of there! Wow!
At that point I really believed I was cursed by an angry old "flame" (pun intended) ...then later sitting in the hot tub with storm all around us only reinforced this weird feeling......you think of the curse of Tutankaman and then a curse from a bipolar pagan witch ...( I know...you think Garvald has left the Okie Zone and has entered the twilight zone!) I'm glad I took my mothers hand woven sweater with me for protection from evil (including cops that might stop me, I've been lucky). I always take "her" with me in the Infinity. She knitted that sweater for me about 20 years ago,probably in OZ. Every time I put on that sweater, especially when I'm down, I immediately feel better almost like Mom is hugging me .. I feel warm fuzzies all over and I smile as if she right there with me..uh oh, all verklempt again,the tears fill my eyes, but that helps me see better and I have that epipheny!

I cleaned up my room so I could teach algebra to my favorite two ED boys. These boys and chess are the reason I left paradise. I wanted to see it all out. I want to do something fantastic this year since I've only been at best a very mediocre teacher...

I'm just getting so excited about everything falling into place. I have a male principal that has several cancer surgeries and been near death so every sunrise to him is fantastic. He and the principal from Wewoka have impressed me the most as administrators. Coincidentally, the other principal from another time made the biggest impression on me with his philosophy for being a "dead man walking" (which is the theme of approaching every day as a blessing! especially if you were already dead but were able to come back and experience life again just one day at a time!)
The teachers impress so much here in the village of Utopachi. There are so many peace corp workers especially on my cul de sac!
A Phillipine lady and I are the only the ones in the cul de sac that weren't in the Peace Corp. Two couples worked in Uzbekistan, the man sharing the sped and ED responsibilities with me worked in Bangaladesh and the new lady that arrived today worked two years in West Africa! These young folks want another experience of working again in a totally different culture.
These Indians are Americans but in a way, it's like being in a different country. We are so lonely and isolated from the rest of civilization. You especially feel it when you look up and see those infinite amount of stars with no city lights to interfere!
"The ring represents infiniti and you are not it"
and she wanted gone from her reality and that you never existed in her world that she so wanted to control, ...
this witch from another life cursed you with that ever present thought!

"I've moved on. I'm happily married now!"
She lies in written and spoken words as most women he encountered in his life with the exception of Alene.
She still can barely make ends meet bringing up her fatherless children with another drive by boyfriend, but
she says it so effectively with that cold frigid look that haunts you in your dreams..
she has put on weight and is still beautiful after her devolution into an ice witch!..
she is busy helping her current transient boyfriend, in his business...
she momentarily meets your eyes sensing your presence ...
she is angry that she still sometimes sees your face in her dreams
she freezes your soul with her gaze...


you wake up and hug Buffy. It's 725 and you are late as usual! You want to just stay in bed and feed off your puppy's happiness as the sun comes streaming in the windows warming up the Serendipachi mountains in your backyard!
No worries,Mate! Wake up and smell your pinon nut coffee brewing in your automatic coffee machine!
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Thursday, August 17, 2006

www.newsbusters.org censors anyone that doesn't share their views!

from right wing slanted site www.newsbusters.org
I thought that I would tell you that I was just banned from their site that always whines about liberal bias. It's funny because they censor anyone that doesn't share their same views! Anyone out in blogville that is for freedom of the press, register your voice and let others know that this Washington DC based organization gets really upset if your criticize the president and they censor comments.

new rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 18:21
It is amazing how neocon spinmeisters love to turn words around. I believe that what these terrorists do is despicable!
Taking care of people is a positive value that has been lost in the newly evolved neocon ideology. Neocons call that liberalism!
It used to be that Republicans (Eisenhower and even Nixon) believed in taking care of the people instead of wasting it on wars to only aid their good ole boy friends in the oil field that are making a killing in the stock market and lining their pockets.

rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 18:10
Which aspects of Sir Winston Churchill (Conservative) do you find so admirable?
JB, you are rude , but I'll gladly respond in kindness with a cut and paste. Have a nice day!Bush Is No ChurchillOn the first night of the festival of political cross-dressing now taking place at New York's Madison Square Garden, otherwise known as the Republican National Convention, Rudolph Giuliani attemped to favorably associate George W. Bush with Winston Churchill. Such an association would be comical if it did not also qualify as an offense against reason.Any implied association between Churchill and President Bush, based on an honest evaluation of their documented history, behavior and performance, is ludicrous. Winston Churchill took part in the last cavalry charge in British military history. Winston Churchill fought for Queen and Country in the Boer War, was taken prisoner, and escaped from a POW camp. He did not hide behind economic privilege to evade service in a cause he believed in.Winston Churchill worked incredibly long hours, crafted his own speeches, and even helped design landing vessels during WWII. He was a master of the English language. Unlike Bush, he did not spend nearly twenty percent of his tenure as a war leader on vacation.Years in advance, Churchill correctly forecast, within a few days, the date for the beginning of WWI. Unlike Bush, he was never caught off-guard while his nation was savagely attacked.Winston Churchill was one of the most brilliant thinkers of his time – and was never afraid of changing positions once he ascertained that he was on the wrong side of an issue. Churchill wasn't even afraid of changing political parties – beginning his career as a Conservative, then becoming a Liberal, then finally returning to the Conservative Party. Like John Kerry and Bill Clinton, Winston Churchill was a policy wonk who understood that the devil is always in the details.Churchill wasn't perfect, and reflected the mindset of a 19th century British imperialist. In the early-to-mid 1930s, he was an opponent of Indian independance, for instance. Churchill also suffered from chronic depression (he called it "black dog"), and took to self-medicating with alcohol throughout his life – rather than dealing with the underlying dynamics of his depression. I believe that it is fair to speculate on the degree that his depression and alcoholism impacted the effectiveness of his leadership. As mighty as he was, to evoke the familiar British anthem, Land of Hope and Glory, he might have been mightier yet.I consider myself a student of Winston Churchill, and George Bush is no Winston Churchill. Unlike John Kerry, George Bush has never demonstrated anything close to Churchill's powerful, independent, always flexible intellect. George W. Bush has never demonstrated the physical courage of Churchill – again, unlike John Kerry. And President Bush absolutely hasn't demonstrated Churchill's uncanny ability to accurately discern the likely shape of the future – once again, unlike John Kerry, who forecast the chaotic scenario we are watching play out today in Iraq. That is why Kerry insisted that, minus the demonstration of an imminent threat posed by a nation whose borders were then tightly controlled through the existence of no-fly zones to its north and south (and, hence, nothing like the scenario that existed with regard to Nazi Germany from 1936 through 1939), President Bush build the kind of wide coalition that his father had assembled to hold Hussein accountable, and that force only be employed as an absolute last resort.Let me close by documenting one final difference between Churchill and George W. Bush. When France fell in 1940, Churchill formed a coalition government. He created a spirit in Great Britain where there were no Conservatives, no Labor Party members, no Liberals, just Englishmen united against a common enemy. In comparison, George W. Bush used 9/11 as an opportunity to divide America, pursue radical economic and social policies, and exploit the specter of Bin Laden to smear the reputation of Senator Max Cleland, a triple amputee, not to mention any Democrat who sought to oppose his radical policies. Whereas Winston Churchill was truly a force for unity in Britain's hour of need, George Bush has been nothing but a crass political opportunist. Hence, Rudolph Giuliani dishonors Churchill's name by even tangentially linking it with President Bush. Bush is no Churchill. Bush would be lucky to be the man, or the President, his father was. Winston is way out of Dubya's league.Matthew Carnicelli © 2004.

Mean Gene Dr. Love Says:August 17, 2006 - 18:02
Rhayes said: "I don't believe in terrorism but at least they are taking care of their people which any civilized society should do. .."
Are you kidding me!? Terrorism...civilized. Are you smoking crack!? Your statement is akin to praising pimps that provide healthcare to their prostitutes. Or lauding a drug dealer that provides clean needles with each drug deal. I can come up with more analogies if these two aren't vivid enough for you. Get real!
Hezbollah is pure evil. As in EVIL...incapable of doing good regardless of all outward superficial appearances. This terrorist group is preying on Lebanon's civilians. Hezbollah is the reason the IDF razed Southern Lebanon. And now Hezbollah has managed to look like the good guys because of their manipulations and having the image of being there to make things better. Sadly the civilians seem to be falling for it. Hezbollah has victimized the very people they are purporting to help now. Diabolical. EVIL.
--Peace through superior firepower.

florida_chad Says:August 17, 2006 - 16:51
Well where is all the Iraqi oil we went there for?

rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 16:49
I don't see any solution. There has always been fighting in the middle east since Babylon. Then religion with two sides believing God was on their side only added fuel to the fire.
We need to stay out of there as Europeans should have stayed out of there during the crusades.
Americans need to know the real reason why we've been so interested in this land filled with black gold. If the government was honest with the people we'd at least have saved american lives and billions of dollars.
florida_chad Says:August 17, 2006 - 16:46
I don't believe in terrorism
Then your are foolish.
Fox news however continually shows what they want to show and often leaves out much information to back their slanted side... so one has to listen to other stations and newspapers to get the full truth.. fox is constantly throwing spin about the war and terrorizing the audience with fear.
Yeah - no other news provider does that. Not the NYT, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS
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Free Stinker Says:August 17, 2006 - 16:45
fox is constantly throwing spin about the war and terrorizing the audience with fear.
Vicentes Fox?
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rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 16:42
Rahyes- thank your for responding without name calling and closer to the topic. You still didn’t give your opinion about the appropriateness of the NYT focusing on Hezbollah’s humanitarian efforts while ignoring that they use civilians as human shields.
Dee, I apreciate your civility, so I'll respond to you and ignore the usual rude behavior of the Oreilly wannabees that infest this site...
It is wrong about how the Hezbollah have been using civilians as shields. I don't believe in terrorism but at least they are taking care of their people which any civilized society should do. ..the brunt of the article was positive about these terrorists and could appear to people as being one sided and in favor of these "victims"
Fox news however continually shows what they want to show and often leaves out much information to back their slanted side... so one has to listen to other stations and newspapers to get the full truth.. fox is constantly throwing spin about the war and terrorizing the audience with fear.

Dee Bunk Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:57
Rahyes- thank your for responding without name calling and closer to the topic. You still didn’t give your opinion about the appropriateness of the NYT focusing on Hezbollah’s humanitarian efforts while ignoring that they use civilians as human shields.
We can argue for ever in circles about who was wronged first that is why I’d rather stick with the point of the blog. The important thing is what is going on now and how the media is reporting it. So what do you think about them ignoring Hezbollah’s terrorism and they way they hide behind their own civilians?

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Jack Bauer Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:33
LOL RJ -- nailed with one phrase. VIVA the CIA -- if only because they put 100 bullets into Che Guevera.
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m36b1 Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:18
Two soldiers?.... that was the only reason for Israel's response? You actually believe that? Sunshine, floweres, and gumdrops for Israel from the Arabs before that incident? And as far as "Lawrence of Arabia" and the British "screwing the Arabs" - perhaps you need to go a little further back in your history if you believe that Jewish people never lived there for centuries in the past - where they were "screwed" numerous times. Give us your grand plan to stop the warfare for good over there.

RJ Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:14
His ignorance DOES take your breath away, Jack, but he'll never understand that. Y'see, rhayes wears something popular with many on the left. It's The Impenetrable Cloak Of The Fatuous (vacuous, smug, unconsciously foolish...delusive)

Jack Bauer Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:04
Your ignorance is breathtaking. But then you already demonstrated that with your "plagiarism" jibe.I'll ask you again. Which aspects of Sir Winston Churchill

rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 15:00
So what is your opinion about the blog? Do you think it’s appropriate for the media to focus on Hezbollah’s Humanitarian aspects without mentioning their terror tactics or how they use their civilians as human shields?
good question, bunk, instead of the usual "juvenile" behavior of this blog.
It is not appropriate for these terrorists to behave this way but I dont believe it was appropriate for Israel to respond the way they did over two soldiers.
Think about the reasoning for all this hatred and it might stem back from when the state of Israel was founded and how the Arabs have been shafted ever since Lawrence of Arabia befriended them and then they were screwed by the British.

Dee Bunk Says:August 17, 2006 - 13:55
Rayes - do you care about anything that really matters? Why don’t you tell us about your opinion on the blog you are actually on? I’ve read through this thread and can’t find any relevant comment by you. All you seem to like to do is throw the word neocon around in a juvenile way that shows you don’t even know what it means.
So what is your opinion about the blog? Do you think it’s appropriate for the media to focus on Hezbollah’s Humanitarian aspects without mentioning their terror tactics or how they use their civilians as human shields?

Jack Bauer Says:August 17, 2006 - 13:51
plagiarism: the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. Exactly the sentiment MM expressed. What's your problem? VIVA the CIA -- if only because they put 100 bullets into Che Guevera.

ckc1227 Says:August 17, 2006 - 13:47
It's sad, really. 5 years in and the MSM still refuses to report on any progress made in Iraq by our troops; 2 days into the cease-fire, they can't wait to give kudos to the Hezbos "Social Services Network".
I need a shower......
Jack Bauer Says:August 17, 2006 - 13:46
"Winston Churchill was a great man. Bush is no Churchill." Interesting. Churchill was most certainly a Conservative, and most certainly would be called a "neocon" by the name-callers on the left. So as Bush is not really "conservative" on many issues, on that point I'd have to agree. I'd be very interetsed in hearing about which aspects of the greatest man of the 20th Century, you so admire. Incidentally, I was in the newly opened Churchill Museum a week after it opened in January 2004, so no BS. VIVA the CIA -- if only because they put 100 bullets into Che Guevera.

rhayes Says:August 17, 2006 - 13:34
Where did you get this quote about plagiarism,mm? Out of the newly evolved neocon dictionary?
Its funny how this channel has a spin for every word!
Mean Gene Dr. Love Says:August 17, 2006 - 10:55
Unsane, I agree with everything you have said on this subject 100%. As a fellow serviceman (USAF) I think often times we (unfortunately) have a much better understanding of the logistics of wartime operations, including an understanding of the LOAC that is drilled into us so we can play by the "rules" that the terrorists completely ignore.
Violence does not always equal terrorism. It's the square is a rectangle thing. But not all rectangles are squares.
On the subject of beaches: If you ever get the chance Marbella, Spain is awesome. Got to spend a couple days there on vacation while I was stationed in Germany.
BTW: I love your Churchill quote.
--Peace through superior firepower.

Unsane Says:August 17, 2006 - 10:37
I do note that you seem to see no difference between civilian casualties of war and a deliberate act of reprisal against civilians. Actually, consider this difference: in war, we can try all we can to minimize civilian casualties, but they cannot be avoided entirely. In this I am a realist. If you are a nation state, like Iran or some other belligerent, if you want a 100% chance of suffering NO civilian casualties, perhaps you shouldn't tangle with the United States or other nation.
Unsane Says:August 17, 2006 - 10:27
Actually, no. Terrorism is something I would define (and have) as an act of violence by a party (rarely if ever a national actor) in a position of weakness in order to wage a direct attack on society and to achieve a political end. Using this definition, how was the United States and the United Kingdom of the early 1940s in a position of weakness? Or Germany?
Note that the planes that flew to Hamburg and Dresden and other German cities were engaged and dueled with via other German aircraft and ground fire. Terrorists, because they know they cannot win in a battle with an evenly matched force, avoid confrontations with organized military and law enforcement officials and as such attack what are generally considered civilian targets in the most direct way possible. Also note that in the time it took for the planes to reach their targets, there were ample opportunities for civilians to take shelter or seek refuge elsewhere. Did the terrorists give anyone in the World Trade Center (and other targets) the same opportunity?
Think this through.
And considering what I do for a living, being a pacifist would, for me, be a most contradictory stance in life.

Monday, August 14, 2006

It was my first day back at school with a week of preparation before the kids arrive. All of a sudden I realized what was happening since I left 2 weeks early for my father's funeral in OZ. These plotting conniving ladies with the manipulations of the Borg will try to force me out of my classroom or assign me with the severely retarded children since the Borg does not want to handle those kids anymore. I am so glad that it appears that there will be a male principal to back me up. The Borg manipulated her way into the mind of MCB last year and arrived into the inner sanctum of power until Erowyn came back in the nick of time from her pregnancy. It is so nice to work for a woman that isn't a power hungry control freak with very little experience.
I walked into my old classroom and ask if they are moving us into another classroom.
Betty Lou is getting paid to sit on her butt instead of listening to a boring seminar on Baldridge again! She has parked herself as she usually does laying her claim to her corner of her home away from home.
"I don't know where you are going, but I'm staying here!"
I thought to respond but I thought I better wait since she obviously had talked to the Borg!

I am happy that the principal appears to want to support us in any way. I feel that it will be a long fight this year if I don't assert myself with these conniving controlling ladies who want to take my ED students away from me especially since I have had success with them!

Thursday- back to the land of enchantment
I've been here two weeks now after a wonderfully rejuvenating time in OZ! Sometimes I feel like everything seems to be falling into place with this exciting year despite the tampering of my schedule from the Borg and the very angry spell cast on me from a witch of the past...(sometime I might talk about that when I'm really in the mood ...I'm just not in the mood now to talk about this very negative energy that has drained me in the past...I'll also go into the bizarre road trip on highway 666 and the incredible storm pelting down ice while being sheltered in the hot tub underneath chairs to protect our heads! That was fun as if the the evil Morgan le Fay was creating this tempest and we just relaxed in the hot tub with 100 km winds creating havoc and pushing pool chairs into the pool and tub around us while we just laughed!!..;)

Clay walked in Mr. Rauch's classroom when I was chatting with him about the year and a real rush came over me as if to say everything that I hoped for this year can happen. He was motivated to start coming to school so he could graduate and play football again. I had him call the clinic for a physical so he could start going to practice! I sense how he will help the turn the losing football team around along with being such a benefit to wrestling and baseball. The principal said that we will probably lose the wrestling team but I told him that the local Indian chapters would probably be able to help the team. I just hope that he will finally buckle down.

This junior has so much volatility but he appeared to be much more mature and the other students like him so much. I feel that a winning football team and all the things that we can do with chess will really jetison the Utopachi community out of the mire that they have been in.
Even the old female athletic director was friendly to me on Monday when I chatted with her about her trip with girls from all over the state to Australia. She even asked me about the what kind of beer they have in Queensland, XXXX! (I miss this beautiful land already like a lost lost gf that has been waiting for me all my life but I feel I still have a mission here with the natives.)

Two other teachers wanted to help me with the chess program and I know that the program can really flourish as we show how this thinking game can be the solution to improving test scores before Bush's "no child left behind" bullshit will force the school into reorganization!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Back to the disUNITED STATES OF ISSUES

Thanks so much, LA, the savior of my blog!!
I was worried about a high tech neocon lynching of this site (no appologies to the token non caucasian neocon of the right tilting supreme court)....
I'm back to the wonderful high and mostly dry state of enchantment....
Maybe it will finally happen and I'll have a succesful year of teaching...I definitely put myself out of my element coming here but it's ok,
since I'm weird to most okies of the redneck state of mind(I only feel comfortable in the much more eccentric but environmental land of OZ!! ;)...
I only had to wait about haahlf an hour (oz accent) to get on the bloody 'puter in the library about 30 miles from the lonely village of Utopachi nestled in at the base of the Serendipachi range..

I decided to do a top ten list of what I want out of this next school year and my life as the years accelerate by with no chance of pushing pause on life's vcr...(when chatting with LA on the phone enroute back from Flagstaff, she gave the best compliment of the month about believing that I am a visionary like this railroad entrepeneur she is writing about on one of her sites mentioned in www.hereinreality.com)
1. Make a chess movie about our highschool human chess play (more details later)
2. Find out Buffy's true feelings about the potential responsibilities of being a very young mother.
3. Make a real connection with the Indian community especially using chess as a way for these often very depressed people to build their self esteem and overall intelligence
4. Develop this blog with film and pictures of my travels while staying somewhat anonymous
until this story is turned into a best selling creative non fiction book and movie (she rolls her eyes at his (delusions ?? ;)
5. Use this blog as a stepping stone, learning tool and creative learning process to find my muse, my style and the way to put this all into a book/dogumentary/movie...
6. Buffy will become the new movie star of the century (she rolls her eyes again ;)
7. Perfect my teaching style a. make my lessons more entertaining
b. learn more about computers so that I can share the learning with my pupils
c. continue to strive on keeping cool under harassment from emotionally disturbed students and teachers
d. everday become better organized from tools and a newly evolved mindset.
8. Realize as I get older the other passions and loves (hobbies,etc) that I can find will be the healthy substitute for a waning libido.. you may not find your perfect soulmate but when you find your true passion (ie teaching chess and helping a poor community learn to have confidence in themselves as I'm learning to think that way regardless of all the people that you wished accepted you but never would)

I'm so excited coming back and so impressed with the new principal and how he will support the chess program. Over a friendly impromptu barbie Monday evening I met the newly hired gentlemen who has over 30 years experience and was a band director for over 20 years...a band leader, I think could make a great principal if all the instruments and music work together in symphony!!

I know that this chess project could be such a stepping stone for writing this book and then finally escape to a land where children are brought up in broken homes and dysfunctionality are the norms.

Monday, August 07, 2006

BACK TO THE disUNITED STATES (of mind) of NEOCONS!!

Thanks so much, LA, the savior of my blog!!
I was worried about a high tech neocon lynching of this site (no appologies to the token non caucasian neocon of the right tilting supreme court)....
I'm back to the wonderful high and mostly dry state of enchantment....
Maybe it will finally happen and I'll have a succesful year of teaching...I definitely put myself out of my element coming here but it's ok,
since I'm weird to most okies of the redneck state of mind(I only feel comfortable in the much more eccentric but environmental land of OZ!! ;)...
I only had to wait about haahlf an hour (oz accent) to get on the bloody 'puter in the library about 30 miles from the lonely village of Utopachi nestled in at the base of the Serendipachi range..

I decided to do a top ten list of what I want out of this next school year and my life as the years accelerate by with no chance of pushing pause on life's vcr...(when chatting with LA on the phone enroute back from Flagstaff, she gave the best compliment of the month about believing that I am a visionary like this railroad entrepeneur she is writing about on one of her sites mentioned in http://www.hereinreality.com/)
1. Make a chess movie about our highschool human chess play (more details later)
2. Find out Buffy's true feelings about the potential responsibilities of being a very young mother.
3. Make a real connection with the Indian community especially using chess as a way for these often very depressed people to build their self esteem and overall intelligence
4. Develop this blog with film and pictures of my travels while staying somewhat anonymous
until this story is turned into a best selling creative non fiction book and movie (she rolls her eyes at his (delusions ?? ;)
5. Use this blog as a stepping stone, learning tool and creative learning process to find my muse, my style and the way to put this all into a book/dogumentary/movie...
6. Buffy will become the new movie star of the century (she rolls her eyes again ;)
7. Perfect my teaching style a. make my lessons more entertaining
b. learn more about computers so that I can share the learning with my pupils
c. continue to strive on keeping cool under harassment from emotionally disturbed students and teachers
d. everday become better organized from tools and a newly evolved mindset.
8. Realize as I get older the other passions and loves (hobbies,etc) that I can find will be the healthy substitute for a waning libido.. you may not find your perfect soulmate but when you find your true passion (ie teaching chess and helping a poor community learn to have confidence in themselves as I'm learning to think that way regardless of all the people that you wished accepted you but never would)

I'm so excited coming back and so impressed with the new principal and how he will support the chess program. Over a friendly impromptu barbie Monday evening I met the newly hired gentlemen who has over 30 years experience and was a band director for over 20 years...a band leader, I think could make a great principal if all the instruments and music work together in symphony!!

Oh by the way, I had noticed a very warm heartfelt letter to written to my father before he passed away. I did not know that she was writing to him after the break up. It was a shame that she had to write the angry and thoughtless lying comment below. So that is up to Michelle Church to make an issue of thanking her for helping my father out before he passed away.