Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Mid-week Update

Here's the update on my inservice days. 2 down, 2 to go. This does not count the meetings we will have Mon. and Tues. because of the 2 hour early dismissal we will have.
Tuesday, we DID get fed- food service pastry and floppy fruit. We DID get introduced to new staff, three of whom got nicknames from me because I can't remember their names. (2 in Social Studies- one we shall call Smush-Face and the other Porn Star, because he's got this whole feathered blonde hair, sunglasses and gum-chewing thing going on. The other doesn't really have a nickname per se, but she will forever be thought of as "the one who needs to deep-condition".) I know, I am extremely shallow and I'll spend time in hell for it. I'm sure they are very nice people and when I get to know them, I will feel bad.

Let's see, on Tues. we were also reminded of past policies by Mr. Dean- his position, not his name. He did so in a condescending, "I- think- you're- all- idiots" manner, which goes over sooo well. He sent us all an email stating everything he had just spewed at our meeting. He should get a different job- like with the Department of Redundancy Department. One good thing - we were released by 9:30. The afternoon was a 3 hour workshop/seminar/torture session on "cultural proficiency". Usually at the beginning of the year it's nice to get excited about what you're doing, get pumped up for the new year. This? I left with a feeling of "I suck. Everything I do sucks. There's no hope." We saw several video clips of workshops by Jane Elliot which were interesting, but I'm not quite sure I "get" the relevance anymore.

Today, we got to meet our new superintendent. He was quite nice and quite charming. I'm sure he's re-thinking his decision to be here after he got pounded with "questions" from the teachers in our session. I almost felt sorry for him- he didn't come to talk about class size, the mangling of our World Language program, textbooks... But. He makes like $150 K plus some nice benefits. And? He's actually retired from a neighboring state, so he's "double-dipping". Our last superintendent retired from our district and then moved to a neighboring state to do the exact same thing. Cha-ching.
And all the while, I could have been doing something productive- which I did get a chance to do in the afternoon.

On a different note, there have been a couple of things lately that I do not "get". One is the movie The Aristocrats. I really wanted to like this movie- great, intelligent, funny stars are in it. It's a documentary. I just did not think it was funny. I found it disturbing to hear such filth and foul come out of the mouths of entertainers that I usually enjoy. The creepiest was Bob Saget- the Olsen twins' onscreen dad for so many years. Eww. Anyone see this film? Anyone like it?

The other thing I do not "get" is why this book is a favorite of anyone. I found it to be pretentious and self-indulgent on the part of the author. I thought the main character was repugnant and if this quote refers to Ignatious, I would have to boldly disagree and say that the "Jones" character was the true genious. And Pulitzer-worthy? I don't know. This book, yes, definitely. Anyone else read A Confederacy of Dunces?

As you can see, all these recent, forced hours of silence have rendered me quite wordy in Blogland. Stay tuned.


Blogger Jess Riley said...

I saw The Aristocrats, and laughed at a good deal of it; however, I also felt vaguely uncomfortable. It was the ultimate line-crosser.

I read half of Confederacy, but never finished it. (Which says pretty much how I feel about it. Some funny parts, wacky characters, but...) My husband loved it, and they're actually making a movie out of it. I wonder if the story about how it came to be published is part of the attraction? (Published post-humously, etc.)

I have to go to an inservice this Friday. Stale pastry and floppy fruit, here I come!

(PS: I'll be in hell right next to you for laughing at Smush-face and Porn Star.)

8/23/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger happychyck said...

Gawd! How I wish we taught together. We could have such a blast. I'll just have to contend with MY Spanish teacher, who just happens to be pretty snarky and a close friend. I personally haven't met all of the new teachers yet, but I always try to be friendly and offer my shoulder. As if I have time this week, but the gesture is nice, right? I did meet one teacher who thinks quite highly of himself, so I've decided to avoid him like the plague. I have been entertained by our new teacher from Spain. He is sooooo European...and trying so hard to learn American customs. Ha! In Las Vegas! LMAO I wonder what our students will think of him. Sure, he speaks Spanish and has broken English, but he ain't Mexican, yo! And I can't believe how many teachers we have who look like they are just barely of the legal drinking age.

8/24/2006 7:31 PM  
Blogger Mister Teacher said...

It's been a long time since I watched The Aristocats, but I remember liking it OK. Isn't that where the "We are Siamese if you please--we are Siamese if you don't please" song comes in? Or maybe I'm thinking of Lady and the Tramp. I guess Siamese is considered offensive now?

8/24/2006 9:27 PM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

Loved the nicknames, the pornstar discription...

I saw the Aristrocats and liked it...
Very weird to think that was Johnny Carson's favourite joke.
It gave a whole insight into being a comedian and their various takes on a joke... I thought it was better than Jerry Seinfeld's The Comedian,,

I think I read that book many moons ago...
but was more intrigued by the fact that it was the author's mother who had it published after her son killed himself over the rejection letters from the publishers... Is that the same book???

8/25/2006 8:46 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I read Confederacy around the time it was first published and could not understand what all the fuss was about. But it's always been in the back of my mind that one day I should go back and try it again. Not a high priority, though.

And, I'm embarrassed to admit, I loved The Aristocrats, and Bob Saget best of all. Who knew he was capable of that? The one part of the movie that did make me extremely uncomfortable was that woman Sarah... Silverberg? Silverman? She was SO not funny.

8/25/2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Bluebird said...

I read the book years ago and after I put it down thought, "What's the big deal?" Boring and self-absorbed.

8/25/2006 7:45 PM  
Blogger girlfiend said...

I couldn't get through Confederacy of Dunces, though it's one of Boyfiend's favorite books.

I loved the Aristocrats. Boyfiend's always trying to get me to tell my version but it's just not something I can do. I did love Saget though. I have a whole new respect for him after that and his appearance on Entourage.

8/25/2006 9:57 PM  

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