First of all, awwww! Thank you for all the wonderful comments! Although I can't keep all those de-lurking "anonymous"s straight ---- you need to pass out numbers or nicknames among yourselves or something.
But whether or not you have a specific name or actual identity outside of the internets, I am touched and pleased by all your happiness and well wishes. Ah 'preciate yew, as they say around here.
But I won't be here for much longer! I get to move back out Westward, towards my parents and family, which is great ... and into a place that I'm not sure had all that many applicants. It's ... well, a small community that is a whole like like this place where I am here, it seems. Lotsa meth, tea partiers and inbred jokes. And secession attempts. And I'm not saying that in disgust or to denigrate the area, just to say that these issues are there. Just like they are here. And besides, it should be clear by now that I am on the side of the underdogs and always appreciative of the shitbirds, if not willing to actually live like them.
But anyways, this place, it seems like it has a lot of nice things going for it while still being a bit rural and economically depressed, which is probably describing a whole lot of America these days. I am hoping that it will be a pleasant place to live even though it is pretty hot. In fact, it is already very hot, more hot than I expected, and I am a teensy bit worried about that. Like already hit 113 hot. I am thinking of naming it The Hot Place, if I don't come up with a better name on the blog.
But there is some good stuff at The Hot Place ---- it has a job for me, (which is awesome) and it has a few things like some roads and some big open stretches of hot seeping asphalt and piles of dirt and lizards and lumps of crap that had tried to be farms and some buildings. Some of these buildings even have stuff inside them, like a community college. So that's where I'm going to go work. In fact I have already started my preparation by watching episodes of Community.
I can take Senior Chang as my pedagogical model, right? Because that's awesome and totally the whole reason I took the job. I better be allowed to, because I watched a few episodes of Breaking Bad and I'm really not sure I can model myself after that kind of academic:
On the bright side, writing a teaching philosophy and end-of-the-year statement of accomplishments will be so much more entertaining for myself if I am compare-and-contrasting these two models and writing in the voice of these shows. Excellent. I'm set on my self evaluations already.
Now, you might be asking, hey, when are you moving? Well, I don't know. What are you teaching? Well, I don't know that either. When do you have to turn in your book orders, and when do they want to you to show up for orientation? Dude, I respond to your hypothetical questions, I don't know!!!! Why do you have to be so annoying? They are not telling me anything yet. I guess they are all busy with actual stuff and are not sitting around with nothing to do, like me. I have to get on that, along with all sorts of annoying calling-people-and-figuring-out-a-new-place-to-live stuff. I hate doing that.
And how, you might ask, but much more tentatively since I just about took your head off there a paragraph ago, do you plan to move your stuff and your cats and your car? Well, I haven't quite figured out a plan exactly yet,
but I have some preliminary ideas.
Woot! Super happy for you. And yes, Senor Chang is totes a valid pedagogical model.
One nice thing about unbearably hot places is they generally really understand how to do a/c right.
~speaks from experience
Good for you! Must feel like a minor miracle, at last.
113, eh? So...would that be Arizona or the Imperial Valley? La Valle is muy (not "a bit") rural and seriously depressed, whereas secession talk happens all the time here in Arizona. Well! Possibly you'll be digging in somewhere near moi. Let's see...can't be Flagstaff or Prescott, because it doesn't get that hot up there and besides, they're relatively civilized. (I say that with no irony, alas.) Probably not Tucson, which doesn't fit the description of "rural," quite.
That would leave...Lake Havasu City? Kingman? Florence? Surely not Gilbert -- too suburbanized.
Community,, you know, is not satire. It's straight nonfiction. ;-)
I'm so happy for you! It sounds like a good place for you to do good, important work. Go you!
Can't wait to read about your adventures. You will bloom gorgeously and thrive where you are planted. So will the cats!
Sounds like you're in my neck of the woods, kinda. The trick with 113 is not to go out in the middle of the day - everyone is out between 6 and 8 am, or after 7...
Heh heh, I might have exaggerated the rural-ness, I might not. I'm not telling.
And yes, I figure I'm going to have to become a true morning person if I want to ever step outside. Yecch! I basically did that here, to be able to get a good parking space on campus, but the quickness with which I completely reverted to a night schedule tells me that this isn't really what my body wants to do. (And yet, I like hiking, so I will figure something out.)
Sisyphus, I am out of town & so missed your big announcement. Congratulations, best wishes on the Hot Place, and I hope you remember to shake the scorpions out of your boots out every morning. I'm not sayin'--I'm just sayin'.
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