31 January 2008
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28 January 2008
The other observation I had, an unfortunately it is another downer, is that the coach of our B team got a technical foul. I've only worked a couple games and he has gotten a technical at both of them! And not good ones either. They were poor sportsmanship-type fouls. Not the type of behavior I'd want to see being modeled for my freshman student-athletes.
26 January 2008
Caroline Kennedy has written an endorsement of Obama that will run in tomorrow's NY Times. Its title alone gives me goosebumps, "A President Like My Father."
"Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.
We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960....
I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.
I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."
24 January 2008
- Ho-Ho's - they suck. I was ravenous after school today so I zipped over to my favorite gas station for a Diet Dr. Pepper from the fountain and I picked up a package of Ho-Ho's. I haven't had them in a long time. Ugh, I can see why. They are crap. The 'chocolate' is like wax and the inside is nearly as bad. Won't be picking them up again.
- Heath Ledger - what a sad story to read, especially about a 28 year old with a child.
- In my IPERS newsletter that I got in the mail today, I was optimistically happy to read the fun fact that they had paid out benefits to over 100 retirees that were 100 years old or older. Maybe that shows that teachers are strong folk!
- GOOAAAAL!!! - I scored my first soccer goal probably 5 years (not including those scored on my YMCA kids) last night. The staff team chalked up another win against another team of youngsters. I also added an assist and a handball. :) As caboose was quick to remind me when I told him about it, I need to remember to do a crazy goal celebration next time. I'm really enjoying this indoor soccer league and also loving the chance to run around a little and start to get back in shape. Looking forward to start a new volleyball league next week too!
- The recycling club I started at school is exploding in popularity. I had three kids express interest in it when I first started talking about it. Today I had a dozen or so kids show up. People are hearing about it and saying, "How can I get involved?" I need to figure out ways to utilize all this interest! And one member mentioned making t-shirts, which I had already been thinking about. I love making shirts, so we are going to collaborate and come up with something cool.
- The African Nations Cup is now going on. It is Africa's soccer tournament of nations. I hope Abba is following along, although Cameroon started off with a loss. :(
- I ordered the adidas armwarmers I've had my eye on since Christmas this week. They hopefully will arrive in time to wear them if I decide to ride the BRR! ride next weekend.
- That's it for now....Life's good. Share a smile today.
23 January 2008
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19 January 2008
Smashed by Koren Zailckas
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
How Soccer Explains the World
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Postville by Stephen G. Bloom
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt
Trinity by Leon Uris
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Maus by Art Spiegelman
The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin
A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
Agnes Brown trilogy (The Mammy/The Chisellers/Granny) by Brendan O'Carroll
The Barrytown trilogy (The Commitments/The Snapper/The Van) by Roddy Doyle
17 January 2008
16 January 2008
"Actual Reality, Act Up, Fight AIDS!"
13 January 2008
First, there is a couple in San Fransisco that go by the name of kozyndan (he's Dan, she's Kozy) that have done some work for CD covers (Weezer's EP, John Mayer's As/Is series, and several for the Postal Service). I love the animation-look of their work. Their 'bunnyfish' theme is pretty cool too. So check out their stuff.
Secondly, I've always been a fan of graffiti artists. Not crappy "Joe Rules" or tags, but actually artistic murals, with cool lettering, etc. There were some really cool pieces that I saw when I was in Amsterdam. On Sunday morning today they did a short segment on a British artist called Banksy who has done some cool things. Not only visually appealing, but also politically and socially aware. A couple of my Indoor favorites are "Media" and "Flowerchucker", and my picks from the Outdoor works are the police sniper & prankster kid and 'there is always hope' which is now the wallpaper on my laptop. Be sure to check out both the Indoor and Outdoor works, they have very different styles. He has an adaptation of stoppable's favorite, "Nighthawks". Check it out!
10 January 2008
So I decided to pass on the goodwill and on my way out, I stopped to tell a parent of another student of mine and told them that I had really enjoyed having their son in class this semester and that he had brought a lot to the class. They were very happy to hear it.
So...pay it forward if you get the chance!
09 January 2008
Two other side notes from New Hampshire that I wanted to share, though. First, this comment from HRC at the debates on 1/5, "we don't need to be raising the false hopes of our country about what we can deliver." Barack jumped all over it, saying, ""if anything crystallizes what this campaign is about, it was that right there."
And secondly, exit polls showed that 46% of primary-goers named Obama the most likely to defeat a Republican in November while only 36% felt that way about HRC. Yet HRC got 39% of the votes, topping Obama's 36%. So people were voting for her, even though they felt she was not the most electable candidate. stoppable had mentioned this very thing to me on the phone before the Iowa caucus, saying that Republicans vote for the person most likely to win while Democrats vote for who they prefer. Good call!
03 January 2008
And then I went downtown for the victory party. Watching the thousands of people coming into the massive space at Hy-Vee Hall with smiles on their faces was so warming. Some came in and hadn't seen the results yet, so when they saw the historic number on the two huge big-screens, they cheered, they yelled, they jumped up and down. I saw people hugging, people crying, people dancing. The atmosphere down there was unlike any I've been around before. There was a feel that I was part of something historic and special, like I was watching one of those unforgettable occurrences that will be remember always. The people just kept pouring in and the cheers and chants wouldn't quit. The Isiserettes were there and pushed their way through the mosh pit in a congo line of dancing and drum beats. When Obama came out the place just about fell apart. People wouldn't stop cheering so he could speak!
I took a little video of his entrance and the opening lines of his speech. There's a lot of cheering, but it helps you get a feel for how elated everyone was.
An amazing thing happened in Iowa tonight and I was a part of it.
02 January 2008
My mentor teacher when I was doing my student teaching warned me not to make any drastic changes to my appearance while teaching without expecting major student upheaval and at-times brutal honesty about it. One of many nuggets of truth she passed on to me.
The question now is...do I shave it for tomorrow?