Monthly Archives: January 2009

Best Teacher Ever

I got called “The Best Teacher Ever!” today, more than once.

All it took was some chocolate cake.

It was great to get this response from the kids. I’m glad they enjoyed my surprise for them.

I started this practice two years ago and I find it works quite well. On a day when no one is expecting it, I throw my class a surprise birthday party to celebrate everyone’s birthday. I bake a cake and come to school early to sneak it inside.

While the kids are out at recess or gym class, I move the desks together and place a drink, a napkin, and a personalized birthday card on each desk. I like to put super balls and suckers in the envelopes as well.

Today’s party was one of the best yet. I went to the gym to pick up the students as I usually do every day. They were lined up waiting for me but they weren’t quite ready to go. I usually give them a moment to line up properly and then we walk to the fountain to get a drink.

The line was a bit unruly so I told them that we weren’t going to go get a drink today. We walked directly back to class but as soon as I opened the door, they knew something was up.

They were quite surprised. They thanked me for the cards and the juice. And that’s when I brought out the cake.

I also brought in two DVD’s and they choose which one they wanted to watch. I had two kids deliver some cake to the principal and the secretary. We even had a piece left over for the head custodian.

Everyone enjoyed the surprise birthday party. I didn’t end up watching much of the movie. I ended up playing some games with some of the students instead.

It was a great day.

Mailbox Full of Bills

I don’t mind paying my bills. I know that it is a regular part of life. The part I really hate is trying to read them.

When I checked my mail today, it was full of bills and flyers. Both things demanding my money.

I threw the flyers directly in the recycling bin. Even if there is a sale on right now, I need to count my pennies.

I open the bills and look at them closely.

Let’s look at my phone bill.

Who designs this thing? It is so hard to read! The Internet is a set price every month, as is my long distance bill. I knew what the price would be when I first signed up for the service. The company was up front with me.

Yet when I get the bill they hide behind numbers. There is a page with the listed price and then there is a section with the savings. The next page says that I used $180.18 on long distance. What!

I’m on a long distance plan that only costs $9.99 a month. The charge on the front page of the bill says it costs $46.84. On page 2, it says I saved that $180.18.

Truth is, I didn’t save that. I used my unlimited long distance plan because I knew I had it. I know how it works. I don’t appreciate this ridiculous bill.

Just give me a one-page bill that says I am on the two plans; Internet and home phone and the cost for them. Don’t give me five pages of garbage that doesn’t seem to make any sense.

Why Do We Fall for 99 Cent Pricing?


When 99 cent pricing was new, it was easy for us to fall for it.

We see a price

$599.99

and say, “Wow! It’s only five-hundred dollars. What a deal!”

and then we buy it and tell all our friends that it was only $500.00. We rationalize our purchase several ways but this one always works.

Why?

I think it is because that we have just all accepted this. We understand how business works and we go along with it.

But, to tell you the truth, I am sick and tired of this method of pricing items. I want honesty in my billing. I don’t want to be tricked into buying something because I think it is a deal. I want to know straight up what I am paying for an item. I want to stop being lied to.

So advertisers, can you please just list the item as $600.00 from now on and not $599.99? You’re not fooling anyone with that penny. Or maybe you are.

I just wonder why we keep falling for this trickery. We convince ourselves that we have saved one-hundred dollars when we haven’t. $100 is a lot of money. Money that I don’t have to throw around.

This is even worse in car sales when we spend thousands of dollars.

All I’m saying is, isn’t it time we had honest pricing? Let’s drop the -99 rule, save a penny and keep prices more honest. I’d appreciate it.

Forever Plastic


I caught this documentary Forever Plastic last week. It was really interesting to see how the world has changed because of plastic. It seems like plastic has always been around. Of course, this might be the problem.

Plastic is always around.


I was shocked to learn that the recyclable logo doesn’t mean what I thought it did. I assumed every time I saw the triangle logo, that the product could go into the blue bin and get recycled. Unfortunately this does not seem to be the case.

Apparently plastic is recyclable. This much makes sense. However, many of the “recyclable” products we put into our recycling bins do not get recycled. Tonnes of plastic ends up in landfills every day. Plastic products get sorted out at recyling plants and thrown out. I couldn’t believe this.

The problem: Recycling facilities are not equipped to recycle all plastics. The shape of the product, the type of plastic, and the technology of the plant all contribute to what can and cannot be recycled in each municipality.

The frustrating thing is that there is no uniformity here. Most consumers, myself included, have no idea what can and cannot be recycled.

The familiar triangle logo with the three arrows doesn’t really help. There is absolutely no regulations behind the use of this symbol. It can be used by anyone and doesn’t guarantee that the product is recyclable.

Apparently most plastic food containers that are not bottle shaped, don’t get recycled.

I don’t know why this symbol isn’t regulated. We need to know what is getting recycled. This would help everyone involved. It must cost a lot of money to sort out the “good” plastic from the “bad plastic” at the recycling plants. If we knew what products got recycled then we could better choose what products to buy and which ones to put in our bins.

I hope this documentary gets people thinking about this problem. We need a better solution. That much is as clear as the transparent plastic all around me.

School’s Not Important

At least that is the message that your kids get if you…

– pull them out of school regularly.
– can’t get them to school on time
– never check to see if your child has homework
– don’t come to parent-teacher interviews
– haven’t been in the school at least once yet this school year

I went to the dentist for a regular cleaning today after school. The hygienist and I discussed this issue. She told me that she made sure her children got to school every day. She said, “It’s their work” and I couldn’t agree more.

Children need to learn the responsibility and importance of commitment. We need to model this by making sure that they get to school every day on time. We need to make sure they put in a solid effort by communicating with and supporting their teachers.

Like the hygienist said, “School is a child’s work.” Work is not just something we do to get paid. We don’t just punch a clock, punch out, and get paid. We need to work hard to achieve our dreams. This all begins with good habits.

Most of my good daily habits started in childhood. My parents supported my teachers and were instrumental in my learning. They made sure I was at school every day and that dentist appointments were done after school. I only missed class if I was ill. And if I stayed home from school, there was no going out at night. If I was too sick for school, I was too sick for Scouts or any other fun thing I wanted to do after school hours.

I think children need to be taught personal responsibility. Parents need to put a value on education and stop sending the message that school is not important. It’s important to me. I want to see your kids succeed in life, but I need your support. Thanks!

Quotations of the Week

I thought I’d share with you some of the quotes I’ve been posting this week from my commonplace blog. If you like what you read, check out Thoughtful Cacophony.

Motivational Monday – I always start out the week with a motivational quote.

“It is through cooperation, rather than conflict, from which your greatest successes be derived.”

– Ralph Charell

Tube Tuesday – Wisdom pulled from movies or television

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”

Pearl Harbour movie dialogue spoken by Colonel James H. Doolittle.

This film strived to be an accurate account of the Pearl Harbor disaster. The above quotation is not just mere dialogue but the words from this brave Colonel.

What!?! Wednesday – Song lyrics that make me stop and think.

“There are no role models
It’s up to the parents to teach the kids
to understand the music they’re hearing
cause hip hop was created for social awareness.”

DL Icognito “Make a Difference” lyrics from the album Organic Music For A Digital World.

Storied Thursday – Quotes about story and reality

“Stories are the most helpful tools a child has for sorting this all out. Stories have authority. Stories normalize. Stories model behaviour and feeling. Stories model the power to make stories – a power that children must develop in order to manage their own particular individual worlds, the ones seen through their own unique eyes.”

Joseph Gold. Read For Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System. Fitzhenry and Whiteside: Markham, 1990. pg 153

Anything Goes Fridays – I pick a quote from my extensive collection to post up on any topic on Fridays.

“Women tended to get married before they knew themselves, before they’d made contact with their inviolate selves. Another fact: it takes ages, years and years, to train a man to be even moderately sensitive and to equip him with the expertise to carry out ordinary household tasks. By the time all the information has been dispensed and processed, the trainer is worn out.”

Jane Hamilton. Disobedience. Anchor Books. 2000. pg 75.

Well, that’s a sample of what you can expect from my sister blog Thoughtful Cacophony. If you love quotations go check it out. I run these features every week. Enjoy!

What’s the Big Deal?

There’s a television in my classroom but I rarely use it. I will occasionally show videos to enhance the curriculum, but most of the time, the television stays off to the corner of my room collecting dust. I didn’t even know that I could use it to tune in any stations until today.

I wanted to put the inauguration on so my class could hear what was going on. When I turned on the TV for the news this morning, none of my students knew why I was doing it. They couldn’t see what the big deal was. That’s a good thing.

I don’t tend to think in terms of race or colour. My best friend’s family is originally from Jamaica but I would never introduce him as “my black friend” or my “Jamaican-Canadian friend.” There just isn’t any need for such adjectives. He’s my best friend. Period.

I had to explain why this was such an historic occasion to my class. I’m sure they are familiar with racism to some extent but they’ve never really had to live it. I’m glad for that. I’m glad we’ve had leaders that have stepped up to show us that people are all the same no matter their race, colour, creed, or gender. This message has gotten through to the kids.

Most of my students thought it was great to take a break from their learning to watch TV. I noticed, however, that most of them failed to see why this was such a big deal. The didn’t watch it with rapt attention, they didn’t really want to discuss the significance of it, and they didn’t ask me tonnes of questions about it.

Once again, I think this is a good thing. I hope that we will all truly be colour blind soon.

Perhaps this is just the latest stepping stone to making this happen. The shore is in reach.

Revision is Tough

I don’t use outlines when I write. I just get an idea, let it cook in my head for a while, and then start writing. I then take a bit of a break before moving on to my next writing project. After I have given myself some distance from the story, I go back and read through the entire work in one sitting, This helps me catch any continuity errors or problems in the plot.

I have done that so far with everything that I have written. I was happy with my work and thought that it might be worth publishing. I had planned on shopping around for an agent and a publisher last summer. But then I came across this excellent blog.

Natahn Bransford is a literary agent and his blog should be required reading for any aspiring writer. I read all of the articles he highlighted in the side bar and have been a regular reader ever since. Last summer, I decided to follow some of the advice I found on his site. I can’t remember what post it was from but I do remember the main point of it. He basically said, if you think your work is ready, go back and revise it again.

My cousin read my young adult novel and marked it all up like she was a university professor. I really appreciate all the work she did and I followed almost all of her suggestions. But I must say, it was hard to do.

I had to add a few scenes to help with the overall flow of the story. I didn’t want to add much though because the book was a decent size for 8-12 year-olds. I struggled over how to fill in the holes that were still apparent. I had edited it myself previously and was surprised that there was still so much that could be done to improve it.

I had a hard time getting back into the mindset of rewriting this story. It was almost harder adding those three scenes into the novel than it was to write the entire book. I had to be succinct and place them in the right place. I was thinking too hard and not enjoying the writing.

It took me a couple of days of thinking and cooking but I managed to get back to the mind state. I had a few days there where I didn’t accomplish anything. I felt like it was impossible. But then it just came to me. I started writing and put the new scenes in.

It feels good to be done. I know the book is 100 times better than it was.

So I’m going to let my cousin read it again. She actually wanted to. I hope she likes what I’ve done with it. If not, I might need to do this again.

What’s He Look Like?

Is it important what a character looks like?

When reading fiction, we can’t really see the characters anyway. Some writers will write pages and pages filled with physical description but is this really necessary?

As a reader, I build up a vision of the characters in my mind. I do this with my own imagination. I use what the author gives me, but I add to that my personal experiences and general impressions I get from the text.

The real reason I’m asking this question is that I have come to realize that I don’t use much in the way of physical description in any of fiction I have I have written since starting my five-year mission.

Is there a value to using physical description or can I just leave it alone. Is it enough to know the setting, the family life and the age of the character? We can learn a lot about a character from his history, his choices, and his dialogue. The story gives us clues throughout and helps us to form a picture in our minds. Your picture may be different than mine, and that’s fine.

I find that when I read passages of physical descriptions in any work, I tend to skim right past them. To me, that isn’t an integral point of the story. I don’t want anybody to skip through my reading.

I have a lot of questions about writing. Last year I thought I knew what I was doing but now I am looking more critically at my own work. I believe this is a healthy thing to do that will only help to improve my writing overall.

Please weigh in on this issue in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

O My – Enough is Enough

I am getting really tired of Obama-mania. Everywhere you turn there is some special Obama related product. Barack Obama’s image is ending up in the weirdest places. There are T-shirts, hats, scarves, cookies, mugs, and other not so typical pieces of merchandise.

Earlier this week I saw a news story about special Obama Beaver Tails. Beaver Tails are a pastry that can be topped with whatever you choose. They are on the menu for the inauguration and were given away for free on the Rideau Canal on Tuesday. The only thing they did different for these special pastries was to put an O on them.


Yesterday a special inauguration Spiderman comic came out. People lined up outside of comic book stores in the freezing cold. Why? Because of the special variant cover showing a smiling Obama with Spiderman swinging behind him. Within hours of the comic being sold, it was being resold online for anywhere from $60 to over $100.

I think this is crazy. The man is a politician. That’s it. He’s not a rock star. Why are people so obsessed about the man? Sure he is charismatic, he looks good on television, but he can’t dance – did you see him on Ellen? He isn’t going to fix all the world’s problems either.

I just can’t understand this hype. People are going to be treating the inauguration like it is the Oscars. I can see it now. It’s going to be a who’s who with journalists covering the crowd and what every one is wearing.

This media circus needs to stop now. I’ve had enough of Obamania! I just hope it dies down soon. I can understand why people think it is such a big deal, but to me it’s not. Another president is taking office. And since when did anyone have such confidence in the government that they need to celebrate it?

In a few years, this will seem pretty ridiculous. He won’t be able to please everyone. He’ll become more than just a figurehead for the hopes and dreams of people who are placing way too much importance on this whole thing.

I’d like to close with these wise words;

“It’s time for a change
so don’t go trying to turn inauguration into an all-star game
Let’s act right and show these kids
We can turn “Yes We Can” into “Yes We Did”
and Bush made it hard, be patient
Let that man go to the Whitehouse and do his job.”

– Skillz “2008 Rap Up”

Time Warp

It’s like science fiction. I have this machine at my house that steals my time. Time seems to warp or bend so that hours fly by and nothing gets done.

I used to use my computer for productive things. I would pre-write blog entries to maximize the limited amount of Internet time I could get at the library. I’d check my email, make a move on a correspondence chess game, post a blog entry, and read and comment on my favourite blogs.

My computer at home was not hooked up to the Internet. I would use it just to write, I’d write creatively. I’d write blog entries. I’d write lesson or unit plans for school. I’d sometimes make PowerPoint presentations for school.

Now that my computer at home is hooked up to the Internet, I find myself being less creative. I constantly surf because I can. I check out a lot of hip-hop blogs and sites. I watch some videos. But it seems like I am just being an aimless traveller on this world wide web.

I’m wasting my time. I should be writing something. I had the time to do just this weekend but I’ve dwindled it all away on frivolous pursuits. I’ve chased pointless nothings around the net.

I really need to do something about this time-sucking machine. I need my time back. I have things I should be doing.

Everyone Wants to Be Joan

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but often when I watch a new program, I immediately compare it to another one that I’ve seen. Some shows are obviously built upon the successes of others. This is okay.

My So-Called Life paved the way for shows that accurately depict the life of teenagers. I remember when I first saw this show. I was immediately captivated by the originality of it, the writing, and the lead actress. This show remained on the top of my all-time favourite television shows for quite some time. Most shows of this nature on television today owe a debt to My So-Called Life.

One show that did build upon that success was Joan of Arcadia. Like MSCL, this show focused around a young high school girl. God appeared to Joan and they had regular conversations. God would ask her to do something and Joan wouldn’t always know why he asked her to. She would struggle with the task but when she completed it, good things always seemed to happen. It was a great show.

Joan of Arcadia was on for two seasons and had a similar influence because I can think of four shows right off the top of my head that owe their existence to Joan of Arcadia. The first one actually took Joan’s time slot when it was cancelled. This time instead of God, a young girl spoke to ghosts. This show was Ghost Whisperer.

The next show flipped the concept a bit and had a young man who spoke to the devil. I never liked Ghost Whisperer; it seemed like a poor imitation of Joan and it just didn’t capture my attention. Reaper, however did. It felt like Joan of Arcadia in reverse but it was comical and it worked.

Eli Stone is another show built much around the same premise. This time, a lawyer gets visions and follows what they tell him. He has a acupuncturist who acts as his Guru and tells him that the visions might be from God. He coached Eli through his new role as prophet. It is a great show as well, but like most of the shows on this list, it has been cancelled.

The latest show to follow Joan of Arcadia is Being Erica. I just watched the second episode of it last night. The premiere episode was quite good but upon watching the second, I am sold on this show. It’s about a thirty-something woman starts talking to a mysterious therapist. He is somehow able to send her back in time to relive her of her regrets and try to change them.

Being Erica is a lot like Joan of Arcadia because Dr. Tom asks the lead character to do things and when she does, good things happen. She is starting to straighten out her life and learn some things about herself and the world.

I really enjoy well-written and original shows. Even though many of these shows were built upon the ideas and success of what came before, they were able to do it in a genuine way that really speaks to the viewer. Reaper, Eli Stone, and Being Erica all want to be Joan and seem to wear their influences on their sleeve. However, it doesn’t matter if all these characters want to be Joan. At least these shows are saying something and they are worth watching. I hope Being Erica stays on the air because I think it will be a great show. Who knows, I might need to update my list.

Journal Vs Blog

Last year, I wrote 250 blog entries. Do the math.

250 entries divided by 365 days in the year = a 68.5% efficiency.

That number is misleading though since my goal was to write a blog entry every weekday. So let’s revise the numbers

52 weeks in a year times 5 days a week = 260 potential blogging days

I actually posted 250 entries so let’s divide that by 260 to get a 96% efficiency rate.

I would say that’s a pretty good record.

Let’s look at my journal now. I started it up quite a long time ago. I have managed to keep it updated but my entries have gotten to be very few and far between. I want to correct that this year. I have lots of things to write about that I wouldn’t want to put on the World Wide Web. My journal still has a purpose, even if I have neglected it.

Total Journal Entries 56

56 divided by 365 days in the year = 15% efficiency

Of course blog entries are short, most are only about 300 words long. My journal entries by nature are much larger, most of them are anywhere from a page and a half to six pages.

Total journal pages for 2008 = 134 pages.

Each entry is then roughly 2 and a half pages long. I guess that’s not too bad. I bet if I counted the number of pages I did the year before, it would probably be pretty close to that number as well.

There used to be a time when I wrote in my journal every single day. I love being able to look back at my old writing and relive those moments in time. I really wish I could write in them more, but I just don’t have the time. I write blog entries, journal entries, and fiction.

I probably write now more than I ever did. I guess I don’t need to keep score. This really isn’t a contest. My blog and my journal both have their place and my attention. They both are permanent records of my thoughts at the time. As such, my writing serves as a time machine to my mind state and feelings at the time of each entry. That is the magic behind my writing and what keeps me going.

Keepers Vol. 1


I think this was the first real mix tape that I ever made. I made it especially for a New Year’s Eve Party I was throwing in 1996. I made a few tapes so that I could just let the tape play and entertain my guest at the house party.

I don’t have a scanner so I tried taking a photo of the paper insert but it didn’t turn out. I created this tracklist using MS Paint so you get an idea of what the tape looked like.

I used to make tapes all the time but this was the first one I made using two CD players and a mixer. The songs blend into each other and there is never a fade out or a second of silence. This mix kept the party moving.

I’m listening to it right now. It’s amazing how these tapes can take you right back. I used to love making these tapes. It was almost more fun making them than it was listening to them. Now I don’t really make tapes anymore. I can quickly put a mix CD together on my computer but I can’t mix and blend the songs. It’s not the same thing.

That’s why I love my old mix tapes and still listen to them.

Anyway, here’s the track list for this tape “Keepers Vol. 1: No Garbage Here.”

Side A

GARBAGE – Queer
OASIS – Wonderwall
HAYDEN – Bad as They Seem
LUNIZ – I Got 5 on It
JUNIOR MAFIA – Get Money
WC & The MAAD CIRCLE – The One
Green Day – Brain Stew
AFGHAN WHIGS – Fountain & Fairfax
ALANIS MORISSETTE – Hand in Pocket
SOUL ASYLUM – Just Like Anyone
LISA LOEB – Do You Sleep
superGARAGE – Keep

Side B

GARBAGE – Vow
SMASHING PUMPKINS – Tonight
PHARCYDE – Bullshit
DAS EFX – Mic Masters
GZA – Killa Hills 10304
ONYX – Live Niguz
MISUNDERSTOOD – I Try
DEADLINE – Friend in Me
ODDS – Truth Untold
LISA LOEB – Taffy
THUG LIFE – How Long Will They Mourn Me
GANGSTARR – Mass Appeal

Do you remember some of these songs? You might not know some of the Canadian bands on here, but these songs really rock. I wish I could transport this tape into my computer somehow so you could listen along with me. I really like this tape. And it started my collection of Keeper Tapes.

Sony HF 90 minutes cassettes were the best! Stay tuned, I might share some more of my mixtapes here in the future.

Love is a Mix tape

I love mix tapes. I used to make them all the time. I made tapes off of the radio. I taped my favourite songs from a variety of different tapes or records. And then I got really serious about it.

I bought a mixer and used my CD walkman and my regular mini-component system to make tapes where all of the songs blended into each other. Songs never faded out on my tapes. The songs flowed into each other and formed a 90 minute wall of sound, only interrupted by the short amount of time it took to flip over the cassette. It was beautiful.

I even bought a state of the art tape deck that cost close to $300. It’s insane thinking that I paid that much for a tape deck when you can get an entire computer for that price now. But I bought it and I loved it. I still have it. The best thing about it is that you could record onto two tapes simultaneously.

I still play tapes from time to time in my house. I’m playing one right now that I made in January 2000. But tapes aren’t the portable magic that they used to be. My car doesn’t have a tape deck. I don’t have a walkman. And most people don’t even have tape decks anymore.


I still love the mix tape though. That’s why the book Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield really jumped out at me. Every chapter starts out with a picture of the cassette label so we could see what he had on both sides of that particular tape. As I flipped through the book, I recognized some of the songs on the various tapes mentioned throughout the book.

In the story, the narrator recounts a love affair with music and his wife. It’s a really well told story and was quite compelling. I know I haven’t had a recommended read in a while but this one definitely needs to be added to the list.

Not only was it a good read, but it has got me listening to all my old tapes again. They are still just as magical as they were back then. I love them as much as I used to. Although, now the tapes have a way of transporting me back to a more innocent time in my life. A mix tape is a time machine. How about that?

2008 Rap Up

One of the best things about the calendar flipping over to the New Year is waiting to hear the “Rap-Up.”

Skillz has been dropping yearly “Rap-Ups” since 2002. The songs are always witty, well-written takes on the year that has just passed. I look forward to them every year.

He had some excellent words to say this year. I hope you take the time to listen to him. A lot of it is about hip-hop and if you aren’t into the music, you might not appreciate what he has to say. That being said, you should listen or read what he had to say about the new president.

The following lyrics are brilliant and just need to be heard.

“We got to kill all the drama
Biggest moment ever,
Barack Obama
First black president, please believe it
I’m just happy that my Grammy got a chance to see it
It’s time for a change
so don’t go trying to turn inauguration into an all-star game
Let’s act right and show these kids
We can turn “Yes We Can” into “Yes We Did”
and Bush made it hard, be patient
Let that man go to the Whitehouse and do his job
. . .
The economy, that’s a wrap no doubt
the whole world in debt, how you bail that out?

Ya boy Skillz “Welcome to 2009!”

Brilliant, brilliant lyrics. Great job Skillz!

I know 2009 is going to be a great year. When the calendar flips again I will be waiting for your ’09 Rap Up. This has become something that many people look forward to every year, I know I sure do. Keep doing what you’re doing. Peace!

If you want to hear all the “Rap-Ups” check this excellent blog, The Essence Returns.

Christmas Present Irony

I asked for a pay-as-you-go cellphone for Christmas. I wanted to have one to take in the car with me on my trips, just in case of an emergency. I’ve never needed a car phone before but it felt like the right thing to do. My mom agreed and got me one.

It felt nice to have the phone in my car when I hit the highway for the first time with it last weekend. I never thought I’d need it though.

My battery light came on when I started the car but I decided not to worry about it. I figured it might go out on its own. But as I drove, the car just didn’t feel right. I pulled off to the side of the road and called my dad. He knows a bit about cars and told me that if the battery light is on that it probably isn’t charging and that I’m running on battery power alone. Once the battery dies, I’d be stuck at the side of the road.

So I drove home that Sunday night and parked the car in the driveway. The next morning I took it to the garage and sure enough, it was the alternator. The battery and connectors also needed replacing.

At least my car is fixed now and I didn’t get stuck on the side of the road. I just can’t get over the irony that I wanted the phone just in case something happened with my car and I needed it for that purpose right away.

It makes me think that had I not have gotten the phone for Christmas, this might not have happened. An emergency cell phone creates a need for an emergency. The medium is the message.

The crazy thing is I have been reading about this kind of literary theory this Christmas break too.

It’s just strange, don’t you think?

Or maybe it is possible that I knew I’d have a problem and that’s why I got the phone. Either way, I’m glad I had it. I think I might have kept driving till the next service station to use a pay phone. And who knows, by then my battery could’ve been dead and I would’ve been stuck. At least things worked out; not for my budget mind you, I’m gonna be broke for a while now. But that’s what it’s like to own a car, isn’t it?

This Point in Time is 2009

When I was a kid, this year would’ve been completely inconceivable for me.

In grade school, I remember brainstorming what the year 2000 would be like for a project. We all assumed everything would be different and that the calendar flipping over would be something monumental.

It turned out that we were wrong. 2000 came and went and there was nothing spectacular about it.

It turns out time doesn’t really deserve the importance we place on it. It’s our experiences and how we choose to use our time that is important. I think that I have lived a good and full life so far. I’ve done what I wanted to do.

So I guess the calendar flipping over once again is a big deal. I could never write down all the experiences I have had in my life. That document could never be written because it would take the same amount of time to write as it did to live.

My life story is written by my actions, the impressions of those around me, and the few words that I manage to get down on paper or this screen. It doesn’t fit easily into 12 month sections.

This point in time is 2009. I don’t know what the year has in store but I don’t need to. I don’t like spoilers anyway. We are here together at this point and I’m glad you are here with me. Raise your glasses and let’s toast,

“All the Best in 2009!”