We are getting new textbooks this year and I had to attend a week-long class.

Here’s why:

The students will get a lit book, a grammar book, and a work book, all of the rest are mine. I have about 12 additional books filled with support material including tests, handouts, overheads, and additional assignments. I also get CD’s, video tapes, and a CD-Rom for making tests.


This is in addition to teaching Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and Inherit the Wind, an editorial, and a research paper.
It’s going to be a busy year.


We’re Back!

Well, we are back from Wisconsin. It was a great trip, once we got
there. There were tornadoes and thunderstorms on the day we were
supposed to arrive so we had to spend the night in Phoenix. Yippee! We
found out the next day that America West was the only airline to cancel
flights, something that they do all the time.

The tornadoes touched down about 15 miles from my grandparent’s town of
Janesville. We went and looked at the damage.


If you see Gus, I want my $10 back!

I went out to L.A. the other night to meet up with my long-time friend, Brian. After dinner we decided to catch a movie. We decided on Last Days, written and directed by the afore mentioned Gus Van Sant. The movie is inspired by, if not loosely based on the suicide of Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain.


I am not big on reviews, so I won’t write one, but damn that sucked!

Two Three things:

1) 2 minutes of the camera watching a Boys II Men video, full screen. No dialogue in the background.
2) 2 minutes of the camera watching a bush.
3) Repeating scenes. (And not in a Tarantino Kind of way to show different perspectives. Just showing a scene again)

There was plenty more to dislike.

Now to be fair, I had been up since 5:30 and had to get up the next morning at 5:30. Maybe there was something that I was missing