All good things must come to an end, I suppose, but it is going to be damn hard to go back to work tomorrow. Oh well, I gave it a good run, didn't I? I think the best description I've ever heard of this feeling one gets right before going back is from Alex's brother. He describes it as "the long dark weekend of the soul." Truer words have never been spoken. I know my mom can relate to this since I saw her go through it every year when I was growing up.
Recently, Jeremy told me that his mom is going through the same thing and that he is happy to have a 12- month a year job so he doesn't have to go through it. I should be refreshed and ready to go, but I'm not. It seems much harder to go back to school now than it did when I was a kid. There was always that excitement of what a new school year would bring when I was a kid, but now I know what lies ahead. Maybe I should move up a grade every year like I used to do all the way up to 12th grade before restarting myself in first grade. Hmmmm.... I'm just kvetching. I'm looking forward to my new class. But it is sad to say goodbye to my partners in leisure- Leisure Time Larry and 3 Days a Week Flood. I'm now part of the unwashed masses yet again.
Speaking of the unwashed masses, why didn't I go out and protest yesterday? I used the excuses that I had Mets tickets, that I was afraid of a terrorist attack, and that I get claustrophobic in such large groups of people. But is that? I would like to do more, yet I don't. I feel like this sums up most of my friends as well. I know only one person who went yesterday. Congratulations on being true to your word Jim. Would we all have gone if we were younger? I doubt it. I don't know anyone (or maybe I'm just forgetting) who went to any of the Clinton era rallies back in the day except for Patty Connor who went to one because R.E.M. performed Why are we/I so complacent? Are we that willing to sit back and just watch it on the news? I'm not pointing the finger at anyone; I'm guiltier than anyone. What the hell do I do? I teach kids at a private school when I should be out there teaching in a pubic school. I haven't even volunteered to help tutor kids yet at that McSweeney's Superhero store. Why the hell not? Oh well, at least I am registered to vote.
In other news, I had a not so fun experience last week. I've had this small growth on my lower eyelid for over a year now. After going back to the eye doctor last week, he told me that it had to come off because it was three times as big as it was six months ago. It wasn't that bad, but a big needle filled with Novocain coming right at your eyeball is not fun. Still, in a summer that saw the Pixies play all over the world, my experience is somehow appropriate.
Also, I'm a big idiot. I finished my master's degree over three years ago. Not only have I not picked up my diploma yet, but I just found out that I have to take another standardized test to get certified. Since I've been teaching at a private school and didn't need to get certified, I haven't felt compelled to do the paperwork. A few days ago, I finally decided to get my ass in gear. Unfortunately, for me the state changed their guidelines in February hence I've got to take another dumb test. I deserve to be punished for my stupidity in waiting so long so I will take whatever the state has to dole out to me as penance for my sins.
In more exciting news, Jeremy P. is on the radio. Check him out every Sunday on Radio Free Brattleboro from 9-11 pm on the Internet and ask him why he decided to become DJ Audible. Make sure to request plenty of the Silver Jews. He can't get enough Dave Berman. Hey Chris, whatever happened to WCAL?
Everyone's favorite Marylander turned New Yorker turned Californian Dave Nelson was recently on CNN talking about what it is like to be on a national watch list of suspected terrorists. Thank you to Chris for DVRing it and Mitch for recording it the old-fashioned way. Anyone who wants to borrow the tape, let me know.
And lastly, little sis Amy will turn 21 on Friday! She's going to come visit later in September so Bart can legally serve her a drink. In the meantime, check our her new fotolog. You'll be glad you did.
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