Thursday, July 29, 2004
Sunny and hot
Thirty two years ago today, my father died. This is always a difficult day for me.
There’s nothing more to say, except that, since I have to work today, I need to make it a day of quiet mourning. There’s nothing anyone can do to help at work, and it’s unfair to expect them to try.
Of course, the fact that MSN is being impossible and I can’t get at my work in order to pull it off the server doesn’t help; nor will they even talk to me about the problem. They are now simply ignoring my complaints. No response via e-mail and, when I call, I’m disconnected.
Time to get the BBB involved.
The college that invited me to teach in spring now acts as though they never heard of me, which is very annoying. I’ve stuck to every date they’ve given me, and they’re incredibly disorganized. Not only that, they’re not prestigious enough for me to dance to their tune. I re-submitted the materials and we agreed that a decision will be made by next week. I can’t hold open the spring any longer because they’re disorganized. I have no doubt the decision will be “no” – after all, they’ve strung me along since May – why would they actually come through? And that’s fine – merely means something better is on the horizon. But I hate having my time wasted. None of their “teachers” have the writing credits I do – which is kind of sad. But then, in another local program, their fiction teacher has never published!
And we wonder why the state of education sucks in this country.
Hopefully, if and when Kerry gets into the White House, some educational reforms will take hold along with the economic. Edwards made a good speech last night. This is the first campaign in a long time that doesn’t spend its entire time yelling below-the-belt comments about the other side; instead, the campaign is presenting actual ideas for progress. This way, people can decide if they agree with them or not and vote based on the issue, not on an accusation. About damned time.
At least I got some work done on Angel Hunt before I had to head in for day work.