May, 2007

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You can’t fight city hall…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

One-part photocopier toner.  One-part floor wax.  One-part lost and found.

It’s the smell of a school, just past the front door.  Any school.  And it gets me every time.  It’s nostalgic for me now and it was magic for me as a kid.  Schools are alive with a hard-to-explain energy.
Today, a City of Calgary civic employee talked about the same of sort-of-thing except kind of not at all.

I’m taking my next-year’s bunch (which now fairly officially is a Grade Six bunch) to City Hall for a week.  The program is part of an Open Minds program and takes place throughout downtown and the Municipal Plaza.  The home base for the week will be a classroom right in the heart of the plaza with a glass wall opening into the busy foyer.
When she talked about the program, she said that it started seven years ago.  Seven years ago there was some dissent as to how 20 or 30-some young hoodlums would change the dynamics of a public building.

As might be predicted, the public building was changed by each week bringing a classroom of young people in and out of the glass-walled room.  It brought the building to life.

Listening to her speak of how City Staff…
…peeked over journal sketches… pointed out the room to guests… inquired during the summer as when the student’s would be making their grand return… marveled at the thoughtful questions asked by such young minds… fell in love with the constant visits…,

I couldn’t help but think of how I would be exactly the same.

One-part photocopier toner.  One-part floor wax.  One-part lost and found.  Seems that even backpacks are capable of transporting some of the pretty-awesome full-of-life smell.  🙂

Are you telling me or yourself?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I need to start swimming again.

I need to start going to the Talisman Centre with some consistence.

I need to get into the headspace where I can go, be productive, and appreciate the release.

I need to realize this is possible with or without the appropriate lululemon/tyr/iPod investments.

I need to start swimming again.

On such a winter’s day…

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

I kind of liked our May Snow day.

It wasn’t really even that cold and the snow that was on my car came off super easy.

It felt cozy.  It was nice to bundle up a bit and appreciate the warmth of being inside.  Cabin-y.

I had a killer sleep [good-killer not bad exam-killer].  Went to bed early and went to the wave pool before that.  It ended up being a nice relaxed, well-rested, productive, fun day.
I like May.  I like short weeks.  Today was a good reminder: I also like my job.  A lot.  =)

The Only Ukinese I’d Ever Met

Monday, May 21st, 2007

The last time I saw Richard was one year ago in June.

I was in Edmonton’s Churchill Square for some larger-than-expected post-parade beer gardens.  We were in line for beer and he was wearing a camouflage shirt.  Ironically, it wasn’t a shirt at all.  It was a painted-on shirt.  He was in fact, among the crowd, somewhat topless.

After what I’m sure was some sort of smile and “nice shirt!” comment we were able to catch-up… I told him all about my Grade 5 Bunch and he told me all about his plans to head to Medicine Hat for an outdoor recreation program.  We exchanged two genuine good-for-you’s and two genuine really-good-seeing-you’s and that was that.

There are a few ironies to seeing a Richard Teha Memorial Page on Facebook… Facebook being the medium to inform me of such a tragedy being the first irony.

The second is reading, on May 21st that “On March 4th 2007, he was taken from us” and being sent the news from Sydney, Australia.

I was coincidentally thinking of Richard just today as Joanne and I drove back from the mountains quietly listening to music.

I still don’t know the entire story but it seems the world has lost a great big smile, a funky dancer, and a friendly.. wonderful.. incredible guy.  He will always be the first person I ate at Clairview Red Robin with… the first Hat Making Party host I’ve ever met… my first Ukinese encounter……. and most importantly he will always be a great example of someone with warmth and enthusiasm that radiates down a long line of smiles.

To quote the sent link: “Richard was one of the most fabulous people that was ever put on this earth.

flatliner sequel

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

[relationship] time of death: 22:14h Thursday May 17th, 2007 C.E.

*thud*

possible post-mortum to follow

Unrelated P.S.-headed to the lake avec BFG (and Coworker Happy Hour Attendee) for the long weekend.

Who needs healthcare, anyways?

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
when it comes to healthcare.
to water.
to education.
to life itself.

I stand by that.

Meditation on a Non-Toothache

Friday, May 11th, 2007

*great big woot*

It looks like I’ll be “educating tomorrow’s citizens today”.  It also looks like I’ll be educating tomorrow’s citizens tomorrow.  And… Educating tomorrow’s citizens the day after that.

I have signed… with a witness no less… a permanent, continuous, full-time contract with the Calgary Board of Education.

Big celebration.

In some ways, not much has changed.  I have been full-time with the board since last fall.

The difference is now that I am guaranteed work.  The difference is also that I no longer am ‘placed and evaluated’.  That means that I will soon be able to apply for postings on my own and that I won’t have to allude in a sing-songy voice as to why good behaviour would be a nice favour when there’s a principal or two sitting in the back taking notes.

Evaluations done and glowing.

Contract signed and in.

Plans for next year already known and being prepared for.

Being scouted in the Butterdome on a freezing cold day has now evolved into a moment where I’m both happy and aware that I’m happy.  A non-waitinggame is very pleasant.

*great big woot*

Mika: Me Like-a

Monday, May 7th, 2007

So… [and the ellipses in this one are dedicated to australian dvb.  Please enjoy they’re experimental return…] I went Mother’s Day Shopping yesterday.

No gift.  Well no gift for Mother… yet.  Instead, gifts for me: Two CD’s and a Book.

One of the CD’s is Mika.  Life in Cartoon Motion. How much did I like it?? Get this: I LIKED IT SO MUCH I… what??  I… actually imported it to iTunes.  That’s right, me, the one with no organizational skills to perform such a multi-step and waiting-necessary operation made it so I can listen to it a) in my car b) on my iPod and c) on my desktop computer for Facebook time.  I really like it.

It’s good pump-up music… roll the window down music… sing-along-in-a-high-pitch-scissor-sisters-voice music.

I recommend it as a summer pick.  If nothing else they’re songs that make you go, “huh?”….. and that’s never a bad thing.