Sunday, January 21, 2007

I could give you a massive list of what I have been doing

But, u don't care -- so here is a short hodge podge of what I've been up to and if you want me to elaborate ask...

The new job is hard to describe and I'm not allowed to talk about what I do anyway. However, I do like my new co workers.

Southbeach is the most overrated overpriced place I have ever been and I am sure it is one of the most overrated overpriced places in the world. For what you spend on food/housing you could just go to a Caribbean island and not have to deal with a bunch of pushy rude people. On its plus side, I like the art galleries. The weekend was saved by spending time with John's nana and finding new art.

I have half of one room of our apartment completely decorated. We have been in this apartment 14 months. In my defense the half of the room I have decorated is the size of most regular rooms. I'm picky about what I look at -- I used to work in an art gallery and that made my pickiness worse.

I put some new art on my body yesterday. I'm very happy with it. Thank God! How much would it stink to get a tattoo you were luke warm about.

Children of Men was an INCREDIBLE movie. I short change it by writing about it this far down. Funny is that at the end I turned to John and said, that couldn't have been made by an American. The director came up and it wasn't made by an America. Strange is that the day before we saw the movie I jokingly suggested to John that we place a print of Guernica above our dining room table. Damn the movie was brilliant.

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Monday, January 08, 2007


Maybe this is only a Southern phenom, but is anyone else catching wind of teachers being fired for their art?

Two examples that quickly come to mind, but I have heard more.

A woman who was a porn actor ten years ago, under a different name, when she looked completely different is fired from her school when "someone" links her old stage name to her new identity. This comes with the added bonus of me stating that I do think pornography is art (sometimes art that is done very badly), that the person who "leaked" the video to the school is a consumer of pornography AND that anyone who consumes pornography who thinks they are better than the pornographers is an idiot. I can understand certain parents not wanting a current Porn Star (and I mean Jenna Jameson level) not teaching their children who know who s/he is. However, someone who was a porn actor ten years ago teaching children who are too young to be exposed to pornography, I just don't give sympathy to. If you need your kids to have highly selected teachers send them to private school. Public schools are too desperate to be this picky.

BUT WAIT, it gets worse.
A public school art teacher, who did not teach his art to his student nor mention his art his students was recently fired when it was discovered (drum roll) that he painted with his body parts....all of them. The pictures (which I am searching for samples of) didn't even look like they were painted with his body. It just seems so stupid and really irks me.

So, as a public university teacher, how do I know that I haven't done something that could get me fired for being a bad example to my students? Answer, I don't. Outside of the nudity rubric (though I feel all artist should be able to use nudity if it furthers their art) it is impossible to come up with a standard of behaviour, and further the standard shouldn't be developed. If the behaviour is legal a public school teacher should be allowed to teach and engage in that behaviour. We can clause this by saying that the behaviour, if controversial, should be kept out of the workplace (by both the teacher and busybodies who like to introduce information no student would have found out about had the busybody not made it public).

There are just not enough people who have the gift of being able to teach well who are willing to do it for the pay public school teachers get.

to all the teachers, i apologize for the grammar in this post. i wrote it fast.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Holiday Wrap Up

I have a feeling 2007 is going to be a big year--before I get there let me tell you where I've been.

John and I decided not to spend Christmas together. We have never spent a Christmas together. I don't want to take him from his grandmas and I want to spend it with my siblings. We decided that once third parties are introduced folks can come to our house, till then we will each be in our parent's house. The way some people reacted you would have thought we had announced we were taking a trial separation. One person actually quoted the Bible to me half jokingly but I could tell half was serious. I left Christmas eve and go to spend time with my moms (including meeting her new boyfriend), my siblings, my father's family and my poetry family. It was a very short and sweet visit. When I got back John wrote me the sweetest Christmas card about how our ability not to run with the crowd is what makes us such a strong couple.

I had a nice week off and am finishing things up at my law office. Each year has a quote and last years was,

Ecclesiastes 9

7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your [spouse], whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

This years is,

Philipians 3

13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me...

I start a new job on the 8th that I am excited about. It will give me the tools, and connections, to reach my long term goals as an attorney. Less vacation and more work hours than I am used to but everything is a means to an end. In order to cope, John and I will be taking trips whenever we can.

Nina, you just got a new job and can finally get rid of your credit card debt what are you gonna do? I'M GOING TO SOUTH BEACH BABY! If you'll be there MLK weekend give John or me a holla.

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