New Table on the Porch  

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Thanks to our friend Pam for giving us the little table, and to anonymous Goodwill donors for the chairs. Also, there's my bike in the background; thanks to our friends Jake and Stevie for providing that to me (Jake got the frame, Stevie built it). Thanks to Miss Bee for the lentil soup.

This post reminds me of the old "emotionally disabled" class teacher at our school (she quit about a month into school). For even the tiniest little thing that you did for her, she would thank you effusively. Sample conversation:

Her: "I'm so sorry to bother you. Sorry. What page are we on in the new teacher manual?"
Me: "No problem, we're on page 64."
Her: "Thank you soo much. Thank you. Thank you."
...Five minutes later...
Her: "I'm so sorry. Do you have the extra sign-in sheets? Sorry to bother you, I'm so sorry."
Me, growing annoyed: "Yeah, they're right here [in front of your face]."
Her: "Oh, sorry, they're right there. Thanks! Thank you soo much. Thank you. Thanks."

The People Have Spoken  

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In case you would like to look at the results from the "What Should I Blob" survey:

A Crisper Posse  

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I finagled my scanner to get a little better picture here...

Mr. Bret's posse  

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There they are. Haha!

The Suns Come to School  

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Click here to watch the video of the Suns "Planet Orange" visit to school a couple weeks ago.

The girl in this picture is the sister of one of the kids I worked with last year. Some of you might remember Alfred from a few posts; this was the first. Also see my Picasa photo album, mostly of him, on the web here.

Miss Bee taught Brianna how to read when she was a student teacher!

Russ Roberts everyone  

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That doesn't mean that free markets are perfect. Or that you can't have bankruptcies or meltdowns or bubbles or busts. But to get a really spectacular meltdown like we're in the middle of now, for that you need government.
Spotted at Cafe Hayek.

Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!  

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Our charge this past weekend, Mr. Rocky Canelake:


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My survey-mandate did not include editorial opinions (nobody really said anything mean - I hoped the funny answers would make the criticism easier. I know it's hard to tell people they suck...) but I will say that Miss Bee and I both voted for Mr. Obama.

I'm not impressed with rioting in the streets and the messianic, Superman-worship directed his way. But I am not sure that anyone with a conscience could read the front page of the New York Times this morning about 80+ year old men and women involved with Dr. King's civil rights movement and not somehow feel that at least symbolically this is a beautiful gesture that our country has made. Please read this article A Time To Reap for Civil Rights Foot Soldiers if you're feeling disappointed by the choice of Mr. Obama.

There's plenty of literature out there for you to read, so I'll let you get to that. My contribution to the fray is a single by a couple of Kenyan-Americans, whose '-American' status was aided by the office of Senator Obama. Joined by two musicians from D.C., the duo known as Extra Golden released this East African benga-style track titled "Obama" on their 2007 album Hera Ma Nono. Nice and clean guitar, upbeat rhythm at first, this one gets down, dirty, and fuzzy as it tears through seven minutes of Africa-via-D.C. funk.

Extra Golden: "Obama"

My classroom!  

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Here are some photos of Room 101 - aka The Corner Office.

My desk - L to R: daily schedule, quarter schedule, white board to-do list

The view from my desk

The view towards my desk

A dinosaur mural from the beginning of the year

The reading area, featuring bean bags and large pillows

Student desk area

The computer area

Felipe's art gallery

The U-table is where I do my teaching

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