I am kind of embarrassed that my blog has gone pretty much ignored by me for the past couple of months. Once my great passion, my blog is now my, "Oh yeah, what was the password to get on typepad and post?"
I can't seem to get around to reflecting about my life and times on my blog. I have a lot of other ventures that are taking my attention and time. Some things pay, some things don't; but the fact of the matter is that I am now entering a new phase in my life and times.
And, now I have begun investigating social networking. I have a professional networking system through Linkedin although I haven't fully gotten into that yet. But, what has really gotten my attention is Facebook. When I first got on FB (as those of us in-the-know call it), I was just amazed that folks could really have over 100 friends (and some zeroing in on over 500 friends). It's kind of like when I started on Ebay and wondered how anyone ever got over 50 on their feedbacks; and then I got to 675 and thought... really?
Now, I sit with 161 friends on FB; and I am starting to get it. You would be absolutely amazed how many friends you have that you don't even think of as friends (in fact, some you might have to defriend after you find that they... oh never mind). I have even learned how to hide the constant musings of the friends who were once students of mine when I was a high school principal more than a decade ago. One of my former graduates found me and then a whole slew turned up; and they are all leaders in the community and very successful (who woulda thunk it back when they were graffitting the Grant facilities, and I had to beat them up). Gosh, these new millenials have potty pens (the designation for those who have potty mouths that they share in print). I use to cuss like a sailor and do no more but have been punished for my former errant ways with a wide array of potty pens in my immediate vicinity. Ah well.
So, in case you have missed me posting, it's because I have been cheating on my blog with my FB. Let me see if I can get up to speed with my life. I decided to retire this coming June and take up a full time career teaching college (I already teach for both Kaplan University and Southwest Baptist University); so I am just going to jump off the retirement cliff and hope something good happens. Pat has taken over as interim principal at the very high school I reopened in 1994 (Southeast High). He's planning to interview for the full time appointment when the position is posted; if he gets it, he stays... if not, he will retire. So, retirement has become a big consideration in my life. It's really yummy.
Bo finished his first term at OU and earned a B average. Pat and I are right proud; as I had a .56 my first term at Auburn, so I didn't have near the expectations for him and was very proud with his accomplishments. Joe also earned a B average which is flat amazing since he inherited Bo's mustang (Bo got a new one for college) and has hardly been seen since he vroomed off to be with friends and feminine type people.
Westwood folks are a little shell shocked with my announcement, but they are-- as always--- supportive and hard working. I announced my decision on FB (what would you expect from the new social networker?). And, the news traveled like wild fire and everyone knew by the time I went back to school the next Monday.
We are still working like crazy at Westwood because the kids matter and the teachers are total professionals. But, I find myself weary of insanity; and when I come upon some, I tend to find myself shaking my head and wondering... really? Really? Really?