Thursday, October 29, 2015

Learned a Song Today on Ukulele

One of my favorite things at work, besides touching the future, is doing extracurricular activities.  I've gotten a few students started playing banjo, I've been on some interesting trips to the Adirondacks and New York City with students, and the last couple years I've been the adviser for the Ukulele Club.  The club is off to a slow start this year.  Its leader, Mo, hasn't been able to recruit any other kids to show up consistently so she and I just hang out for an hour every Thursday in a garden at school.  It's indisputably the best part of my work week.  Today she taught me how to play "Over the Rainbow" and sing it at the same time.  I've made very little progress trying to sing and play banjo so this was big.
The song choice was quite fitting, she chose it because it's so simple, but yesterday afternoon I snapped this picture of our house.  This morning there was another at sunrise that was more spectacular as the eastern sky was bright orange and the rainbow over the house was limited to red and orange.  But you'll have to take my word for it because I couldn't get a decent picture.

I've Been Cut Off

It's been a long time since I got a new ID at school, and while I like wearing one with a picture taken when I started working there in 2004, I thought I'd get an update this year.  That meant being professionally photographed by the same outfit who was doing student photos.  When I got the packet from Lifetouch School Portraits I felt as excited as Steve Martin in The Jerk when he got the new phone book.  Unlike his character, whose name was in the phone book, and listed correctly, my pictures had me scratching my head.  But only the part that showed up.  Now I proudly wear three ID badges-the one from 2004, my senior picture from 1983, and the one shown on top here.
It being Halloween, I'm thinking of going to school as the photo on the ID.