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  1. #17536
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilingcat View Post
    Woo hoo to Trek and to withm!No more fighting the rush hour traffic. Or having to show up when not feeling well. YES. Sometimes, I think work is way overrated.

    Now enjoy life!!
    Rush hour was not bad as I retired from a job within 3 miles of home and on a bike trail! But show up when not feeling well? Yes.

    I have sometimes thought if I'd kept my seniority when I started back with. this yiuge union company, I would have enough time off that taking mental health days, staying home when I feel bleh would not be a problem.

    Also if I'd kept seniority I would have always had the shift I can bike commute with. But we have odd luck at chez trekknott and that's not what happened.

    We JUST got sick leave in WA and before that the system is: if I am sick I call out sick and I'm paid. If I do that too often I'm fired. So when I had my seniority and 6 weeks vacation + 10 personal days off + holidays + as much unpaid time I can afford ... if I was sick I took vaycay.

    Anyway I came here, lost all seniority, and at 5 years when I got it all back I decided to start to use up my vacation and then consider retirement that we'd planned.

    I think it was only a couple days in when I knew "nah. I'm not coming back. This is it."

    I am looking for a low key part time job but don't want full time ever if I can help it. I'm kinda burned out.
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  2. #17537
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    OK, one of my former students is now teaching in my old position! There have been a few people on my team, teaching Language Arts in the past 10 years, but this just feels weird.
    She was a great student, so the kids are in good hands! But, this makes me feel very old.
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  3. #17538
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    OK, one of my former students is now teaching in my old position! There have been a few people on my team, teaching Language Arts in the past 10 years, but this just feels weird.
    She was a great student, so the kids are in good hands! But, this makes me feel very old.
    I hear ya, Crankin. You know what makes me feel old these days? I turn on the TV and nearly all the news anchors are younger than me.

    Sigh...I remember when everyone on TV (other than kids) were older than me, and now I notice how young everyone is. It's depressing!
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  4. #17539
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    I feel honored, but weird. It didn't feel as weird when I had drinks with another former student, who also teaches 7th grade Language Arts, but in a different district. In fact, she had applied for the job at my old school, but the other former student got it.
    I found this out, in a very funny FB thread, where the social studies teacher on my former team commented on a menu item at a local restaurant. The current former student, LA teacher stated the conversation was very weird and out of context, just at the same time I posted that this was such a typical conversation for this group. Then, one of the people who had the position in between us stated that's because we are all "weird." This was seconded by a few others, prompting me to state that I miss their sense of humor, because therapists do not have the same sense of humor, or even *any* sense of humor.
    Just a testament to how I still feel connected to these people after 11 years, and obviously that a) we imparted our weirdness to a lot of our students and b) you have to have a certain sense of humor to be a middle school teacher. I guess also, the fact that this is a "looping" team, where we had our kids for 2 years made us way more like a family. Certain families chose this experience for their kids and it usually was a great match.
    I smiled a lot the whole day after this exchange!
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  5. #17540
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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    I hear ya, Crankin. You know what makes me feel old these days? I turn on the TV and nearly all the news anchors are younger than me.

    Sigh...I remember when everyone on TV (other than kids) were older than me, and now I notice how young everyone is. It's depressing!
    It feels weird, that I'm a....great-aunt. Of a baby boy born to my oldest nephew (31 yrs.) and his wife last year. I actually haven't told anyone at work. Every month, I learn of work colleague who casually mention their parents....in late 50's or mid-60's. Meanwhile I'm 59.

    Guess what makes me feel old yet honoured:
    This fall in Vancouver BC there will be an art gallery exhibit and lecture/workshop that will honour the first leading Asian-CAnadian magazine, Asianadian promoting literary and visual arts by Asian-Canadians..from late 1970's to late 1980's. I wrote an article for the magazine and was also volunteer for 5 years before magazine died. We had paid subscriptions from across North America. The magazine was formed because artists and writers were tired of being muffled /overshadowed by non-Asians.

    this was before my cycling life. It was heady to be at the forefront of something new and "radical" at the time.
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  6. #17541
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    How about when your doctor appears to be 12 years old? I swear my dermatologist is Doogie Howser!

 

 

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