The Good News Thread

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby FrankChurch » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:34 pm

Steve, better move to Amsterdam. It was voted by Richard Florida most creative international city. Stockholm Sweden number two. Socialism=smart. Ya.

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Moderator » Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:55 pm

Steve -- Good to read that post. So are you staying put?
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby diane bartels » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:24 pm

Steve wish there was a like button on here. That's good news and gives me a ray of hope for my own future

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:42 pm

That's great, Steve E! :D

I know I should know this but, what is "supply teaching"?

Are you teaching in an urban area or in a village somewhere?

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Steve Evil » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:05 am

Cheers all!

Supply teachers Gwynnie, are teh sacrificial lambs fed to the wolves when the regular class teacher gets sick ro goes on leave. Cover or substitute in other words. You must remember them from your own school days, those hapless souls who don't know the children's names or the classroom rituals and whom the class-clowns made regular fools of.

Most teachers consider it a demotion, but it works for me: before I was a teacher, I was not a statistician or a data analyst. I was a children's entertainer, and if there's one thing I can do, it's hold a young audience rapt. There are kids all over Buckinghamshire who consider a visit from Mr. E. a special occasion, a reward for good behaviour. I'm much prouder of this acheivement than I would be of any test score. I'd rather be loved than efficient. Any day.

Barber wrote:Steve -- Good to read that post. So are you staying put?


Alas, no. It's time to go home. There was a chance of a full time job popping up at my current school, but it didn't materialize. I would have stayed on for that, because I know the school and I know the kids, and I knwo there wouldn't be the same kind of problems there, but as it didn't happen, I'm not in the mood to cast my nets elsewhere. My Dad just turned seventy, my gran's almost nintey, my friends are all getting married and having kids, I haven't spoken to my brothers in a year, getting sick of the rain. It's time to go home. . .

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:59 am

Canada is having a nice boom so Steven D is using his head. Why we don't imitate their banks is anyone's guess.

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Postby Steve Evil » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:44 pm

Pseudonym Frank, Pseudonym.

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Steve, thank you for the response. It means a lot to me. Seriously. I just had a major meltdown on the main board and now I feel like an ass. Which I am, so, well, there you have it.

Being a children's entertainer is a very special talent and that sounds just wonderful! :) I'm truly sorry the permanent position didn't materialize. You are a rare commodity, a wonderful person, and don't you forget it! It takes a lot of courage to pull up roots and go for a job overseas, and I think the children you teach in Canada, should you return there, will be the richer for it.
And, I think your brothers, father, and gran will welcome you back with open arms. May you come back home with eyes wide open and wonderful job prospects!

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Dear Frank, in case you haven't noticed, Canada under Stephen Harper has one of the most conservative governments around at this point in time. The gov't. we should be emulating is that of Iceland, where they defaulted on their loans and imprisoned the shyster bankers. Lotsa luck, like that would ever happen in the States.

In regards to absolutely nothing, I'm running more than just a little manic at this time and should probably get the fuck off the boards before I shoot of any more white phosphorus or napalm.
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Chuck Messer » Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:37 pm

Take care of yourself, Gwyn. You're pretty special yourself, you know.

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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:08 pm

Thank you, Chuck. I've since been in contact with my psychopharmacologist and have gotten some good meds, which I needed. Things are getting better. Having friends like you and all the folks on this board helps a lot.
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Postby Moderator » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:00 pm

Gwyneth M905 wrote:Thank you, Chuck. I've since been in contact with my psychopharmacologist and have gotten some good meds, which I needed. Things are getting better. Having friends like you and all the folks on this board helps a lot.
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We've all had major meltdowns on the board, or at least words we wish we could retract.

For what it's worth, we all like having you around here, Gwyn, regardless of your attitude! :wink:
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:02 pm

Barber wrote:We've all had major meltdowns on the board, or at least words we wish we could retract.

For what it's worth, we all like having you around here, Gwyn, regardless of your attitude! :wink:


Sigh. Steven, I don't know if you saw my post before I deleted it, but it started with "pork swords" and went downhill from there. I don't know if people would have laughed their asses off because of the sheer John Cleeseian-rage-a-holic venomous verbosity; or, taken offense and started a flame war.

So, back to our thread...Today I had a major victory for myself! I doped myself up in the a.m. and went to the Animal Care & Control's orientation for volunteers. This was a majorly scary thing for me to do as it is in the Mission and I am very scared to travel by myself in the city outside of about a 6 block radius.

First, I fucked up by going to the wrong building and waiting there, then got into the wrong orientation, then finally got into the right orientation 20 minutes late. But hey, it's the showing up part that counts, right?

I really, really miss JackThunderbear, my Service Dog. I miss having dogs in my life, but I'm too much of a hoarder right now (books) to humanely keep a dog. And I'm allergic to cats, even Maine Coon Cats who act like dogs.

There was one little dog in the shelter who wasn't adopted out because he barked too much. I suggested that he be trained as a Hearing Aid Service Dog. He'd be great at running up to an owner and alerting by barking that: phone was ringing, someone was at the door, fire alarm was going off, alarm clock was going off...you know, things like that. I'm hoping I can get to work with him.

I have three more trainings to go before I can be an official volunteer.

Now I am all sleepy because of all the anti-anxiety meds I had to pop to get to the event in the first place. The adrenaline rush has worn off. I'm craving a whiskey shot -- a sippin' whiskey, but that's tricky when taking as many benzodiazapines as I take.

Good thing I'm Muslim and booze is haraam. I still have a bottle of lovely Glenmorangie Maderia 12 yr old and an amazing Glen Grant Sherry Cask Strength 30 yr old from back in the day.

I think I'll just stick to some nice chicken soup.

Later, gators, :)
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Moderator » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:04 pm

Had kind of a cool moment yesterday.

I'm not a scientist, but have an interest in it beyond the usual layman.

My niece and nephew are certifiably scientists -- biological researchers delving into the evolutionary paths and records of species, etc. They regularly head off to places like the Amazon, The Gallapagos, digs in Montana.

My nephew came over to the house to let his daughter do some swimming with her auntie Cris and uncle Dude (yes, that's my official title). Afterward we were sitting around shooting the breeze and I asked him about a pending trip to the Dominican Republic to study some of the fish species there. He said there is kind of a mystery because this species has evolved roughly 40 completely isolated salt/fresh/combination water variations along the coastline of the Caribbean south of Cancun, and something like 26 variations in Hispaniola (home island for Haiti and the Fominican Republic). But in the "smaller" major islands -- Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman, Puerto Rico -- there was only one saltwater variation each.

Apparently nobody has figured out why the twin mysteries of salt and freshwater species, and why only one each for the smaller islands but not the coast or Hispaniola. It doesn't really track with standard evolutionary theory of species filling a nitch with so many variations without extensive differences in Environment. Usually this only occurs when they are completely isolated from each other...and this shouldn't happen in an open sea like the Caribbean.

I kept asking some questions, including whether any species existed on the lesser islands. He pointed out that they're too new. That the species has a common ancestor around 70 million years ago and suddenly branched into all these variations, with a lot of other variations dying off according to the DNA record. He also mentioned that there were no known examples along the north American coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

I laughed and said "Maybe it was the meteor". I figured he would tell me they'd already considered or dismissed the idea, etc. Only he didn't. He kind of stopped, getting a funny look as he thought about it.

"You know...that's really good. That matches everything". Big grin."I'm going to look into that. You've really got me thinking."

I told him I want credit on the paper....
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Gwyneth M905 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:33 pm

:) Way to reason, Dude! :)

(Now I can brag that I know "the Big Lebowski"!)
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Re: The Good News Thread

Postby Moderator » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:35 pm

Big. Check. Dude. Check. Lebowski. Not so much.

But, yeah. When my niece asked What we wanted her daughter to call us, I said " Dude". Uncle Dude.

It just seems right.
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