Life is like a box of chocolates

Yes, it is. Some of those chocolates are filled with crap, too. We’ll be having my youngest son’s eighth birthday party real soon. I can’t believe my little guy is really eight years old … or all the life that’s happened since the day he came into the world. I was sure making a lot more money at the time! Anyway, as we wait for grandparents to arrive, I’m in a text message conversation with a former student who just got out of county jail because her large male roommate pressed domestic abuse charges against her. Needless to say, she needs help, and I’m unable to provide it. Being poor sucks.

Prom is over! It went off pretty well, I think. Yeah, the music sucked (except for the one song I got the DJ to play; it’s good to be the man with the check). The kids seemed to have a lot of fun. They left sweaty and smiling, anyway. I’m still wrapping up paying some of the bills, but the stress of the event is gone. I actually had time to grade papers this past week. And hell, tomorrow I might even get some writing done!

The IT guy at my wife’s job has wiped my computer and reinstalled the operating system. Now I just have to find my Microsoft Office installation CD. For some reason it wasn’t with the rest of the CDs. I will never go back to The Pirate’s Bay! Not even for Steinbeck downloads. I hope I can find that Office CD. I have to turn this computer back over to the college next month.

In a completely random tangent, I’d barely paid much attention to media bias until this past election. Yeah, I knew about the “left-wing media” and “Faux News” and all that. But hell, Time and Newsweek really piss me off with their blatant bias. Have you seen the cover of Newsweek for this week? Economic recovery? Really? While education budgets are still being slashed? Another cover story promises to expose “hate on the right.” The tea party movement is not about hate. Sure, there are some nutjobs attracted to it, but they are not the core of the movement. Are fiscal responsibility, limited government, and a free market really the ideals of hate?

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