Will I Ever Run Out of Things That Bug Me? Talk Amongst Yourselves.

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I have some thoughts that I need to get out of my head. Hopefully when they are out in the open, I can then move on with my life.

Please feel free to discuss (or not, if you insist on not being a team player).

The school year has gone by so quickly. Every year that I work in education this seems to happen at a faster pace.

I have come to grips with the idea that I have to get older each year (beats the alternative) and that the school days are going to fly by quickly. I just don’t like it.

Some may think this is why I am grumpy. But let’s not kid ourselves; I was grumpy way before this started happening.Some Things Just Bug Me.

Early in my career I would start a countdown to summer as soon as the calendar hit March. Now I wish it will all just slow down.

It is almost like I want the school year to last longer or not (let’s all keep our heads before we say something foolish).

Yet, on the other hand I feel like winter has been here forever. I am ready for spring and warmer weather (which brings the end of school).

As you can see, I am a torn man. It is not easy being me (or green, I have heard).

Another thing that I have had to make peace with is wearing a suit each day. I am a huge proponent of teachers and administrators dressing and looking like professionals.

My belief is that we must separate ourselves from the students. To be treated and respected, we must dress the part.

Yet, I hate dressing up with a passion. When it is time to get my school clothes ready each evening, I am overtaken by sadness (or it could be laziness, it’s hard to tell).

The first thing I am going to do after I cash in a winning lottery ticket is burn all of my dress clothes.

Technically that will be the second thing. The first will be to buy a $50 tie and strangle the guy who invented ties (this is not a threat as I am assuming this gentleman passed away long ago… it is getting harder and harder to gain approval on these blogs from the PrincipalsPage.com legal department).

Again I am torn. Big fan of professionalism, yet hate ironing. Hope to win the lottery and live happily ever after, yet capable of attacking an innocent inventor. I live a complicated life.

Lastly, it is time for March Madness. You might think I am going to write about how this is such an exciting time for the whole country. Nope.

Or how there will finally be something decent to watch on television. Again no.

I prefer to focus (my anger) on the fact that for the next week we will all be subjected to news stories on one topic.

Not the “student” athletes participating in the tournament. Not the exciting finishes to the early games. Not even the small schools that will get some much needed publicity and a chance to shine in front of a huge audience.

Those are all nice, but they don’t bug me (hence, a boring blog… and we can’t have that).

The story we will all have to hear and read about is the one about how employees watching NCAA basketball games at work will cost businesses 957 quadrillion dollars.

Who is the nerd who decides this? Does anyone double-check his math?

Why can’t they just let us be happy for a couple of weeks? Why do all newscasts have to lead with stories about fires, accidents, what the local school district is doing wrong, and how much money IBM is losing because the janitor is watching Tennessee vs. American University (by the way my money is on a scrappy American U. squad… go Eagles!).

Feel free to talk about these topics amongst yourselves. I have to go iron my clothes and watch the news.

Another weekend has flown by and tomorrow is a school day.

And I am sad? Or lazy? Again, hard to tell.

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8 Responses to “Will I Ever Run Out of Things That Bug Me? Talk Amongst Yourselves.”

  1. Jen
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 4:09 pm

    Uniforms for teachers. Once I’m certified, that’s what I want. I’ll just buy 5-10 [insert selected color] pairs of pants and skirts and 10 [insert selected color(s)] shirts and a few cardigans.

    Laundry every two weeks or so, iron as needed after the laundering. Don’t have to think again for 2+ weeks.

  2. steve
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 7:17 pm

    One of the things I found strange when I first came here 8 years ago was my new daughter spending hours and I am sure thousands of dollars on clothes for school , having lived in England for most of my life I was shocked at some of the clothes the kids wore to school and because of no uniforms always trying to push the envelope .

    As for having to wear a suit I am afraid I think your right and it does portray professionalism but is a pain in the but t especially wearing a tie as well my answer was to own hundreds of cartoon character and bright bright colored ties it allowed me to feel like I was doing the right thing but still showing my own personality and the funny thing is if I wore a boring tie every one would comment are you OK


  3. Angie
    on Mar 24th, 2008
    @ 1:07 pm

    Professional clothing suggestion to separate yourself from teachers and students: get several golf shirts/button down shirts in school colors with your school’s name and have “PRINCIPAL” monogrammed on them. Pair with khakis on Monday and jeans(or other comfy pants) on Friday and voila! instant recognition as an administrator who can “let loose” once in a while. That way you only need suits three days a week. (And I hear that if you wear a v-neck sweater under your jacket, you can forgo the tie.)

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  8. Billy Williams
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    Great blog. I hope you never run out of things that bug you.

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