A Free Shirt and a Magazine Article; Who’s Laughing Now Mr. College Professor?


My Favorite College Professor... Dr. Indiana Jones.Today was a good day.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t solve world hunger, win the lottery, or meet Mike Rowe (that would be winning the lottery!).

But, I did get a free shirt from Land’s End and a Blog published in The School Administrator Magazine (in case you don’t believe me… click here).

The shirt was a very nice thank you for my mentioning the Land’s End Teachers Light the Way Contest. This is officially your last mention, Land’s End. Unless, of course, another shirt happens to make its way into my mailbox (you know the address).

I also don’t mind taking credit for single-handedly saving a lady’s job at a very important public relations firm (by the way PrincipalsPage.com only works with the most powerful companies).

Thanks for the shirt. I can promise you that there will be a lot of bad golf played in it this summer.

As for the Blog, I have the people at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) to thank.

They are either very nice or a little desperate for material since they have published my Blog as an “actual” article…in an “actual” magazine.

This may literally set the publishing industry in the educational administration field back 20 years.

I have been a big fan of the magazine, but now I wonder. Can I enjoy a publication that stoops to this level?

Chocolate Milk Tastes Better When I Am Not Being Violated has made it into the pages of the April issue (I just had a thought…could this be their April Fool’s joke on their readers?).

I was also excited to find out they placed the article in a very prominent place on page 59 (next time I am holding out for a cover).

So, it was a good day.

A free shirt and a magazine. Usually, just getting a free shirt makes my day.

When I received an advanced copy of the magazine (which made me feel quite important), thoughts of my first college English professor came rushing into my mind.

You are probably thinking that he is the inspiration for me to write. Or he introduced me to all the great works of literature. Or maybe he pushed me to be the best writer possible.

None of the above.

He took my first writing sample of my freshman year and ripped it to shreds.

At the top of the 3 pages that I had spent literally minutes composing, he wrote, “This IS the worst example of writing that I have EVER seen.”

I wish I was kidding. And I bet he wished he hadn’t wasted 12 brand new red pens on my assignment.

So on this momentous day (not really, but thanks for playing along), I remember you… Mr. College Professor.

And you didn’t think I would amount to anything. That I would be a total failure and blight on society.

I have a new shirt and a magazine article that begs to differ.

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This Blog is Not for Sale. On Second Thought, Make Me an Offer.


This whole blog writing thing is getting out of hand. Why you ask? (and thank you for asking, otherwise this blog would be over after one sad little sentence)

Is it the pressure of producing a humorous, intelligent, and well-thought out blog 2-3 times a week? Hardly. If you thought that, this is obviously your first visit.

I have been meaning to make the blogs humorous, intelligent, and well-thought out but I must admit I have been busy (and lacking talent).

This less than mediocre attempt at half-hearted writing comes relatively easy. I know… most of you aren’t shocked at this admission. In other earth shattering news… the sky is blue and Simon Cowell is opinionated and sometimes mean (and usually right on the money by the way).

I have gotten hundreds of emails (actually 3) asking for career advice about administration, requests to publish, and product placements within the blog.

Actually, that is a lie. I have gotten two, with the other one being best classified as a “threat”. I would like to say more, but the whole thing looks like it will be tied up in the judicial system for years.

Why companies want their product or award included in this blog, I will never know. Maybe they are hoping to sell fewer items or have fewer people apply for their awards.

Hard to tell, lots of crazies out there.Turns Out It's Hard to Find a Not For Sale Sign.

My latest request came from a big-time public relations person who is obviously going to be unemployed in the next week (job tip- don’t spend so much time on the internet during work hours reading blogs about nothing).

The request was to have me include information about an award for teachers being given by Lands’ End. Evidently, the PR firm she works for (or used to work for) has Lands’ End as a client (or a former client once they read this… oh who am I kidding?… like they will ever read this).

But, I am not surprised. It was just a matter of time before big-time corporations came begging for the PrincipalsPage.com Seal of Approval (that was hard to type without laughing and/or throwing up).

Anyway, here is the plug. It is the least I could do for all the great teachers out there who read the blog.

Lands’ End is announcing the Teachers Light the Way Contest. The company will recognize outstanding teachers that have made a difference in the life of a student, a school or a community.

Forty-five (45) teachers will receive the coveted Lands’ End Lighthouse Award… representing the company’s 45-year history.

Three (3) Grand Prize winners that will receive between $4,000-$10,000 for the teachers to split with the winning school.

Forty-two (42) Honorable Mention winning teachers will receive a $100 Lands End gift card.

But that’s not all: readers who nominate a Grand Prize winning teacher will also receive a $250 Lands’ End gift card. Readers who nominate an Honorable Mention winning teacher will get a $25 Lands End gift card.

If your readers would like to recognize an extraordinary teacher or get more information, they can submit an essay up to 500 words and fill out the online entry form at www.landsend.com/teacheraward.

The contest will end at midnight, April 17, 2008.

Now I will just sit back and wait for the big checks from Lands’ End to start rolling in. What? I am not getting paid?

That is a rip.

How about a free t-shirt? I am an XL.

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