Saturday, March 18, 2006
I thought I had a nice day all planned out. I had a Kaiser appointment, in Riverside at 8:00 AM, and arrived in plenty of time. That was great, because I was worried about traffic. They had me fill out some paperwork and I saw the doctor. So far so good. Then it came time to pay, I pulled out the ATM card and it was declined. Damm, I thought Debbie was messing around and transferred money out of the account. So I paid with cash. I was going to have coffee with Ryan at Coffee Roasters, about a block away, but now I needed money. I went to the ATM and it told me my account was not longer valid. Now I started to really get mad, WTF! I called the bank and they told me that some of the accounts had been compromised in a data theft and they'd sent out new cards and disabled the old accounts. That was nice, but what was I going to do until I got the new card. So I guess it was credit card instead of ATM time. I got to Coffee Roasters and it was empty. I bought some coffee and pastries, opened the laptop to sign in to the free WiFi, and no connection was found. Damm it, the WiFi is out they said. So now I was really screwed. Ryan and I sat and talked, he was drawing in his sketch book also. That damm Ryan had something to do, Art Teacher!!!! I tried to leech off another connection but it just wasn't stable enough. When I walked out to my truck I noticed that the dealer hadn't removed the nail in my tire yesterday like I'd asked them too. Now this really got to me. I tried to stay calm and managed to be polite. They told me to come right over and they'd take care of it. So another 30 minutes lost with the tire being fixed. I drove home and when I arrived, I saw another chalk mark on my front passenger tire. They'd found another nail, marked it but failed to tell me or remove it. I about lost it. I went to a local tire shop and had it fixed. I know the guy, and he did it for free. I called the Toyota dealer back up and this time I gave them HELL. I was really mad. They tried to kiss my ass, but I wasn't having anything to do with that. I got home around 4:00 PM and waited for Debbie. She had an appointment at 4:30 PM and asked me to wait for her before having dinner. We had to go to La Sierra SDA University for a Handbell Festival that Britty was playing in at 7:00 PM. I waited and she arrived at alittle after 5:00 PM. It started to rain hard and we barely made it after stopping at Jack In The Box, nasty fast food. The festival was nice and I had a good time. Seventh Day Adventist schools from all over California played Handbells. I think about 150 kids played and they did individual school pieces and group pieces. It really sounded nice. They played some really nice pieces. Britty played well and I felt really proud she was up there playing. I'm glad she's involved in Handbells. We got home and fell asleep right away.
Thursday was a pretty good day. I managed to have a nice day with the kids and school went well. I dropped my truck off for service and picked it up after school. Then off to the School District office. I had to drop off some paper work and sign something else, so I took the time to visit with Aaron, the Director of IT. When I got home that night, I had dinner and then went to the Beaumont Citizens for Responsible Growth meeting. I volunteered to manage the groups website and phpBB. It was a small meeting. Only about six people showed up. I'm not really sure that much can be accomplished with that small of a group. After that I went home and went to sleep.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Tuesday morning, I went to my morning Optimist Club meeting. We had a Detective from the Beaumont Police Department talk to us about the local gang problem (or lack of a problem) in Beaumont. We really don't have any local active gangs. Our city has a few Tagging Crews, but they are fairly low key and don't cause major problems. I don't really notice much graffiti or kids just hanging around causing any trouble. That's good, I moved out here to avoid seeing that. The school day went well, and I've been keeping the students very busy. Tuesday night, I couldn't get to sleep right away so I read for awhile. Wednesday was a great day. We had another Flex Day. I went to lunch with some of the other teachers at Perris Burgers. I had a chicken teriyaki bowl and Chinese dumplings. It was great although I was still hungry. After tutoring I had a Blood Bank appointment. I was on the machine for about two hours. I was drained after that. I went to Kiwanis with Fred and Bob, some neighbors. It was a long meeting, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Then right to sleep.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Britty is back from her Biology trip to Mexico. She's been gone since Thursday of last week. Her class had gone down to the Gulf of California, near San Felipe for field study. Her class went with Teachers and Parents as chaperones, camping on the beach for a few days. They studied sea animals and planets along the tidal area. She saw and dissected Octopus, Crabs, and a Sea Ray. Overall, she had a really nice time. It's nice that she's home and safe.
Five excellent mind habits to develop - Paul's tips
Something to think about. It makes sense to me.
Something to think about. It makes sense to me.