Thursday, September 01, 2011

Day #2

So today went extremely smoothly. I had the troublesome kids bottled up, I stopped class anytime things went awry and we discussed and debriefed and re-set expectations. I got through my plans and slowly, surely, and intentionally modeled everything I wanted to get done, and we accomplished those things.

But feeling cocky and confident after such a second day is a trap. Labor Day looms, and that three-day weekend inevitably erodes all that was covered the previous week. Tuesday we shall start from scratch again, and I'll be modeling how to enter the class, how to use a magic marker, how to replace supplies, how to ask for help, and all the basic shit all over again.

The Grand Prix course in B'more, and the Grand Prix events this weekend, have been a source of stress for commuters for some time. But that all revved up today. My 2.8 mile commute home from Pigtown to Reservoir Hill typicall takes 10 minutes; today it took 75. A catastrophe! But I'm sure the Grand Prix will fix what ails Baltimore. The Andretti brothers will heal our shattered school system. Or not.


Anonymous said...

IIII think it looks pretty awesome. But then again, it's not happening in my city. People all around the country think the NYC Marathon is entertaining. I of course, detest it with every fabric of my being.

:) jv

earth dragon said...

I won't go into an anti-grand-prix rant, except to say that it is ill-conceived and short-sighted, and I wonder, sincerely, who will benefit from it, and worry, sincerely, about how much of my tax money went to pay for it.

I am somewhat envious of cities like Austin, whose citizens managed to put together a thriving music scene - which provides work and cashflow throughout the year.

Baltimore, by contrast, can only manage to focus on lame sporting events, including only 10 days of nfl football (unless the team makes the playoffs), 80 days of baseball, and 3 days of grand-prix stuff. None of this provides any sort of lasting or sustainable financial gain for the city, although I'm certain a few non-citizens profit immensely.