Phew. This week has been super tiring. Grades were due and the semester changed so this week is like September all over again for me. Print out syllabi, go over expectations and policies, set seating charts and basically get to know a brand new set of 150 names and faces! In a way its a great opportunity to recharge mid year, and revisit the curriculum and refine it. BUT it can be tiring too and you never know what these impressionable freshman will come into your class with after a half a year of high school under their belt with a different teacher. I am super excited though to meet them and find out who among them is ready, eager, and willing to be a media maker!
I too experienced joy at both of the Springsteen shows Sunday and Monday at the Garden. The E Street band wrapped up the first leg of the “Magic” tour. They will embark on a European tour after the holiday and then come back to the States in January. My sisters, Dad, and I enjoyed “No Surrender” and “Jungleland” especially on Sunday, and I was pretty fired up about the throwbacks on Monday – “E Street Shuffle”, “Kitty’s Back”, and “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” “Born To Run” and “The Rising” still resonate, and “Reason to Believe” is done in a rockin rowsing way. Off the new album, the crowd caught onto the sweet summer song “Girls in their Summer Clothes” and nodded along solemnly to “The Last to Die.” Although Peter Wolf joined the stage for “10th Avenue Freeze Out” and Bruce gave a shout out to “the home of the World Champions”…no “Dirty Water” was done…But it wasn’t missed! The crowd was kept plenty busy with the high energy encore, which included “Badlands” and closed out with the jig “American Land.”Thanks Boss.Dad, me, Meg(and my floppy hat) getting ready for the show Sunday :
Dad and the Doctah :
A special shout out to “Justin” from Blip.tv support who helped me figure out why I couldn’t cross-post…My blog had no title so it didn’t show up in the list to choose from. Doh. Takes me back to coding…Up all night in the engineering lab and DOH it was that ONE COMMA that screwed up the 50 pages of code!!!! Sigh. I kindof miss those days in a sick way. Literally. We ate swedish fish and drank red bulls to stay up.
Term 1 ended today and although they are not ALL done yet, the few identity “I am” flash projects I have seen so far are awesome! I uploaded one to Blip today just to see if I could post SWFs. Success! Enjoy :