End of the First Week
- I finished my first week in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. If they got a grade on how they moved the new teachers through the system, they'd get a 97. Not perfect, but, compared to the chaos of many major school systems at this time of year, it's a screaming success.
- And the HR staff are professional, competent, and absolutely the essence of Southern charm. Kudos to them all.
- I managed to find many of the items I had packed from my last school. And, I managed to get access to some software that I needed in the new school's computers - they are iMacs, version 9.1 OS. Thanks to Vernier, who rushed me the information I needed - they're tops. Call them if you need WONDERFUL science hardware and software.
- I finished the week having gone to Bally's EVERY DAY - I'm so proud of myself. I'm moving better now, and expect that this change will pay off in increased flexibility and, hopefully, a loss of weight.
- Russia invaded Georgia. The Olympics DIDN'T kick them out, which I think they should have, however much it hurt the athletes. Bush spoke out against the invasion, and is supporting Poland, who has been threatened by Russia.
- The Chinese seem to value appearance more than honesty.
- The substitute singer - the original wasn't photogenic enough, they thought.
- The rebuke they delivered to Bush, who brought up their human rights abuses.
- The computer-augmented fireworks display, which went unmentioned by the media.
- The apparent cheating - both the questionable judging, and the use of underage gymnasts.
- A beloved semi-son (his mom is alive, but we were privileged to have him in our home for a time) has cancer. He is only 29, and he has a wife and a young son. We're praying for his recovery. Please add your own.
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