Posted by admin at May 25th, 2008

What a weekend!

So far, LD and I took in two movies.  On Saturday, we saw “Indiana Jones/Crystal Skull”, and on Sunday, “Narnia/Prince Caspian”. My reviews?

IJ/CS gets a hearty five star out of five star rating from me. Way cool! N/PC…I hold out my right hand, teeter it from left to right, and emit a non-committal “so-so” sigh. And movie producers…make sure your period pieces don’t have extras with tribal tattoos on their arms.

And now onto the food and family part of the weekend.  There are things that couples experience in the course of a relationship that are difficult to explain until the unknowing partner experiences it. Enter the Arnayro/Karns Memorial Day Celebration.

LD got a taste of this time honored tradition. For years, our families have celebrated the day at Coronado Cays Park, a large grassy area across the way from the Silver Strand. The families gather there for a potluck barbecue and to catch up on stuff. Brother-in-law Greg had the grills fired up.

LD, Diego and I arrived at about 2 pm and stayed until 5 pm. We feasted on bbq chicken strips, hot dogs, burgers and steaks along with the obligatory potato and macaroni salad. Diego was OK until the volleyball.

One of the things we do at these things is play volleyball. Not just your run-in-the-mill backyard volleyball, but your bump, set spike volleyball. Diego couldn’t get over the fact that I was playing a game of 3-on-3 and that it wasn’t with him. His barking and whimpering gave LD a headache and set the tone for the rest of the afternoon ride home. Let’s put it this way….LD had a tequila sunrise when we got home. Note to self…I am not 20 any longer and I need to stretch before I do this “volleyball” thing.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon. I found out some pretty juicy gossip about Greg’s brother Steve. It was to die for. Seems his wife left him because he didn’t shave. There you go!

Happy Memorial Day all!

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Posted by admin at May 15th, 2008

There are events that I will always remember…9/11 (going to the Rancho Del Rey 24 hour fitness), Dad in my arms.   Today is no exception, however, it is a day of happiness for me, LD and all of our LGBT friends. It’s the day that the California Supreme Court overturned the ban on same sex marriage in the State of California. The emails from friends starting pouring in at about 10 am today and I’ve been watching news feeds with LD and Diego ever since I returned home. Got all teary eyed when I read the news and when I told colleagues today.

Happy? Yup!

I’ll have to practice my proposing technique and I need to get to the jewelry store to look things over.

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Posted by admin at May 8th, 2008

I love my job.  The altruism that is so deeply imbedded in me becomes palpable when I see the faces of my wards light up when, “they get it”!

However, life in teacherland in our faire state hasn’t been pleasant as of late. 

California State Testing is this week.  LD celebrated by waking me to Don Ho singing, “Tiny Bubbles” and directing Diego in a modified dog hula.  Try opening your eyes to that.    I would hate to think that my students’ favorite memories from school was the time when, “Mr. SD taught us to bubble in the right answer!”.  Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

Next, some of you may know of my deep involvement in my teacher’s union.  Coupled with upcoming budget slashes to California’s education budg, I had the unpleasant task of telling a pregnant teacher whose husband had been laid off from his job, that she had been given the sack as well.  NICE! 

Where’s the pool of sorrows when you need to drown yourself?

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