Posted by admin at June 20th, 2009

Returned last night from 5 days of California’s Central Coast. 

The exceptional staff and the room upgrade from The Cliff’s Resort was sweet.  We had  our own jacuzzi (albeit a little small) but it was nice to have it there  waiting.  The fantastic views from the grounds as always were…hmmm… fantastic. 

California’s Central Coast is a gem in and of itself.  Miles of beautiful beaches for The Blur to explore and conquer…..easy gentle surf….and the best part…NOT CROWDED!  The morning walks were especially relaxing on the first day.  I would sit and breath in the fresh ocean air and release all that stuff from the previous school year.  Salt Air Therapy?  Absolutely.

Top it all off with great food at The Big Sky Cafe and The Black Sheep Squadron Cafe in SLO, Giovanni’s Fish and Chips in Morro Bay,  and Mo’s BBQ in Pismo Beach and you have yourself a winner! 

The Thursday Night Farmer’s Market in downtown SLO once again proved that pizza by the slice and chicken kabobs while enjoying a Dave Matthews wanna be Band can be a five star anniversary dinning experience.  I couldn’t think of any other way to celebrate.  Chuck and me….planted on the sidewalk in downtown SLO.  Romatical.

Our little junket also commemorated our one year of married, forced to divorce and again married life.  Who can plan the complete formal china set when the State of California won’t let you near the china cabinet?  Sigh…

Refreshed?  yes…   Relaxed?  check.    Mission Accomplished.   I’m ready for 200 more years with my love,  Chuck.

Smile Diego....Smile!!!  Smile damn it!View from The Cliffs Resort

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Posted by admin at June 13th, 2009

The end of a school year always has me in a nostalgic mood.  However, this year…not so much and I feel guilty about it.  I know, I know.  I can hear all of you saying, “Just accept it and move on Randy.  You get a new batch in August.”

This was a really hard year  for me.  I had a very rag tag group of  8 particular boys that just couldn’t get their proverbial “shit” together.  And yes, they are 10, 11 and 12 years old and yes, they are young and yes they are kids.  I will give each of you that.    And, of course, there were my stalwarts from 0708  that were a delight.  Too bad I couldn’t spend more time with them and the ones that wanted to learn.  Most of the year was spent in crisis management mode. 

But man, I have never met a group of kids that just weren’t into school.  They didn’t try.  They settled for just getting by (which, by the way, was a sentiment echoed by their parents).  And to top it all off, this group was very unenthusiastic and they made fun of the kids that were into the lessons.  School was nothing but a chore and all they wanted to do was to go out and play.    A good handul of the Elite 8 were retained from previous years.    That may have colored their impression of school.  I did do a good job of pulling a lot of things out of my bag of teaching “tricks” but it just didn’t help this year for some reason. 

OK, we are officially moving on now.  Randy is done.  20008-2009 has left the building.

For now, LD and The Blur of Fur and I are heading points north on Monday to our post-school hideaway.  CYA!

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Posted by admin at June 4th, 2009

My how things have changed since last year. 

One class to deal with…

I’m staying in the same room….

Just gotta pack up and go….

Pismo here we come.

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