You might have noticed (and if you haven’t, why not? Have you given up on me?) that there isn’t a lot of writing going on here lately. Sure, I’ve posted, but mostly stuff I’ve borrowed (from Jay Leno, for example) or stolen (Hi, Trista!). What’s missing, you ask? That’s right, begging. As in “beg, borrow and steal.” So I’m asking–okay, begging–you for material.
Here’s how this will work: you ask me a question, and I’ll answer it in the form of a post. Actually, this idea was also stolen (Hi, Lorem!), but what the hell. I’ll reserve the right to completely stray from the question’s original topic, and if I’m not comfortable with your question I might ignore it and talk about something else. Please avoid yes/no questions unless, of course, they include a follow-up question of some kind. (What kind of English teacher would I be if I didn’t include that rule?)
If you’re wondering why I’m resorting to this, might I remind you that this is the absolute craziest time of year for anyone in the education field? I am using all of my brain cells–all of them!–to control violent behavior (my own) and avoid encounters with ignorant people (most of my students and half my co-workers). I’m also exerting a great deal of energy on the weather at my school. You read that right: my school has its own weather. It’s either Antarctica or Africa. Not much in-between. Every morning when I pick out my clothes I have to analyze yesterday’s buiding climate, the actual climate outside, the last phone call dispatched to the HVAC guys at the central office to come “fix” the temperature, and the relative building temperature change that may or may not have taken place overnight based on all of the above. Most days I choose badly. Like today, when I wore long sleeves, pants and socks because it was warm over the weekend and I assumed the air at school would be on full blast. Alas, the AIR IS BROKEN so it was 84 degrees in my classroom, and warmer in the library and the office where I spent most of my day.
You see where this is going, don’t you? Unless you want me to talk about weather for the rest of the week, I BEG you, ask me a question or two.