Sunday, August 25, 2013


While I don't post on an even semi-regular basis, I think about writing a lot. Thousands of words go through my mind that I intend on writing down, but somehow they just never make it there (or here). Most of it is either rants about things I am pissed off about, or philosophical thoughts that are way too esoteric to bring up in most company. And then there is the stuff that goes through your mind when you are really depressed.  Most of that comes out when I am either drinking or getting ready to go back to work after a long hiatus (like now).

I just can't bring myself to take the time to blog about mundane, or otherwise what I consider to be relatively unimportant stuff. And when the important stuff comes to mind, I don't think to write it down. I will never be a writer, but have enormous respect for those that can and do. My daughter got her degree in biology, but has minors in chemistry and writing. She is smarter and more ambitious in some ways than I am. I don't know where the writing came from, but not from me.

More later,



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Student teacher

Did I have this much energy and drive at his age? I don't think so. He will be a great teacher. He is so much better prepared to go teach than I was. Part of it is his past experience, which I did not have. If you want to teach, university classes don't do nearly enough to prepare you. Get out there and volunteer, and get involved (appropriately) with kids.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The spirit is willing...

I really meant to post more once I started this blog, but life seems to get in the way and it's easy to put off that which is not necessary, especially when you haven't made it a habit.

Beqi's graduation went great, and now she's getting ready to go to OSU in the fall. I was lucky enough to be able to give Beqi her diploma at graduation, since I am one of the staff. Beqi and three other choir members sang a special song at the ceremony and it went well. We had 9 family members there and they held up signs, made noise and generally had a good time.

After graduation, Jill and I went on a road trip to see sights in the northwest. We did a little over 3000 miles in 8 days and saw a lot of cool stuff, including Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons national parks. Shoshone Falls in Idaho is amazing and I would recommend seeing it if you have the chance. We also did a half day jet boat trip up the Snake river and went up the Mt. Howard gondola above Wallowa Lake and had our 23rd anniversary lunch at 8200 ft looking at gorgeous scenery (we then proceeded to get attacked by ravenous ground squirrels :-). We also spent a night at Lolo Hot Springs where we swam/soaked the evening away. We found a number of places that we'll probably go back to in the future when we can spend more time.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Motorcycles and Scotch

As you can tell from my photo, I have an interest in traveling on two wheels and in alcohol distilled from barley in the British Isles. Every summer I travel the northwest with friends in search of good motorcycling roads and good scotch. I have developed a taste for Islay scotch and long sweeping turns in the road. If you ride, I would highly recommend highway 12 in Idaho from Lewiston to Lolo Pass. It is an awesome ride and there is a hot springs you can stop at, at the pass, and swim, soak, or even stay the night. My favorite scotches are Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin. The motorcycle that I ride on these trips is a 1993 Honda ST1100. I carry a full complement of camping equipment, but I am not averse to staying in a motel.


Why are we here?

I occasionally go through bouts of depression and self-loathing, and in those selfish, wallowing moments I usually reflect on the timeless questions such as "what's the meaning of it all" and " why are we here". Being a person who depends on logic and science to explain most things, I have a hard time clinging to blind faith and religion in these moments. That's not to say that I'm not spiritual, but I don't believe that any one church, sect or religion "has it right'. I think it's incredibly arrogant and illogical to believe that you or your church or your religion know "the truth". The Bible, the Qur'an, the Book of Mormon, etc. are books written by men. Even if they were inspired by a deity, they went through the filter of human thought and experience, and can't help but be biased by that filter. I believe that anyone who blindly follows such teachings without rational thought and analysis and a fair bit of skepticism is being cowardly or at the least is shirking responsibility for their own life. (As a result of my beliefs, I don't talk about religion with others much).

Happy thoughts!

What is Fair?

Just a thought... When someone says "that's not fair", what do they really mean? Generally my experience has been that when adolescents say it, they really mean "I'm not getting what I want!"

But what is fair? I was once told that 'fair' was what was needed by each individual for their situation. This would be the philosophy behind welfare and such. Some would argue it is the philosophy behind true communism (which has never existed for any length of time). Some would argue it's what is attainable within the existing laws and morals of one's society. It's "fair" that an athlete can make $20 million a year playing a glorified game within a free market system. It seems wrong to me, but then again, I'm not the one making $20 million a year :-)

Bored ramblings of a tired teacher in need of a vacation.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


The title of this blog is semi-facetious. I am a math teacher so my life literally revolves around mathematics, but I am not a mathematician. A mathematician studies math and is always looking for new math discoveries or new uses for math. I recycle and regurgitate simple math to semi-comatose high school students so they can graduate and go on to more illustrious careers (hopefully they can balance a checkbook and understand compound interest, but I wouldn't bet on it).

I do love teaching, and math is one of the things I'm good at, so... I'm finishing my 24th year and I still love the students--if anything drives me out it will be the paperwork and the b.s. that comes along with anything involved with a bureaucratic system of government. There's also the attitude of some parts of the public that we are "public servants" and therefore are somehow inferior to people that work in the private sector. As soon as they require every parent to take a parenting class and require them to be involved with their child's education, I will willingly take a 20% pay cut.

Carpe jugulum.