Monday, July 31, 2006

This stinks
What stinks, you ask? Packing up my apartment stinks. It's 100ยบ this week with a heat index of about 110. I don't have air conditioning. I'm running around doing maual labor. I'm toweling off every five minutes. Additionally, I have too much stuff. In order to pack my stuff in boxes, I have to empty out things like the closet, the filing cabinet etc. As a result, there's a lot less space to walk around in there. New and improved Nathan is not going to aquire as many things...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Taking care of buisness
Today/this weekend, I am once and for all getting the photos of my students' work labled, organized and retouched. Man, there is a lot of it. It's kind of tedious but it makes me feel good about what I accompished this year. CDs of this volume will go to other teachers for use in student portfolios.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

-- William Shakespeare

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Attention moviegoers:
Lady In the Water is NOT a good film.
Which is s shame, because it has a lot of good stuff in it.
But man-0-man, some weak, weak stuff too...

This article kind of sums up how I feel about M. Night:
Thanks, Castle.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

How would I look with a beard?
I'm slowly finding out...

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Me (4:03:53 PM): I'm in Philly now
beamrider9 (4:04:04 PM): ohhh
beamrider9 (4:04:07 PM): I had no idea
Me (4:04:21 PM): I was traveling for the gov schools but now I'm back
beamrider9 (4:04:26 PM): I thought you were still on the road
Me (4:04:33 PM): nah
Me (4:04:50 PM): although in a way I am since this really isn't my home anymore
beamrider9 (4:05:31 PM): where is your home?
beamrider9 (4:05:32 PM): you're a nomad
Me (4:05:44 PM): pretty much
beamrider9 (4:06:30 PM): you're like Kane from "Kung-Fu"
beamrider9 (4:06:36 PM): you're gonna walk the earth and have adventures
Me (4:06:50 PM): thats the plan
Me (4:09:04 PM): like David Banner
beamrider9 (4:09:39 PM): heh

Monday, July 24, 2006

Oh good lord...

I'm horrified, yet I can't look away. This will be good.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Six Down, Two To Go
Only Health Care and Information, Society, and Technology remain. I have 20 some tapes under my belt. It's been a productive and fun few weeks. I'm finding that The Governor's Schools of Excellence are all very similar and very different at the same time, like any other group of siblings I suppose. The kids I've interviewed have all been great. Smart, interested, energetic, articulate.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Halfway Point
Four Gov Schools down, four to go. Folks have been very nice to far. They seem happy to have me there and excited about what I'm trying to do. I've shot about 16 tapes including about 15 interviews (actually I've lost track). The PGSs are a lot more different and a lot more similar than people realize. Each is a tight knit comunity. Each is providing an experience that the Govies claim is changing their lives. I'm also finding that a ton of students at all the Gov schools heard about it because they know somwne who went to PGSA...
Saw my nephew again yesterday. He likes to be swung around by his ankles, a service only Uncle Nathan is able to provide.
Next week will be fun I hope. Three Gov schools in one city, friends and family to visit, including one who qualifies as Long Lost. I look forward to it.

Also, the first season of Doctor Who dvds are pretty sweet...

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Week in Erie
My time here is nearly up. It's been a great week. Couldn't ask for better, really.
A few important people have said some really important things to me. Someone I respect infinately told me that he "honestly thinks I'm one of the most talented people ever to come through the program. You can do it all." I don't really believe that myself, but it was certianly a nice thing to say and he probably knows better than I do. Someone else told me that I'd grown up a lot. When she first met me I was very much a boy and now I'm very much a man. That was really nice to hear, especially given all that I've been thinking about lately. Someone else told me-- well I won't get into it much, but it made me feel backed up, supported, like there's good people in my corner. He's in my corner at least. I'm not sure I've ever felt that way. The loner mentality sort of precludes that. I'm feeling like I might belong to something-- which was reinforced when someone else revealed "actually, thay have you down as being on staff this summer."
It's a warm feeling. Next stop: PGSAS.