The Joy Of School

A depiction of the world's oldest continually ...

A depiction of the world’s oldest continually operating university, the University of Bologna, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was of school age, which is approximately 5 to 18 years in the US, I loved going to school.  Does that make me weird?  Well, for the typical child in the US, it does.  I remember being the only one who couldn’t wait to start school, who couldn’t wait for Monday, and couldn’t wait for the summer to end.  I enjoyed learning new things; indeed, I still do.  Also, and this is when I will sound arrogant, I enjoyed showing how smart I was.

Yes – I was your typical little nerd.  Some (myself included) would argue that I still am that little nerd, but that’s not the point of my post.

September meant that I could get back to what I enjoyed – learning, acquiring new knowledge, and learning to apply that knowledge.  Sometimes that application was only what I could answer on a test, at least in my (then) young lifetime, but that was fine by me.  I managed to get great marks in school.

I learned quickly that I was, shall we say, unique in that regard.  My classmates hated school, and made sure I knew that I was different than them.  But… that’s a story for another time.

Nonetheless, I loved school, loved learning, and still do.

How about you – did you love school, as I did?  Or were you more like my classmates?

 

Edit: I neglected to mention that this post is for the September Back To School Blog Challenge, hosted by Matt Conlon on Join Something.

September Back To School Blog Challenge

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I’m On Fire! – The Blog On Fire Award

That’s right – I’m on fire!  Of course, that sounds like something a man who calls himself BeefGriller would say, doesn’t it?  Or, perhaps, a Bruce Springsteen fan would say it.  But, no, in this case I’m saying it because I was nominated by blogger Nicole Michelle for the Blog On Fire Award.  This is the first blog award that I’ve received and accepted.  (I was nominated by another wonderful person, but I’ve yet to accept it formally – I can’t fulfill the requirements just yet.)

Nicole Michelle’s nomination is an honor for me, and very humbling – I’m not the most regular blogger, despite my desire to be.  But, that’s perhaps a story for another time.

While reading her post about the award, I found that she was nominated by Ashleigh of Beauty Still Remains.  Well, this lead to me tracing the award nomination back through the ages.  Why?  I guess because I’m sort of OCD like that.  Do you know what I learned?  Two things:

  1. At some point, the image of the award itself changed from that on the left to that on the right.  Why?  I don’t know – I didn’t find any explanation for that.  For completeness’ sake, I’ve posted both.
  2. Some of the folks made it difficult for me to find their nomination and/or their nominees.  That’s why I stopped after eight generations or so back.

The rules for accepting the Blog On Fire Award are simple:

  1. List eight things about yourself.
  2. Nominate other blogs for the award.

Fairly simple, I think.

Eight Things About Me

Without further adieu, here are my eight things about myself:

  1. I’m kind of OCD about things.  For example, I will spend entirely too much effort trying to trace a blog award back.  But this OCD only seems to manifest for things that I actually care about or enjoy.  I suppose that’s where my geekiness shows.
  2. I was a lifeguard for two summers – 1987 and 1988.  I worked at a community association known as the Levittown Public Recreation Association.  The second summer I was an assistant manager at the Pinewood pool.
  3. Although my current career is in information technology, I received my degree in mechanical engineering.
  4. I am an adoptee.  My adoptive parents got me when I was five days old, so I know nothing about my birth parents.  I’m quite content with this, and have decided against finding or contacting them(for now at least).
  5. love spicy food!  My favorite hot sauce is Tabasco, but I started with Frank’s Red Hot, which is still one of my favorite.  When I go to a restaurant, I will always try their hottest food.  It turns out that, generally speaking, Americans are wimps when it comes to spicy food.
  6. I worked for 4-1/2 years at a school as the IT person.  While there, I also taught some classes.  It is the reason I have so much respect for teachers now.  I miss teaching very, very much, but that chapter of my life is written.
  7. I know many people, and am friendly with them, but I don’t give the title “Friend” lightly.  My friends are family to me, and I cherish them.
  8. I have very strong willpower, but I have to care about something to tap into it.  Does that mean I don’t really have strong willpower?  I don’t think so, but one could argue that.  Regardless, once I decide to do something and stick with it, it’s a done deal.

My Nominations

Here’s where I get to pass on the Blog On Fire Award to whom I think deserve it.  Oh, the power!

There you have it!  Thanks again to Nicole Michelle for the nomination.

Daughters And Blogging, Take 2

I’ve been privately lamenting my lack of blogging lately –  “privately” in the sense of, “beating myself up.”  There are more than a few reasons for it, but they’re only tangential to this post.

You see, while I’ve been wallowing in self-beratement, my daughters have been blogging furiously.  I’ve mentioned in a previous post how they asked for a blog of their own.  One daughter in particular has been steeping herself in writing lately.  I’m very proud of her – she is writing not only so often, but also so well.  The quality of her writing is ten years beyond what mine was at her age.

So, I’m advertising for her right now.  Her latest post is Five Things, in which she not only shares five things for which she is thankful, but also links to the other blog that gave her the idea.

The previous post, AAH! The Beach!!, describes one her her favorite places – the mountains. 😀  No, actually… it’s the beach.

Anyway, check out their blog.  Comment on it, if you like – they’d really appreciate that.

And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get out of this funk and write more regularly.

Album 10 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc.

I’ll round out this blog challenge with a little night music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  I have to do this, you see, because Eine Klein Nachtmusik is my favorite song of all time – of ALL TIME.  I must have hummed this song a million times since the first time I heard it in third grade music class.  Also, I really like classical music, so I had to have it in my collection of ten albums.

Without further adieu, here is Wolfgang’s song, as performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kleiber, and recorded sometime in the 1930s.  Think about that, this recording is eighty years old or so.  The historian in me is swooning.

Album 9 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Rodney Atkins
Album: If You’re Going Through Hell

Country music is a new passion for me.  I’d go so far as to say that liking it shows a huge change in my life and musical tastes.  It wasn’t too long ago when I couldn’t stand the twangy sound of a country singer’s voice.  Now, I can’t get enough of it.  If you told teenage BeefGriller that he would one day love country, he would have laughed at you.  Teenage BeefGriller was terribly closed-minded at times, I’m afraid.

But I digress.  Country music is thoroughly infused with love of family, country, faith and fun, not necessarily in that order, or all at once.  Country music artists are passionate about their subject, and this really resonates within my soul.  This particular song is a favorite of mine, and I plan on adopting the singer’s technique when boys begin to call on my three daughters.

Album 8 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Phil Collins
Album: No Jacket Required

This is a required album for me.  Throughout high school, and into college, Phil Collins was my favorite singer/songwriter.  I know, I was a real rebel, living on the edge of society, wasn’t I?  Regardless, I listened to all of his music countless times.  I still like it a lot, too, but I’m not as into it as I was back then.  Phil Collins’s music had a particular and distinct quality, and it got to the point where I could hear if he wrote any particular Genesis song.

So, here is my favorite Phil Collins song, Take Me Home.

Album 7 of 10 – The Join Something Blog Challenge

Artist: Enigma
Album: MCMXC a.D.

This is one of those albums that I’ve listened to hundreds of times, just letting it play along in the background while I did homework, housework, reading, or whatever.  It was released while I was in college, so it was more often during homework or playing on my computer.  Anyway, like all music, it brings me back to the time I either first heard it or the times I most listened to it.  So, this brings me back to my college days, which, as a whole, were pretty happy.

Here, I have the most popular song from this album, and the one most people know from Enigma.  It’s funny, to me at least, that so many people know this song when they hear it, but not the name or the artist.  People hear it and say, “Oh, yeah, that’s that song with the monks chanting to the ambient music.”