Friday, December 29, 2006

We Are Marshall

My mom gave my wife and I an AMC giftcard for Christmas for $25 bucks and she took us up on babysitting today. We went to the 4pm showing of We Are Marshall at Chesterfield Mall. $17 for tickets left us $8 to use on a treat. The only popcorn/softdrink combo we could purchase for that was the pick 3. We each had a 16oz softdrink and shared a 32 oz popcorn (which is very small compared to the super jumbo tubs they push). This was $7.50 leaving us $.50. You can buy nothing for under $3. I would have traded the 50cents for a smile from any of the staff. But, it was all about the movie, not the staff and AMC's 50 cent extra profit margin or ploy to get us to return to use it up.

We Are Marshall is a must see in my book. It is a great movie for men and women alike as it is more about humanity than about sports. For some reason, it didn't catch my attention on the advertisements. But, this movie may very well win some awards. It is the best movie I've seen in a very long time. It's a sports movie with the human touch to put in the collection along the likes of Rudy or Hoosiers.

Do yourself a favor. Go see it. This is a good one. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Probably sell a lot of CDs from the soundtracks too.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

More Photos!

We received this from Aunt Sarah.


Born on December 22, 2006 at 7:57 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs and was 19.5 inches long. Isn't he beautiful?

Unto us a Child is Born

Last night, David Harrison Reeves III was born. His nickname is River. River and his Momma are doing pretty well. We'll post more details and pictures as they arrive. Aunt Sarah missed the birth by seven minutes.

What a great Christmas present! All I got Shelly was a mixer.

Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Good Reading

Here's a new column from Joe Galloway, co-author of "We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young." The movie is good too. I think it's one of MD's favorites. It is the story of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment in the Ia Drang Valley in Central Vietnam in 1965. Galloway co-authored the book with Hal Moore, the commanding officer of the unit at the time.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Request Permission to Join the Validity Committee

Please, tell me someone else out there saw "The Office" last night. It was hilarious. If you haven't seen the show you're missing out.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The economy is going strong!

After reviewing my paystubs for the past 6 or 7 years, I find that I'm earning the exact same amount of take-home pay as I was this month in 2001. That means (taking inflation and COL increasing at approximately 3% a year into consideration) that I am now earning about 15-18% less than I was 6 years ago. Aren't we supposed to get richer during wartime? Or is that just Haliburton???

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Winter Poem

I found this beautiful winter poem and thought it might be a comfort to you.
It was to me and it's very well written. It's the best piece of English literature I've seen in quite a while. Try to memorize this prose before December .....

a poem by Abigail Elizabeth McIntyre

" SHIT It's Cold ! "

The End

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Arrigo found alive at the bottom of a stack of read-aloud texts

Well, I do live and breath. The past two snow days have given me a chance to actually do things like check the blog (which I just realized I haven't done since maybe late september.)

Teaching the ELL kids this year has been a huge challenge and a lot of fun and a good helping of frustration, also.
I somehow seem to pull three preps out o' my ass every day to teach Language Arts, Reading, and social studies. I really only supposed to be MODIFYING the SS teacher's lessons, but since he's only about a day ahead on any of his planning, it is usually just whatever I can pull together.

Reading has been the best. I've been working closely with our reading specialist. Not that she knows anything about ELL, but just having a colleague with whom I can TALK and discuss my ideas, lessons, etc. Wow! It's made a huge difference. And she's got great ideas.

I think the feeling of isolation has been the most difficult. No other ELL teachers in my building. And since they've never served this population before, there is really no one I can talk to.

A growing year. For sure. Great kids, though.

Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Pop Culture World Series

My roommate Josh, Webmistress Aimee, and yours truly, have been accepted to compete in VH1's Pop Culture World Series!!! We travel to the Windy City on the weekend of February 3rd to kick some pop culture asses.

Now I need your help. Our original name was going to be "A Chinese Viking Named Aimee", but the name axers at VH1 rejected it, so they went with our back up "Domestic Blend". I think that name blows, so I've decided to have a contest to give our trio of dogooders a new name. It should probably have something to do with pop culture, but if it's catchy enough we'll go with anything.

...and if we use your name, you will receive a team shirt that proudly displays said name on the front.
This time you will for sure actually receive the prize, because VH1 says we gotta dress coordinated, so the shirts will have to be made.