I hope you all see what is happening here by reading the comments in the post I did yesterday about my comment frustrations. I really wasn't asking for more comments. I needed to hear all your opinions and explanation as to why you thought I was bummed and you all were right. And the fact that you took the time to help me get over this (as you do every couple months when I get into this comment funk) is everything.
When I taught I once came into the staffroom at lunch in a foul mood. I had a bad class and was bitchin' about how the kids were all ungrateful little rodents who didn't have once ounce of appreciate for teachers or the school or their parents and anything else I could come up with.
One old teacher just watched me twist and spin. And when I came up for air he took out his wallet and passed a laminated piece of paper no larger than a business card in front of me.
It was a hand written note left on his desk by a kid thanking him for all the time and effort he put into teaching him all the years he did.
He told me it was the only such gesture he had received in 35 years of teaching and this guy was a legend. He was often sought after by Universities all over North America to speak on his methods teaching high risk youth. The ones LEAST likely to appreciate anything.
I realized the truth right away. You can't do what you love with the hope that you will receive praise for it. It's the wrong way to look at things and life.
Thanks for reminding me about that. Next time I forget I hope you will remind me again and again and again the time after that.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.