November is shaping up to be a busy month. I'm ready to begin my career as an amateur astronomer. I had written before about the Galileoscope
, and they are very neat! I bought a $15 tripod from Amazon and I think it will work great. Now, if only these damned rainstorms would go away and give me some clear sky! Here is a picture of the setup. You are probably wondering how I took the picture and also ended up being in it there at the bottom of the frame. Keep wondering.
NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I have written about that a little
. Fifty thousand words in a month. This could cut into my star gazing time, but I have a decent story idea that I think will be fun and has an opportunity for some social commentary. It will undoubtedly result in an unimaginative plot with hackneyed writing and terrible social commentary. Ah well. I might not even make it through the month.
On top of this, I have to travel for work this month and prepare a training presentation for our national sales reps. I don't mind public speaking. Its just that I am not all that good at it.
So, a busy month, to be sure. Which reminds me of this email I received recently.
NOMINEE FOR "EMAIL OF THE YEAR"!!!
After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:
'Let me see if I've got this right.
'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.
'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.
'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.
'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the final exams.
'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.
'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.
'You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN'T PRAY?
I emailed the person who forwarded me this and told him that if she had that much work to do, then she didn't have time to waste praying. Get to work, lady!
But on a more serious note, I included that because I know I will be busy in the coming months and I am so thankful that I don't need to waste my precious time on my knees talking to myself in order to feel like I am living a fulfilling and good life.
And remember: Stay Skeptical and Think Atheist