What’s it been? Side Shed and Cloud Nine (Part 6/Finale)
Thursday 8 March 2012, 12.15am HKT
FROM PART 5
This staggeringly unbelievable, angry, tl;dr year-end review is also coming to an end
I could nearly hear and feel your sighs of relief. And I don’t blame you.
(Sighs of relief and sounds of bladders loosening heard in the background.)
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THE SIDE SHED
My friends and ex-college mates (from my third run at university) have finally graduated. Good on them!
About 90% of them decided to become teachers. Not so good on them, I have to say.
Never mind. They must be better men (and women) than I could ever be, mainly because teaching is the one single profession that can drive me to drink within a space of three days.
(It nearly did, when I did that three-week-long school attachment.)
I work in financial printing and printbroking, and that’s a hard-scrabble, highly pressurised line of work. I’ve been in publishing before that, and that’s pressurised and low-paid as well. I’ve never ever had problems with both those lines.
But teaching … it ain’t worth the suffering (mine and the kids’).
About the only three good things to come out of 2011 have been (in equal order):—
(a) Popcorn the Housecat (not my own, but a relative’s) is one year old, fat and lazy, a wuss, overeating, overdrinking and oversleeping. Love him to bits. Reminds me of Mum, especially in his passive-aggressive posturing.
(b) The three or four regular commenters on this blog (you know who you are!), all of whom made the whole crappy exercise worth the crap.
(c) Getting The Versatile Blogger Award, which happened to be the only award I ever won in my life.
Not quite as bad as blogging a blood oath,
but the booze nearly became a permanent fixture
But the best thing is, you’ve read this whole post from beginning to end. And that, I’m very pleased to say, makes the whole thing much, much more beyond ‘worthwhile.’
Thank you, thank you.
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