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2 Jobs and a New Series
Posted on Thursday, October 2 2008 @ 20:37:29 PST

Man, having two jobs is killing me.

The first is actually simple sort of. I work at EB Games in New York, one of the few that are left, actually, in the evenings for four hours a day, 2-3 days a week on average. Not too strenuous, even though it's crooked anyway (but thats another story...), but it's simple work, not too many annoying customers and despite the turmoil with the bigwigs who care more for dollars then the souls of the people were trying to help, it's at least bearable.

The newer job, a pernament substitute for at least a month at a school called Annex D, is "fun." Essentially I got the job because two teachers were arrested and cannot work until their court date, a month away. It's a minor charge they will get out of easily, but, it gives me a job.

The problem is the school gives a new meaning to "hard knocks." Since this is a special ed, secluded school, there are maybe 50 kids, but all of them are foul mouthed, loud, and rarely do their work. My kids, the ones I teach the most, actually do their work, there 9th graders who are trying to do the right thing and have matured a lot over the years. The problem is that there not there yet, and when one constantly dances while yelling the words "CRIPPP" all the gets annoying sometimes.

The other problem is all the other kids (who range from 6-9th grade, with the 9th graders being the calmest ones who actually do work.) are pretty much nuts. I had to pull one kid off the back of  a yellow bus. I mean on the outside, because he was hanging on the handle in the back, as the bus was moving. Another student I had to help restrain because she flipped out and tried to run away from the staff members and the CIT room (CIT is crisis intervention, kind of like a detention room where your not supposed to talk to other students and discuss what happened. It works in theory, but since the school gets little funding, the CIT room here is basically a classroom where all the kids have no restrictions, making it more like day camp if it wasn't for the CIT teacher in there who can literally **** up the other kids.)

So it's a rough time, and I do feel uncomfertable there because as a teacher I prefer the laid back approach; meaning tell the kids what I feel they should do, why I think it's a bad idea, and hope they make the right decision. And if things get out of hand, I need to raise my voice a bit.

But I digress. The other thing I wanted to mention was a new idea I had, the "From The Well" series, which is me, every week as faithfully as I can, reviewing a game from the consoles past, (not current gen games unless it's on the virtual console or X-box live, because that is the only place I can get to older games, from the NES and arcades, basically. These reviews are mostly retrospectives unless I own the game still (and therefore play it to make sure it's accurate.) and I think it will be a nice change of pace, a way for me to channel some energy into something besides work and the fighter showdown. So I hope you guys read it, the first one was put up yesterday (the Psychonauts review.) and I will update it again Sunday night, and thereafter every Sunday night.
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