So far in 2006, I have…

so far in ’06 i have,

[ ] broken a promise.
[x] made a new friend.
[x] fell in love with him still and again…
[ ] fell out of love
[x] done something you swore never to do
[x]lied
[ ] stole
[x]went behind your parents back (in a way)
[x] cried over a broken heart (jackass…)
[x] disappointed someone close
[x]hidden a secret
[x] pretended to be happy
[ ] got arrested
[ ]slept under the stars
[ ] gotten in a fight
[x]kept your new years resolution – at least my new years goals
[ ]forgot your new years resolution
[x] met someone who changed your life
[x] met one of your idols
[x]changed your outlook on life
[x]sat home all day doing nothing
[ ]pretended to be sick
[ ]left the country
[ ]almost died
[ ] drank myself retarded
[ ] lost someone close to you
[ ] been to the hospital
[x] gotten closer to someone
[x] cried over someone he was here, he had to leave…
[ ] given up something important to you
[x] made out with someone u never expected to
[ ] talked on the phone all night
[x] learned something new about yourself
[ ] tried something you normally wouldnt try and liked it
[x] made a change in your life
[ ]made a total fool of myself
[x] met great people

The Honda’s hurt!!

I love my car. It’s not in the best visual shape always (I never seem to have time to get it washed and cleaned properly) but I live out that car and it takes me where ever I need to go. I mentioned in my TMEA wrap-up that I had the brakes fixed on my way to San Antonio. I didn’t mention that on my way home, I was hearing some strange noises from the front end. I know that when you get new brake pads, there is an adjustment period while the new pads marry to any grooves that my be on the rotors so before I called my mechanic, I thought I’d give it about a day or so do those “natural” adjustments.

On Monday after the convention, I had parked my car on the “driveway”/loading ramp of the band hall. I went in to work, did some stuff and headed back out to run more errands. My car was parked in just a way that I saw what was making the noise:

Ouch!

Can you see that piece of The Honda hanging under the passenger side bumper? ARGH! That wasn’t there on the way to San Antonio…only on the way home. And I heard that noise from the moment I left the hotel…the 4 Star Wyndham St. Anthony Hotel where I paid $20/day to valet my car!

So, when I got back in my car, I called the hotel and spoke to the valet manager. He told me that because I’d left the hotel without making a claim, there’s nothing they can do. I’m stuck with the damage!! That’s just ridiculous. I called and talked to the hotel manager then the owner of the valet company. They’re going to take a look at the pictures I took (you can see them all by clicking on the picture above) and make a decision from there. The hotel manager was the most appologetic and said that he didn’t want this to keep me from staying at their hotel again. With my luck with valet parking, I think I’ve decided where ever I stay, no more paying for someone to screw with my car. Did you ever hear about the time the Marriott Riverwalk hotel lost the key to my car when I had them valet it? Enough with random people driving my car.

I’ll let you know how this turns out….

TAKS

I had to be TAK-y this morning. Sat in a classroom watching kids take a test for 5 hours. It’s so funny, as we train to be teachers, we’re told that we are to guide students through life hoping they make the correct path. We’re told that nurturing their needs is the most important thing and that engaged, collaborative learning and discussion is one of the best ways to ensure that students learn. Then, several times a year, teachers are asked to do the complete opposite – don’t talk, don’t interact with students, don’t answer their questions, recite stock statements and don’t allow students to do anything interactive. Our job depends on it….

Gotta love the government!