Posts Tagged ‘baby

22
Jun
09

“I’m not dead yet!”

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I’ve been neglecting this blog for a while now, and for those (confused) few of you who actually follow this, I thought I’d update you on a few personal news bits as an explanation.

After teaching at Lockney High School for 10 years, I resigned my position there in late May of this year.  It was NOT due to a lack of job satisfaction, or community drama, or a VERY challenging group of kids I had this year (but still, yikes!).  It was a move that I felt led by God to make, impressions of which I actually began to receive about three years ago.

And the funny thing is, even in the face of uncertain economic times and personal/family changes, I have an unbelievable peace about it.  It would have been WRONG, somehow, to continue to teach there after this year.

I wish the community of Lockney nothing but the best in the coming years as they rebuild the high school building and continue the business of getting back to “normal.”  I love the town, the school, and the kids; and they will always have a special place in my heart and memories.

I have devoted the last month to actively trying to track down the job that God has picked out for me.  I’ve applied at several local (and international) laboratories devoted to food-testing, medical research, etc., as well as several schools in the Amarillo and Plainview areas.

I’ve had two interviews with McLean ISD, the last of which was two weeks ago, and both of which (I thought) went VERY well.

I had a screening interview with Amarillo ISD a week and a half ago, and am scheduled for an interview at Caprock High School this Friday.

I continue to seek out opportunities both in and out of education, and am trying to send off at least three applications per week, whether they think they want me or not.  (One for my Alma Mater — River Road ISD — goes out tomorrow.)

spanksOn the family front, we learned a couple of weeks ago that our 4th child will be a masculine child, tentatively named Samuel, and still due sometime in early October.  This news was met with much enthusiasm by eldest brother John, went in one ear of brother Reid before promptly exiting the other ear, and was the target of vigorous raspberries from 15-month old sister Sadie.

John has been into the doctor(s) three times in the last two months for his badly infected left ear, the most recent of which was today.  He is scheduled for a follow-up visit to discuss more invasive options in two weeks time.

We enjoyed a not-quite-a-week-long visit from the wife’s Mom, sister, and two nieces.  It was very hard to say goodbye.  I’m looking into sending applications to schools in Central Louisiana, and sniffing for other opportunities that direction.

Relax, Mom.  I also applied for a job in Minneapolis.  It doesn’t mean that’s where we’re GOING, geez…

Anyway, I probably won’t update here unless some drastically good news concerning a job, etc., comes down the pipe.  In the meantime, feel free to keep track of my more mundane daily info-bits at my Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/johnseeking

See you on the flipside,

— JC

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27
Jul
08

Smells Like Naked Baby

Like many people my age, I can tell you exactly where I was and what I was doing when I first heard Nirvana.

I was tutoring a friend of mine, and we had the radio on to one of Amarillo’s top-40 stations, and amidst the Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul, I suddenly hear…

…what AM I listening to?  Good lord, what IS that?  (Click to Listen.)

It was “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”  And that one song singlehandedly was responsible for the next step in my musical and cultural evolution.  So much rage.  So much energy.  So unlike anything I had ever heard before.  I was in 9th grade.

I went out and bought the single, and listened to it until the tape wore through.  My mother got my Walkman (look it up, kids,) heard the song, and officially became deeply concerned for what her little boy was listening to.  It was a delicious moment.

An article over at NPR music that my wife pointed me to this morning showed me another side of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, pictured above.  That was 1991.  Seventeen years later, the baby on the cover…?

Yeah, he grew up.  His name is Spencer Elden, and he’s 17.  (Click HERE to read all about it.)

I get the crawls when family looks at my naked baby pictures.  This kid?

“Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis,” he says from his home in Los Angeles. “So that’s kinda cool.”

Thank you, Spencer. And here’s to your inner child.




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