6 Degrees

I have always been fascinated with the theory of 6 degrees of separation.  My dad totally misunderstands the theory and thinks it means a loop, but I know it means how many degrees of separation you are from any other person on Earth.  I find it a little hard to believe that I am 6 degrees from someone in a remote African village, but it is certainly a lot easier in this age of world travel and world volunteerism.  But what I do know is I have some pretty crazy connections to famous people in our world.

I don’t personally know anyone really famous.  I mean sure, I met George H. W. Bush and shook his hand, but I certainly don’t know him.  The most famous people I know are Gary (who passed in 2007) and Bill from Rosenshontz, Steven and Peter from Gould & Stearns.  I also know Gary’s son, Penn, who sings with the Tuft’s Beelzebubs and sang Sweet Caroline on The Sing Off‘s first season. And okay, my former neighbor’s son (who grew up in my town and went to my high school) has starred in shows on Broadway and a woman who grew up in my town won the Nobel Peace Prize.

However, I do have some other interesting (to me) connections in the 6 degrees sense.

My dad’s childhood best friend married a woman who has worked with deathrow inmates in LA.  Not just any deathrow inmates, but some of the most famous killers in California and US history.  She was hired in the late 1970s to help prevent suicides on death row.  There was a serial killer who committed suicide while on death row and the LA county system didn’t want that to happen again.  She has written a pretty interesting book about her experience in the prison system.  The twist to the story is that the killer who took his own life?  One of his victims left a wife and 2 sons.  That woman and her 2 boys moved to my hometown and are very good friends with my family.

From college I have some crazy connections.  First of all, Dave Matthews’ wife was two years ahead of me at my college.  I didn’t really know her, but of course since it was a tiny school I knew who she was.  One year she and I lived in the same dorm.  I guess he used to come visit all the time, but I never saw him. He played a free concert for us in the spring and that was pretty awesome.  That same year a good friend lived with a transfer student.  That transfer student went on to marry one of Ted Turner’s sons.

It isn’t really so much that I want to know famous people, or that I think name-dropping makes me cooler, I have just always made connections between people and things in order to better understand my world.  I think it just makes it easier for me to sort things out when I can make connections.  The music teacher at my school?  Her step dad was the minister at a church in my town. Her sister and I do theater together.  That sister’s mother-in-law works for my dad.  Oh, and one of the bridesmaids in that sister’s wedding was in my Lamaze class.  A friend with a baby born just before Tumblebug?  I met her because she is my sister’s best friend’s brother’s wife’s sister.  I also taught the younger siblings of those 2 sisters.  Maybe it is just growing up in a small town.  Was I the only one who understood the girl from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

Economics Teacher: Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Simone: Um, he’s sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.
Economics Teacher: Thank you, Simone.
Simone: No problem whatsoever.

Hoo Are You Tuesday?

1. Did you make any New Year’s Revolutions?

Yes.  My standard resolution is try harder, but this year I have added declutter the first floor, establish routines, and save money.
2. What are some goals you have for 2011?

My goals for 2011 are in line with my resolutions. I hope to declutter my kitchen, living room, dining room, and office to feel more comfortable inviting people over.  I hope to establish better routines to keep my house clean and my life running more smoothly.  My husband and I would both like to budget better and save money to pay down our debt.

3. What is something that you got for Christmas?

I told my husband I wanted something I wasn’t expecting.  So he went on my Amazon wishlist and got me a new camera.  It is water, dust and shock proof.  I am also hoping it is toddler and klutz proof.

4. Did you see any good movies over the holiday season?

Movies? Who can watch movies?  No actually, we did watch several holiday themed movies, both kid-friendly and adult themed.  But on New Year’s Eve we watched Wild Hogs.  I had never seen it and thought it would be kind of dumb, but I really liked it.

5. Do you do your own taxes or have someone do them for you?

I don’t do our taxes, but my husband does.  We are hoping for a refund this year, but I doubt it.


Looking up

This month’s NaBloPoMo theme is “looking up”. Here are some things that are “looking up” in my life right now.
It is only 2 weeks until my birthday.
It is only 2 weeks until my son’s birthday.
School is nearly over for the year.
The weather is getting better.
I am feeling pretty good.
My son is starting to walk.
My house looks good, on the outside.
I am feeling very confident at work.

I am not even going to list the things that are “looking down”.

Blog friends

Twitter just added a new feature.  You can make lists of your friends.  I love making lists.  I love putting things into groups and categories.  I made 4 lists: People I know, Bloggers, Celebs, Companies. The Celebs, and Companies were easy.  And even the People I know started easy, but then I started getting confused.

Am I the only one who forgets that they don’t actually know some (or all) of the bloggers they read?

8 Years Ago Today

I was in my literacy room waiting for my third graders. The same room I teach in now. My para walked in from her break. “You haven’t left the room, have you?” she asked. “No.” I said. “Then you don’t know.” she said, quietly. “Know what?” “I will tell you after.” “No, please tell me.” “The World Trade towers are no more.” It was 10:45 on September 11, 2001.

Happy Tuesday

I am kicking off my renewed interested in blogging.  I know I am not the most interesting writer, but I am going to try.

When I was in high school a friend gave me a book called 14,000 Things to be Happy About.  I started a list of my happy things in 1993.  When I stopped I had 223.  I doubt I will ever get to 14,000, but I thought I might try to hit 1000 in my lifetime.  I added to the list last year, and then again last night.  Here are my latest additions that make me happy:

  1. my son
  2. my baby’s smile
  3. walks on a perfect summer day
  4. bagpipes in the distance
  5. crisp fall days
  6. my students doing well
  7. back pain-free days
  8. homemade apple pie
  9. fresh macaroni and cheese
  10. new books
  11. computers that work consistently
  12. having a president of color
  13. the freedom to speak out against your government without fear (even if you are stupid)
  14. watching my husband take care of our son
  15. sleeping late while my husband takes care of our son
  16. car trips
  17. leaves changing color in the fall
  18. maple cotton candy
  19. comfortable shoes
  20. going barefoot
  21. fresh lemonade
  22. apple fritters with ice cream
  23. apple cider donuts
  24. that first glimpse of Star Island
  25. shiny blue bow ties