Today is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year in Miami-Dade County, and the last day for me at my current job with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
My official retirement date is August 31, but I need to use up nine vacation days or lose them, so today is the day I’ll go in at my usual time, see what needs to be done, then turn in my key and make a graceful exit.
I am honored to have spent the last seventeen years doing what I could to improve the education and lives of the students and staff of M-DCPS. I have already made plans to continue doing what I can in another capacity in the near future; more about that later. But for now, I’m taking some time off to visit my parents, do some writing, and get used to not setting the alarm for 3 a.m. for a little while.
Meanwhile, best wishes to the students and teachers throughout the fourth-largest school district in the country. Yours is a rewarding journey filled with opportunities and challenges. I am forutnate to have been a part of it.
My office threw me a very nice retirement party last Friday with a cake and everything. Thank you all; it was a swell time.
I’ve been finding out that four-day work weeks are becoming a Thing, A lot of my co-workers and fellow commuters on the train are either doing ten-hour days to get the day off or are doing what I’m doing; using up excess vacation days — that’s a Thing, too — and are sleeping in or taking short trips to visit friends, family, or just get away.
So I’m trendy and didn’t even know it.
Just a heads-up to let you know of some things coming up that will impact the content and quantity here. Next Wednesday I head out to Independence, Kansas, for my annual trip to the William Inge Theatre Festival where we will honor the work of Octavio Solis and I will present a paper on the depiction of addiction and recovery in Inge’s “Come Back, Little Sheba.”
I get back in time for Memorial Day, and then on June 7 I leave for a week in Valdez, Alaska, and the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference where “A Moment of Clarity” will be done in a staged reading, along with a great group of other plays and playwrights. The week will also include a Ten-Minute Play Slam where “Ask Me Anything” will be performed, and there’s also a monologue workshop where a piece from “Can’t Live Without You” has been selected. I’ve also entered two one-minute plays in the Fringe event, so I’m going to be busy… but not too busy to enjoy the scenery of being in Alaska.
This photo was taken on May 17, 1983, in Estes Park, Colorado, as I was helping set up camp for the summer at Cheley Colorado Camps where I worked for ten great summers between 1976 and 1986.
Yes, it had just snowed about two feet and so the idea of getting ready for summer camp was a tad ironic. But that didn’t deter us then, and I just saw a Facebook post where the pre-camp crew has arrived at camp and they’re getting ready already.
I’m happy to report there’s no snow here today.
I’m heading out this weekend for the gilded shores and resorts of Boca Raton, home of the 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance (and, by the way, some of the finest, if not most expensive, drug and alcohol rehab “spas” in the country. Coincidence?).
A lot of my friends from here in Miami will be attending to judge these cars; this will be my thirteenth show as a judge and third as as “distinguished guest judge,” which means they put me up for the whole weekend at the very nice Boca Raton Resort and Club. It is all for a great cause: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.
And I will be meeting up with my brother who flies in every year to join in the fun of looking over these amazing automobiles. So this is it for this morning, but I’ll have some pictures and stories to tell between now and Sunday, so check in as I infiltrate the upper crust.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
Since Veterans Day is tomorrow — a Saturday — I am off work today, which means I’m sleeping in, catching up on TiVo, meeting my new dentist, and going to see “Annie” tonight, produced by the Miami Acting Company.