Class dismissed, miss!

Class dismissed, miss!

The weather has finally once and for all agreed with the calender and yesterday was one of those picture perfect oil-painting kind of days

I teach two days a week, so I only get a snapshot of campus life at the community college. Yesterday was one of those snapshots.

As I sat in the parking lot chatting with the long-suffering wife (we speak on the phone every day she is at work. At noon. It’s just a basic check-in type of call. I cherish it) I will admit my attention was somewhat derailed by the young colts romping on the lawn in front of the Advanced Technology Center, which is where I teach.

The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is none of those things. It may have been advanced at one time. At this moment in time I really don’t know how you could truly be “Advanced” in technology. The speed at which things change in all technological fields is moving at such a blur that it takes a full time effort just to keep even, never mind advanced. Possibly if we had a particle accelerator. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The ATC is not a center in any way shape or form either. It is certainly not the center of the campus, in fact it’s stuck in a far corner. And it’s not the center of Business and Computers, that’s in a building a brisk walk away.

I am not meaning to be critical here. I love teaching at L.C.C.C. I am sure the same sort of technology gap is at all institutions of higher learning.

Back to the young colts.

A pleasing few moments. They were gamboling and running back and forth.

Back-flips, cart-wheels. Frisbee throwing.

Blond manes in the breeze. Short shorts. A little more material would have made a fine belt for me.

I would have made a record with the smart phone but I didn’t want my reputation as a dirty old man on campus ( I am NOT dirty) enhanced so I kept my device in my pants.

I canceled all my classes. Barely half my students showed in any case.

I suggested to the ones who did that the day would be better spent:

It’s one of those days for takin’ a walk outside
I’m blowin’ the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody’s new mowed lawn.

They liked that idea.

A lot.

So did I.


The Rant D’Jour is about technology on the run. It may even give you the runs.

It’s a guilty pleasure of modern society. What would our forefathers make of our modern tendency…more


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A recovering radio addict wrestles with the written word.
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