Plans are on the Table

December 20, 2011

I will begin the work of creating a story for you tomorrow.

A story designed for you, but a story that will be decided by you.

Like I mentioned earlier, I have been trying to figure out how this is going to work out, but we’ll see.

In the meantime discuss these points:

1. Crunchy peanut butter or smooth?

2. Grape jelly or strawberry?

3. Luren Dickenson… did he deserve to become the governor of Michigan? You tell me…

D.A.

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Warning

December 17, 2011

Winter Break has begun for me.

This means one of two things:

1. You will be seeing a lot more of me.

or

2. You won’t see me at all because I will soon fall into a state of coma that will last until a school bell rings on January 4th.

But I’m completely expecting to be here everyday until the 4th.

~YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED~

Annnndddd there you have it.

D.A.

I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to pull this off, but I’m going to try an make all of it on it’s separate page.

This means this page may be under construction for a while, but do me a solid and ignore it.

It’ll keep the Christmas cheer at a maximum.

I should also point out that I will unveil the story using a normal post the will take you to the first page of your story. Then you will click hyperlinks within those pages to choose which path you want to take.

Confused? It’s okay, I am too. Just go with it and keep encouraging me to get it done before the fat man comes falling down your chimney.

That is all. Carry on.

D.A.

Ho Ho Ho

December 12, 2011

Today, I rushed to send out my package for the Reddit Secret Santa Gift Exchange…thing… I signed up for this year.

I’m sending a complete stranger 4 books.

I feel good for doing it. And if you had signed up you would know my joy. I’m spreading the cheer with strangers around the world.

Next year you should do the same.

You better or else i’ll…

 

Also, I have not gotten any shopping done for people in my life that are actually important in my life. But I think I keep putting it off because I keep thinking I’ll find everything in a store. This is simply not true. I need to order off the internet and time is slipping away.

In completely unrelated news I would like to inform you that I have begun trapping my thoughts.

By this I mean that I purchased a very nice journal/notebook for my ideas. Just ideas. Nothing formal. Nothing pretty. Just ideas. If I want a grocery list in there, BAM, grocery list goes in there. If I want to write down an idea for a story, BOOM, idea for story. If I want to remember an important date, SQUEEK, important date remembered.

I’m not sure if this will increase my productivity but it sure does make me feel fancy and important.

Every time I imagine seeing somebody writing in a nice black notebook I always picture them riding a train. They look smart and sophisticated and are jotting down those important musings that will be so important to their lives later on. Maybe that little black notebook is the only thing their lover may find of theirs after their death. Then they will read it and realize how thoughtful and vunerable they were.

Well, in my case, people could read about my silly idea for an old puppet T.V. show that was cancelled after 3 seasons. It went down in history as the most unorganized show in production.

Really, that’s a note in my little book.

I’m sure other’s will show up too.

D.A.

List of Things I Did Today

December 7, 2011

I have had a busy day. Here’s a very brief description on what I did today.

  1. Got to work.
  2. Read email.
  3. Panicked about emails not answered.
  4. Proofread test I made on the previous day.
  5. Printed test.
  6. Ran to library to print test.
  7. Signed in.
  8. Almost killed a person as I ran toward front office.
  9. Ran back to classroom.
  10. Stapled tests together.
  11. Filled out a report form on student.
  12. Talked to kids about playing guitar and how they shouldn’t quit trying.
  13. Started class.
  14. Almost forgot to do attendance.
  15. Proctored a test.
  16. Wrote another test for my 4th period class.
  17. Found out that I never filled out an accident report from Monday.
  18. Filled out a very desperate accident report.
  19. Told a student about the global political environment surrounding most of the major wars of the 20th century. (lasted about 25 minutes.)
  20. Learned how to get student report data so I could fill out my long overdue IPDP.
  21. Filled out IPDP.
  22. Finished Test.
  23. Skipped lunch to print copies of test.
  24. Asked a kid if he wanted to fight me in the hallway. (He said no)
  25. Proctored 2 more tests.
  26. Found out I have no faculty meeting.
  27. Graded over 75 tests.
  28. Entered grades.
  29. Forgot everything else. ( I can’t actually remember… anything)
  30. Left work.

This may not seem like a whole lot to you. But to me it was terrible. That’s because it felt like it happened in a period of 32 minutes.

Oh, and part of me thinks it’s Tuesday and the other thinks it’s Thursday.

I could be going crazy.

I feel like doing this: (╯°□°)╯︵ ʞɹoʍ

D.A.

The Value of Things

December 5, 2011

Something has been boggling my mind lately.

What is a “fair price” for something? Do you think it is silly to spend money on things? Do you think of it as an indulgence?

I do, and then I don’t. Sometimes I look at an object and say, no way I would pay that much for something so trivial.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Bottled water. We all have had some, but how much did you pay for it?

$1.09? $0.89? $3.56?

I could never imagine why I’d pay over two dollars for a bottle of water. Usually water fountains are free, easy to access, and colder when you need them.

But what about the size of the bottle? Let’s say that $2.08 you spent on a bottle of water was 32 ounces. Now, that seems fair. But will I really drink 32 ounces? Won’t I get tired of drinking that much liquid, especially if I have neglected it and it got warm?

I love watching movies in the theater but they can be expensive. Last movie I saw I think I paid $9. I suppose I feel comfortable paying that considering I get to see it as soon as it comes out. I get to talk about it with people who also saw it. If the movie going experieance is around 2 hours long, that’s aroudn $4.50 per hour. Alright. I can do that. I’m relaxing and enjoying myself.

Now, video games are another issue. (Yes, I know they are designed to suck every penny out of you with downloadable content, but let’s just drop that argument for these purposes.) Video games cost me around $60 if I buy them brand new. If it’s a game I will play a lot, then I could easily get 80 hours of game play out of it. And that’s around 80 cents per hour of enjoyment. That seems like a fair price.

Music is another hot topic for me. I don’t want to commit and buy any music that I will end up not listening to. If I’m not listening to it, then I’m wasting my money. So I always find myself waiting for albums to go on sale (Yes, I do still BUY music.) 8 bucks for an album that I know I will like is a steal. I could listen to that record over a hundred times. But paying $10 for an album that is lackluster will make me feel sick.

Snow crab, in my opinion, is one of the most delectable delights you can find on this planet. Yet, $20 for three legs and maybe a claw? That’s a joke.

Caviar that tastes like poo-poo for $200 an ounce. Ridiculous!

$1,750 per ounce of gold! This is preposterous! (First time I’ve ever used this word in a blog and pretty proud of it)

Sup wit dat? What’s so great about gold? (Yes, I know it serves many purposes in terms of technology, but just ignore that)

Prices of things are just crazy.

P.S. Yes, I realize how old and crotchety this post makes me look. But really, what do you consider perfectly priced? Is there something out there that you would always be willing to pay for, despite it’s price? Or do you always consider it fairly priced?

And now that I think about it, this could be my last post ever on the topic of money. So, there you go.

D.A.

I’ve been very busy full of self-examination this week. That may play a role in why I haven’t posted in some time. More on that later.

So what’s up? Yeah, that’s cool.

You look nice.

Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday? That sounds great/terrible.

Mine? It was good. We had six pies. Seven really. That’s both too much pie and just enough. I ate a lot of this pie. For many years we will speak of the Thanksgiving of 2011 as the Bancroft Family Apiecolypse. There was also turkey, but very little compared to pie.

This shirt? Oh, thanks for asking, I bought it from JCPenny’s for super-cheap. I live life on the rack.

(As a long side note I would like to mention how much I love shopping at a nice store’s clearance rack. I buy most of my clothes from these gems of economy. I can spend 20 bucks and walk away with three nice dress shirts and two ties. I’m not sure if I’m just a pro in the rack sales, but I love it.)

This year is my first Christmas where I’m a complete adult. This is translated as “I have to spend all of my own hard earned cash to make other people happy.”

This year I’ve pulled out all the stops.

I have signed up for reddit’s secret santa gift exchange. This is when I have decided to release my personal shipping information to a complete stranger whom I will never meet. They will then send me something. I will love that gift. (Unless it’s a severed hand)

In turn, I have also been given the private information from another human being in the world that has signed up to this program. I have been stalking their social and internet behaviors and have discovered something that will be the bane of my existance during this Christmas season. Something that affects all my gift-giving intentions this year.

I suck at coming up with gift ideas.

While I’m sure everybody will be happy with anything I give them, I still have to do a lot of thinking.

This year I have to shop for my father, step-mother, friend 1, friend 2, friend 3, friend 4, married couple 1, married couple 2, married couple 3, married couple 4, stranger from the internet, friend overseas.

BLLHSAHDJGHNNNEEE…..

NO. I’m not that creative. This is why I usually make my own gifts. When you make your own gift people will accept it as thoughtful and unique. Really it’s a way to save money and try to have fun while doing it. Also, you can hopefully make many copies of this gift and they will still think it is wholly unique to them.

I gave hollowed out books for safekeeping secretive spy notes one year. I gave people (impossibly difficult to open duct tape wrapped) Nerf guns/grab bags. (5 bucks each). I even made necklaces one year for some female family members.

This year I have no time to make these lovely little trinkets. So I’ve opted out for buying “real gifts”. This is more impossible than safely opening any duct taped wrapping paper.

I don’t know what to do.

On top of all this I’ve been asked what I want this year! Me? I don’t care what I get, just tell me what YOU freaking want.

Hold up. Now that I think about it, if you’re reading this, then you’re my friend…in a weird sort of way.

Now I’ve got to come up with a gift for you…. somehow…

SEE WHAT YOU DID?!?!?

And now it’s going to be stuck on the internet for forever and people will look back on this and say things like “That guy really sucked at giving strangers gifts…”

::Deep breath::

Oh wait…. I’ve got it.

I’m going to do something wonderful. Just for you.

I want to write…because, well…. I want to… and I want it to be fun and memorable… and I am using the internet…

::calculating in head::

I’m going to write you a story. Yes, very original. But this will be an ultra special story.

I’m going to write you… a… Christmas themed story. No… that won’t do.

A story with lasers and aliens battling in space…. No, that’s just silly.

I’ll write you a story of revenge and malice. Closer… but no cigar.

Actually, now that I’m looking at it, this all sounds pretty good.

But a simple story just won’t do.

::calculations completed::

EUREKA!

I’m going to write you a story, involving aliens and revenge and Christmas (this is sounding very Dr. Whoish). AND IT’ GOING TO BE A CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE STORY!!!!

Holy crap! That’s freaking awesome.

(As another very extended side note, I will point out to you, lovely reader, that I AM still working on writing an essay for my personal beliefs on science and religion. It’s just very hard and whatnot, especially after a lot of self assessing this past week or so. So, still expect that, but I’m still eating away at it. It’s just a very slow process.)

So, there’s at least one gift idea out of the way. And look at that, it only took me one post to come up with it.

The countdown to Christmas begins,

D.A.