The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 10/20

Thanks again for tolerating the re-posting of this series. “Have a beer.  Don’t cost nothing.” – John Blutarsky ________________________________ Chapter 10:  Starting Over, Again At 37-years old I was completely on my own for the first time in my life.  I had met my ex-wife when I was about 19, so she was my first…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 10/20

Thanks again for tolerating the re-posting of this series. “Have a beer.  Don’t cost nothing.” – John Blutarsky ________________________________ Chapter 10:  Starting Over, Again At 37-years old I was completely on my own for the first time in my life.  I had met my ex-wife when I was about 19, so she was my first…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 19/20

The chapter in which I explain a pretty good lie. __________________ In the previous chapter, I explained how the state department of education was coming after me and I was awaiting a verdict. From September through December of 2011, I had one of the worst feelings you can ever experience.  It’s that thing when you…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 18/20

The Chapters I Didn’t Want to Write This chapter, combined with the next, is the reason I never finished the “Rise and Fall” series the first time.  Plain and simple – I didn’t want to write this chapter.  Nothing else to say.  It is the most difficult life experience I have had.  I think.  More…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 17/20

There’s Nothing Pleasant in Pleasantville When I previously ran this series last year, I never finished it.  I stopped with chapter 16, the previous one, and I just left it at that.  So even those who read all this crap last year – here comes the new stuff, and it’s only about two, maybe three…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch.16/20

Mean People Suck Holy crap.  Part 16.  That means about 30,000 words you’ve had to suffer through.  You have my sympathies. After I bugged out of the Trenton charter school, where I went next was in some ways better, in some ways no different.  My interview was nothing special except that I was surprised at…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 15/20

There’s nothing “pleasant” in Pleasantville After leaving the Trenton charter school, I landed in Pleasantville, NJ.  Immediately indicative of how things would be in Pleasantville was “Back to School Night,” when parents would eagerly come to meet their children’s teachers, perhaps ask a few questions, and make some personal contacts and face time.  If there…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 14/20

Chapter 14:  Blood Pressure Rising   After spending an entire school year not in school, I found an educational establishment that was thrilled to include me as part of their staff for the following year.  What could be more impressive than The Emily Fisher School of Advanced Studies?  It was a charter school, which means you can get…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 13/20

Chapter 13:  Unlucky In the last installment of my rise and fall, I was ousted yet again from another school district, mainly because of my own brash behavior but also from slightly unfair circumstances.  I could argue that my only “crime” was using strong language in the company of adults.  They could argue that I misused…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 12/20

You people are mahvelous for putting up with me. More tolerance necessary. ________________________________ Chapter 12:  Devil Is As Devil Does I had finished a relatively successful year and met some new friends in the new school in Penns Grove, but I was keeping in touch with friends from my previous school.  My relationship with one…