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. 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. 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…

The Rise and Fall of Me – ch. 11/20

I’ve been told that I’m good at leaving “cliffhangers.”  I agree. ____________________________________ Sneaky Bastards Are Everywhere When we left Part 10, I had again been fired for something unfair, in my opinion.  Yes, I was in a strip bar, not a crime, but teachers are treated differently than other people I guess.  Yes, I was in…

Writing 4.4 – Breaking the Rules

You’ve probably heard people say “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” For a long time I wasn’t sure what that meant, not until I realized I had been doing exactly that. Here are some rules about breaking rules.