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. 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. 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…

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…