Friday, November 11, 2011

To the Goalpost Friday Random Ten

I know I've been threatening promising to post more often, but as a guy with a kid about to go off to college, it's hard to say no to extra work shifts, especially when they go into overtime-- and time and a half pay. Just got a text asking me to come in, and am still deciding; I'm already working doubles tomorrow, Sunday and Monday.

But the work news is good. I had my 90 day evaluation a couple of days ago. I had forgotten about it, or I'd have been nervous; at the 90 day evaluation, they decide whether to keep you or not. They don't have to have any reason in particular to let you go. I think it's their way of being able to get rid of people who may be competent, but have personality problems or something. In any event, my phone conference with my boss was short and sweet. She told me I was doing a great job. It was nice to hear that.

After dealing with the crap I did when I was a teacher-- a principal who was openly hostile toward me for unknown reasons-- it is nice to be appreciated for taking my work seriously and constantly trying to improve. And after four years of horrendous financial stress, it's been nice to be able to do little things, like treat me family to Chinese take-out, go to dinner with my wife, give my daughter a few bucks when she's going out with her friends or take my son to a museum. Every day I'm reminded that I made the right decision-- and an investment-- when I made the decision to go to nursing school. With my positive 90 day evaluation, I've passed the last goalpost in that journey. I'm where I set out to be four years ago.

1. Pleasant Street- Tim Buckley
2. Long May You Run- Stills Young Band
3. Make Your Own Kind of Music- Mama Cass Elliot
4. Superstition- Stevie Wonder
5. Lean On Me- Bill Withers
6. Nebraska- Bruce Springsteen
7. You Can't Be Too Strong- Graham Parker & the Rumour
8. Mastercharge- Albert Collins
9. Always Something (There To Remind Me)- Naked Eyes
10. One Last Kiss- J. Geils Band

1. Jeff Buckley's father. Like his son, he has attained cult status and had an early death. Great book about them, David Brown's "Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley"
2. On the Decade collection, Neil Young dedicated this song to his first car and last girlfriend.
3. Got a soft spot in my heart for the Mamas and Papas.
4. Pre "I Just Called To Say I Love You" Stevie Wonder
5. One of R and B's great voices.
6. Title track from an album that is tied with "Born To Run" as my favorite Springsteen album.
7. From "Squeezing Out Sparks," one of my favorite albums of the seventies.
8. I was lucky enough to see Mr. Collins perform a couple of times while he was still alive.
9. Still love this song. It's on my daughter's ipod too these days.
10. One of the great break-up songs. Ever.