Tuesdays are free days, no classes, so, in honor of PD, I decided to take advantage of the great weather and enjoy the city. I was quickly reminded of how good those random subway days were as I boarded the E train and made the decision, en route to visit the protesters at Zuccotti Park. It was surreal seeing the tents and all those people living in a small area, braving the bad weather that has occurred and will be occurring in the future. I wondered, as I walked around, which people were collecting money for the protesters and which of them were collecting for personal gains. I wondered who was out there for what they believed in and who was out for the thrill of it. I felt moved, yet disconnected . Although I am not a big banker, investment firms are making lots of money from my pension. I had no desire to hang around very long. It even felt like an invasion, taking photos, although I did take a few.
The rest of the day was spent strolling through lower Manhattan. More pictures here, on Facebook.
(Only had my little point and shoot so forgive the quality.)
Spending the day like this so beat training on a smart board that I would never get to use or looking at statistics, the only thing that matters in the world of education today. It was so much better than sitting at a meeting with Mr. AP as he continued his bashing of Mr. L, a retired teacher who is not in the best of health and I am sure he was thrilled not to have me around. He did comment about a retired teacher's negativity and I would bet dollars to donuts he was referring to me. ( I stopped him more than once during his many tirades about poor Mr. L.)