Well here we are, 2014 and it all starts again. As my followers know, I usually do a “Best Of” or “Predictions For” kinda post in the New Year but I was inspired by another idea.
The following post comes by way of Reema Faris, a West Vancouver School District trustee. I stumbled upon her New Year post, while squandering the opening minutes of the day as I usually do, sitting on the couch; coffee in one hand and iPad in another. I thought it was a cool little exercise for an end of the year reflection so my class and I are starting off the year doing our own 11 Facts & 11 Questions. I will post a compilation of the kids work at a later date.
As usual, I hope to stir the pot a bit with this post as I share some brutally honest fragments of my person and ask a little of the same from you. So without further adieu, I give you 2014 11 Facts & 11 Questions.
11 facts & 11 questions.
- I have an inherent distrust of authority. Not the police kind, I am a very law-abiding citizen and like civil order. My second fact will attest to this . The kind of authority I am weary of is the kind that wears suits. I can only assume this comes from my blue-collar, union rabble rousing up brining where the family mantra was “Never trust anyone wearing a tie.”
- I was almost a Sannich police officer. Actually I shouldn’t say almost… In my last year of university, I went through the initial interview process for the police force and was told “Great! We like you… come back when you have completed your degree.” I never went back.
- I was dropped from Math 11 by my teacher after the first day of class. Somehow during that first 60 minute class, she decided I would be nothing more than a labourer and wouldn’t need math.
- I have always wanted to be a writer. Not sure if blogging counts ? Thinking not.
- I am fiercely independent. Think this collaboration thing is a crock and just distracts me from what I want to do.
- I am more comfortable with the role of functionary. Give me something to do and I do it. If asked to lead the charge I will do it but I am much more comfortable being a minion.
- I have been told on numerous occasions that I would make a great politician, which concerns me because I have never thought of myself as being corrupt.
- Wish I had become a visual artist.
- I was a mistake and my mom makes no bones about it. I got the last laugh though, because It took four kids to finally get it right.
- I was labelled as “learning disabled” long before it was cool.
- I am a punctuality FREEK! Hate being late for anything.
Answers to Reema Faris’s 11 Random Questions
- When you think back to your time as an elementary and/or high school student, what’s the one thing you wish had been done differently? … Not listen to my teachers. I wasted far too much of my life living down to their expectations.
- What’s your favourite movie and why?… Star Wars IV, no reason required the movie speaks for itself.
- If you were asked for one piece of advice to offer a first year student at a post-secondary institution, what would it be? Since drop-out would be frowned upon by my superiors, I will say… Make sure you travel and work extensively in the third world for at least a year after university and get a real education.
- What was your favourite song of 2013 and why?… Don’t got none
- Who would you say serves as the best role model for young people today?… Me!
- Think about the work you’re doing now. Is it part of a career you had planned on or are you doing something you had never thought of doing when you were younger?… Planned but I am not sure it is what I would be best at.
- If you could pitch an idea for a television show, what would it be?… Reality show on today’s schools. Stories from behind the pedagogical curtain.
- On a sunny day, do you make every effort to get outside or do you sometimes prefer to stay at home?… I hate inside. If I am still in the house by noon I go stir crazy.
- If you had to choose one animal to best describe who you are, what would it be?… Sea otter.
- What do you think is one thing we could do to encourage more young people to vote in municipal, provincial, and federal elections?… Give them a life. We have stolen our kids adult lives by suspending their adolescence well into adulthood. If we don’t let them grow up, why should they vote.
- What is one change you hope to make in 2014?… Change? I am change. I get bored with doing the same thing day in and day out. It is one of the reasons I have stopped blogging. Lost interest.
11 Questions For You
- Pick one celebrity you think you look the most like?
- What would like to do in your next career? (retirement counts as a career)
- What is the most annoying thing about you?
- Is there any situation under which you would condone and participate in civil disobedience?
- Where is your favourite place on the face of this earth? (Other than home)
- If you had to choose between living in sweltering heat or freezing cold, which would you pick?
- Where can you trace your family roots to?
- If you had to pick one for the rest of your life: Sweet or Savoury?
- Who are you most like, your mother or father?
- Name of the one colleague you most respect?
- If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?
I Challenge the Following People to do their Homework: