A New Dream: Grades, Friends, and Florida

Grades, Friends, and Florida.

Old Fashioned Grading Book

Grading is done on computers these days. Well, that’s one thing that is easier about grading.

The fall term has ended and with the conclusion of the term comes grading.

Grading is a lot of work. However, the most difficult part for me is when it’s time to actually put the grade in.

I’m troubled by those students who straddle the border of pass/fail like a circus performer on a high wire. I have an internal debate and never feel great about it when I’m done.

Anyway, I’m done grading now and am happy to leave it behind.

So, what’s been going on? Well, the frigid weather seems to be a topic which continues to dominate the news and conversations.  And not for good reason.

Most conversations go something like this:

It is cold out there.


I can’t wait till this winter is over.

Me too.

Both participants of said conversation stare off and sigh. Clearly, they are both dreaming warm weather thoughts.

As I was putting on my third layer (you know what they say about layers. So are onions warm?) of clothing one morning, a thought ran through my head.

Actually, my mind wandered to the Friends episode when Joey puts on all of Chandler’s clothes. The two friends were having an argument and Chandler took Joey’s underwear. So, in retaliation, Joey put on all of Chandler’s clothes sans underwear and starts doing lunges.


Anyway, that’s what I feel like every morning is like.

  1. Get up.
  2. Put on as much clothes as I can fit under my jacket
  3. Leave house while calculating how many days are left till Spring.
  4. Chant Sand, Sun, Beaches, Oh My while shielding face from wind.

You may remember my chant from an earlier post. I am still using this trick despite the mixed results.  Anyway, when I posted this blog entry, I asked for additions to my kind of crazy cold’ list.

A number of people gave me some great and funny response, and I recommend you check them out on the post (SandSunBeachesPost) or on my Facebook Page. My favorite came from my colleague Maria M.

Here it is: It’s so cold that politicians have their hands in their OWN pockets!

By the way, Maria also teaches English and as you can see from her snarky comment (a word that she uses to describe herself), we Brooklyn High School English teachers are witty.

So, you’ve got Grades. You’ve got Friends. What about Florida?

Calm down Fox. We’re getting to your home state.

By now, regular readers are familiar with my desire to move to Florida upon retirement. A glorious warm place is the essential criteria. Well, this desire has changed.

And I bet I am not the only one who has had a change of mind.

Check out this article I wrote that appeared in the paper recently and find out how the dream has changed: The New Dream.


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16 thoughts on “A New Dream: Grades, Friends, and Florida

  1. I’m a big believer in living in the South! Now, I couldn’t do Florida… but I wouldn’t move any further north than I already am! I’m the perfect distance from the equator! Stay Warm!

  2. It’s cold here in Cleveland, too. It was 10 below zero this morning!
    My husband has his heart set on moving south for warmth during retirement. But, we’ll see. Now that one of my sons is engaged, I’m hoping for grandkids in the not too distant future. I don’t know that I’ll want to live out of state from them. So … the half year north, half year south snow bird idea is not a bad one. 🙂

    • I can imagine. I think the hardest part for me would be so far from family. While it’s great to have wonderful friends, there is nothing like family.

  3. My friends live in Florida, they complain about the humidity! 😉
    I like the seasons, I like the winter however I don’t have to venture out in the cold so I can see why you’re so keen to make a move. Keep throwing on those layers as you chant and stay warm! 🙂

    • Point is – perfect doesn’t exist and it’s different for everyone. I agree
      Truth be told I actually like the change of seasons. It’s the drama of this season that’s getting to me.

  4. I love that clip from Friends! It made my morning.

    Today we’re supposed to reach 17 degrees and maybe even have some sun. Praise be! We might make it out alive.

  5. It’s been a brutal winter for sure. But summers can be brutal too! I hate the heat more than the cold. Except for the humidity, NC isn’t so bad as far as weather goes.

  6. You just can’t mention me in your post and expect me NOT to comment! I love your dream and will be here to steer you in the right direction of what part of the state interests you the most.
    This reminds me of that post I wrote about my home by the sea. Now that you put this out there, it’s just the first step to making it happen 🙂

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