For much of the time since 1991, I have commuted a fairly long distance. In fact, with the exception of the office days in the mortgage company office I managed for several years, my commute has often been more than 40 miles one way. Often, the round trip on my sales route exceeded 120 miles in a day. It was a way of life when living in a somewhat remote area. Factor into that my life as a basketball official which covered a large geographic area, and I have spent a lot of time on the road.
Now, at least, I do not contend with the frequent snow storms. I live in a somewhat remote area of Florida nowadays, and basketball officiating mileage is still higher than many of my fellow officials. But, now that my new career in education is beginning, I will now have a daily opportunity to hit the highway once again. My new teaching position for 7th graders will take me to Wauchula, some 45 miles away. I will have one traffic light at the 10 mile mark, a stop sign after 35 miles, then about a half dozen short-duration lights for the final 10 miles. My actual commute will only be about 15 minutes longer than it was last year.
I am looking forward to listening to my favorite XM station for a bit longer in the morning as I make my way to work. It may mean some shorter trips to officiate, too. But, in the meantime, I am still wondering what shape my classes will take. Teaching Language Arts--English for old guys like me--certainly is filled with irony. My first choice was just as it was in Trivial Pursuit: History or Geography. Math was my second pick and I had several interviews for those types of positions. I did not directly apply for this position, which certainly would make Mrs. Spearin (my English teacher at Woodland High School in Maine) chuckle, but I am looking forward to teaching the subject. You see, I had to work harder in this subject than any other during my school years.
Yet, through my work life, I managed to author a newspaper column for a couple of years, and I also submitted some magazine articles which were published in a national trade monthly. Creating advertisements for my business for both print and on the radio was also part of the territory, one that I very much enjoyed. There were numerous reports and proposals, business letters, memos, etc. which caused me to rely upon my prior learning and to re-double efforts to not end sentences with prepositions or dangle participles. There is plenty to think about, and I am sure that the commuting time will be most productive. The longest commute has been from Messenger Street School to the present, however, and for that I am thankful.