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OK, fair warning.  I actually read something that got me fired up enough to write a blog post.  That doesn’t really happen too often around here, so I’m letting you know:  If you don’t want to get smacked in the face by a flying opinion, either a) duck or 2) kindly leave the room :)

I don’t know if you read about the teacher who sued Chartiers Valley school district.  Wait, which one, you say?  They’ve been sued so many times in the past few years, it’s hard to keep them all straight.  Anyway, I’m talking about the applicant for a Social Studies teacher who is also a Veteran.   Here’s the article at the Post Gazette.

There’s so much BULLSHIT in this whole situation that I don’t even know where to start.  Plain and simple, Chartiers Valley School District has CONSISTENTLY put their sports program ahead of academics.  They have done this by “bending” the rules (or, you know, breaking the law…whatever) and now the taxpayers are paying for their mistakes.  There have been other mistakes, too.  Mistakes that don’t have anything to do with sports, but politics.  And poor judgement.  And people who have power who do things for their own agenda.  Remember the Assistant Superintendent Tammy Whitfield?  Yeah, she has money going to her.  And then there’s the whole Tim McConnell situation.  Great coach.  He’s also my neighbor.  Nice guy, supports our business.  But he had a job that he wasn’t qualified for.  I’m glad that he’s still the coach, but the way he got into that position was just not cool.  Not necessarily his fault, but it involved more blunders from Chartiers Valley.

The teacher who got the job instead of the applicant who was a Veteran?  Football coach.  I don’t know him from Adam.  He’s probably a very nice guy.  But, plain and simple, he shouldn’t have gotten the job when there was a more qualified candidate.  The situation would be totally different if they were applying for a job with a private company.  But this is for a SCHOOL DISTRICT.  Their salaries are paid by TAXES.  Do I think that the majority of parents would rather have a great coach or a great teacher?  We want great teachers!!!!!

Nepotism exists.  Plain and simple.  “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”  Well, that’s all fine and dandy.  Maybe it can give you an extra “push” if you know somebody.  It should be a tie breaker.  But if there isn’t a tie??????  HELLO!!!!! Jobs should go to the most qualified person.

OK, I feel better.  Do I want to run for Chartiers Valley School Board?  Hells, no.  Do I want to vote out every person that had anything to do with these situations?  Hells, yes.

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My friend Jenn was in town this week.  I was happy to get a visit from her on Tuesday, and to meet her (and some other friends) out for dinner.  She currently lives in North Carolina, and is trying to move back to Pittsburgh.  Well, I don’t really need to tell you the story, because you can go and read about it.  The Post Gazette wrote an article about her and her husband.  Go ahead, go and read it.  It will open in a new window for ya.  Shoo.

OK, did you read it?  So now you know her story.  She’s really having a tough time finding a job here.  But she really wants to come back.

Pittsburgh is funny like that.  There are Pittsburghers everywhere.  All over the country.  But they still consider themselves Pittsburghers.  Forever.

My folks are in Florida.  They are Pittsburghers.  They drive to Ft. Lauderdale so they can go to Primanti’s (although, they say it’s not the same, but close).  They get excited when they find Iron City.  When my Mom comes to visit, I always have Islay’s chipped ham and Mancini’s bread.  It’s what they love, and what (other than their flesh and blood) connects them to their roots.

I am happy I live here.  I’m happy I never had to leave.  I’m comfortable with my kids being raised here.  I love the sense of community.  I love the hills.  Hell, I even love it when people say “dahn tahn” and “dahn arahn the way.”  And I love yinz guys.

I’ve shared my goals with you.  There will come a day, when my girls are grown and I am a grandma, that I will live on the beach.  I envision myself in a large, floppy hat.  I’ll be sitting in a chair, under an umbrella with my computer on my lap and my toes in the sand.  Tony, with his grey hair and loud Hawaiian print shirt, will walk down and say he’s headed to the golf course, and he’ll meet me for lunch.  After he gives me a quick kiss, I’ll sip my coffee and look out at the waves. I’ll have an overwhelming feeling of calm and happiness.

But I’ll still be a Pittsburgher at heart.

Hey…I can dare to dream, right?

So hey, if anybody has a job for Jenn or her hubby, let me know!  They really, really, really want to be able to have Primantis or chipped ham whenever they feel the urge :)

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Nov
25

Careful, Karma Might Bite Ya in the Ass

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This link was posted on twitter today. And if you go and read this, you can see that this is a bitter, crabby guy just looking to get a rise out of people. Now, I’m going to be honest about a lot of things:

  1. The only time I ever read anything from Mike Seate was when PittGirl blogged about it
  2. I don’t have a problem with his writing, exactly
  3. I don’t like it when people don’t understand something and then pretend like they do.

Mike says that he doesn’t know why people blog when it’s not for money. I’m going to say that (totally my guess) 90% of people blogging are doing it for money. It might not be money directly. It might be to promote something that they are making money on. A blog might have some great instructional content, and the writer may live off the affiliate links. Could be many reasons. And hey, there are people who just like to write. For whatever reason. Does it really matter what their reasons are? Ten years ago they may have been writing in a diary or a ratty old notebook. Maybe they have dreams of someday being paid to be a writer. Happens all the time. There are two blogs that I follow regularly, WaiterRant.net and Because I said So. Both of these bloggers sucked me into their writing. Their style was inviting and humorous. They BOTH now have books (one released recently, and one being released in April). There are many other bloggers that make a fantastic living from their blogs (quite possibly more than Mike Seate).

Now, I don’t know the reasons behind Mr. Seate’s column downing bloggers. There could be many reasons that he felt moved to write that column. Afraid of competition? Jealous that these writers are free to post whatever their little hearts desire? Who knows. And that’s why I’m not going to judge his column, exactly. I just think that if you are going to throw your opinion around like that, please be informed. Or at least admit that you are not informed, and that your opinion is coming only from what you are currently aware. Can’t everybody just play nice?

/soapbox

Now me? Well, I’m more of a numbers girl :)

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Wow…government should know that bar owners know how to jump thru loopholes. This is genius!!! Hey…95% of politicians are bad tippers…they deserve this!!! I love, love, love this!!! Seeing that I will be a bar owner in the near future, this just makes me happy. Damn taxes. Yes, we need to have bus service. But get the money someplace else. Here’s the link to the story from this morning’s Post Gazette

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Wow…government should know that bar owners know how to jump thru loopholes. This is genius!!! Hey…95% of politicians are bad tippers…they deserve this!!! I love, love, love this!!! Seeing that I will be a bar owner in the near future, this just makes me happy. Damn taxes. Yes, we need to have bus service. But get the money someplace else. Here’s the link to the story from this morning’s Post Gazette

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