Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Not feeling assured

My first Marianas Variety column is online. I'll post it here later. There are two small mistakes. One I caught and requested to be fixed -- to no avail -- another I didn't. Both were late changes, which I guess teaches me something about doing this column. In other news, Gov. Fitial's PIO Charles P. Reyes, Jr., thanks Boni, never a fan of PSS, has no assurances the government and PSS won't be involved in a criminal act of theft of services from its teachers and staff. I have no assurances I will be showing up past Friday, and anyone who does is basically a fool until there are some assurances.

10 comments:

glend558 said...

Jeff: Your column in the Variety makes the whole U.S. sound like New Jersey. We all know N.J. is the armpit of the country. There are alot of places unlike N.J.
Stick to your guns with the PSS
paychecks! I can't help but to wonder what good 'talks' will do at this point in time.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Teacher strike?

Jeff said...

This Friday covers the next payroll. After that, you're up to 3 and 4 weeks of work you can't be "assured" about. They either need to get assured or cancel school by Monday next week before engaging in more fraud and theft of services.

Jeff said...

Glen, NJ is the wealthiest state in the union. Beyond that, virtually every state on both coasts with cities has the same crowded situation, as well as Chicago. I skipped your hometown because it got enough publicity when Deliverance came out.

Mark R said...

Hey, Jeff,

Impressive piece (your first column). Congratulations! I do take (mild and good-natured) issue with your implication that big-city New Jersey is somehow representative of "the states." Certainly some of your statements are valid generalities, but some of them apply even here (where you see many people talking into cell phones, using iPods, and in other ways isolating themselves from others around them). Your column just makes me so thankful that I settled my family in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, the large cities are crowded, frustrating, and demand acute awareness of surroundings for one's safety (but are apparently much more liveable than in NJ), but a few minutes from landing at SeaTac airport, one can easily be in vibrant communities which make your description of "the states" sound like some awful and distant foriegn (or maybe even "alien") land. Wish you could join me on MY next trip stateside. I think you would come away with a totally different perspective. Thanks for your column, and for giving me some reasons to be so thankful for some of the decisions I have made (about where to have my family and connections)! I'll probably live here for many years to come (fairly likely even the rest of my life), and I hope that WA does NOT become "New Jersified" over the next few years, because it is such a great place to be from and to visit!

Jeff said...

I said and was talking about the cities and their suburbs, which is where most people live. I was in and around Detroit, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Charlotte, Cleveland and Chicago over the last two summers, and that was definitely the situation. Is that everything in the states, no, but it's a lot, and I wasn't talking about every square inch of the U.S.. It's too big a country for that. From what I've heard from friends, Seattle definitely qualifies.

Boni said...

His name is Charles P. Reyes Jr. Emphasis on him not being Charles Reyes.

bradinthesand said...

out-reyes!

Boni said...

Damn straight! And Cou-reyes too:) And, where are you pray tell? Why haven't you updated?

bradinthesand said...

i set some time aside to write tonight. blogging has been taking up too much of my day. from now on, it's some win to go with my whine. cheese works with both, too.

brad