In the spirit of Opening day, I will now list my five least favorite Seattle Mariners of all time.
1. Chone Figgins. He is the Raymond Felton of major league baseball.
2. Erik Bedard. Nobody in the history of the world has been injured as much as this guy.
3. Jesus Montero. He's really fat and lazy.
4. Henry Cotto. Not sure why but this guy always bugged me.
5. Alex Rodriguez. Giant cheater.
People may notice that I didn't list Least Favorite Mariner Number One For Everyone Mr. Bobby Ayala. I actually really liked him. I thought he had great stuff. Also, someone has to like him and it may as well be me.
I'm going to bed and if I sleep through the night I'm going to go to school tomorrow. If I don't. If I have those horrible feverish dreams that I've had the past couple nights, I'm staying home. I'll get a sub who will probably be weird and my students will hate her and tweet me about how horrible she is.
Third Drink Decisions by Jill Talbot
This is fairly depressing essay about a woman and her relationship with both her older brother and her alcohol use. On the surface, it's about her brother and his massive addictions, but I think that when you look closer, it's about her own. At the very end she writes about how she uses words to avoid her life. There is some very stark honesty in that line and I think it may almost border on a universal truth. Regardless, it's a powerful sentiment.
Essay: 9 of 10
It jumps around a bit and it can be tough to follow the time sequence in parts but that might be my fever and not Talbot's writing. Her brother is a complete wreck but he IS blood so she gives him chance after chance after chance which I respect on some level.
Teachability: 9 of 10
It would have to be the right class and the right unit, but under correct circumstances, this could be an excellent addition to a class. There are a couple extremely strong images in the essay, my favorite involving her brother's worn out shoes and how her father has them fixed. Trust me, it's powerful.