(close-ups of the Duomo in Florence ~ July 2008)
*whoops - just realized that the last photo was taken ~ June 2009
I have been a bad blogger lately and am also way behind in catching up with everyone’s blogs once again. It has been a crazy couple of weeks – lots of meetings after school, union stuff to deal with, and car problems.
An agreement was finally reached late last week on our teacher’s contract. Sadly, the Governor does not seem value education as the education budget has been cut by 14%. Tuesday was the day for everyone in the Teacher’s Union to vote on the new contract. Because I am a union rep for my school this year, I had to be there to help with the voting process. The contract was ratified with 81% of the teachers voting yes for 17 furlough days both this year and next year. Big cut in pay and kids lose on a lot of instructional days but voting no could have meant striking. The University of Hawaii is in the same mess, although their contract offer is even worse. Meanwhile, the football coach continues to make big bucks.
My car started making funny noises and chugging along on the freeway, making me very nervous. I brought it into the shop on Wednesday and was told that it was the transmission. I haven't even been able to decide on which espresso machine to buy and now I was faced with an even bigger decision of either getting my transmission fixed (which would cost probably $3000) or buying a brand new car. Bad timing with the furloughs starting soon. I also had to figure out what to do with my Saturn. I was afraid to drive it anymore. Fortunately, I was able to leave it in the school parking lot while I rented a car for a couple of days and went car shopping. The shiny new cars won out.
Next decision, which to buy... a Toyota or a Honda? This was a very difficult decision. I liked both cars and was treated well at both places. I ended up deciding on the Honda. After signing what seemed like a million papers, I drove my shiny new Honda Civic home last night. If anyone on Oahu is interested in a new Toyoto, head over to the dealership in Mapunapuna and ask for Ken and if you are interested in buying a new Honda, head over to Tony Honda in Waipio Gentry and ask for Rick.
It looks like Italy may not be in the cards for a while and I will probably be making espresso with my little moka for the next couple of years BUT I have a beautiful brand new car and I don’t have to worry about breaking down (hopefully) for a long long time. I will try to get to everyone’s blogs either sometime this week or next week when I am on break.