So as the summer of 2006 begins, I thought I better
document what happened in 2004 before my memory is totally gone.
It was a good summer considering my cancer surgery was in April. This
was also the first summer Gregg and I were together. He is a school
teacher, so we had to do as much as we could in his "whole summer off" as
In case you don't know any teachers, the "whole summer off" is kind of a
sick joke held over from when I was a kid -- and summer vacation went from
the first week of June until the first week of September. Teachers get paid to work about 180 days, but they draw that pay over
12 months. The "whole summer" is about 2 months, or less if the the
teacher needs to do a lot of clean up in June or prep work in August.
And if teachers want to keep their jobs, every few years they need to spend
all summer taking college level courses.