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Bad News Awaits

February 9th, 2011 at 09:02 pm

Lots of rumblings from our deans about the state-university system budget cuts coming our way. The great rumor mill says at least 10 percent and perhaps significantly more from all salaries. Part of me wants to scream, another to throw up, but our budget is not that tight, and we'll be fine. I'll weigh in with the complete details when I know them.

It doesn't make me a nicer teacher, particularly with the bad students. It's Week Three of the spring semester, and today alone I had to call out three students for texting in class.
But maybe that is being a better teacher, because that behavior has got to stop.

On a different note, I'm part of a group that is helping colleagues with a seriously ill child handle household chores, dinner, and shopping. My task for the week is to go to Target with their list. I love Target anyway, and I've found them some great Target printable coupons (they're not coupon people at all) so I may finally get my Red card to save them and us some more cash.

On a more annoying note, I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and found the pork tenderloins I wanted on sale. Yet they rang up at double the marked price. I pointed it out to the checker, he looked at me blankly and said, "What do you want to do?" What kind of a comment is that? I told him I wanted him to give me the marked sale price. Looking minorly miffed, he re-rang it. Yikes.

6 Responses to “Bad News Awaits”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Yikes indeed.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Best wishes!

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    Wow, thats awful customer service from the checker! And I think its a great thing you're doing helping your colleages with errands. You have no idea how much something like that is appreciated when your hole day is focused on taking care of someone.

  4. mamas debt time out Says:

    Next time the checker says "What do you want to do?" you should tell him that you want all the groceries for free and that he should bake the tenderloins for you, you like them medium rare, and to have him throw in a pack of gum. See what he does next just for laughsSmile As for you being a teacher and all the help you do, that's amazing.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Fingers crossed your salary won't be cut--or at least not as bad as you think it might be! I essentially had salary cuts the last two years from furlough days, amounting to a 2%-4% salary cut (I believe '09 was worse than '10). The good thing was they weren't permanent, so hopefully yours will be temporary if they happen.

  6. Jerry Says:

    THANK YOU for calling out the in-class texters! I am surrounded by classmates who have the worst manners imaginable, and will even answer their phones in the middle of a lecture. It leads me to want to pop them right in the face, I swear. Add to that the fact that half of them cannot write a sentence in English (it's all text-message non-words) and it makes me think that we have no insurance that this is not the last generation that will know how to write... let alone exhibit common courtesy! Ugh.
    Jerry

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