“Gen-Z, Do I Have a Future?”

How do you think the world will look in fifty years? Scary thought. Gen-Z, Do I have a future? Is the world going to be around in fifty years? I think I'd be happy with anything. I always say that. Yeah I don't know why this question struck me so heavily. Everyone makes jokes that like climate change is going to end everything but, when you really sit down to think about it, all of a sudden it's very very scary.

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“I would love it to get word of the year”

My favorite word in the entire world is something that people often make fun of me for. I had the definition memorized by heart or at least the definition that I learned it. My favorite word is "blasé" It's a French origin. And it mean "uninterested or unimpressed because of frequent exposure or access" and it is my favorite word. I would love it to get word of the year because it's "blasé", you know, what, sounds like majestic. It sounds really nice. And I know that that's probably like really weird, but I really like that word, like it's a -- it's a pretty sound to say. And it's a super funny definition because if there was a kid named Blasé, like Blasé could feel blasé. My teacher, when she told us what blasé is, she said it wrong. She described it like something is blasé like you're exposed to it frequently, but really, it's an emotional. I looked it up and it's like, it's -- you feel blasé because something's exposed to you frequently. So, I have actually thought -- I actually corrected in my teacher inside my head a lot, and don't tell her that.

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“Make sure you have your microwave cake.”

And so I discovered – bear with me here – I discovered I could basically take some cake batter and maybe add some water, put it in a bowl and put in the microwave for a couple minutes. And it would make, like, impromptu cake. Uh, it would not be fully cooked. I know this probably sounds disgusting, so my apologies, but it was cake-ish enough to hit me just right, you know. And if it wasn't fully formed, if it was a little, if it was still, like, batter-y, no problem. It just – it tasted like warm batter, which was amazing. I did not use eggs in those instances. So, I tried to steer clear of the whole salmonella thing, but yeah, for a while that was, uh, that was a treat that I had in my back pocket, make a little microwave cake. In fact I even remember when I went to go visit my girlfriend at the time at the Mayo Clinic, when she was there. That was one of the things I think I packed – either packed it along with me, which is hilarious to think about, going through the check list of things you need when you travel. “Make sure you have your microwave cake,” or maybe we went to the store after we got there and then that was on my list, which is also funny, like, “All right, what do you need to make it through, you know, your time up here in Minnesota? Uh, okay. Yeah. So here's the essentials: First of all, I need cake.” So, yeah, I have found memories of microwave cake. I haven't done it for years, but I wouldn't hesitate to try again. Maybe this will be the start of another era of microwave cake, just talking about it.

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“I heard a big KABOOF in the microwave and I went there, open up the door and that egg was everywhere in the microwave”

The other one was a couple of years ago. Had boiled an egg. I don't eat a lot, my little one, one of the boiled eggs. So I made one and found out how despite my timing that it was a little soft - too soft boiled - the yolk. Little bit runny. So I decided to put it in the microwave just for a few seconds. Just get that soft part of the yolk done up. And just as the microwave dinged it was done. I heard a big KABOOF in the microwave and I went there, open up the door and that egg was everywhere in the microwave and I had just a clean the microwave before that too. So I had put a loose fitting lid, over the container, but when the egg exploded it blew that lid off and off, there were tiny bits of egg everywhere. I think the biggest piece I found was the size of my thumbnail. So I had to reboil an egg, for little one and made sure I went the extra minute or so with it So it was thoroughly done when it was. finished. So that's probably the most disastrous microwave experiences I've ever had. Had to laugh about it afterwards.

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“We kept hearing farts and nobody knew who it was… I can tell you it was not me!”

In the nineteen sixties, kids did drills for nuclear bombs, nuclear or whatever, but we don't do those anymore. What kind of roles did you do an elementary school? Are there any memories that stick out to you about a drill? One of our team members once had a classmate get lost on their way to the safe location for a fire drill. Oof. The drills we do are tornado drills, lockdowns, and fire drills. Do you have any memories during these? Yes. During a lockdown. This was actually recently. It was I think two weeks after spring break. Might have been last week or the week before that. I don't remember the day, but it was, it was, it was pretty scary. Because my teachers didn't know about the lock down and it usually takes them about 10 minutes to get to your classroom to, like, do that stuff, or whatever. The police and our principal come, and then, and that time it took half an hour. But what was funny was, I was in the back room with two of my friends, and there was nobody else back there because you switched days having the back room. It's on like a calendar thing and it was my friend’s day. Yeah, it was my friends day. Yeah, so in the process, we were trying to keep calm but we weren't and we were all like huddled up and we kept hearing farts and nobody knew who it was. It's kind of weird. I can tell you it was not me. But yeah, I mean, I guess you had to be there.

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“…What’s the best Beatles song is a trick question. They’re all spectacular!”

So the, what's the best Beatles song is a trick question.They're all spectacular! I don't know that there's one where I'm like, oh, that's a terrible Beatles song. I mean, there's definitely some that like will get stuck in my head for days and days and days and days and days. And just hit the right notes for me. Some of the ones that like periodically do get stuck in my head are "Eleanor Rigby" "Hey Bulldog". Those two were at the tip of my tongue at the moment. I love the Beatles. I've always loved the Beatles. It's taken me a long time like for a while, I was more a fan of their later work, but as I get older, I appreciate their earlier work too and when they were the what do they call them them the moptops or the British for - I don't remember what the words were at the moment, but like "Love Me Do" and like their early apperances in the US like I get it now!

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“Its a strange, strange world right now.”

Well, it's happened in the family now. First positives, interesting. Husband tested positive. Only went to get tested because I insisted cause he just had a cold and now it's been a week, but the brother-in-law had to move in with us because he had been exposed. He works at a - he works remotely out of our basement cuz his father father's house does not have internet. So, after five days, I went and got a PCR test and it came back negative. I have a suspicion that I'm exposed to it so often at work, being a teacher, that maybe, hopefully, I have even more immunity to it than some others. Yeah. I'm sure that I get exposed to one form or another one variant or another fairly regularly. So now we've got my brother-in-law sleeping in one of my sons bedrooms, my husband sleeping in the other son's bedroom, and I have the master bedroom to myself, which is actually kind of nice. I don't think I've slept this well in years. And I've been very careful to make sure that I am sleeping at least seven hours a night which is hard to do sometimes. Both of them seem to be able to continue working remotely for their jobs, so they did not have a bad case being that I'm sure it must be Omicron. So, but it's very strange because I'm very careful not to go any place that I don't absolutely have to, but of course, weirdly, you know, the legislature in Michigan, has put themselves on a recess because of the surge, but the schools are still in session. Last week, the teachers at our building it was about twenty-five percent of the teachers were absent, and the students, it was somewhere between 17 and 22% absences. So not quite enough to force the health department to shut us down, but approaching it. It'll be interesting to see what the numbers are now. It's a strange, strange world right now.

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