Today there are several issues I want to get off my chest.
I am able to blog now only because my employer cancelled my evening lessons.
This morning I left my residence at 6:15am. I take a bus, then a train, then another bus to arrive early to teach at 8:30. I figure the time spent traveling is wasted. I can read a short newspaper article, but any sort of lengthy reasoning process is impossible.
I realize that many people live their lives without being able ever to engage their mind in a process of reasoning longer than a transit ride. They are miserable.
(Counter-thought: If they’ve got a file of information about each loved one–friend or family member—don’t they think long-term about them? Yes, but without the aid of creative thoughts from the outside. Creative thoughts from the outside need to come from books and other people who are not part of one’s narrow work-family world.)
I travel more than I teach. I take crowded buses and trains. I spend about seven or eight hours traveling every Monday.
Tuesday I teach early in the morning, and since I arrive home at9pm on Monday evening, there’s not enough time to relax and think seriously about what I will teach the next day.
Why do I teach on Monday? My Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday job does not provide regular pay. The pay is not the same every month. There are pay gaps. So, I need to do extra work now to pay for the gap that’s coming in February.
It is all very unpredictable.
The irony is I’ve just spent a couple ofhours thinking about what I will teach tomorrow. And that was possible only because my Monday-employer cancelled my evening lessons.
So, I have been working (unpaid) for Employer Number Two. (My Tu-Wed-Thursd Employer)
Recall: Because Tu-Wed-Thursd Employer pays me erratically, I’ve got to get extra work……(It is most definitely not my choice.) Someone like RD Wolff might say the my Tu–Wed/Thurs Employer is shooting themselves in the foot since their payment schedule forces me to work elsewhere on Monday, instead of preparing for Tuesday’s lessons….