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Thursday, 12 July 2012

MOU Agreement Copies Etc?

I have been pondering the requests for pdf downloads when a simple solution dawned on me while driving around in my car today. This may be of some help to any teachers far away or on the road this summer. Email me and I can send you the file as an email attachment! My address is davechiarelli@gmail.com

Please use a non board email address as this is union business. I can also forward the appendices and president's press release. Hope this helps!

I am preparing an overview summary of the MOU to help you get a better sense of it. I will post soon. Meanwhile I am out and about Toronto today. Right now, I am at Second Cup having a coffee and availing myself of the free wifi. Of course there is the air condioning too!

I'm driving my old beat up Toyota 2000 with the rebuilt engine. Janet can have the new(er) car while she is at work. I have actually been getting nostalgic about the Toyota. It' a pretty basic model, nothing fancy, but I have driven it for years. Manual windows and sunroof. Plus if it gets dinged I don't care much. It's very simple and stress free.

Anyway, the air conditioning, fan and radio/cd player conked out! I should be freaking, but Jun our auto-tech teacher at school is going to fix it for me. Maybe not as bad as it seems. Meanwhile I'm kind of enjoying driving it about the city, windows rolled down, sun roof open, just the breeze in my face. Very retro. I live all year for summer, it's my favourite season, so it's a total summer experience if you will, with the recent heatwaves and all. Reminds me of going local in Cuba when I am down there on the school project and hanging out with my teacher amigos y amigas (friends). Maybe going to the beach on Saturday or something. Ha!

On my Cuban Schools trip I usually take everyone out to the beach before I head back to Canada. I remember one year we got an old beat up pick up truck. Loaded it with supplies, we even had to bring the t.v. Mama G. brought her rocking chair and sat on it all the way up through the foothills and along the coast, Beverley Hillbilly style. We got a nice seaside cottage by a private pebble beach. In the morning we would go see the fisherman heading out, and place our order. Sometimes we'd hike up the mountains side to a local dairy farm where we would get our milk, cheese, and eggs. Everything was paid for in local Cuban Pesos, which were worth about 25 for 1 Canadian dollar. I paid for everything which included a box of cigars, a case of beer and a couple of bottles of local rum. It cost me about $50.

We had such a lazy time of it. There was the a cool sea breeze, and we took frequent refreshing dips in the Caribbean Sea, the waves lapping up on the beach, the sound of millions of tiny smooth pebbles moving with them. There were huge sprawling palm trees and giant tropical ferns shading our abode. In the afternoon I would take a siesta Cuban style, everybody did, then we'd have a camp fire and fiesta late into the night. There were no, but no city or road lights anywhere, electricity could be a problem, but one could see all the stars shining, and the sliver of light from the crescent moon. Otherwise pitch black all around us. A real moment in time. Close my eyes and I can sill be back there on a long, cold, cold Canadian winter night; the  sun, the sea, the breeze, all the sounds and smells of nature......

Oh yeah, the rabbit ears on the t.v. set could only pick up a fuzzy black and white picture with a lot of noise, but the oldsters liked to sit around and watch it, thought it was great. It's a much simpler life.......

My MOU summary IS forthcoming, but for now it's back to summer mode for me!

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