Greetings lads and lasses!
Mr. G here with another missive from the land of Dhaka, where I find myself ensconced in my apartment after a day of teaching at the school. We only have six weeks left (!), so things are starting to wind down here in Bangladesh and I am very much looking forward to the summer. Summer, ladies and gentlemen, is like a giant sigh of relief for one’s brain. A lot of people look at teachers and say, “Oh, those lazy buttheads get the summer off! They’re so lazy!” But what those people don’t understand is that teaching is a very mentally taxing career. Putting up with a bunch of butthead students grinds a person down throughout the course of the year. What makes it worse is dealing with a bunch of butthead teachers on top of all that. By this point in the year, I have a tendency to just disappear into my room and have as little contact with anyone other than my students for as long as possible.
In other news, it’s that time of year again! Time for another Marvel movie, kiddos! On Saturday, I took the family to see Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. My spoiler-free review is this: There were too many compelling stories and too many compelling characters and not enough time to spend with those stories and characters. I guess we’re all just too used to television, where stories and characters are given time to breathe. I am reminded of my favorite show at the moment: The Flash. The storyline for The Flash this season could have been told in a single movie, but that doesn’t work for television. They have to build characters and have a storyline unfold throughout the course of 22 episodes, rather than tell the whole thing in two hours.
That was the problem with Avengers. They just had too much going on. I like all of those characters too much and would have been happy with a six-hour Avengers movie. Sadly, it was only 2.5 hours (although I have heard rumors that there will be a 3+ hour version of the movie when it is released on television, so let us keep our fingers crossed).
Still, overall, I liked the film, even with all of its flaws.
And you’ll all be happy to know that I am continuing the Mr. G tradition of taking students to see Marvel films. We are all headed to the theater on Wednesday (50 of us!) to see the movie and we are quite looking forward to it. Supposedly, we have a theater reserved just for us, but that’s a story that can’t be told here.
Hmm…what else? This summer, we will be in Toronto for a week, Tahlequah (Oklahoma) for a week, and then we will be spending a month in Montreal. I am very much looking forward to spending some time in a new Canadian city. In addition to that, I will be seeing U2 on tour not once, not twice, but THREE times. “That’s ridiculous, G!” you might say, and I would agree with you, but I am still looking forward to it. I am taking the whole family to see them in Toronto, then I will be flying by myself to New York City to see them at Madison Square Garden. It should be a hoot and I’m very excited.
Anyway, here’s my list of the month:
TV: Veep, Silicon Valley, Survivor, Amazing Race, Daredevil, Community
Movies: Last movie I saw was Imitation Game. It was good. Haven’t watched anything since.
Books: I am currently reading “Ready Player One” and am expecting an Amazon delivery of Christopher McDougal’s new book about endurance athletes (I can’t remember the name). And, of course, I am teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the moment.
Music: Well, of course, I am listening to a LOT of U2 at the moment. Their new album (the one everyone was mad at them for putting on their phones) is called “Songs of Innocence” and it is truly spectacular. Someday, I will write a long essay about how awesome U2 actually is and you will all listen.
Okay, that’s it. As always, I would love to hear from each and every one of you, so write me an email to let me know you’re alive…