It’s been 10 years since we graduated from #Westminster HS.

I’ve spent a significant amount of time at Westminster since then, so it gets hard to keep track of time and see how much we and the school has changed. But in reminiscing with everyone, I can see that some things have changed quite dramatically, yet others are still constant. eg. Our favorite teachers are still great teachers, but they’re using innovative teaching strategies. It’s a reminder of things we’ve done well to improve our school as we as ways we can still grow.

This upcoming week is the beginning of what will probably be the most important year of teaching in my life. Many big things are taking place at Westminster HS this year, and I get to be right in the middle all of it. I am feeling some nerves in anticipation of the struggle to come, but today reminded me of how proud I am to be a Lion. Overcoming this year’s challenges will mean that our school is moving forward even further. Our students will be even more poised to make a positive impact in a global community.

We may not be close friends, and some of us haven’t seen each other since high school, but that’s okay. Thanks for the continued friendship and for reassuring me that what I do can make an impact in the world.

10 years is not a long time. How much impact will we make in the next 10 years?

The electrical system failed in the car on the way to my mechanic. Bad alternator perhaps? I didn’t notice any symptoms until 24hrs before it died, but everything went wrong real quick and I was left waiting for a tow truck. At least it didn’t die on the first day of school. (Also, guy honked at me for putting emergency indicator on to safely and slowly pull to the side of the road with no power steering and nearly no power. Guess he didn’t see me switch them on. Figured it would have been better than blocking the intersection.)

Car failure can be terrible, but it was kinda cool seeing how the car sequenced which systems failed first to let me drive off of the road. The Automatic transmission was the second to die, then throttle control was the last.

A car can fail quickly after that electrical warning comes on, so if you ever see it pop up when you’re on the freeway, pull to the side quickly! I was lucky that my car failed on surface streets. Losing the car’s Electric Power Steering mid-turn at 65mph on the freeway might not have ended so well.

To get to the mechanics then a meeting, I had to call a tow truck and then an uber driver.

I wore my Beach Quidditch shirt today, which both the tow truck driver and uber driver saw and asked if I was a student. For my first uber ride ever, the driver was a Long Beach resident who was originally from Soviet Russia. He didn’t drive like Russian Dash Cam.

Before that ride, my car was towed by a proud dad from Long Beach whose daughter graduated early from HS, and he’s so proud that she just started her first year at CSULB. He had decided to have his daughter home schooled instead of attending public schools. “Best decision I ever made, or else I’d been a granddad by now.”

She’s taking all of her beginning intro classes. She’s studying to be a social worker. She wanted to be a police officer, but I tried to talk her out of it. She just wants to help people, so I’ll support her whatever she does. But it’s a scary time to be a cop.”

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