The question is: "What's happening, Bob?" Answer: I taught my first class today and it was so much fun. I just decided that I was going to relax and enjoy this process. What the heck? I had Jr. High kids, and they were so friendly and respectful. They told us in training that teachers in Mexico are second only to parents in terms of role models, even more than doctors! Huh. Anyway, I'm tired. One more teaching assignment tomorrow and...weekend. However, I need to write an essay for first thing Monday morning. Can anybody out there write an essay??
The question is: How are you feeling, Bob?
Answer: Sixty-four and feel like forty-six. Not half bad.
Well, I made it to Guadalajara in one piece and good spirits. A half hour delay in Minneapolis gave me some momentary anxiety just as the caffeine was kicking in but my luggage arrived with me after a plane change in Chicago and one in Houston so I was happy. I was also happy that they gave me a cursory check at customs and immigrations here in Mexico. Mostly, I was happy to fall into bed at a reasonable hour.
I went down for coffee this morning and immediately met a nice man from Alberta who offered to show me the heart of town by walking tour. That sure saved me a lot of time and confusion.
It's a beautiful city with a mellow, energetic vibe that is totally contagious. We had a great breakfast at an outdoor cafe of real live Huevos Rancheros, watching the bikes and pedestrians roll by on a major thoroughfare that is shut down to traffic on Sunday. Nice!
I love the hotel too, and the staff that I've met are very friendly. Hi speed internet right here so....Whew! Nice residents too, many attending the school I'm about to jump into. Spanish lessons start tomorrow at 8 am so.... wake up call right around the corner.
About those photos of me before and after my new haircut.... OMG. I think I look pretty good in the mirror but the camera never lies.Will write more soon.
“ ‘This book is a great read and must be published. Grade, Middle and High School history teachers have been looking for a story like this for years. Most Vietnam era books are laced with anger, hurt and profanity. They are unsuitable for schools. This book is timely…’ Tom Asp.
Tom was referring to my literary “debut” —a 520-page version of this memoir with 70 photographs. He was a Vietnam veteran, who didn’t live to see the manuscript go to book form, but his words helped inspire me to push the original memoir to conclusion and think about this abridged version geared toward a younger audience, and here it is!”
Bob Tuff from the Preface to “The Frontage Road - An American Life”
I received my first shipment of 100 books from 360 Digital Books in Kalamazoo on January 3rd, 2011 and spent the next month distributing them, mostly to friends and family. Thank God for friends and family!