The last couple of days have been filled with less than fun activities, thoughts, etc. During most school years, I’m anxious to finish, but this year, that feeling is more intense than most. There are a variety of reasons for that, including a tough group of kids, staff turnover and my own frustration with policy changes. I am tired of working all the time and need a break. There are projects that I want to work on but need more time to get to work on them. Despite my end-of-the-year focus on school/work, I cannot help but to think of the Katy Kafe that I wrote about yesterday. In that Kafe, John Taylor mentioned that the band is thinking about focusing on the summer of 2020 for 40th anniversary celebrations. I have a few things to say about that.
First, let’s talk about summer. What does that mean to John and to the rest of the band? He mentioned about how Simon joined in 1980, which is why they are thinking about the summer of 2020 to celebrate. That makes sense to me. The question I now have is a simple one. Simon joined the band in May of 1980 and the band played their first gig in July. Is the summer then May or July??? Technically, scientifically, summer starts in June. Thus, did John mean July of 2020 rather than May? I sure the heck hope so. Seriously.
While I constantly talk about changing careers, I don’t really know that it is going to happen as there is still a lot about teaching that I love. Even if I do find something that is as meaningful as teaching, I cannot imagine not focusing on the school year, at least to some extent. May is the worst time of year for me to do anything related to fandom. It is the end of the year. There is always a lot for me to do to finish up the school year. For example, the last couple of weeks have featured additional tasks to analyze how the year has gone for me, professionally, including what my students have learned. I couldn’t squeeze in anything else in. On top of that, my school district (and most I know) also have rules about taking time off in May. Districts figure that summer is around the corner so there is no need for a break in May. I get all of that. I did manage some time off in May of 2011 for fandom purposes. It was super hard to get done, though. I had to file lots of paperwork and get help from people in power to do so. I don’t ever want to do that again.
July is good for another reason. In July, my responsibilities are minimal. While summers usually mean developing curriculum, taking classes, etc., I get to decide what and when. If I know that there is a lot of Duran activity happening, I would plan everything else around that. I would also have the entire month to play, if I needed. I wouldn’t have to rush home, in order to get back to work. I could take the time needed to celebrate Duran and their anniversary properly. That would be great!
All that being said, I know that nothing is definite. John mentioned that they had been brainstorming different things and was uncertain about what will happen exactly. I get all that. Nonetheless, I know that I appreciate that John gave, at least, an idea of when they might have some cool stuff planned. This gives me time to save money. It also gives me something to look forward to. At this time of year, I need that even if it is two years in the future.