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Personal: Another Day Full of Friends – Meg and Liz (And A Surprise Proposition) 
13th-Jul-2007 01:11 am
Half  Face
Well, I've had another great day of friends, of the sort that most people should be blessed to have, but in which I got about five minutes of dissertation work done, leaving me writhing in Catholic guilt. (But not too much, which is the nature of Catholic guilt.) My buddy Meg, recently graduated and who I've known since she was a high school senior instant messaging me randomly about Catholicism at Marquette because she knew nothing about it and was a bit scared of applying to a "religious" school, has been in town the last few days, and we made time to get together this afternoon at the coffeehouse. That turned into a five-and-a-half-hour-long conversation that eventually moved back to my apartment, where she was duly impressed by my having gotten around – finally! – to my Spring Cleaning in June, so that at long last I didn't have a dust-drenched apartment with stuff all over my coffee and kitchen tables. I'm so much more proud to host in such conditions. Lots of talk on her plans, looking at coming back to Milwaukee during this time she's away from theatre and trying to work off a good lump of the principle on her student loans (for which she seems to slightly blame me for having helped talk her into a Catholic undergraduate).

Holy crap. I just opened an email asking me to consider becoming the Headmaster of a Catholic academy in southeastern Wisconsin. This has nothing to do with what I was just writing. "Headmaster" appeals just 'cause it makes me sound that much more like Albus Dumbledore, which would be a horrible reason to take a job.

Holy crap. Huh.

Okay. Then I just got in at one from leaving Meg so that I could meet my friend Liz for an amazing further three-and-a-half hours of conversation. We were originally meeting at Coast downtown, but they close early, at ten, so we bailed on that (after long delays meeting there because there was some giant run/walk going on downtown tonight) and drove up to a piano bar called The Mosaic up on north Downer Avenue. This was right across from the great pancake house where Jen and I had had breakfast with some of her crowd at one point, which was packed with thriving business, but which has shockingly closed. Anyway, I'm tipsy and included that detail even though it didn't flow. So we settled in (no music tonight, alas) and sat at the end of the bar and talked about our current stuff and occasionally-intersecting old stories with great enthusiasm, and I came to appreciate the new friendship here all the more. She's off on the morrow to visit her Aussie soon-to-be-officially-fiancé in London, and it was great that she squeezed in the time for me. She overflowed with such raw sense that it was a great experience to talk all sorts of things through with her. She has a directness or even bluntness, tempered with great humour, that I very much admire.
13th-Jul-2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Hm, what's the name of the Catholic academy? When I did the Crusade for Life, we met a teacher at a small Catholic academy in southeastern Wisconsin. I'd need to look up the name, but, I can't imagine that there are all that many Catholic academies in southeastern Wisconsin.
13th-Jul-2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
The school I was thinking of is Trinity Academy.
13th-Jul-2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I couldn't tell you yet. I'll respond, for the conversation's sake, but I don't think it's the right thing for me at this point.
13th-Jul-2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. I should have realized that (about not being able to share).
How long do you think dissertating will take? (apologies if you've already mentioned it)
13th-Jul-2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Headmaster. Holy cow.

But honestly? My 23 year old sister is better temperamentally suited for headmastering than you -- unless the gig comes with a very very very good assistant to herd you, I think.
13th-Jul-2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
Administration is not my charism, to be sure. I'm definitely more on the "Lewis" side of education than the "Hesburgh" side: teacher and tutor rather than educational administration. I think I might be able to do something on the "vision" or "direction" side of educational leadership, but you're exactly right: I would need an administrative assistant or executive working with me to help me stay with the details and with them timely. I'm impressed with the acumen of your reading of me! It is a freaking cool title, though. :-)
13th-Jul-2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed with the acumen of your reading of me!

I have been discovering recently that reading people is a charism of mine, as little as I trust in it yet. Of course, it also helps that I know you a fair bit.

And it also helps that I have a number of friends called to administration, and am figuring out myself if I'm called to that sort of service (this is where G's deanship comes in handy -- he's learning and I get to watch).

It is a freaking cool title, though. :-)

THAT, my friend, is without a doubt. How did they find you?
13th-Jul-2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I'm still trying to figure that last out: looks like mutual acquaintances – I think through a recent Marquette grad who had me as a TA, actually....
13th-Jul-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
You do have a talent for lasting impressions, doncha.
13th-Jul-2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
"Headmaster" appeals just 'cause it makes me sound that much more like Albus Dumbledore, which would be a horrible reason to take a job.

Ha! This made me lol.
13th-Jul-2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
:-) Yay! (Your newish icon there did the same for me when I first saw it!)
13th-Jul-2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness.

My vote is you drop everything and go Dumbledore-it Catholic style. And southeastern Wisconsin must be fairly rural, like Hogwarts' area. You could give strikingly short speeches before the first Feast, or institute a school-wide mandatory Feast if there isn't one. You could divide the students into four houses: More (well rounded, social), Benedict (scholars), Loyola (spiritualists and peace & justice folks), Chesterton (virtuous trouble makers). I'll stop here and just let you know I could have gone on and on. :)
13th-Jul-2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I think I at least like the house names very much. I'll take the rest under advisement....

13th-Jul-2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
For some further clarification: Loyola, I think, in addition to the strictly 'peace & justice' crowd, would include those who were a definite blend of More and Benedict, but who didn't fit in More due to their being too academic (not a reflection on the actual man More of course) and who didn't fit in Benedict for lacking in general monkishness.

To directly relate some of this to the Potter series: Loyola would definitely support S.P.E.W., More and Hufflepuff are of the same mold, Chesterton and Gryffindor are mostly of the same mold, Benedict and Ravenclaw are very similar.

I didn't come up with something equivalent to Slytherin, but perhaps Loyola or More could be replaced with a Ferdinand or Lefebvre or something!
13th-Jul-2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ah.... I'd taken Chesterton as the Slytherin equivalent.
20th-Jul-2007 02:00 am (UTC)

Good luck!
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