Around 3:30 pm two days ago, I needed coffee. I had a long day ahead of me because of the stupid grad school project, which goes on top of the normal routine of lesson planning and grading. Since I was out of milk in my fridge, I decided to head down to the Starbucks (sick, I know) around the corner. FYI - lack of sleep outweighs drinking the most burnt coffee in the world. They really need to do something about the fact that it tastes like shit.
As I'm crossing the street, a black Lincoln Town Car stops on the opposite corner. It's interesting because these soon-to-be-extinct limos never fail to remind me about my previous life. I'm forced to remember all the wonderful mornings I took one home, most likely coming off a late, late night slaving away on Wall Street. I remember the sun beginning to peak over the East River as we would floor down F.D.R. towards the Lower East Side. Funny how the memory of a gorgeous sunset could bring up such a terrible feeling...
I didn't see one of my former Managing Directors coming out of the black Town Car now parked directly in front of me. Let's refer to him as JL. JL saw me crossing the street.
"Teacher man! Long time no see. How have you been?"Wow, JL was the guy who hired me in the interview (see second paragraph from the post entitled, "So how's the teaching thing going dude?" I told him I was doing well, that I was really enjoying my time teaching and that it was still very challenging. I pointed towards my school, which actually looks like a prison if you ask me. JL responds:
"Wow! Well listen, I saw you in the paper and on TV about a year back. Sounds like you're happy and having fun. I've gotta jet, but if you ever change your mind, here's my card. I'm at a new bank now, but still makin' deals. Take care and keep in touch."If I ever change my mind...hmm... I really wanted to whip out my card (yes, I have a card which I give to all my students - cuz I'm cool like that) and say, "Uh, no thanks. But listen, when you're sick of getting more sensation from your blackberry than your wife, give me a buzz. I can hook you up as a teacher. You know, do some good for once."