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I Get Choked Up...

Posted by Stev187 on Thursday, February 21, 2008

Well, I've been scarce here at BHO for a couple of weeks.  My fiddler buddy Bob called me up and sent an e-mail wondering what has happened to me.  Well, I've been super busy.

This semester was supposed to be an easy one.  I am finished with being President of the faculty union, which is something I did for 10 years.  No more calls, bargaining, grievances, union meetings, etc.  Also, I am supposed to be on sabbatical.  But I had to pick up a couple of extra classes at the last minute, and I have been going crazy.

One thing that happened at the end of last month was very touching.  The union threw me a "This Is Your Life" banquet.  It was amazing.  More than 100 people came for a full dinner with an open bar; the College's jazz band played for the entire night, including the background music for the "This Is Your Life" presentation, which was modeled on the old television program.  These people really worked hard and honored me in a very touching way.  My family was there, and I'll remember it forever.

I am an especially lucky guy.  Most people don't get celebrated or recognized in this fashion, and even when they do, it's on the occasion of a retirement or some kind of "going away," including the ultimate going away--your own funeral!  Well, my pals at work didn't wait for me to leave, retire or die.  They celebrated me in the here and now, and I will treasure that forever.

They made me sit on a big red couch with lots of Kleenex.  It was their intention to get me to cry, and they succeeded a few times.  You can see one of them below if you're interested.

It was also nice because my Dad was able to be there, and he is doing very well.  I think only a few people in the room know about his cancer.  Here's a quick video of the speech I made when it was finally my turn to talk.

 

At any rate, I am a lucky person.  I'm also pretty close to getting my new Chuck Lee banjo--just have to send him the rest of the dough.

 



7 comments on “I Get Choked Up...”

Joanchek Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @12:23:49 AM

Fabulous, Steve!

5strings3picks1banjo Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @4:59:26 AM

Beautiful, what a loving memory to have. Congratulations Steve.

robb4570 Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @6:57:14 AM

Way to Go Steve !!!  Sounds like you deserve it . Great Job

Unplugged Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @10:36:18 AM

What a wonderful tribute - to you and by you. I'm retiring at the end of this year (49 years of teaching), so your special event here really rang a bell for me. Congratulations on creating and maintaining such a wonderful life.

dbrooks Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @12:35:11 PM

Congratulations, Steve.  Very few of us get or receive the feedback we should.  It sounds like you have done a great job there.

stanger Says:
Friday, February 22, 2008 @4:22:29 PM

Kharma is a big ol' wheel that turns slowly and constantly. Spreading the good around always comes back, and you've sure done that well. Recognition and appreciation from your peers is as good as it gets for us all. Well done! One of my greatest regrets is that I never went into teaching. All honor to those who do.

lori nitzel Says:
Monday, March 10, 2008 @12:26:22 AM

Very cool! Sounds like you've really made an impact. Turn it around now and help plan the same type of thing for a colleague. Recognition for good work is never given enough. Keep the goodness going. :-)

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