Almost five and a half months. That’s how long this little break has lasted, and while it’s probably been a wise idea to let it rest a while (there’s a lot going on), I’ve missed you all. And of course, I’ve missed writing for my own enjoyment, although I didn’t particularly enjoy what stared back at me when I logged in, haha.
During my second major hiatus from RtB, I had a birthday! Rockin’ the Bourgeoisie turned 13 back in February. The odd little blog with the strange name and zero topical focus is now a moody teenager.
I’ve been asked once or twice over the last decade, “Why did you choose that name for your site?” Well, at the beginning, I thought about writing stuff that would sort of shake up my fellow working-class compadres. You know: trying to inspire feelings of sticking together, weathering hardship, giving the ol’ Bronx salute to the Man, etc…typical facets of the basic bourgeoisie. I had no clue on that first day what direction this little endeavor would take, and 13 years later, I still don’t. Go fig. But I’m glad you’re here.
Anyway, the only true aim that remains is to write for writing’s sake, with zero ads. I sell nothing, and want nothing except camaraderie. You have given that to me in spades over the years, and I thank you for it.
The 2020-21 school year was difficult for me, artistically (and financially, yikes). However, I think it was more difficult for my students, who, when they could have easily dropped my class, chose to stick it out. They are the real workaday heroes in my book. Now that the next school year is looking a bit different, I hope to try to make it up to them. Musical theatre is back, and full choir rehearsals are back. Looks like, for the most part, the car is back in “drive.” At least I hope it will be. I’d be delighted if my last handful of years in the biz was a bit less laden with offstage drama.
For the second summer in a row, there is no Odyssey for me. That’s OK, though. Plenty of work to be done around here, as well as bashing on through my coursework. Yes, I’m back in school again, after swearing I’d never take another class in my life. I’m currently halfway through the certification process to obtain my Paralegal license. I’m excited about this post-retirement opportunity.
I hope this finds you all well! I know that some of my readers aren’t connected with me on Facey, so it’s definitely been a while for them. Please check in if you have time, and also let me know if anything looks janky on the site, as many updates were applied (which always, always screws with stuff).
Hi there!! The last year is definitely one for the books and one you’ll never forget. That you didn’t lose any students is a testament to you and your program. Let that take you into the new year.
Good luck with your studies.
Love you too, Suzie — and believe me when I tell you that I will be crossing the sea to Tulipland once again. You haven’t seen the last of me! **shaking fist** HUGS
Paralegal classes? That IS exciting! I’m taking classes for my Reading Endorsement through the summer. It was great to see you at the Indians game! And I’m glad you’re back to Rat Fink. You were missed!
Miss Hannah, it was wonderful to see you at the game! And thank you for continuing to read my nonsense all these years. Good luck on your brand new adventure of teaching first grade!! Much love!
Hooray! Such a welcome notification in my inbox. Glad you’re enjoying your class and looking forward to a new adventure (paralegal, wow!) I’d love to know more about that choice if ever you feel like writing on it. My husband is back is school as well heading from maintenance and mechanical to accounting. Wishing a very happy “lucky 13” birthday to RtB! I know I’m looking forward to many more! Big hugs!
I will be happy to write about my little paralegal adventure soon. The short version: if you have an interest in all different kinds of law, and writing, and research, it’s definitely the career for you, and there is always a market for hiring paralegals. I’m considering the real estate area of law, in hopes that the pace will be a **bit** slower than that of civil and criminal — although the excitement level will certainly be lower! haha
Good for your hubs for realizing it’s never too late for a cool change. Hope all is beautiful next door in PA. Thank you for the hugs and friendship!