Not Quite Molting

Grading Midterms is a mixed bag. I look forward to them in most classes and always have one or two pleasant surprizes. But always, every semester, there are at least a few students who ‘strain out gnats and swallow camels’. Each time such evidence presents itself I fret wondering what more I could have done eventually reminding myself, or being reminded by the designated colleague, that I can’t care more about ‘their’ education than they do. Yet, caring more, impossibly, immeasurably more is in fact my job or mission – or at least that is how it has habitually felt all these years. Now however it’s as if a new paradigm is emerging and unseating the other. Something is coming untethered. Something else is emerging in its place. There will be consequences.

It Is Begun

Listening to Stan Kenton as I prepare for tomorrow’s Adult Christian Education class, having returned from a campus locked for the night, I recall parts of the letter I transcribed this morning and know in my bones what next must be done. I thank Adrienne and Lee, Lucille and Douglas for diving into the wreck of our lives ahead of me. Even submerged one needs good company.

National Day on Writing

I missed the chocolate tasting at Ethel M.’s because the desktop refreshing took nearly three hours. Got most of the handwritten Midterms graded though, attended a 4Mat webinar and checked out Pearson’s Keys to Success, Brief edition when a rep dropped by unexpectedly. Even scored lunch at a birthday bash because a colleague asked me to come pick up some CDs and today I wore a hair tribute to old bagel ears herself – Princess Leah – and the party theme was the 70s. Life’s sweet NaNoWriMo it feels. And yes, I wrote 661 words on a new project even before I remembered it was NDW!

T-Mobile System Error?

A prefatory note for context’s sake:

A few months back I terminated my out of contract post-paid T-Mobile service because my bill changed every month despite the fact that my phone usage did not. Why, after all, would one want to pay upwards of $200 for two lines on an unlimited family plan when $110 for two unlimited everything plus international talk and text (though not to the darker skinned nations – Japan yes, Jamaica no) is included on one line.

So I go to pay my prepaid bill in a T-Mobile store this weekend and am told to check back later as the system is down. I go to another location later in the day and succeed because a representative enters the information manually. Payment confirmed, I leave with a sense of mission accomplished. I get a text message confirming the account status and go happily about my business until this morning. I attempt to call my husband’s doctor and receive an automated message saying that this type of call is not permitted. Three reps and 35 minutes later I am told that my account was suspended because I was charged for an international photo text sometime between when the account status was updated and the bill was paid. Who knew State College Pennsylvania was a foreign country! I bring that detail to the attention of Rep #2 along with a reminder that I have an unlimited talk, text, data and international plan and am assured all has been restored – including the 25 cent fee for the incorrectly labeled international text that started the mayhem. I proceed with my workout at the gym. Timing is everything.

Leaving the gym I check my phone to find the following two texts from T-Mobile. The first arrived at 8:24 a.m., the second at 9:37 a.m.

Free T-Mobile Msg: Great news, your Monthly Plan has been paid & renewed for another 30 days effective 10/18/2011. Plan good through 11/17/2011.

Free T-Mobile Msg: Due to insufficient balance, your plan is inactive. Apply a refill to renew your Monthly Plan. Visit for plan details.

What do you make of it? I invite anyone else caught in the confusion of Sunday’s system error to comment.