All posts tagged pawn

Well, here’s the proof.

Published December 22, 2017 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

Many years ago, 26 to be exact, I was hired as part of anti-gang program using theatre as a means of conflict resolution. (I know, I know, but I was young and I had hope and it paid well.)  This job turned into the first stage of my career as an arts educator. I spent over a decade teaching theatre at Inner City schools. It was worthy work, but low paid and very stressful. At the time I would often remark that I was the pawn between Good and Evil.

I meant it as a joke and a means to colorfully describe the fun found when teaching third graders to write fairy tale plays and the shock of discovering that top students had been expelled for gang violence.  Although my life is a little more evened out, there are days when I am reminded that I am probably still the pawn or at least the comic relief for the cosmos.

I got a lot of sleep last night so I thought I would get a jump on some things for next semester. (My class is presenting Mass again on January 12, and I wanted to get an idea of what the readings look like so I can at least be slightly prepared when the music teacher passive aggressives me the week before.)

Guess what the reading for that day is? It’s from the book of Samuel, who apparently used his words to complain about Saul for several grim passages. Now, this particular passage I find problematic because after a very wordy intro, it goes on to this:

“He will use your daughters as ointment makers, as cooks, and as bakers.
He will take the best of your fields, vineyards, and olive groves,
and give them to his officials.
He will tithe your crops and your vineyards,
and give the revenue to his eunuchs and his slaves.
He will take your male and female servants,
as well as your best oxen and your asses,
and use them to do his work.
He will tithe your flocks and you yourselves will become his slaves.
When this takes place,
you will complain against the king whom you have chosen,
but on that day the LORD will not answer you.”


My students are 9 and even my best readers would fall all over themselves laughing at saying  oxen and asses. I don’t even want to think about how I would explain what a eunuch is and why there is a place for them on this list.  Did I mention that my best readers include two ESL students, one of whom has a slight lisp.  (Guffaw all you want, I think I would find it funny if it wasn’t me.)

All of this gave me a headache, so I took a nap, and then headed out for my adventure.

One of my more challenging students gave me a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and I have a coupon and wasn’t up to facing the wrath of Samuel, so I headed out.

As I entered I headed to the cafe for an Iced Coffee (It’s 75 degrees here and I can’t be expected to peruse books without caffeine.) I went to order and the Barista asked if he could get a name for the cup. I told him I had no idea what the cup wanted to be called, but that my name is Lynda. He wrote “Lynda’s friend” on the cup.

I did find a great book, had my coffee and have money left on my card.    So weird stuff and good stuff all in the same short space of my day is reasonable proof of my place in the universe.

That and I couldn’t find my car so at least three people followed me as I aimlessly looked for my car.   (Tee Hee)

Chew, new, you decide

Published March 20, 2013 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I have been a little shaky and distracted for the last few days.  I think it may be delayed exhaustion from the trip, or it could be residual fall out from the startling realization that I may actually be the pawn between good and evil (I kid about it all the time, but it may be possible.  I guess just like cleaning the cat pan, someone has to do it. Yes, I do feel as if I am wrangling cat turds for the universe.  This has been your philosophy moment, brought to you by the good people at Tidy Cat.) 

Anyway I had an odd experience yesterday, it wasn’t really a deja vu kind of feeling, or even a time weasel feeling. It was more of a I-think-I wandered-in-to-an-alternate-ending feeling.   This made me wonder if this is the director’s cut and if it is, wouldn’t I be the director. No , not if I am the pawn between good and evil.

In other news, my job future seems to be coming together.  There is a job opening (part-time) at the wonderful school where I sub. I think I would excel at this job, but I won’t mention specifics because I don’t want to jinx myself.

I also just negotiated a bid to ghost write a romance novella.  It is for about 10,000 words less that what I did last year for the Omaha Steaks people. It is for the same amount of money in the same amount of time.   I think I can do it. 

It makes me tired and makes me wonder if I’m biting off more than I can chew.  But what else is new? I have to keep the powers of evil and the time weasels wondering what my next move will be. 

Just waiting for the next plague

Published February 19, 2013 by Lynda Christine Rodriguez

I used to joke that my role in the universe was to be the pawn between good and evil.  This was the result of working in the non-profit world and fighting the good fight while trying to keep some turkey from blowing out my flame.

It’s not as funny now that I seem to be playing a non-stop game of karmic dodge ball.

This morning I found out that I have been taking off the list of substitutes for the Lower School.  I am still subbing for High School and Fine Arts.  I didn’t ask for a reason, because I don’t want to draw attention to or be confronted with my shortcomings.

After this phone call, I opened the file folder with today’s editing assignment: Reigniting A Forgotten Flame. This is an Ebook about maintaining the romance in a long term relationship.

Oh Universe, why must you mock me?