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How long has it been since I last checked into Ricochet? A month…six weeks? I know I’ll find an answer as soon as I check my notifications; the reality is that it has been (in scientific terms) “quite a while”. Why is that?
Simple: I’m pretty much sick of living my life on-line, of being on the receiving side of a computer screen. As such, the prospect of voluntarily stepping into another digital platform lost all attraction.
Let me be clear (“LORD, how I hate that phrase!”) Look, I’m grateful that I was able to work from home. As a college adjunct lecturer, I shifted my classes to remote instruction and carried-on. Be that as it may, I discovered that trying to maintain the same degree of engagement with students meant three-to-four hours extra time on-line, not counting the totally-expected time preparing lessons and materials. Workdays stretched to 12-hours on average…necessary to meet expectations, but way outside of my contractual compensation. I tell people (jokingly) that I’m “semi-retired”…that means I get paid for part-time work and DO full-time work!
So, by the time 7:30 pm rolls around, then grab some dinner, the prospect of checking into the PIT just doesn’t cut it. I’m sick of hunt-and-peck typing, sick of looking at the computer, sick of digital media.
And about now, I think about all those people across the country who have lost their jobs, lost their businesses, lost their savings, and are now facing the loss of their homes. And feel ashamed that I’m complaining; I’m blessed, fortunate to have what I have.
So. Grades are turned in, the semester is over, and I have a job in the fall (I think). Maybe it’s time to check back into Ricochet, and see how others are doing?Published in