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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Under Pressure

I've never had a single regret about becoming a teacher.  It's probably the best decision I've ever made.  Sure there are rough days... obnoxious students... and the occasional disgruntled parent.  But the pros far outweigh the cons... and I'm lucky that 99% of the time, I actually look forward to going into work and seeing my students.

With that being said... the past month has been insane.  I recently took over the Leadership class at my site while my administrator is out on maternity leave... and my workload essentially doubled overnight.

The good news is that they are the Leadership kids, which means they're independent and for the most part responsible, hardworking students.

The bad news is that I have to work much longer hours, which affects how much time I have to read blog posts, while publishing my own.

I have a pair of posts I've been working on during my free time.  One of them covers a very generous care package from Ryan over at Japanese Sumo Wrestling Cards and Menko.  The other one summarizes my trip to two flea markets last weekend and involves thousands of Junk Wax Era cards.  I'm sure you guys can hardly wait... cough... cough.

Until then... here's a card I picked up back in September:

It's a 2012 Leaf Originals autograph of Hulk Hogan who was the biggest name in wrestling during my years of fandom back in the mid 80's.  Hogan's signature is the furthest thing from being rare, but this particular card has been sitting on my wantlist for a few years now.  I've always enjoyed this product and I thought today was a great day to finally write about it.

After all of the interesting conversations I overheard in with students, faculty, family, and friends about Tuesday's election... and plenty of them fishing for my opinion... I wanted to keep things simple for this post.  I believe in and support the current voting process.  I will support our 45th President... even if he wasn't the candidate I voted for... until he gives me a reason not to as our elected leader.  Like sports cards and most things in life... I try to give things the benefit of the doubt.

Who knows... maybe he truly does make America great again.  Whatever he does... I'm not envious of his new position.  I'm stressed out over teaching leadership.  Can't imagine the pressure of being one of the most powerful people on the planet feels like.

Last... and most importantly... I'm just proud to be an American.  Just like Hulk Hogan was back in the 80's when I cheered him on as a teenager.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!


  1. I wasn't aware of the Japanese Sumo Wrestling Cards and Menko blog. Holy cow, it's neat!

    I'm headed for my 30th year of teaching and coaching (I got a late start). I still enjoy it although as I hit 64 my energy level has taken a hit.

    I wish I could be as open-minded as you re: our next President. I'll just leave it at that.

  2. I like that autograph. I've always wanted a Hulk Hogan autograph, but I haven't come across the right one yet. Maybe 2017 will be my year for that.

    As I do with all Presidents, I hope the new one will transition well from being a partisan candidate to being a bipartisan leader. Although roughly half of the country voted him into office, he now needs to represent all of us.

    And no matter who is sitting in the White House, they can't stop me personally choosing to show respect and kindness to the people around me.

  3. Being an English teacher in rural Japan was the hardest, yet most rewarding job I've ever had. It was awesome when you could see the fruits of your labor. Hope you enjoyed the package!

  4. I've came close so many times to buying some of those Leaf wrestling cards. I love them.

  5. Very nice Hogan. I gotta get one someday

  6. Commish - Yeah... his blog and the knowledge he shares with his readers is pretty awesome. He's even has a few sumo card checklist books. The guy knows his stuff.

    RAZ - Hope you find the right Hogan autograph for your collection. And I agree with your comments 100%.

    R Laughton - One of the greatest feelings in the world is having a former student thank you for all of your hard work. Truly rewarding profession.

    Matthew Scott - I love the set. Simple design and on-card autographs. What more could a collector ask for? I thought about building it one day... and have around 10 of the signatures.

    Sport Card Collectors - As Hogan signs more and more autographs, his prices will steadily drop. Just be patient and I'm sure one will fall into your lap for a reasonable price.