I haven’t been too good about keeping up my deal re Sam and letting you all know what’s up with him. Sorry.
He’s doing fine. A bit restless; really wants to get out. Is psyched about seeing Phanton of the Opera but it hasn’t come to Brattleboro yet. Would like to see The Aviator too.
We spent some time talking about “rocking the boat” – Sam said he usually wasn’t supported when he acted as a “spokesperson” for others. I kinda wonder about that, just because there are still so many people in his life! We talked about that too, how lucky he is that so many people care about him – he gets lots of visits from a load of different people. Bill McKim brought him a bunch of flowers; Debbie Kendrick just gave him an awesome B&W collage of Hollywood stars, mostly from Sam’s youth. (We could only put names to faces for a few, and we guessed a bunch more names but couldn’t attach them to any one in particular. I told Sam I’m such a bad COM major not to know that stuff!)
We also talked about teaching….Sam remembered lots of situations in which he had to face a stereotype he had about a certain “type” of person (motorcyclists, in particular) and the education he had to provide domestic students about being more welcoming to international students.
He asked how my trip to pick up David and Nora was (all the way to NYC!). He asks about David every time I go. 🙂 Otherwise we didn’t talk about anyone else…oh yes we did, Michael got “let go” from Eden Park. Sam tried to defend him but the staff wouldn’t let Sam’s editorial go to press in the nursing home’s newsletter. They asked for an alternative editorial so Sam wrote something about the administrators getting the plumb parking spots instead of visitors who are there to see the residents who are supposed to be “the priority”. (I’m making up what I think Sam said, I didn’t read the article and he didn’t tell me the points of his argument.) At any rate, the result is that administrators and staff are now parking in the further lot so the cushy parking spots are open for visitors. He’s such a radical! No wonder we get along. 🙂