Friday, May 29, 2009

Home Sweet closing!

Most people might know by word of mouth that my wife and I are in the process of purchasing a home. The home is seen here to the right. It is in Ooltewah, TN, and is zoned for great schools (not that we have children(or thinking about having children)). I will post a link to the listing and if you click on the picture in the listing page you will be able to view more photos. Here is the link to the official listing. We did not pay the listing price so don't worry about whether or not you should know how much we spent on the house because you don't...unless we told you in real life. If you have any questions leave a comment here or on Facebook

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Updated Car Woes

Earlier today I received a call from the Mechanic working on my car about the problem. Now I am drastically lacking in car knowledge, but the mechanic assured me that the ignition module was broken and that after taxes it was be about $275 to fix. I had placed my car in the shop thinking it was going to be $500 so I was excited that it wasn't going to take a long time.

An hour later the mechanic called back and told me they were wrong about the module. They thankfully didn't do any repairs to my car before the discovered the real problem. About a year ago my car wouldn't start because the sensor that reads the computer chip in the key went on the fritz and they had to reset the sensor. This time the sensor broke and my car needs a new sensor a new key (microchip more than an actual key). The repair bill went from $275 (original quote) to $550. My car will be fixed soon, however, I will be out $550. The money isn't the problem, but what I could have done with that money that upsets me. I could have gotten a second computer to play WoW on so that my wife and I could play at the same time.

O-well, Peace out!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Car Woes!

So I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am. The picture displays a black car but mine is a steel gray. Today I drove my wife to church (she teaches the first Sunday School Hour), and then went home to play WoW until it was time for me to go to church. When I went to leave from home the second time to go to church BAM... my car won't start. This is frustrating because I don't want to pay the car repair bill, but the battery is good, the oil is full, and the tank if full. I have no car now and I will have to drive my wife's girly car around if I need to go some where. We can probably afford the car bill after we find out what is wrong with it, but still all that money wasted.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Teaching Interview

So, I think everyone that reads this blog knows about my future aspirations, but in case you don't know I will elaborate (I never mind talking about myself). I have a degree in Mathematics and I am currently going to Grad school for a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education. I began the process of looking for a teaching position in my hometown, and the first school to call me in for an interview was some what of a dream school. They believe in a liberal arts education and it was a calculus position. I believe in a liberal arts education and the school has a Paideia philosophy. That in a nut shell is Didactic teaching, Intellectual Coaching, and Socratic Seminars.

Now, I believe in all those teaching styles, but intellectual coaching can take a variety of forms, and unfortunately the administrative staff was looking for a teaching style (Project-Based Learning) that I am not fond of. I am not sure I know anyone that enjoys doing projects or really learns something from doing projects. Right now in the education world, project-based learning and other more non-traditional methods of teaching are wanted; however, I am not some one who is big on non-traditional methods. I am very big on the idea of Socratic seminars, and discussion based learning. Now these discussion-based learning methods are typically considered Didactic because they are Teacher led, but I am not opposed to letting students lead discussions and take the class in an academic path they choose.

After all that, it might be obvious that I did not get the job. As far as teaching jobs go it would have been considered cushy and it was some where I wanted to teach, but they wanted a teacher I am not going to be, so I think that in the end it was for the best. I hope the school does well and that the students' benefit from their new teacher, because ultimately it is about student's.

Monday, May 18, 2009

West Virginia

This past weekend my wife and I went up to West Virginia to visit her and my new extended family. We left on a Friday and made a normally 7 hour trip in 6.25 hours. The trip itself lasted longer because we stopped to shop, but the actually driving went really quickly. However, on the way back, it took 8.5 hours because we ran into a road block that sent us on a two hour detour that put us on the interstate 7 miles farther down the road.

The trip over all was fun. I was able to get some reading done and we visited with a turkish exchange student. The sadest part of the whole trip was that I didn't get to play rook with some crazy rules. Normally all the guys, cause women can't play rook (West Virginia saying not mine), get together and play rook for hours in the evenings, but because this was not around holidays everyone had to work and couldn't stay up late.

The greatest thing, and maybe this is silly to enjoy, is that they always have fresh brewed sweet tea in the house when I come up. On my first trip, they(WV family in law) made tons of food (homemade Thanksgiving Dinners) and lots of sweet tea. I made true comments about how good certain side items where and how I loved to drink sweet tea. Now when ever I come up, they always have fresh brewed sweet tea (something they don't normally have) and creamed corn. I had never had homemade cream corn and since then every time I go up they feel the need to make a batch. It is good so I am not complaining but I think it is funny. I appreciate the hospitality and can't wait until Thanksgiving (although I won't be able to play WoW).

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Books! and Addictions

So, I think we have established by now that I am a geeky, nerdy dork. I play WoW and I love to read science fiction/fantasy novels. More fantasy than science fiction, but I won't turn my nose up at anything. The thing about fantasy and science fiction books are that they more aften then not come in a series. My favorite two being Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series and Terry Goodkind's The Sword of Truth series. I have read and enjoyed the Harry Potter series and recently I got started on the Twilight series.

Before I continue, I have this really addictive personality when it comes to books (and other things). I will read a book like five or six times if I really enjoy it, and not in like several years but all with in several weeks of each other. For instance, with the series' mentioned above (excluding Twilight) everytime a new book would be released I would reread the entire series before I read the book. So there are 11 books currently in the Wheel of Time series meaning I have read the first book 11 times or more. With Twilight I have finished my third time through the series today, just three weeks after picking it up for the first time. I read it twice through before my wife read it once through. Now I don't do that for every series I read (Lord of the Rings), but I do with most series.

As of right now, no one reads this blog, but in the happenstance that some one reads this blog, What are your favorite books, and what are your addictions?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Jork and Linabelle are in Kentucky listening to breaking dawn. :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why Jork?

Well anyone who has come in to contact with me recently knows that I play WoW (world of warcraft). My main character's name is Jork. Since I was in 8th grade my main email account has been Now I don't really use that email alot because I mostly use my school account email, but it is a long time to have the same email address. When playing video games I usually use the name Shepherd, but when I started playing WoW I wanted a name that was easy to type for other players. I came around to Jork because I thought WoW was a classically dorky thing to do thus making me a dork. Well my name begins with a J so I thought J+Dork=Jork.

So all that to get to my point, "Why Jork?" Well, I am going to be pretty open here and let everyone know my name is James Johnson so why use this alias. In WoW I can speak to other players using a microphone and everyone knows me as Jork. In the short time I have been playing WoW, I have really identified with the name and I think as far as usernames go Jork isn't all that bad. Sadly most usernames and email addresses require you to use more than four characters.

Which brings me to my point, I like the name Jork and that's all there is to say.

How cool is this?

this is a test of moblie blogging.

The above words are something I text messaged from my Cellular device. Of course I had to come in and add a title and some fancy explanation so that "this is a test of moblie blogging" made sense, but all in all I think that is awesome. I am now going to actually read about what I am attempting to do(mobile blogging).

First Blog

This is my first blog. My name is James Johnson and I live in Chattanooga, TN although my wife insists that we live in East Ridge. I will probably use the alias (blown by my name above) Jork seeing as how the site is called "The Misadventures of Jork." I have used social networks such as Myspace and Facebook to blog, but haven't generally kept a blog up because my thoughts tend to bore me so why should I bore those around me? I enjoy playing WoW (World of Warcraft). My father-in-law got me started playing and I inturn got my wife playing. I am currenly working full time (32 hours) in an accounting department while taking night classes for my Masters in Education. My undergrad degree was in Mathematics (everyone's favorite subject). I have applied for a few Math positions but haven't heard anything back of note yet.

I attend Church and met my awesome friends through the Sunday School program. The only friend that I have mantained through grade school and college actually married my wife's twin sister. While I am an only child, I have always though of him as a brother and it is sort of nice having a legal tie (besides WoW) that keeps us together though his education has taken him out of the city.

Hopefully I will write more and frequently, I decided to make this blog out of an impluse so who knows how this goes. I will try and make a weekly blog, but I would hope that enough interesting stuff happens for me to do this daily.