There were three main stressors:
Drama #1: Last Tuesday evening, I received what I thought was an example of homophobic cyberbullying, complete with naked pictures and sent to my school e-mail account. I was more upset about it than I let on because it was so clearly sent by a student in one of my classes.
I alerted my teacher's union president, principal and department head, all of whom were shocked and supportive of me. Countless e-mails were exchanged. My principal offered two choices: (1) ignore it or (2) investigate fully and I chose the latter.
This moved the whole affair to our Board Office where a superintendent became involved and the head of computer services launched an investigation. After some days ... surprise!!.... they discovered that google would not provide information on the sender but did offer them the option of deleting the sender's gmail account which I declined, for now.
In the meantime, I googled the gmail address which lead me to various gay porn and self-pic sites. The sender had used the same gmail address as his login! Not very smart!!
Then, a light bulb went off: "OMFG! This wasn't sent by a questioning straight boy... the sender had to be an experienced and out gay guy." A straight boy wouldn't know what "breeder" meant and wouldn't be logging into these hard-core gay sites.
Then it hit me! It was sent by Sam, the student who did the interpretive dance in class which I blogged
- the e-mail address starts with "dan".... sort of a code with some letters shifted on the keyboard to "sam."
- some of the letters in his last name appear in the e-mail address, but with other vowels inserted between.
- Sam just turned 18 last month; the oldest student in the class, hence the "Of Age ;)" comment.
- His body type exactly matches the naked pictures; hispanic colouring, shorter than me and stout.
- Sam sits front row centre in class and is clearly infatuated with me.
- He thanked me last week for my comment on his mid-term report card: "A pleasure to have in class."
I had to discuss all of this gay stuff yet again with my new principal, a straight family man who I barely know. Our plan: I will try and find more evidence to support my suspicion and if I'm successful, the principal will have a serious talk with Sam early next week. The drama unfolds.
Drama #2: We had a run of cold weather this week, -34 C (-22 F) which was too much for the water line running to my well. The line froze and we've been water-less since Friday morning. That sucks big time!
The dirty dishes and laundry are piling up, but we've been able to use the toilet by hauling up pails of water, two pails per flush! That is getting old real quick. I've been working non-stop thawing pipes and if I'm lucky, we may have water flowing today.
Drama #3: In the background of all this is an approaching blow-out with my ex-wife regarding kids' expenses which I haven't blogged about; I've actually been losing sleep over it.
But there are only five more school days until my Christmas vacation.... two weeks off! Woo-hoo!!