The photographer took over a hundred photos, and NYT chose the saddest looking one *shrugs*. / Photo by Bridget Bennett
With the live entertainment/gig economy dried up, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed me into substitute teaching middle school orchestra. It was lonely, isolating, and incredibly difficult. In my experience, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
After dropping Linear Algebra II in Fall 2015 following my dad’s stroke, I began considering my options for jobs that do not require a college degree. Being a full-time musician for the last five years wore on me and I was ready to change things up. So I tried working in education.
Violinist sets the tone for The Park
I don’t always love playing the violin but I do love music— listening to it, sharing it, and collaborating with other musicians. Street performing gave me a reason to play my instrument every day and it eventually became a career.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally going to happen
There’s a good chance you have not done math proofs. Most of us know as math as executing computations (plug ‘n chug). But that skill becomes less useful after calculus where mathematical reasoning reigns supreme.
As Officer Smith #9643 escorted me to his patrol car he made the following remark: “That’s what you fucking get for recording!”
I was on a cement floor, the lights were always on, and it was probably 65 degrees in that room. It was dull and miserable. I’m just glad that I didn’t have to take a shit.
The police can be mean, the jails are cruel, and the courts are unfair by design. If you have money and representation, you’ll be alright. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you are screwed.