Amazing scheduling anomaly! My next three gigs are all west of the Mississippi river. (This is a bit like the fact that on a multiple-choice test, there are always three of the same letters in a row somewhere on the test. It’s statistically unlikely, but it always seems to show up.)
Tomorrow morning I’m at the National School Board Association’s annual convention in San Diego. I have a tough assignment ahead of me: address several thousand school board members during the general assembly. That’s not the tough part though. The tough part is that I only get 3-4 minutes for my remarks. That’s barely enough time to be funny! I’m hosed.
So I must distill my message down to what amounts to a haiku. This is good, though. I need a challenge. And I enjoy poetry.
I also get my first chance to meet with the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Again, I have a strange feeling that I won’t get to sit down and have a heart to heart with him, but that I’ll have to keep it fairly poetic. The words “photo op” seem to be the point of the meeting backstage. I knew I was becoming well-known in the education world, but I haven’t had too many high-ranking officials beating down my door to get their picture taken with me. Must be my boyish good looks…