It is more than a funny thing how the mind works. I was doing the laundry a while back and was reading the back of an old shirt while I was trying figure out the best way to remove a stain.
Then the name Johnny Snyder and Alpine,TX popped into my mind like a bolt from the blue. It seemed random and rather alarmed me until I remembered him as a computer science teacher at Mesa College in Grand Junction Colorado around the year 2008.
So why did his name manifest in my brain? You will understand this strange association when you read the back of the tee shirt that I was trying to remove the stain from. I even knew an English Prof there who would certainly be critical for ending a sentence with a preposition. Who could forget the wildly popular Spanish teacher Acker who did not mind expressing his political views in class?
Note that the back of the shirt has the Dept. of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics written on it! Dr. Johnny Snyder was employed there in 2008 in computer science department I believe and he tutored or taught my daughter who must have picked up this T shirt that also advertises Heath and Co. Realtors, Mesa Jewelers, Formal Affair and Tuxedo Company, and Promotional Impact Products.
I was single at the time and he must have made a favorable impression because I had not thought of him once in the last 6 years until the day in the laundry room. I was in my late 30s and very full of libido and he looked really good in his bicycling garb. Its sad how sex has so much to do with our lives don’t you think? I remember being impressed just listening to the well built guy discuss ascending and descending with the college president and was even attracted to that! Now after three kids about 25 years apart who gives a damn? Nothing against him, just me changing.
I was also reminded of an excellent statistics teacher named Vicky Moyle who does not teach there anymore who managed to get my daughter through her course with a a decent understanding of the material. Dr. Moyle would be happy to know that my daughter teaches Stats at the high school level and emulates her teaching style which she had deep respect for. Vicky also helped her with algebra who my daughter took from a very nice lady named Jane Arledge who was unable to get it across to her. Not the fault of the teacher. Sometimes two people don’t connect and my daughter already like Moyle’s style.
A few other good teachers there were Daniel Schultz-Ela , Jerry Wethington, and Rick Ott. Dr. Ott was not liked by some because of the degrading way he would tell you to apply at McDonalds if you were blowing off his class. I don’t think the guy was mean spirited,but I do see how somebody could take that personally especially if they worked fast food.
I left Mesa State College after a four year stint and miss the days at the Ale House, but not the meetings with the college president where retention and completion was emphasized at the expense of a rigorous and challenging curriculum. The emergence of self entitled students was already inchoate when I was there and I am sure it is only worse now.
Oh, did I do a good job of removing the stain?