• Dr. Stuart P. Stofferahn

Day #7

Day #7

I knew it was only a matter of time . . . And Mother Nature decided today was the day.

So, I donned my Frogg Toggs and headed out. Jobs, school, and everything else in life doesn’t just stop because of rain. So, it was time to embrace the suck and cross my fingers.

As it turns out, Frogg Toggs are not so much rain “proof” as much as they are rain “resistant”. Better than being soaking wet and cold – instead a little damp and cold. I did discover that the back seat on the bus is very warm – sits next to/on top of the engine. Another little mental note for our curriculum.

My day began in the pouring rain – 7:30 AM on the bike to make the 7:42 AM bus. I discovered that I need some rain-resistant gloves. Add it to the list.

Part of our curriculum will have to incorporate coping mechanisms that give our students the tools necessary to overcome these hurdles. Perseverance in the face of adversity. I had a presentation to do on the other end of the city . . . I didn’t get to cancel it because it was raining. I sure as heck WANTED TO. Same with a job, class, etc.

Suck it up, Buttercup. A mantra. I’ve heard Vicki Depenbusch say it, so . . .

I arrived at my location a little before 9:00 AM – a little damp, but ready to present. Unfortunately, I marked my calendar wrong. The presentation was scheduled for tomorrow. Also unfortunately, it looks as though tomorrow will be a replay of today, as rain is scheduled yet again.


Mental note – ALWAYS confirm appointments the day prior. Lesson learned. Maybe.

I needed to find a place to be for a couple hours while I waited to meet a new friend – Leo – at the KZUM studio. I found just such a place at Penelope’s Lil’ Café by Union College. It was a beautiful little respite – warm, cozy, and mostly, dry. I’m not sure I would have ever stopped there had I not been on a bike in the rain. Now, I will certainly go back.

I met Leo at KZUM, 89.3 FM station, because we were recently selected to be one of the first to produce a podcast with them. Leo is the son of a recent NTC supporter, and he has autism. He loves electronics, computers, video games . . . I thought maybe producing a podcast might also fit into his interests. Turns out it does. We rocked that studio for about 90 minutes. Easily, this will be part of our Pre-Vocational/Vocational curriculum for any student interested in co-hosting or producing. More to come on this.

Leo - my podcast producer and first co-host!

Of course, the mundane of life always comes into play, and it was time for a haircut. Don’t worry – I scheduled my colonoscopy in July, so at least my personal life will be somewhat contained in these blogs.

Christina, my hair person. Been my hair person for probably 15 years.

My confidence seems to be growing each day; the bus apps (there are three) are easily distinguishable now (each one has a specific operation that works better than the other two), and I don’t look FIRST to make the trip downtown to transfer to a different line. I will first look at intersecting routes or make a quick jump to a different route using my bike. The confidence makes me much more comfortable – in addition to giving me the necessary courage to master public transit routes in other communities (something that we will want to teach out students as well).

Lessons Learned:

1. CONFIRM your appointments a DAY BEFORE.

2. Continue to pay attention to the cool mom and pop shops around the city. Visit them, buy stuff from them.

3. Embrace the suck – you don’t get to stay home just because it’s raining or cold outside.

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