Things I hate

So, blogging. It’s been a few days since I did this so hopefully I will remember how it goes. I hope that you enjoyed a look back at some of the interviews that have appeared here on the blog instead of new content while I was away for a bit of a vacation. We were off to Eastern Ontario and the Nation’s Capital for a few days.

It was a strange experience. Not that things have changed since the last visit – you expect that – but how regular things have changed due to COVID.

We’ve been pretty good and have been shuttered at home like good citizens since all this stuff hit. Trips outside the county have been to Blyth, Mitchell’s Bay, Erieau, and London twice. That’s so unusual for us. We’re normally on the road exploring much of the summer at least.

It’s not normal to be thrown a bit off when you’re exploring a new place. As we know, the rules have changed so much. That’s not a nice thing to have to cope with. Mentally, I started creating a list of the recent trip.

  • I hate the 401. Quite honestly, that’s not new but it just has to be said. I love the 407 as a way to bypass Toronto – until I get the bill
  • I hate missing professional learning. Normally, there would be at least a CSTA or BIT conference to make connections. Driving by Pearson Airport and the 403 remind of happier driving times and I always look forward to meeting new people in person at these events
  • I hate logging on to social media and read the pain that teachers are going through on a daily basis while being assured that their locations are totally safe. How safe can locations be with entire classes, buses, or schools shut down due to infections?
  • I hate walking around a new place these day. Normally, it’s great to explore but dodging oncoming pedestrians or vice versa is just wrong.
  • I hate the fact that I’m judging those oncoming people immediately as COVID carriers by default. That’s not me; I like to think I’m a friend enough guy
  • I hate suspecting that they feel the same way about me
  • I hate being 2m away to talk to people; I happened to pass a school where a teacher was out and getting ready for bus duty and thought I’d start a chat – it just wasn’t the same
  • I hate going to a restaurant and the charade of wearing a mask to get to the table and then remove it. At least I get to remove it; I really feel for the servers who have to wear a mask all the time. They weren’t comfortable with the inoculation checking thing but handled it nicely. The only way to feel better was to be overly generous when it comes to tip time
  • I hate going to a museum – in our case, the Museum of Nature – and not being able to use the interactive displays because they’re turned off for our protection
  • I hate having to follow arrows to take me through an exhibition hall or restaurant knowing that I’m a normally a wanderer and like to be attracted to fancy displays
  • I hate going to an ONRoute and all the tables where you’d normally sit to have lunch or a coffee while resting up are all taped off. So, you do the “safer” thing and eat while in the car
  • I hate driving down a freeway and seeing my tax dollars going in to an electronic sign reminding me to get the vaccine
  • I hate turning on the news to see a Premier or Prime Minister talk about how safe things are and at the same time encouraging people to get the vaccine. We know that’s the only way out of this; get over the politics and legislate it to make it happen.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I tend to be very positive in what I choose to write about. This is so unusual for me but I hate to actually sit and recognize that this may well be our reality for much longer than we think.


16 thoughts on “Things I hate

  1. Doug, as you know, I also try to share positive experiences in my blog posts, but maybe, it’s good to share a few of these negative ones sometimes … especially when your call to action here is for a positive change. I feel you in this post. I haven’t necessarily had these feelings when travelling anywhere (I go nowhere), but I have just when going to school or to pick up coffee. The encountering people point really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing Doug what you hate. I wish these hates didn’t exist.


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    1. Thanks for the comment, Aviva. I wish that we didn’t have to go through this but it’s our reality. I really get frustrated with those that aren’t recognizing this. Picking up a coffee brought a smile to my face. That’s so important if you’re a teacher. Maybe it’s time to buy a Thermos!

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      1. Hahaha! I do have a thermos, Doug, but I love going in to pick up a coffee each morning. The baristas at Starbucks know me by name, and it’s such a small, social, friendly way to start the day. Maybe that little bit of normal …


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  2. Thank you for your honesty and vulnerability. I’m not sure which is more exhausting right now, navigating education in the midst of a pandemic or constantly trying to maintain a sense of calmness and positivity in the midst of a pandemic.
    As you know, I love Twitter as a platform for sharing and learning and yet I find myself avoiding those educators who once inspired me, because they have gone to the dark side of #FireLeece and all things bad about schools . I love my job with every fibre of my being and yet I HATE having to wear a mask at work and double PPE at times. I can’t hear young children as they speak through their masks. I love my school community, but I hate that they are also tired of this pandemic and hence their understanding and support seems less compassionate.
    I love facilitating professional learning at a school level, at a system level and provincially, but I hate doing it virtually!
    Thanks for your post. Nice to know I’m not alone in my “I love, but currently I hate” world.

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  3. Thanks for the comment, Sue. The double PPE is a new concept for me. I’m sorry to read that part of your network is causing you this grief. We all handle it differently, I guess. I hope that your students at the Faculty have the ability to look ahead at better times.

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  4. We’re in Collingwood on a mini vacation and spending most of our time outdoors – hiking, biking and golfing – so COVID isn’t a huge impact. The staff at the restaurants have diligently checked our vaccine records but no one has asked us for photo ID so it would certainly be easy for some to use another person’s vaccine records.

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    1. Collingwood is certainly a wonderful place to visit, Lisa. I hope you’re having a great time and you’ll get your exercise biking if you choose the wrong hills! That’s unfortunate about the checking but it’s a new situation and hopefully everyone will get better as a result.

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  5. Oh friend, I feel this. I am normally such a positive person. When we get lost on a trip I always call it an adventure! I am for sure a glass half full or even overflowing kind of person. But these last 18 months have made me feel so many of things your shared. I hate that I clutch at my children and pull them away from people when they get too close. I hate that you never see kids in the grocery store anymore… or most stores. It’s like the kids disappeared. I hate that my girls always ask if it’s a mask on or a mask off visit now when we see people. I hate that they come home scared because someone in their class coughed. I hate that my mom had to watch my dad hobble into the hospital alone for his knee replacement surgery knowing his anxiety would be off the charts and she couldn’t be there with him. I hate that you had to write this post.

    But I’m thankful that you did because it will make so many people feel less alone.

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    1. Thank you for sharing and adding to my list, Beth. Those are very serious extension to a theme and it’s so hard to picture your dad going into the hospital. In the big scheme of things, you’d like to hope that there are exceptions to hard and fast rules but we’re in tough times. I hope that the operation has a happy ending.

      When we get back to normal, I hope to join you for a beer in Erieau. It’s a place where it’s difficult to not be happy.

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  6. Good morning Doug, Aviva, Sue, Lisa, Beth!

    For all the irritation and frustration that the pandemic brings, it is wonderful to see folks support one another by continuing to converse on Doug’s blog. There’s no doubt that we are all having to be super responsible and accommodate in numerous ways to the ongoing challenges of the situation — but we are all doing so because we understand that it is for the better good — and we are continuing to support one another as we are all in this together.

    What truly bothers me is the polarization and challenge that has arisen — while the precipitant of this situation is not under our control, how we choose to respond to it is. The politicization of the situation, for me, is what I hate — that we are divided from one another by our response to the situation. When folks actively promote the continued distrust and misunderstanding — rather than seeking to come together and fight the actual challenge — that is what bugs me.

    While I continue to value Twitter for the wonderful resources educators continue to share, I have had to become much more selective in what I choose to click on — and how frequently I check out the “trending topics.” There is far too much vitriol and complaining and arguing going on within that space.

    I had the opportunity to work at a poll site on Election Day — and the experience re-invigorated my belief in our democratic process and the power of a citizen-run democracy. Despite all the hyperbole in evidence on Social Media and continued reporting in the news of protests and pandemic drama, everyone who presented at the poll place on Monday demonstrated a responsible and friendly attitude toward the process. Everyone had the opportunity to provide their input via their vote, and did so in a non-partisan and adult manner. Participants wore masks, proffered their ID, and did so without complaint.

    It may be that we have a way to go to resolve this situation, but how we choose to respond to it determines the amount of friction we will encounter. By supporting one another with respect, we reduce that friction, and make the frustration that much more bearable!


  7. I have been less on the screens and keyboard lately too, so just catching up on your posts and reading the relatable comments here. Nice that you opened up a space for us to have a wee vent 😀 I have struggled with summer’s end but usually love the fall, but… I hate that, for a second time, it is overshadowed by uncertainty about the winter months ahead and the “what’s next?” feeling again. I guess somehow we all get to a perspective on things that pushes us forward in hope… but it’s okay to feel very weary, right? I am glad to hear that you had a nice trip away exploring as best you could under the current circumstances and protocols.


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