Two More Days… February 14, 2008

Two More Days…

I help coach the Speech Team at my school. The state finals is this weekend.

In the weeks leading up to it, I spend very little time (after school) at my desk and a lot of time at practice. The time I am at my desk (in the morning) is spent working on lesson plans and talking to parents and all other teacher-y things.

I’ll be cleaning the desk off next week.

But before I do that, I figured I should take a picture…

Guess which desk is mine and which one is my colleague’s.

A hint: My desk has my name on the wall.

speechdesk.jpg

I swear I’m more organized than this on a regular basis…


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  • The Unbrainwashed

    Hemant: Just curious, are people at your school (students, parents, administrators) aware of this website and your involvement in the atheist community?

  • Nice monkey poster, Hemant! 😀

    Too bad I’m a state down from ya – I could put my OCD to practical use. 😉

    – Miz L.

  • I’m diggin’ the monkey. Also, what’s that in the pink box and who’s the lady in the newspaper clipping at top right?

  • Hemant,

    Now we are all curious what was in the upper-right-hand corner of the picture that you felt the need to “white-out” 🙂

    Although, everybody deserves a bit of privacy.

    You should see my desk at work!!! The only time I clean it is when I have nothing else to do (which is rare).

  • Renacier

    Is that a box of scissors?
    That plant is on both desks; is it required?
    What’s on that tissue box, some kind of elephant?
    Why is the guy next to you hoarding tape?
    What’s that cord go to?
    You sure have a lot of pens.
    Nosy-nosy, nosy-nosy.

  • Hemant: Just curious, are people at your school (students, parents, administrators) aware of this website and your involvement in the atheist community?

    Probably, but I don’t bring it up in class or conversation.

    Also, what’s that in the pink box and who’s the lady in the newspaper clipping at top right?

    Pink box = scissors needed for a lesson that day. Lady in the clipping = There’s a typo in the caption under her photo that amused me. It means to say she “tried to spend time with her family” despite her successful career. However, it ends up saying she “tired to spend time with her family.” Hehe.

    Now we are all curious what was in the upper-right-hand corner of the picture that you felt the need to “white-out” 🙂

    Another teacher’s desk with personal photos. Not relevant for the pic.

    Is that a box of scissors?
    That plant is on both desks; is it required?
    What’s on that tissue box, some kind of elephant?
    Why is the guy next to you hoarding tape?
    What’s that cord go to?
    You sure have a lot of pens.
    Nosy-nosy, nosy-nosy.

    Yes, scissors.
    Plant was a gift!
    It is an elephant. I’ll let you guess why…
    The tape is necessary. Umm… I’ll let you guess why.
    Cord = phone.
    I like pens. But I need Sharpies. They always run out…

    And since when did this pic become a game?! 🙂

  • That’s soooo not messy enough to be cleaned up …. you need to give it at least another month or two.

  • Hemant,

    Wow, I was shocked at how much it looks like my own desk. Do not fret… It doesn’t indicate that you’re a messy person. I’m guessing it’s just a personality trait.

    I’ll bet even when you do clean it up and organize it (meticulously at that)periodically, it doesn’t take long for it to look like that agian, does it? You also know exactly where everything is in all that mess, right? I don’t know about you, but a messy desk indicates work in progress with me. It doesn’t get cleaned up until the project is completed. I can’t think unless I can see everything I’m working on spread out before me.

    I am intrigued, though, at the things that others noticed in the picture. I saw everything in one glance, but the only thing that caught my interest was that you and your collegue both have similar bamboo plants on your desks.

    I can pick out the various personality traits in the comments. It’s fascinating! 🙂

  • Richard Wade

    Hemant, you call that a messy desk? Amateur! You have to really work hard for years to achieve a real man’s messy desk. Now here is the messy desk of a master of messes. Mine.

    http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/1631/olympicmessydesknh9.jpg?s=1

    I haven’t seen the top of this desk since I bought it. Like sedimentary layers, the deeper you dig, the older the material. The stuff on the lowest levels aren’t paper, they’re clay tablets written in cuneiform.

  • Richard,

    I’m amazed. I’m impressed. I’m… speechless… 🙂

    One question… what do you hope to accomplish with that little teeny eraser sitting on one corner of your desk? 😉

  • Jen

    I think we should start a messy atheists club, where we can discuss how we went looking for God, but fear he is buried somewhere in the desk pile.

  • chatterbox

    A clean, uncluttered desk is the sign of a SICK MIND!

    Good to know Hemant is mentally healthy!

  • koz

    Why a roll of paper towels? That grosses me out for some reason.

  • Richard Wade

    Linda, the eraser is one of the few objects I keep careful track of, being so good at making mistakes. 🙂 I’d like to say that science-oriented people prefer to write in pencil and keep an eraser handy for when new evidence makes their theories need revising, but really it’s just that I make a lot of mistakes.

  • That is cute. Why isn’t your desk in your classroom? Do your teachers have to share rooms?

  • Why a roll of paper towels? That grosses me out for some reason.

    For lunch, it’s nice to have around. And, you know, just in case water spills or something…

    That is cute. Why isn’t your desk in your classroom? Do your teachers have to share rooms?

    I don’t have “a” classroom. I share a couple with other teachers. And all of us have our desks in a central office.