I know I’ve already posted today, but I am in the mood to smack somebody hard, and as there is no one here who actually deserves to be smacked – hard 0r otherwise – I thought I would spew my anger onto a post. I apologize if I get any on you.
In my path to “my new life”, I am already finding that things have a way of twisting and turning, leading me down paths I hadn’t planned to take. For instance, I am now working to secure a temporary teaching certificate from the state of New York. I know you can see this coming… New York… bureaucracy…
The good news is, I spoke with a woman named Nancy Burns at Erie2 BOCES, which is the area school support system of sorts. Ms. Burns was extraordinarily helpful, and told me exactly what I needed to do in a few short minutes. To give you some idea of how competent this person is, THREE different people have told me within the past week or so that she is THE person to go to for help with certification. And they were right.
The bad news is, I have to apply for certification online. Now I am as in love with the Internet as the next blogger, so I actually looked forward to the process, knowing there would be fewer paper forms for me to mess up, spill tea on, and lose. Here comes the part where I’m absolutely livid. After working my way through the log on, the page that asks you to click on what service you need, and then to the profile page, I work my way through the page, filling in dates, degrees, more dates, etc. Then I click on submit or next, or whatever. It is only then that this model of technological advancement in the field of teacher certification admits the site is having technical issues. I am invited to try again in a few minutes.
What a crock! I tried a few minutes later, then a half hour later, then just later in the day. That was Friday. Today I’ve tried several times with no success. Apparently, no one monitored the site Friday, and certainly not today. I don’t expect any better luck on Sunday. And if I have any questions, I am invited to call a number. Now you know no one will be at that number over the weekend, and I am skeptical that I will get an actual person Monday morning when I call. And I HAVE to do this online. So much for telling prospective employers I have begun the process. I haven’t even finished my profile!
So, I wondered for a little while if this was somehow God’s way of telling me not to do this. However, since I seem to be led down this path that I hadn’t anticipated, I decided this has nothing to do with God being funny and everything to do with a stupid bueaucratic glitch. Stupid. Grrrr.