Tomorrow is the first day of school, and I am very excited. I'll be teaching 6th grade language arts in a middle school. Today the entire faculty gathered to go over some of the things we'll be doing tomorrow. I ended up sitting across from a few of the gym teachers. These guys were horrible. They kept making comments to each other about every teacher who spoke up to ask a question. They made fun of one woman's weight, they mentioned that they wished another woman would "shut the f--- up," and they talked the whole time. They giggled and snickered, used plenty of "f" words, and pretty much acted like jerks. (By the way, they were probably in their 30's.) They were frustrated that the meeting was being dragged out by so many questions, which I guess I can understand, but why do they have to be so nasty? I was not one of the people asking questions, but one of the guys actually leaned over and said to me, "Can I give you some advice? When we're in these meetings and if you have a question about something, and it's not that important, just keep it to yourself, you know what I mean?" Then he said something like, "Don't you think all these questions are stupid?" I just shrugged and said I didn't mind. Anyway ... ugh! I guess I know who I'll be avoiding now. Somebody please tell me that teachers like this are rare. I've known plenty of cynical and cranky teachers, but this is over the top.