Rick, this was awesome.
#2 — I laughed SO hard.
#1. — I love stories like this. There was an old teacher at our school that everyone was terrified of. She was kind to me, so I started stopping in her class to visit after school for a few minutes. It’s one of my best memories. I’m glad you had Mr. Lovell. Like your own Mr. Rodgers. :)
#4 — yeah. Exactly that. I loved that answer.
#5 — That’s hella fascinating. An hour at a time? Anyone can find an hour, right? If you ever take it up, please share progress photos. I’d follow in a heartbeat!
Thanks so much for writing this. Happy New Year to you! :)