If you happen to read this post, I would like to thank each and every student for the opportunity to do what I do best: teach in a classroom. I enjoyed  our classes together, and I hope that I helped set you in the right direction. If you work as diligently as you have already, you'll be developing websites in no time. Or by mid-August, anyhow.

You may recall my mentioning that I am more of a teacher and web designer than a true web developer, and the folks in charge have decided that your instructor should have more years of experience in building JavaScript from the ground up. I did not disagree with them, since I knew it was going to be a challenge for me to be able to teach something that I implement (daily) but do not create all on my own. I am proud to say that I never misled anyone about my skills, but I can understand that some people either made assumptions about what I knew or were using me as a fill-in until someone else was found. The good news for you is that you will be able to boast about really knowing JavaScript after you complete this course, unlike me.

I wish you the best in the front-end web developer class. I already have a job teaching English in the fall, so I probably won't be seeing you at any web developer job fairs. Here's a link to my resume website so that you can get an idea how a web designer might implement the creations you'll be working on--lots of links to sites I've built on the bottom. If you just want something interesting to read, try some of my articles about being new to the Jacksonville area on NewJaxWitty. It's just a blog, so no special design there. You can contact me through the contact page, if you want.

I'll be taking back all my JavaScript books to the library now, so please check out one or more when you get to that part of class. Or try a thrift store or used book store. Remember to use W3Schools and to keep practicing. It's taken me a decade to get really good at some parts of building websites, and you only have a few months.

My last lesson for you is to remind you that in a world of suits, you're going to have to have thick skin. Not everyone is going to give you respect, whether you have a degree in computer programming, a rigorous web developer course, or a knack for learning all on your own. Take every opportunity and work hard to prove that you are worthy of that chance. If someone pulls you down, you know what to do.

Thanks again. I hope to see you around JAX in the near future.

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    Have you ever heard teens or young kids talking in a way that made you roll your eyes? Obviously, you have. Anyone who is not a teen or braggadocios toddler laughs and cries on the inside any time one of these types speaks out loud. Here's an example from my Lyft travel chronicles. 

    I've picked up these teens a few times now. I'll assume they are cousins, and (based on cars in the driveway), I'd say that at least one cousin is from Missouri. Not that it really matters, except those of us who have lived in Kansas know that not a whole lot of good comes from Missouri. 

    The first time I picked up these girls, they were headed to a fairly interesting neighborhood, maybe because they lived in a very uninteresting area. I didn't think too much about it, at least until I pulled up and saw a dilapidated house with dozens of people hanging out in the parking lot that was once a residential street. And there was a bouncer. Some kind of house party. I wasn't sure it was a safe place, based on some of the partygoers who had spilled into the street and begun yelling at one another. But I am not the father of these youngins, so it wasn't really my place.

    The next time the girls got in the car, they were headed to the bars at the Beaches, which seemed odd, given that there was no way any of the three were 21. Based on the conversation on the way, I know at least one of them wasn't even 18, as she was telling her other companions that she always blocked guys on whatever social platform when they started to ask about her age. What's funny is that I did one other ride of maybe twenty minutes, and then I ended up picking these girls back up, which means for all their short skirts and attitude, they could not convince the pubs to allow them in. 

    On the ride to the bars, it was mostly about the under-18 friend telling the others about her desirability. Beyond the InstaSnap example, she also discussed several guys who were texting her, as well as the one or two she was actually dating. She said one guy said he'd kill himself (or her, or both) if she ever cheated on him, but she also implied that's exactly what had been happening. I'm not sure it was with the other guy she'd been chatting with, but one was, according to her, the top rated high school athlete in the country. That made me laugh, but her friends didn't question it one bit. It reminded me of when I took a bunch of German interns out to a bar in Madison, WI, and two guys there started telling the girls they were actors. My friend and I then started telling the interns that we too were actors. FYI guys, girls will believe you are the top rated athlete in the country or an actor, if you want to play it that way. My friend and I had a girl back in high school convinced we were nationally-ranked ultimate frisbee competitors.

    So these high schoolers were all excited about the bars and online boyfriend's. But, like I said, twenty minutes after the drop-off, I was taking them back home. No one said a single word until the vixen got a phone call from her mom, and she told her mom several times that they were now in the car and heading home. I am sure there is a story I don't know, like mom had the phone lojacked or mom got a call from a bouncer. Either way, it's probably for the best that mom got involved and that these high school girls looking for trouble didn't find it.

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