No sooner had my last column appeared in the paper and I got a text from my boss at the Middle School asking if I can come back for the remainder of the school year? I said yes, but why? Turns out the teammate who had been off all last month decided to come back and it was too much for her. Rather than making things worse for her, she asked to have the last two weeks off. So, I came back and finished off the week and have one more to go.

I did spend a day at the Elementary School subbing for someone and it was quite the adventure. Being a creature of habit, I was thrown off kilter with a new routine and new co-workers in a new place. Everyone there was very kind, but I was glad to get back to the Middle School.

It was a nice weekend without any caterings to do and we leisurely enjoyed a few graduation parties. So, after this week ends, what next? I did spend a day on the road to Hampton and Aurora making stops at the schools to drop off some goodies for the counselors and I got to meet the awesome counselor at Hampton. Turns out she grew up here and we have some mutual friends. She did appreciate UNL creating these new rural recruiter positions because it’s best to hear things about the university from someone close by. She told me a little about the current junior class and who might be a good candidate for UNL. She invited me to come back in the fall and have one of her recent graduates come back and talk about how easy it is to get enrolled at UNL. I can’t wait. This week I will try to get to Centennial, Cross County, Nebraska Lutheran, Fillmore-Central and McCool Junction to meet the counselors.

I’m really enjoying this position and hope that it gets extended into the fall. I know there is a lot I still need to learn about the university — but at least I have a wealth of contacts to go to if I can’t answer any questions. I’m not certain how potential students will take to a non-traditional recruiter, but being an alumni and someone who loves and knows Nebraska, hopefully I can be a good contact for them.

I’ve been asked by several close friends if I have seen the newest Avengers movie — I have not. In fact, I’ve only seen the first one so I think I will be lost without seeing the last one — so I’ll wait. The one movie I am very excited about is Godzilla-King of the Monsters which comes out later this month. I admit, I love the original Godzilla (with Raymond Burr) and all the other monsters that have attacked Japan over the years. But this time it’s Godzilla against Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. There have been 35 of these monster movies since the 1950s and this one looks awesome. I wonder if the miniature Chinese twin sisters will make an appearance as they did in the original Mothra?

I am sad to see The Big Bang Theory coming to a close this Thursday after 12 hilarious seasons. I admit I haven’t been watching this season as I have the past seasons. Not sure how they will tie things up but it can never match some classic series endings. My favorite has to be Newhart. That quirky show wound up with Dick (Bob Newhart) getting hit in the head by a golf ball only to wake up in his Chicago apartment with his first TV wife, Suzanne Pleshette, and discover the whole series was part of Bob’s dream. Classic. No one knew what was going to happen since they snuck her in behind the scenes. As Dick was hit by the golf ball, the screen went black as the old bedroom for Bob and Emily Hartley reappeared. It was classic and a perfect ending.

Mary Tyler Moore ended her successful sitcom with a new producer being hired and he fired everyone, except Ted Baxter. It was much more of an emotional end of the series and parting spot was Mary shutting off the lights at WJM and poking her head through the door for one last look. Yes, I bawled.

Other shows ended on a strange note. The most disappointing one was Seinfeld. For nine seasons they broke the rules of sitcoms and I expected a better ending to the series, but it was not meant to be.

The ending of M*A*S*H was another emotional one with the series lasting much longer than the Korean War.

I’m not sure how we will say goodbye to Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Penny, Raj, Bernadette and Amy, but I’m sure it will be a mix of hilarity and some tears. Tune in this Thursday at 7 p.m., on CBS to find out.


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