Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Something else to do on Tuesdays
Tuesdays used to be my least favorite day of the week, especially while I was in school. Hardly ever did we get it off because of a holiday. If one did fall on this forsaken day of the week, it was observed Monday. Wednesdays were hump day and Thursdays were Friday eve. For awhile, it just seemed to get in the way.
EnterTaco Tuesday. Soon came discounts on going out to make us forget about the day we were living. Many Taco Tuesday specials include drink specials. Firehouse PB started offering ribs for a discount. Museums at Balboa Park were offering free entry on designated weeks. Family restaurants were giving discounts and saying, "Kids eat free Tuesdays."
Even my co-workers were asking to have Tuesdays off. And with good reason. I would take some time to decide what my Tuesday would be like.
The last few weeks for me, however, have been different. I saw an ad in my church's bulletin. San Diego Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala was looking for volunteer tour guides. Docents. For six weeks, we would learn details about the history of California's first mission.
The opportunity came one week after I had banged my head against the wall for volunteering for the 2012 election.
When I met with the instructor docent, however and my fellow suckers--I mean classmates, I realized we were not suckers at all. We were the lucky ones.
Because the history of the mission is really about the history of San Diego, we were learning about our city. To teach is to learn again and again. I cannot wait to teach. And I look forward to next Tuesday.