Much like my entry from two years ago, it's June, I figured this would be good to post, and I have nothing better to do while listening to the radio at 1 a.m. in a retirement suburb just outside Tel Aviv...
Alright now all you whippersnappers. This here old man's (I'm old enough to have needed to replace vital organs, therefore I'm the eldest and wisest, got it?) got some talking to do, and I'd appreciate it if y'all pulled the wax out of your ears/eyes/whatever organ you use to learn with and pay attention to this.
This is the ancient SIG tradition of covering one's own ass. This is because we live in one of the most litigious societies in the world these days, and I'd really like to avoid a lawsuit.
Now I (which includes any other counselors who are on this community, I would imagine) have no problem with being a friend both in and out of SIG. At SIG, however, I'm also in a position where I have legal obligations, and as such, I have to warn y'all about a potential source of drama. That being this here LiveJournal/Myspace (plus some other stuff I might as well get out of the way).
Rule Number 1. Don't talk about LiveJournal/Myspace. Period. End of story. Don't give your username out during SIG. Exchange e-mail addresses and look each other up or write each other.
Rule Number 2. Don't make public entries. Make sure to friendslock and filter everything. Make sure you log out. If a counselor sits down to a computer and sees an LJ/Myspace logged in (as I have before), we might get curious and poke around, both at that one and the friends pages. Some counselors have less of a sense of humour than I do. Some of them don't know you as well, they can overreact.
Rule Number 3. LJ-cut anything you don't want me to report to the administration. I'm dead serious. If it's a public entry, or there is not an LJ cut, and I read something, I am legally bound to report this. I want to respect your privacy, so if you want to put something in a friends list that I'm on, but you don't want it getting to the administration, LJ-cut it. I don't know myspace as well, but be bloody careful.
Rule Number 4. If you're going to outright break the rules, etc, don't tell me in such a way that I have to do something about it. You all know I'm cool with bending the rules pretty far, but there are limits. I don't know the current weather of the admin about how far we can bend.
Rule Number 5. While there, I do have to do the whole responsible adult thing, at least to some extent. Remember that, and remember that if for some reason I do have to bust you, it's not because I love you all any less, but it's really what they hired me to do, so don't hate me.
Rule Number 6. No PDA, err, wait, I mean, have fun, don't get too worked up about this, I just need to protect myself and the other counselors on this list.
Any questions, comments, concerns, etc, IM them directly to me at GilCnaan or DJ Skola and we'll discuss. If necessary, I will post edits.
Also, I'm told that there's a "no contact" rule between campers and counselors that was enacted last year. I don't know how it works, but maybe another counselor can drop in and provide some help...? If not, I'll run with it as it goes.