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22 January 2005
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KLB - Saturday Morning


Either I'm getting old or my job schedule has really set in. I keep falling asleep at 12 or 1 on Friday night and popping out of bed at 8:00 in the morning. It would be great if this were the middle of spring or fall, but this is winter and it's damn cold out lately and there's not a lot to do. Julie has to get up too, as she has to go in for some meetings today at her job. So, looks like I'll be sitting here using the computer until afternoon.

I had a great week at work. Probably the best week I've ever had. In other words, I had "the passion," as Cathy might say. It's been surprisingly fun teaching phonics and conversation and the kids are making so much progress. Students who knew basically nothing before are now able to recognize sounds and spell words thanks to me skipping the stupid new textbooks and opting to teach mainly phonics. Cathy seems to have calmed down too. A lot of the parents have been calling up or stopping by to tell us how much their kids (mostly the little girls) like the class. Plus I've been giving the kids strategic homework assignments where they have to go home and tell their mothers what they learned today and/or practice a conversation with them. The parent then has to sign their notebooks. Brilliant.

Last night Julie and I couldn't stop laughing as we watched Team America, which I downloaded off E-donkey. Great movie. I had wanted to see it in the theater, but I think because of the N. Korean /Kim Jong-il satire, it won't be released in Korea. I couldn't wait any longer.

The TV-out function on the computer is great. I never could get into movies (besides porn) on the computer before, and forget it when there are two people watching. But what do you do when you want to see something that takes too long to come to Korea (and not all films make it here)? Well, now I simply search for the file, click, wait a few hours (sometimes a few days for something obscure) for the file to complete, then plug the computer into the TV. Presto! DVD quality new releases with Dolby surround sound. Nice!

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