Owning the First Day of School


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I talked to Jeramie yesterday and it sounds like she had an awful first day back at school. If not awful then at least not ideal. Apparently she had to deal with the same kinds of things we had to deal with in earlier years, but she’d thought she had helped her school past them. […]

September 4, 2012

The One Where I MacGyvered a Beard


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So, I’ve been growing a beard. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I think it’s something everyone should try, at least to learn how your facial hair actually grows. Hell, you might end up liking it. Some of my “friends” have strongly urged me to shave it. They insist that […]

August 31, 2012

Early Train


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I’m in Kiev today for medical. I’ve been up since 4:00am and it’s earlier than I planned to be awake to get to Kiev. You see, it’s the end of summer and the university students are monopolizing the trains to get from their villages to their universities. The train I usually take was full earlier than I […]

August 30, 2012

Big Chocolate Ice-cream


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This summer, we’ve been going to get soft-serve ice-cream in the center. I’m not really sure why we didn’t do it last summer but what matters is that we are now. I have a standard order of, “Big chocolate.” Usually this rolls in around 200g (0.44 lbs) and it costs me 8 UAH ($1).That’s not […]

August 27, 2012

A Disappointing Independence Day


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Yesterday, August 24, was the Ukrainian Day of Independence. I had looked forward to it because there are celebrations in the center for holidays. At celebrations, there’s almost always shashlik. Shashlik is delicious. It’s grilled meat but not like grilled meat I’ve had in America. I wish I knew how it is different, but I […]

August 25, 2012

Highlights of Teaching


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For the last two weeks of summer, I was asked to work with some of the students one-on-one to prepare them for the National English Olympiad. It’s been fun, and I’ve talked about my approach to teaching already. Today, I want to share the first week results of my method. While most of the time […]

August 24, 2012

Teaching One on One, Again


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School has me coming in this week and next week to work with some select students. There’s a handpicked group of six or seven they want prepped for the English Olympiads well in advance, and while I’m still here able to help. While I certainly could argue and put up a fight about having to […]

August 21, 2012

Missing Flights


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You don’t know this, but I should have a bunch of photos of Berlin to post here for your eye-candy enjoyment. I don’t because I’m a dummy. There would have been photos of the Wall and beer and pretzels and possibly me riding a bicycle. Oh the joy to ride something with two wheels again […]

August 14, 2012

Running Out of Time


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I just opened my last tube of tooth paste. You might remember how particular I am about which brand/flavor I use. Crest Multicare Whitening Freshmint. They don’t sell that here so I’ve had to have it shipped and brought over. I think this last tube will keep my teeth clean until the end. Last week, […]

August 7, 2012

Growing a Beard


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I recently read an article titled Did Gillette and Mad Men Kill the Beard. While the article doesn’t really offer a definite answer and is more about the advertising campaigns used by Gillette in the 20th century, it got me thinking. Is the beard truly dead? Back in college, I had a free subscription to GQ (it’s not […]

August 3, 2012