Some exciting goings-on have been keeping me occupied of late — more on that soon.
Meanwhile, the school — and hence work — year is easing to a halt, with the last exams meaning an easy week for me. I taught only five lessons all week, and they were built around a small slideshow I made of pictures of the kids going mental in the snow a week back.
It was a great week, weather-wise, with flawless skies of intense blue and the temps hovering around zero or just below. Today we got rain; I spent the day at N2 doing nothing but standing at my podium-mounted computer in about five layers of damp clothing, clutching a bottle of hot water to keep warm. It’s 1:30am here — I crashed as soon as I got home and here I am, wide awake and listening to the Beatles, debating whether to head up into the hills in a few hours and cross them to the small city of Jinhae on the far side…
The rest of the week I undertook some research for my next project, endured another comical medical in Gimhae, visited a government department in Busan with my minder, and — joy! — got to finish work at lunchtime from Monday to Wednesday, since staff and students split with “Pens down!” after the last of each day’s exams.
I had to leave N2 early for that medical, meaning that my usual Thursday after-school conversation class was cancelled. There’s just a handful of regular attendees, two chatty girls and their sweet-but-super-shy friend, and two near-silent boys. Next day I found this note on the board in my Fortress of Solitude:
It’s a 45-minute trek to that school; I could get a bus but never have. And a man needs sustenance for such an expedition, hence the D.D. reference. Relax, the coffee and donuts I regularly purchase there are not my breakfast. They’re, er…my second breakfast. It’s a long walk, and I don’t exactly approach that school with glee. Every little reward helps.
As you can see, for teenagers, their written English is pretty damned good. And Asian kids and comic-book art: a natural double. I like how they have me stripped down to the basics and assuming a super-hero pose:
I can assure you the real me is a far less impressive sight. Well, maybe post-coffee…
~ And that’s all the Goat wrote