Freakin' overdemanding OKC! They want to encourage creativity in different languages, but then they tell you it's not enough! Jeez whiz! Even my folks didn't pull that one. In fact, what kind of parents are these OKC? Oh, wait a minute, they are probably so busy tweaking the website that there is no time for breeding, let alone romance.
Kind of ironic, eh?
Geez, it is still not long enough! Should I uncontract all the contractions? I don't want to completely spill my guts in German, because then some Fraulein/Frau would get the idea that I could communicate truly deep concepts and emotions in German. I'm just not to that point yet, so it would not be fair to either one of us.
However, I can say important things like, "Enshuldigung, wo ist die U-Bahn?" oder, "Ein ander Bier, bitte!"
That should read "SpikeinBellingham." But you can't change your handle on this website.
My most recent experiences include:
Living la vida loca as a substitute teacher, mostly in the Dale of Ferns and the Ham of Bell. Continuing my volunteering at the Pickford Cinema, and having a great family visit this summer with the Japan nephews and others.
In the last few years:
Moving back to quiet Bellingham. Spending quality time with my folks, especially my father. Losing my student teaching position Moving to Berlin to carry out said student teaching Loving life in Berlin despite the crummy student teaching experience (Oh, post-modern Alexanderplatz!) Completing Western Washington University's Master in Teaching program, Moving from Seattle to beautiful Bellingham go back to school. Surviving life with a delusional housemate.
Otherwise I'm a regular,?normal, living, breathing humanoid earthling going through life with some routine and some adventure. In 2004 I took 8 classes in three quarters, which changed my lifestyle a tad; my pile of books went from from novels and bios to history and econ. In 2005 I finished most of the academic requirements for the master in teaching program except for the most important one: student teaching. In 2006 I lived in Berlin, which is one hell of a town. In 2007 I completed student teaching, sub teaching, and hopefully job hunting.
So far, I have worked at a few community radio stations, including the cool one in Bellevue, (yes, it's hard to believe it's in Bellevue, but KBCS is one of the best stations in the Seattle area, or anywhere.) BY THE WAY, a very cool way to help the folks in New Orleans is to get their community radio station back on the air. Go to www.wwoz.org for details; it's been a hell of a story so far.
Over the years I had a few interesting jobs, both by design and by accident. It was an interesting feeling to have the keys to the different floors at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
The traveling is happening again; I lived in cigarette choked, dogpoop littered Berlin! Many moons ago, I spent a semester in Dublin, taught for a year and a half in Godzillaville (a.k.a. Tokyo,) and travelled around Southeast Asia. In between, I travelled around the United States, Eastern Canada, and Alaska. There will be more adventures in the future.
These days,I bike, swim, study, walk, eat out when I can, and occasionallly do other stuff. I would play more floor hockey, but I twisted my foot in the first game of the tournament. Humbling. Now, I'm happy to be walking and swimming again.
Also, I was very happy for the Pittsburgh Steelers to have won their first superdooperbowl in 26 years. It warms the ventricles of my heart that a team which does not ditch its coach after a rough season is finally rewarded.
As far as organized sports, I don't obsess over it, but I decided to follow the young and scrappy Pittsburgh Pirates this year. They are having an up-and-down time of it, but there is some talent on that team. I wish them well. Fortunately, I'm also a Mariners' fan, so at least one team made it over .500.
And speaking of baseball, allow me to put in a plug for "Diamond Cuts," which is a series of musical compilations centered around baseball. Best thing besides the tunes is that the money goes to a non-profit foundation called "Hungry For Music," which gets musical instruments to kids who otherwise could not afford them.
Note to readers: as of June, 2007. OKC tells me that I can reach 100% profile completion by filling in 554 (that is five hundred fifty four) more words. What a crock of sh-aving cream. This reminds me of a song from the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," called 'The Book Report.' In this assignment, each of them has to write a one hundred word essay on Peter Rabbit. Of course, poor Charlie Brown has to procrastinate like crazy (to which I can relate; my Master's Project lies before me like an unmade bed with monsters underneath.)Linus takes on the task of psychoanlyzing Flopsy, Mopsy, and of course, Peter. Meanwhile, Lucy Van Pelt focuses on the extrinsic task of simply filling in the requisite number of words. "This is the stupid story/ about a stupid rabbit /who stole vegetables from other people's gardens / one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, forteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen. Eighty-three words to go."
Looks like I am doing that tonight. Except it is late, and I don't have the patience to finish this stupid essay about a stupid single who does not steal vegetables from other peoples gardens. When I update this, I'll see how many words I have left. But of course, Does OKC care about depth and quality of writing? Is there anyone grading this paper and providing formative assessment and useful feedback? NO! It's like a teacher that gives you a grade without comments, because that is the only thing that frikkin' matters! OKC, you have given in to the Lucy Van Pelt School of Fussbudgetry and Shallow Grading. It could make me very crabby, except I know I'm going to go to bed and drift off to the sounds of the Innocence Mission's latest album, "Brotherhood of Man." And I know that the amazing husband and wife team of Don and Karen Peris want to spread peace and joy throughout the world rather than people slugging others, even if they are blockheads. And I can respect that. Plus, shout-outs to their co-musician in the Group, Mike Bitts.
I love you all. Now go to bed.
I am intuitive, young-looking, and patient