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Old 12-13-2012, 06:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Christmas Plans?

Anyone have any big Christmas plans for the year? We talked last year about going to Mexico this year with the family, but with a newborn kid now those plans fell apart.

Just going to the parents for Christmas day, and then hanging out with family and friends the following days. Another few couples with kids are going to hit up Banff with us for New Years, which should be a good time.

Nothing special though. Thinking of Mexico/Dominican in April possibly if the wife is up to it.


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Old 12-13-2012, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Christmas Plans?

I get the day off, but they don't really do Christmas here. Might do a dinner thing with some of the other teachers, but that's probably about it.

Oh, and I'll Skype with the family on Christmas morning before going to sleep (as I have to work that next day).
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I was so anti skype, but now that I have a kid and I'm away from home I can understand the concept now. Sometimes its good to see who you're talking to for sure.

Hows the whole teaching in a foreign land thing going for you?
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Re: Christmas Plans?

Going well on the whole. Students are great for the most part, just have some occasional focus issues (since my class really doesn't have that much of an impact on their test scores or any of that).

It finally looked/felt like Winter today (students were all riled up on account of that):





Really can't complain about much. Living situation is comfortable, workload is small, pay is fair for what I'm doing. Still a long way to go, but I don't think it's going to be too rough at all.
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Partying, going to see the girlfriend's relatives around Chicago, more partying, going to see my mom and more relatives in North Carolina, writing statements of purpose for graduate schools, going to a graduate career thing in DC, and then coming back to Btown for one final night on the town before the spring semester starts.
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Re: Christmas Plans?

Probably better than teaching a bunch of shitty North American kids. My brother did it in South Korea for a while and seemed to like it. He said they had english school all the time after normal school was over, anything like that over there?

He also said they'd run around and try to poke you in the bum hole if you weren't looking. It was either that or I think they smacked your dick or something, but I think it was the first one. Weird culture.
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Partying, going to see the girlfriend's relatives around Chicago, more partying, going to see my mom and more relatives in North Carolina, writing statements of purpose for graduate schools, going to a graduate career thing in DC, and then coming back to Btown for one final night on the town before the spring semester starts.
Enjoy it. I remember when there were countless parties around this time of the year and it was just one big bender, with acceptable family drinking thrown in on Christmas day as well.

......And now I'm 30 so its all just memories.
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Re: Christmas Plans?

Going to my parents' with my girlfriend. Spending the day seeing my sisters, watching basketball next to the fire, and then having a huge dinner and falling asleep on the couch. I never want to do anything big on Thanksgiving or Christmas, just sports, drinking, and eating with the immediate family.
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Going to my parents' with my girlfriend. Spending the day seeing my sisters, watching basketball next to the fire, and then having a huge dinner and falling asleep on the couch. I never want to do anything big on Thanksgiving or Christmas, just sports, drinking, and eating with the immediate family.
Sounds about right with where I'm at as well.

Although it would be nice to watch an Indy game one Christmas day.
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Probably better than teaching a bunch of shitty North American kids. My brother did it in South Korea for a while and seemed to like it. He said they had english school all the time after normal school was over, anything like that over there?

He also said they'd run around and try to poke you in the bum hole if you weren't looking. It was either that or I think they smacked your dick or something, but I think it was the first one. Weird culture.
They are better behaved on the whole for sure. When they do actually "misbehave" it tends to be that they're trying to do work for other classes ahead of time.

At my school they have a Chinese English class which is their main one where they tackle grammar and vocabulary and a bunch of stuff. I'm supplementary and meant to focus on speaking as well as cultural elements. Their main class meets every day, I think, while mine is just once a week (I have 4-6 classes a day).

There's none of that bum poking or dick smacking going on (well, not at the school), but you do see a lot of things that just wouldn't happen at home due to teasing and such (it does happen, but it's rare and not about things that would even register back home). Girls hold hands all the time, sometimes guys are draped on other guys, people will just pick their nose in the middle of class here and there....the teasing type stuff is usually about positive things like having a boyfriend or stuff like that (I guess it's not allowed, officially).

The dance clubs have a lot of random groping and such regardless of sex that isn't really always pleasant (dudes grabbing my junk is not cool). One of the other teachers here was dancing with some girl who bit him in the face and kept telling him she was a bad girl, although I don't think there was any progression beyond that (I think he was just happy to get away and back home at that point in the evening - something like 4 AM or so).
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Re: Christmas Plans?

I think we have an outside shot at having snow on the ground for Christmas, as well, which would be really nice. At some point I'm moving to northern New England so I can have real Christmases.
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Re: Christmas Plans?

I have to work Christmas Eve. I have to work the day after Christmas.

**** switching jobs and losing your vacation time.

My dad is coming down on the 26th though and I'm taking him to the Pacers-Bulls game (but he doesn't know it yet so shhhh)
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They are better behaved on the whole for sure. When they do actually "misbehave" it tends to be that they're trying to do work for other classes ahead of time.

At my school they have a Chinese English class which is their main one where they tackle grammar and vocabulary and a bunch of stuff. I'm supplementary and meant to focus on speaking as well as cultural elements. Their main class meets every day, I think, while mine is just once a week (I have 4-6 classes a day).

There's none of that bum poking or dick smacking going on (well, not at the school), but you do see a lot of things that just wouldn't happen at home due to teasing and such (it does happen, but it's rare and not about things that would even register back home). Girls hold hands all the time, sometimes guys are draped on other guys, people will just pick their nose in the middle of class here and there....the teasing type stuff is usually about positive things like having a boyfriend or stuff like that (I guess it's not allowed, officially).

The dance clubs have a lot of random groping and such regardless of sex that isn't really always pleasant (dudes grabbing my junk is not cool). One of the other teachers here was dancing with some girl who bit him in the face and kept telling him she was a bad girl, although I don't think there was any progression beyond that (I think he was just happy to get away and back home at that point in the evening - something like 4 AM or so).
Definitely some weird things you hear and see when going to a completely different culture. At the same time I'm sure there's a lot of shit we do that they think is completely insane.
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I have to work Christmas Eve. I have to work the day after Christmas.

**** switching jobs and losing your vacation time.
At least some sort of time and a half or double time bonus?
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Re: Christmas Plans?

I'm working the day after Christmas. Were were slated to be open Christmas Eve as well, but with so many people putting in for vacation and how unproductive the people actually there were going to be, the higher-ups elected to make it a day off.
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