Saturday, November 29, 2008

Language Barrier

"A Polar bear is a Cartesian bear after a coordinate transform."

Some of my jokes aren't translating very well.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Busy, Stressed, Tired, Doing Well

After posting the last entry, I've discovered that it's tone could be construed in a much more negative manner than I intended.

We have been very busy with work--especially with the Thanksgiving Presentation--but there aren't any insurmountable issues. This whole "Teaching English" process is new for everybody, including the school. Consequently, many of the (stressful) issues that have come up will presumably be resolved next time 'round.

The issues leading up to vacating our apartment are still being sorted out- we're moved now, and all things considered, it went very well. We're excited about the new apartment, and I'll post pictures soon.

In short, we've been coping with a few rapidly shifting scenarios. From my perspective, we've all been coping well.

- Jonathan

PS: We had a really good Thanksgiving Day yesterday. Everyone chipped in, and the food was amazing.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Quick Update - Thanksgiving Play, Bricks Without Straw, Moving Day

We've been incredibly busy the past two weeks. On Friday, the School is putting on a big presentation which will be Thanksgiving themed. In the past two weeks, we've outlined and scheduled the presentation, written a script for a Thanksgiving play, taught several festive songs to our students, and even (this afternoon) begun the casting process.

Putting on a the type of presentation we've been asked to do would normally require quite a bit of juggling, and all in all, I think we've been doing pretty good. In hindsight, it would have been nice to have more than two and a half weeks between initial planning and TV presentation (it'll be filmed), but we have what we have.

During this time we've also had our full complement of teaching duties, kind of like making bricks without straw. An effective implementation of this will be left as an exercise for the reader.

Oh, and we (Shannon and I) found out yesterday that we will soon have to move out of our apartment, and learned today that we will have to be completely out by 6:00pm Friday (Note: This is when the Thanksgiving Presentation is scheduled to start). Apparently, we've been sub-leasing the apartment, and the sub-leasor failed to notify the owner (leassor) of the sub-lease. The lease expired three weeks ago, and the owner doesn't want to rent it to us anymore, so we need to move, and fast.

I think I'm going bald.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bar Results

I was able to get my Bar results, and they were depressing. I didn't pass.

Friday, November 21, 2008

14 Hours

It is 7:00 PM here in Wenzhou, and I'm sitting at my desk working on next week's Thanksgiving Play.

Fourteen hours from now, I'll be sitting in our apartment, and with some 7,500-odd law school graduates, trying to log in the California Bar Association's website to see if I passed July's Bar Exam.

I think it's going to be a long night.

- Jonathan

Friday, November 07, 2008

Future Blog Posts

Due to Scheduling Issues, the following blog posts have been delayed:
Europe City
Bonus Post!!!! Flowers!
Traditional Chinese Dinner
Traditional Jessup Dinner
Blue Mountain Coffee
Breakfast at BreadTalk
Jessica's Birthday
Sincerely, The Management

Europe City

We found Europe City!

After an all-day excursion on foot (and in the rain) a few weeks ago, which completely failed to determine the precise location of Europe City, we set out early last week on a second excursion, armed with fresh information and a slightly improved sense of direction.

The second trip was successful- we found Europe City! It's not so much a neighborhood as it is a Shopping Center with western goods- high-end name brands, "exotic" foods like frozen pizza, butter, spaghetti, and the like, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and many other semblances of modern civilization wrapped in a circular Romanesque plaza.

It's located about a mile and a half from our apartment, so it takes us about 30-35 minutes to get there. Did I mention they sell cheese and butter? We're kind of excited about that.

Surprisingly, the potentially odd juxtaposition between Greco-Roman architecture and Asian patrons was, well, not so odd. I think we're acclimating.


This isn't on my "Future Post" list, but I don't want to wait until I catch up with everything else to post it.

Shannon and I went out on a Breakfast Date this week (Details in "Breakfast at Breadtalk"), and bought flowers. I'm not sure if they're expensive or cheap by local standards, but we were able to get this bouquet for about $7 USD.

We're very happy with them.