I don’t watch a ton of TV, but my parents do, so when I’m at home with them I’m on the internet a lot while they’re watching shows. Over the summer, I had this conversation multiple times a night.
Mom: Stop laughing by yourself!
Dad: Yeah! Stop laughing by yourself!
Me: To myself. You want to know what’s funny?
Parents: No! Stop laughing alone. You look crazy.
Me: But I’m laughing at the internet.
Parents: No. You’re laughing by yourself.
The preposition is operative. It’s not so much that I was laughing, but that I was doing it alone, which made me look nuts. Also I like that my mom expressed this perfectly by using the likeliest preposition and my dad just went with it.
Now I laugh by myself at work, across the sea.
Just read an idea on waygook.org : have a monthly drawing/lottery for students. Students who make an attempt to answer listening questions (like, from a short video at the end of class) will be entered in a drawing for a small English kit or something like that.
It sounds good in theory but I’m not sure about practice.
Do y’all use incentives? How do they work for ya?
I sat about 2 meters away from him :)
Baboon on Al Hada Highway on the way to Jeddah.
Baboons, EyeEm Nature Lover, Nature_collection, Near And Far, บาบูนที่รัก^_^ Al Hada, KSA 2014 by Boestbelle on EyeEm
I feel a connection with this monkey. (too lazy to look it up, but I’m going to make the call and say baboons are monkeys. My dad is an evolutionary biologist/paleontologist so I grew up being corrected. Not apes. No. Yes I feel confident. Monkey. Boom. Done. Monkey.)
I’ve got 250 channels here in Korea and I’m watching Unstoppable — that one movie with Chris Pine and Denzel with the unstoppable train. Yup. It’s in HD and I feel like there’s going to be explosions and I like a movie that is a stupid premise just so that explosions can happen in the script. Also I’ve learned that with 250 Korean channels, much like Friends in the US, you can watch Crayon Shin-chan 24 hours a day if you want. Not here. Not in this house. Trains.
(edit: omg, not only are there explosions, there’s pithy one-liners to underscore them. yes!)
Funnily enough, sitting here sort of homesick, I’m missing Rhode Island and not Virginia (which has been “home” for the past ten years.) I’m just mad for Rhode Island food. That’s what it is. I want clam cakes, red pizza, and a dough boy to chase it and I don’t care who knows.
I want to go to a farm and buy a pie. I want to go to… Benny’s.
You know, I went to Costco this past week and it didn’t smell like a rubber factory burning down. When I go warehouse shopping, I expect that smell to be there. Funny, the things you hang on to.
edit: bonus: painter’s tape in Korea is called “paper tape”.well, alright.
Today I Learned
1. Your ears must be showing (in some capacity) in your ARC photo.
2. In Gyeongi-do, it is illegal for Korean teachers to work a second job.
3. Coffee grounds are not food garbage.
Went to Costco on the bus
recommended for those able to go BEAST MODE when shit gets completely impossible.
I have a coffee machine now. Also like 60 pounds of other stuff I carried on my withered, quivering back.
Maybe I’ll write more about it later. Seriously I don’t know where all these gashes and bruises came from. All I can see is spots and my memory has been wiped by my sympathetic nervous system.
edit: I’m watching Apollo 13 for the rest of the afternoon so I can enjoy seeing some other people who encountered life-ruining problems while going to the moon and back.
Stepp in your foote, come take a place, and mourne with me awhyle.
Does anyone else eat “Almond Flakes”?
Made by Post for the Korean market… Guys, it tastes like tunafish.
I ate it with Vegemil (the unsweetened kind) and it still tasted like tunafish.
I want a second opinion but I don’t think I could ask that of anyone who isn’t blood (cuz I’d lose a friend.)
I guess to its credit, there were almonds in it, as well as flakes… I don’t… that’s the best I can do in terms of positive feedback.