MontanaRon

Just another ordinary English teacher eclectic expat blog about nothing in particular.

Month: February 2009

Goings On

The Korean won is tanking again. It had strengthened to around 1300 to the dollar, but now it has dropped back to the 1500 level and doesn’t show any signs of stopping there. Very bad situation–again.

We’ve had rainy weather lately, but the wind and cold have been holding off. I was hoping to get a glimpse of Comet Lulin through my binoculars this morning, but, unfortunately, it’s raining right now. I was also hoping to walk to Odongdo Island today (it’s connected to the mainland by a causeway), but I may have to put that off.

My jogging has fallen off this week for one reason or another. For one, the gym where I run on the treadmill in cold weather was closed recently for a few days in order to accommodate freshman orientation. Yup, we have a new crop of kids coming in at the start of the Spring semester on March 2nd. Nicely enough, though, we’re off this week until next Monday. I might take the bus over to one of Korea’s largest cities, Gwangju, which is only a few hours away.

I’ve finally–FINALLY–posted photos of Glacier National Park in Montana that I took last July when we had a small family reunion. You can view some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere by clicking here for the Glacier album or you can just browse around the Photo Gallery until you find the Montana section. I didn’t post any photos of my family. I’m not sure how shy they are about having their pictures pasted on the internet, so I won’t put any up unless I get an OK from them. Besides, I sent them the family portion of the photos back in July.

As a teaser, here’s one of St. Mary Lake. Glacier Park is an area where it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo.

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Ahhhhhh, then there’s the upcoming baseball season, which is right around the corner. Despite all the controversy surrounding A-Rod, I think the Yanks are still looking mighty fine to make the playoffs and the World Series this year. I’m also looking forward to the newest version of one of my favorite computer games, Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). It’s a text-based simulation (no animated graphics) of the National Pasttime where you can be the manager, general manager and/or owner of a team, and, in a limited way, the Commissioner of Baseball. It’s an amazingly in-depth game. Check it out if it interests you. The new version, 10 or X, is due out “sometime this spring.” I’ve spent many hours absorbed in this award-winning game. More later.

Health Kick

I’m working on losing some weight, since I ballooned up too much at the end of last year on my trip to Laos–so far I’ve lost about 8 pounds. I’m back to jogging for an hour a day, 5-6 times a week, as well as doing some weight training. Because the weather is still a bit on the chilly side, I’ve been running on a treadmill in the main gym on campus. Quite a bit more boring than running outside, but still effective. I finally walked downtown last weekend and bought some new running shoes, ones guaranteed to help me run farther and faster. The old ones were getting a bit long in the tooth.

New Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Shoes

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Of course, along with physical activity, eating healthy is necessary for losing weight, so I’ve been eating a lot of fruit and veggies. I love oatmeal for breakfast (the whole grain kind, not the instant crap), but it’s so difficult to find in Korea and, if you do find it, it’s quite expensive. However, I’ve found a great substitute–abundant and cheap. Barley! Yeah, it’s great with a little brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins, bananas, apples, whatever.

We have a teachers’ meeting today around lunch time and the powers that be are providing free pizza. Yummmm! But, if I merely look at a slice of pizza, I put on a few pounds. Eating it seems to defy the laws of physics, since a small slice of about 4 or 5 ounces does, in fact, add a couple of inches to my waistline. I’ll have to be careful this afternoon, then. Hopefully, they’ll order squid pizza, which I wouldn’t eat for anything. 😀

A-Rod and steroid confession. No comment. Let’s PLAY BALL! (Soon)

Five Years On

I was looking back through my archives and I noticed that my first post was made on Jan. 3, 2004, so I just passed my fifth year of blogging here! Happy Anniversary! That post was actually more of a “Hello, world” type of entry and my next post wasn’t written until March 15th, when I really started getting into it. Anyway, some 394 entries later, I’m still at it. Hopefully the next 5 years will be as fun as the first 5.

Golfing in Yeosu

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Work continues on the new golf course across the valley from the campus. Right now it’s a real eyesore and from what I hear, many people in Yeosu, including a large percentage of golfers, opposed its creation. As you can see below, half a mountainside is being altered, for good or bad, to make way for the links. I hope it’s worth it.

Here is the main site, but there is a smaller section off to the right.

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And here’s a closer shot.

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The course is supposed to be open by the 2012 Expo being held here, and it would be interesting to see what it looks like. However, I doubt I’ll be here to see it. Due to the still-rotten currency exchange rate for the Korean won, I’m starting to look for greener pastures, where the currency is more stable, perhaps somewhere in the mid-East. I’d love to stay here, but under the current financial condition, that’s more or less impossible.

We’re finally going to get some decent weather, with the forecast calling for mostly sunny skies and temperatures hovering near the mid-50s this week. While that’s nice, I’d still like to see about 25 degrees more. 😎

It’s Super Bowl day in the U.S., but to tell the truth I didn’t even know where it was being played or who was playing until just a few days ago. American football’s not my cup of tea; never has been. I’ve been thinking more of the fact that the baseball camps in the Dominican Republic probably opened this past weekend–sunny skies, warm weather, beautiful beaches, the crack of bat against ball . . . ahhhhhh. As frequent reader and Red Sox fan OGM is sure to remind me, Spring Training begins soon. More later.

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