MontanaRon

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Month: September 2009

Ketsana

After dropping catastrophic amounts of rain on the Philippines, Typhoon Ketsana is now crossing Viet Nam and heading into Laos. I talked to Nai earlier tonight and he seemed quite worried about the possible high wind and heavy rains making their way into his village outside Vientiane. He said that “boss my country” (meaning his country’s top official, more than likely) talked on television earlier to warn the people to take precautions. I’ve been keeping an eye on a few weather radar sites, and, so far, it appears the main bulk of the storm is going to pass well south of the capital, although it could still dump heavy rainfall on Laos. Nai can be quite the drama queen, so I hope his and his countrymen’s fears don’t come to pass. I’ll let everyone know what happened when I’m next able to get through to him. More later.

Singin’ in the Rain

I needed to take out the trash, so I thought I’d take a short walk around campus, doing my best Gene Kelly impersonation. Here’s a photo I shot, looking down at rainy Yeosu.

Rainy Evening in Yeosu

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My favorite Korean weather site predicts the rain will last through tomorrow morning, with the possibility of 2-4 inches of precipitation. As I posted earlier, it also feels a bit chilly, so I think I’ll make some tonight–a big pot of chili, that is. Come on over; I’ll have plenty for everyone. 🙂

Rainy Day

It’s been raining off and on all day, at times somewhat heavily, and there’s a bit of a chill in the air–a good day to stay indoors and read or watch the baseball game. I had planned on going out early in the morning to catch the sun rising on one of Yeosu’s beaches, but I’ll have to wait until next weekend for that. I did get out last Sunday and took a few pictures of Sindeok (shin-duck) Beach, one of three beaches that are somewhat nearby. There are quite a few more on the islands and towards the western end of the city, an area I’ve yet to visit.

This was shot from the road that runs along the coast. As you can see, Sindeok is not all that big. I’ve been told that this is the one that attracts the most foreign teachers in Yeosu.

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Here’s a photo from the beach itself, looking toward the mainland to the east.

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Finally, this is from the road just before reaching the beach, which is to the right, off the photo.

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I’ll try to get some shots of the other two beaches, Manseongni and Mosageum, next weekend. All three of them are fairly close together, almost within walking distance of each other. Now that beach season is over, they are fairly empty.

This weekend will probably be a good time to visit them since it’s Chuseok, Korea’s thanksgiving. It’s a 3-day affair, Friday through Sunday, so, it’s a short teaching week, and my nighttime classes on Thursday will probably have a small (or no) turnout, as most people will want to get started on the holiday early. Many people, especially my out-of-town students, will be leaving for their hometowns, and I expect the roads to be crammed on Thursday evening and Friday morning with people coming into and going out of the city. The dorm where my apartment is located should be relatively quiet during the three days. Nice.

I’ll try leaving the comments turned on for this entry, just to see how much spam I’m deluged with.

Spam

I’ve had to turn off the comments on the blog for now due to a large amount of spam that it’s been hit with. There’s a new version of the blogging software that I’ll try to get installed soon that will take care of the problem. Stay tuned.

DE-rek JEE-ter

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Right now, I’m watching the replay of the Orioles-Yankees game of 9/11, an auspicious game not because of the date, but because of Derek Jeter’s pursuit of the iconic Lou Gehrig’s all-time Yankee hits record. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jeter lashed a clean single to right field to collect hit number 2722 to break the Iron Horse’s 72-year old Yankee record. Being a life-long Yankee fan (since 1958), I had more than a few tears of joy and nostalgia. Gehrig was truly a class human and Jeter definitely fits into that mold. I’ve had a few of my friends and/or relatives say that Jeter is “smug,” “conceited” and “has a big ego.” I suppose it’s understandable, since all of them hate the Yanks, but those opinions are way off base. Jeter is the consummate team player, selfless and respectful of the opposition, and his Turn2 charity organization leaves no doubt about his off-the-field priorities. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Red Sox player Jim Rice also had something to say about Jeter, and my response to what he said, to be nice, is “Kiss my tush!” His comment, if it was reported accurately, was incredibly ignorant. You can disagree if you want, but if you think that Jeter is anything less than classy, you don’t know what you’re talking about.

It’s been a few busy weeks since the start of the new semester, so that’s my reason for not posting in a while. 😥 I asked for more hours, and, thus, more pay, and I got ’em. I teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8-10 a.m., 11-2 on M, W, and F, and 6-8 every evening. Add to that the time that I need for lesson preparation and what not and it works out to about 40-45 hours per week. In addition, 3 Korean teachers, 2 other foreign teachers and I have been collaborating on a new textbook that will be used in the second half of the semester in a special English-for-Tourism class; thankfully, that effort has been completed. Hopefully, I’ll have some more time to go out and take some photos, now that we’re approaching autumn, arguably the prettiest season in Korea. Stay tuned for some, I hope, nice photos on the blog. More later.

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