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.