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I'm terribly far behind on reading and commenting. But I'm in KY and settling in.

I arrived yesterday, but today was my first day at work. I filled out a bazillion pieces of paper, met many women with bleached hair (luckily C's mom is not one of them), received my textbook for class tomorrow (We start with whole numbers and the fact that you can add and subtract in any order you want--did I mention that I am teaching remedial math? Like, so remedial, they don't even get credit towards an AA for it, but they have tested into it.), met the Science Dean--who is a Brit and awesome with The Who posters all over his office, gotten yelled at by the computer lab monitor for installing the printer icon on the version of New Stupid Word that I was working on b/c it will encourage the students in the lab not to learn to print properly (huh?) and just boggled at how different a tiny town's community college is from a UC. I was boggled by how big the UC campus was when I arrived many years ago as my undergrad was pretty small, but this is certainly a new kind of adventure.

Tomorrow: 2.5 hours of remedial math in the morning. Can I do it? Sure. Can I do it without boring them or me to death? That remains to be seen.

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19/8/09 04:12 (UTC)
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Good luck!

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19/8/09 04:30 (UTC)
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icon: I actually got it from the podcast fetching tool, Miro (which is, by the way, awesome!) It says on their site that all their imagery except their main icon is free-use. I don't post much about the spinning stuff here because it has its own home elsewhere.

Oh! and in the same vein as my advice about visiting Vancouver while you were nearby... you should go see Land Between the Lakes. That was really nice; they had a great living history museum and a bunch of information about the first iron smelting.

I really disliked Kentucky, but there were some good points. I'd never seen colored dirt. (And for those of you about to jump all over me for racist phrasing, the dirt was ORANGE. So even if it was racist...Oompah Loompahs aren't a protected class.) They had yummy fried food and lots of fresh vegetables (I was there in the summer.) cooked with ham. There was a surprising amount of interesting scenery and all the people were very nice. (Caveat being that I was young enough not to have developed my contrary nature.)

I'm all about the silver lining. I don't think people get as much choice about where they live as was implied when I was a child. For example, I bet everywhere has parking!

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19/8/09 04:57 (UTC)
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Pie. There is nothing good to say about the pie around here. It's universally terrible. Chocolate cream pie... mmmm. Well, I'm not likely to just show up and visit, but I'll be imagining the pie from here!

I had really excellent biscuits and gravy in Kansas, at a convenience store of all places! One of the best meals of that entire trip. And the biscuits in California are ghastly.

I must have been about 13 when we went to Kentucky, so the newness of the dirt was reasonable.

Everything was mismatched during my nomad years... if there was a good job, the location was horrible (urban crackhouse Ohio, thankfully only 3 months! There wasn't anything good about Ohio.) If there was a beautiful location... living there gave me a shortlist of people who did not need smiting because the world would be better off if 98% of the other people were dead.

It's important to stay focused on what matters. If you can't be happy living where you are, or in the job you have, then you focus on moving on. If things are mostly OK, you look at how there's never a line to buy gas and you can get coffee for under a buck; then remind yourself how when you lived in California you couldn't afford to drive anywhere and couldn't park when you got there.

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19/8/09 05:21 (UTC)
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Hang in there! I have faith in your ability to keep the course working for everyone concerned. *hugs* We'll talk about it over drinks in Philadelphia. ;)

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19/8/09 10:06 (UTC)
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YAY! :D Sounds like things are going pretty good! :) And I had to fight against my original training in addition and subtraction when I learnt that it's a-ok to go left to right in columns rather than backwards and carrying the whatevers...


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20/8/09 02:02 (UTC)
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:) Just don't make the word problems about pillows.... Hope the first day went well.

(Okay there, lab monitor, but I'm glad that you're settling in well. Possibly it helps that you've spent time in the area before?)


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