As I open the email this morning...
"Dear Greg, Indonesia has just reported they will not 'open' until the end of the year". There go my plans for diving in Rajampat this December. Who knows where or if I'll be anywhere for the New Year or anywhere for the December holidays. The hits just keep on coming. Perhaps this is Karma for not wearing my mask all the time. Shit. At least I have two full years to reschedule my Indonesia trip. That's a $4,000 live-a-board ticket I'll have to keep my eyes on. Since I bought it through Live-a-Board.com I better not have any problem redeeming that trip anywhere in the world with the LA company in case something comes up and I cannot make it to Indonesia. Ugggggggh. Shitty news. Depressing for five minutes. What can I do? Absouletly nothing. Maybe this is setting the stage for something better yet to come.
I want to be a new teacher in a new teaching experience again. What? Here I've been saying for the past four years: "This is my final school until retirement at 60. After 13 years here I'll move on with a bunch of cash. But I won't leave because this is the best school I've ever taught at."
Now, as I finish up my Book to pass on to the editors, I have stopped to read a new book. My continuous book research led me to a book called Calculus in the Congo: Adventures While Teaching and Traveling the African Continent by Jashanananda (2016). I cannot put it down. The author started in California and has, so far, made it to the Orientation meetings they had upon arrival in Kinshasha. He and his "partner" have chronicled their first years as overseas teachers.
I hope this feeling goes away again soon. You should read the book. It's well written.
I just got the email I have been dreading for the past few COVIDCation months. The Carpe Novo dive live-a-board I had booked for two full weeks just announced cancelation. Crap. Now what? I have tickets that maybe I can get refunded due to Covid. At least I have tickets to Dubai and i have two weeks of vacation planned for July 18 through the Eid break until school starts again. I'll just keep it at that for now. If we indeed are allowed to travel international by July 18, I'll go somewhere.
I have been super slow to get onboard the Podcast train. Just before the CovidCation started, I was dabbling with audio casts of books to listen to while I was walking. Now, I've been introduced to an excellent source of podcasting and resources for teachers by Jennifer Gonzalez et. al. - called Cult of Pedagogy.
My dear friends, Kris and Steve, are sailing around the world on a 47 foot sailboat. They are living the dream. "One day while I was sitting at a bar in the Jungles of Borneo" sounds like a joke or the beginning of a story from Seinfeld's Mr. Peterman. Anywho, one day in Borneo, a man sat down next to me in a Scuba Diver Bar and said "is this seat taken?" because (I later found out) I was the only one his age. For some reason, we both started quoting old Steve Martin standup routines. This guy, also named Steve, and his wife, Kris, were to be my dive partners for the next two weeks of Amazing dives in Borneo. Kris and Steve have popped into my life at different stages (in Cambodia and Thailand so far) and I consider them my brother and sister from another mother.
When Steve and Kris were just teenagers, Steve promised Kris he would take her around the world. She actually kept that note (according to the Lore of Steve and Kris). They have been sailing around the world now for about two or three years. Follow their blog if you would like to virtually live their lives..... https://sv-exit.com/
Read the article in the NY Times about what I was doing at Tufts University in July 2017.