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Mondays

Mondays are my hardest day.  Everyone is tired and grouchy, and my worst class (the students that broke the windows in retribution for being punished) is my first period of the day.  The three classes which follow it are better, but still quite difficult to control, in comparison to the students I have at my other two schools.  Part of that, I’m sure, is that due to the disrespect the students here treat me with in general, I am not very friendly to them in return, whereas at the other schools, my students like me and come and chat with me at my desk, etc, and so thus I am friendly back.  If I can make it through my Mondays, the week feels in a way like it’s already winding down.  It makes the time go much faster.

I have also noticed that staying at home on the weekends has made my time go by faster as well.  When I travel on the weekends, I leave Friday afternoon or evening, and return Sunday evening, and am busy all weekend.  Even though it’s leisure, I end up wondering where the weekend went.  When I stick around Jindo, I feel no pressure to do anything, and that, combined with my half-day on Fridays, tends to make the weekend seem decently long.

I do, however, need to remember on Monday to ask the school that is in charge of my paychecks to show me my pay receipts.  In looking at my bank account, I seem to be being paid around $400 under what I should be getting, which is a significant amount.  Korean schools are notorious for cheating their foreign teachers out of parts of their paycheck, and I really hope it’s just a mistake, rather than that.  However, it would give me an excuse to request that my employer be switched from this school to one of the others, which would be nice.  My co-teacher here does relatively little and has absolutely no interest in being around me more than she has to, outside of school, and the school itself seems to rather dislike me, unlike my other two, which love me.  Ah well, life is life, and you learn to deal.

Here, have one of my photos from my lung-cancer-inducing photo walk the other day:

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An Update!

 

Sorry for being so irregular with my updates.  I have been jumping through endless bureaucratic hoops in regards to my job, and it has left me with not much inclination to write about it elsewhere.  I will simply sum it all up by stating that in the last month or so, I have threatened to quit my job three times, I have threatened to get my boss fired twice, I have gotten my boss’s boss in hot water, and I now have the personal cell phone number of the director of secondary education for THE ENTIRE PROVINCE.  When will administrations learn that it is rarely ever a good idea to try to jerk me around?  I just end up making sure that it bites them in the ass.

The end result is that I’m now being paid $500 a month more than I initially was, I am being moved from my grody apartment to a house on a mountainside (which I will have all to myself!), and they are paying for me to buy a scooter/moped/motorcycle to compensate for the fact that my house is in a village of about 500 people about 15 minutes away from the main town (and any sort of groceries, etc).

Marc is now here, which has been helping my mood a lot.  What has *not* been helping my mood is the fact that it’s been a week since I’ve had heating oil, and thus a week since I’ve had hot water.  There is only one place that delivers oil to my building, and every time I go down to talk to them, they keep saying “Tomorrow, tomorrow…” which is getting a little tiresome.  But, things like this are sort of a fact of life, since I basically live in the third world part of a second world country.

Marc and I at Namdoseokseong Fortress


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