Wednesday, November 22, 2006


I've officially accepted the job in Prague. I'll sign the contract when I get there.

Now I'm off to get my wisdom teeth out. Wish me luck.


At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

Response condition (ResCon?) has gone from exciting to thrilling.

I'm assuming you weren't still groggy from anaesthesia when you accepted? ;)

Good luck for a speedy recovery...and yummy, puree'd Thanksgiving foods 'til then. :)

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

I promise, sometimes I do read, register, and retain. I guess I should've asked "I'm assuming you weren't totally focused on your impending surgery when you accepted."

Either way, congratulations and good luck, again. :)

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Jjirikki said...


At 5:29 PM, Blogger Ovonia Red said...

Anna, close. The oral surgeon had given me some Xanax to take the night before the surgery and then about an hour before the surgery itself. I was on the second one at that point. Xanax tends to affect me pretty strongly, so I've never actually taken two in a week period--I was pretty groggy. I also applied for a credit card right after accepting the job. It was one that I had previousl researched, so I knew what I was getting. I had to apply under the influence of Xanax, though, becuase otherwise I would never have applied for one (just this whole hangup I have about accumulating credit cards). I should probably go ahead and get my airline ticket now that I'm on some Vicaden.

Anyway, the surgery went fine. I can finally feel my lower lip alittle, which means I can keep my mouth closed (which means I don't have little blood trails coming out of the corners of my mouth anymore--it was all very Dracula).

I've been dozing off and on for the past five hours, but now I'm debating trying to get some homework done.

At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

Heh...oh my, numb lips can be so frustrating.
Glad you're recouperating from the Dracula thing. :)

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I reread your note about the Prague job, it sounds like you are joining something akin to the Peace Corps in Prague run by Czechs.

While you are recovering from your oral surgery, you might want to take a look at the movie Amadeus which, I'm told, was filmed entirely in Prague.

On a personal note, I had this feeling back in 1980 as fed you juice-juice and located your night-night while your mother toured us around West Germany that you, like your father, would return to Europe. I'm delighted that you return as a teacher of languages.

You will share that distinction with Joyce, who fled restrictive Irish society to the mainline. James Joyce lived in Europe for many years supporting his family by teaching Italian, French, and Germany for Berlitz.

Go get 'em! Congratulations, too.

At 10:59 AM, Blogger STAG said...

Prague is a beautiful city. I wouldn't be able to work there because I would be playing hookey all the time to visit museums, and poke my nose down baroque alley ways.

At 2:54 PM, Blogger Ovonia Red said...

Unlike Joyce, I am sadly monolingual and my prose is comparatively unadvanced. Other than those two things though, the similarities are endless.

I'm not sure how much (if at all )Berlitz has changed their language teaching system. It was all the rage back when it was first developed (as a reaction against the Grammar Translation Method seen in Latin classes)--it was known as the Audio-Lingual Method. With Chomsky (and others), however, the A-L Method has fallen out of favor somewhat. The new trend is called the "Communicative Method" (and it's basically what it sounds like).

When I was a kid (back in West Germany), Amadeus was one of my favorite movies. It may well have been the first non-animated movie I watched. Perhaps I should burn a DVD of it to take with me to Prague. That way, when things get rough, I can pop it in my laptop and remnd myself of some of the reasons why I wanted to go to Prague in the first place.

Because I will be traveling so much, I will have hours between my classes. I figure I can use that time to slip into museums and whatnot and make the most of my time there. I also pln on taking Czech lessons (free) and, if I have time, taking some French lessons (gotta catch up to Joyce, after all).

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Luqman لقمان said...

Congratulations! I wish you all the best! Is there a Kafka museum in Prague? I'm so excited for you; it really makes me want to go and do something similar after I graduate this spring. How long before you leave?


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