California, baby!

December 17, 2005

I’m here, I made it, somehow, after the two trains, a bus and two flights, including almost missing my flight from chicago to john wayne but it had been delayed over an hour so I made it, awesome!

I was awake at 4:45am this morning from jetlag but I like my good problems.


6am on the dot

December 16, 2005

six in the morning police at my door
fresh adidas squeak across the bathroom floor…

here is my schedule today:
awake at 5.48am, 6.20, walk to tram, take a 6.52train, change after 30 minutes, take another train to strasbourg, france, bus to frankfurt airport, fly to chicago for 9 hours, fly to orange county, there 23 hours after I woke up.


One more day!

December 14, 2005

10:12pm, back from a long day, but got some stuff accomplished. I gave Gregg his “Xmas gift”, the photo called “Almost there” of the old lady in Lisbon from last September, had my first meeting with the group from ISW that will help me with my second exhibition which will be called “American Summer” and have one more day of work in 2005!!!

Let me say that again: I have one more day of work in 2005, I am a happy camper!

Now I’m gonna chill out.


December 13, 2005

Well, I’ve already “worked” a bit today, from 7:30-9am, but it was just like a Christmas breakfast with 5 students and they provided everything: 5-6 kinds of bread rolls, butter, margarine, 7 kinds of cheese, 4 kinds of meat, pickles, stuffed peppers with spicy cheese, nutella, 3 kinds of homeade jelly, coffee, tea, orange juice and apple juice.

Now I’m home for quite a few hours and have quite a bit to do: pack, because I’m headed to California in 4 days, and also figure out the situation where my tickets are and if I have to take a train to Strasbourg, France on Friday at 5:55am or can I take the 8:56am train direct to Frankfurt, finish up one of my mom’s Christmas presents, do some writing on Selling to the Norwegians (I’m waiting for Assiyeah at the Oslo-Torp airport in the story), watch a move (Love, Actually with Hugh Grant and others) and hopefully even sleep a bit before I shower and teach two conversation classes this evening. Life is good.

Short but sweet

December 11, 2005

I slept until 12:38pm today, definitely on the top 10 list for sleeping in. Last night’s party kicked ass, with two bands and people from a bunch of different countries wooping it up together. We got home at 3am and I’m feeling it today but I had a great time. Going to O’Kellys for NFL tonight, my last time this year and we’ve even convinced another teacher we know to come out tonight.

I’ll be in California in 5 days, that me likey!


December 10, 2005

That’s it, my friends! Besides some private work which doesn’t need to be recorded (less than 500 euro anyway!), 16,817euro is the amount of money I earned this year as an English teacher. Oh my god does that look small, eh but I’ll tell you, earning the same amount next year would make me so happy, that’d be perfect! About half of that went to living expenses (includes beers and restaurants), another couple thousand as related to working and the rest I pretty much used to travel at will in 2005. Will 2006 be different? In some ways yes, but mostly no. Saving 2.500euro to have as a cushion will be the major difference.

So, if you know me and you are going to be reading this site from time to time, that seems like an awfully low number for the lifestyle I lead, doesn’t it? That’s why I love it here.


December 9, 2005

I’m officially in the Xmas spirit. I bought two Santa’s caps with bells for my girlfriend and I, my first Xmas presents (for the folks, and Assiyeah)and “Christimas Vacation” with Chevy Chase is on German tv. I know this movie inside and out and so watching it in German is great. It’s like watching it for the first time again.

Tomorrow I’m going to have a university class in a bar from 3-6pm. We are going to watch a Simpsons episode and a documentary about JFK and discuss both. A bartender will be on duty.