Weekend baby

June 26, 2008

Germany won an amazing game last night, 3-2 against Turkey. It was emotional and wild and I was safely in bed by 1am and up before 9am. I taught 5 classes today and did a pretty damn good job if I say so myself (but not great of course):
*a class about travelling, sitting and drinking a coffee and getting paid
*two presentations, one about hooligans and the other about third world economies
*two newspaper articles, one was “dear abby” and the other “dear dan savage” with risque questions about S&M and infidelity and his irreverent answers
*a presentation about Australia and then the students interviewed each other
*90 minutes of book work with students from mongolia, bulgaria, two from ukraine and china

I am now watching a bit of russia/spain football, about to open my second beer and listening to howard stern, so happy to have the next 4 days off.

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Germany won and America is losing

June 20, 2008

Germany won an exciting game against Portugal in the quarter finals of the Euro Cup, 3-2. The old town was rocking last night, loud music and drunk people and flags and german colors everywhere…

Today Scott McClellan, Bush’s former press secretary, is testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee but my excitement for it has wained.

Why?

Well, after 30 minutes it was stopped for a House vote. They’re debating the FISA, foreign surveillance and they are going to give the telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for warrantless eavesdropping for years after 9/11. It’s a sad day in that respect, especially as an American living overseas who is automatically a suspect because I’m calling from outside the US. My family and friends can be listened to because I’m calling from overseas. I feel free.