Category: 80 Thoughts

Random posts along the way, sometimes serious, often not.

Pest Control

One of my unexpected duties in India as the “guy,” was to chase down any unwanted critters from our hotel. And since this was India, this turned into a somewhat regular occurrence. Generally, I preferred not having to kill the unwanted…

Dating in Korea

This piece was originally written for a local magazine. After requesting the piece, they apparently didn’t want it, so here it is for you the reader on the Interwebs. The names, except for mine which seems like a mistake in…

A Stand Against Smart Phones

Today, a coworker asked me in a slightly accusatory tone why I didn’t have a smart phone. My reply was simply, “Because I refuse to get one.” She noted that it makes certain things, like inviting me to lunch, more…

The Five Stages of Purchasing a Lonely Planet Guide

I didn’t want to break-down and purchase the India Lonely Planet. Really, I didn’t. Yet, the sizable tome–one that I’m sure could be used as a lethal object in case of emergency–sits on my desk. Post-it notes have been carefully affixed for…

It Keeps Getting Better

I’m not a big fan of the “humble brag” so I’m just going to come out and publicly pat my own back: I got a promotion at work! I am now the Cooking Content Area Leader at English Village. It’s…

Kindred Road Conversation

My friend and former coworker, Mike, started his own website, Kindred Road. The tagline is, “Great Education through Simple Conversation.”  Well, as it happens, one of those conversations was with yours truly, so go on over to his site and…

Is a Moon Base Really Laughable?

Last week, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich made headlines by promising a Moon base by the end of his second term. Now, let’s ignore the fact that Gingrich faces numerous uphill battles to be elected to president (TWICE!), and instead,…

V.I.P. @ E.V.

It occurred to me tonight, while listening to some tunes and thinking about what to write in my blog, that I haven’t written much about my job since my arrival in Korea. At my last job, it made sense to…

2011: A Retrospective

A Primer A year ago, I sat down and wrote about the volatile and life-altering year that was 2010. Well, my life has settled down a good bit, and I am happy to once again report that my life is better now than…

Top 5: Movies

As some of you may know, I’m leading the Movie Club for our upcoming Winter Intensive Program for English Village. Earlier today, we voted on the movies we’ll be showing the kids. In honor of this momentous occasion, I thought…

Manual Me

This is a follow-up on a previous post, e-Me. On Saturday morning, I’ll be jumping on a Korean Air flight to the Philippines. This will be my first new destination since my spring trip to Europe in 2008. I remember…

Japanese, Koreans, and Russians, Oh My!

From the get-go, I realized that teaching at English Village would be very different from just about any other teaching gig in Korea, or anywhere else for that matter. One of the more unique aspects is the ability to teach…