How hard can it be to nail Jello to the wall?
Thats about as hard as it is to buy a plane ticket here in Indonesia. It costs nothing to reserve a ticket until about two weeks before the flight so almost all the flights are always booked until the week before, then everyone cancels. Those who have been waiting for a seat can then purchase tickets.
Last night at Thanksgiving dinner we had about 23 people there and in the tradition of the first Thanksgiving, it was a mix of cultures.
1 Indonesian (Muslim) family
1 Korean family
1 Canadian family
1 American Family
1 person from Indonesia
1 person from Holland
1 person from Canada (but born in Texas! He emigrated)
3 singles from America
Quite a mix and a lot of fun. The food was out of this world too.
Today is Thanksgiving day so here are some things I am thankful for:
1. For great friends and family who keep my life interesting
2. For Indonesia being willing to host me as a foreigner
3. For a great school and the opportunity to teach here
4. For great colleages
5. For being able to find a turkey and cranberry sauce in Indonesia
6. For Reece's Peanut Butter Cups!
7. Last but not least, for being saved by Jesus Christ
Turkey dinner tonight!
Today we had the unfortunate ending of employment for my main computer technician. This will leave us with one part time technician until I hire a new one. Good luck to Agus as he pursues a career elsewhere.
We finished off the last day at the drug rehab/mental health clinic yesterday for Week Without Walls. I was very happy with how the students responded to going there. They really enjoyed it and interacted well with the people there. I think a lot of our students are tired of learning and want to start doing. This gave them a small opportunity to do just that.
Just got back from the first day at Soteria Half-way house. It went really well. Basically we hung around all day and played games with the 60 people there. I played a lot of Uno and then when I told them I was from Texas they all wanted to know about pistols and how easy it was to get them. I told them my brother has an old WW II gun and they were really excited. They also really enjoyed Uno and my pathetic attempts to explain how to play in Indonesian. "Skip" was the hardest to explain.
This week our school will be a little different. We are doing something called Week Without Walls. It is basically a school wide outreach program. We are doing different activities in the community to help out. Originally I was on a Habitat for Humanity team but that fell through so now I am helping lead a team to a drug rehab clinic. Should be interesting.
I haven't been doing a whole lot the last couple of days. We had the first vacation in almost two months of school. It is also Idul Fitri which is the night of power for Islam kind of like Christmas. Everyone goes home and gives gifts, then asks for forgiveness. I've been reading, relaxing and getting small chores done that I haven't had time to do in a long time, like cutting my hair and buying soap for the laundry. Very relaxing. I also went to see the Incredibles. Funny movie. I'd give it a 7 out of 10.
There is a great article up on ArsTechnica about Malware for beginners. Basically it is software that does stuff to your computer that you don't want. If your computer is running slow or is doing things you don't want it to, check out this site. The most common ways to get it is to download P2P software such as Kazaa, Napster, iMesh or to use Internet Explorer (The big blue "E" on your desktop) or to install free stuff like smiley packs or screensavers.
Tonight is skit night and we will be doing a series of short skits and improv. What this means is tomorrow I can rest! Yay.
We will be doing the following:
The Bomb Squad
What's My Sign?
Missions: How Exciting
Whose Line Impromptu
Pyramus and Thisbe (William Shakespeare)
If you are in the area, come on by.
We seem to have identified most of the broken stuff on the network. The internet is now working again (after a new power supply and network card). The damage done was a lot less than last time but still annoying. Most stuff is covered under warranty and insurance so we should be okay. We still have a few teachers without internet but there aren't many.
Tonight is the final rehearsal before the drama tomorrow night. Hopefully things will go well and I can go home early. We will practice until we get it right. Can't wait for the weekend. We have all next week without school.
We got hit by lightning again today. Luckily this time it only took down our internet server (should be easy to fix), a network switch and one laptop. It is kinda cool to be sitting by the servers, hear a loud pop followed by very loud lightning. Doesn't take long to figure out what happened. I'm writing this using the bluetooth and GPRS on my phone since the internet at school is still down.
I've heard a lot of stuff about Coca-Cola. I've seen it dissolve a tooth in 24 hours and I've heard you can clean car engines with it. I do know it does a remarkable job of cutting grease after you eat a pizza. There are some people here in Indonesia that say you should drink one a week just to clear out the germs in your stomach. There is a news article that lists probably the most crazy use for coke I've ever seen though. Check it out
I've told you about some of these pictures and now here they are:
1. Fu Fa Poo Shampoo
2. Chickens on the golf course (I wasn't able to golf because I pulled a muscle in my back working out)
3. Meat at one of our favorite restaurants.
Hopefully I will be posting more pictures for everyone.
I followed the election last night although it was daytime for us here and I am very glad that Kerry conceded instead of dragging it out into a nasty court fight. One thing that cracked me up is that every news channel had a different name for the election. They ranged from "You Decide 2004" to "America Votes 2004" to "Decision 2004" to "America Decides 2004." Even BBC had their own slogan. Why not just call it the American election 2004? Why do you have to give it a fancy name?
Last night I was out riding my motorcycle around dusk when all the bugs are out. They always fly in my helmet, which I can't close at night because it is tinted, and then buzz around my ears. The bats are also out eating the bugs. They always amaze me because they will zoom right beside you but always manage to miss. Anyways, last night one must have had a cold or something because I ran smack into him with my helmet. 1 down 1 billion to go.
I watched one more documentary last night which is called "The Art of War." It is an interview with Robert S. McNamara who was Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. This is what I would expect from an ordinary documentary. It wasn't boring or angering, nor funny and exciting like the other two I have watched recently. There were some points that really stuck out though. It was made before 2000 and the Iraq War. He used a lot of the same phrases for Vietnam such as "winning their hearts and minds." There were some pretty apparent differences though.