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tbilisi, twice | November 30, 2010

Lately, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the networking of books amongst my fellow TLGers.  I just wanted to share what I’m reading/I’ve read.  There’s been some good’n’s.

I recommend:
The Drawing of the Three
Memoir’s of a Master Forger
The Master & Margarita

Currently reading:
Sex God
The Innocents Abroad
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (although, I’m ’bout to quit it)

To be read:
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Shadow of the Wind
The Joke
Crime & Punishment
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff

Also want to mention that a few weeks ago I received an email inviting the American TLGers to the U.S. Embassy.  There were various booths providing info about activities going on in Georgia, but there were so many people there, many of whom I haven’t seen in weeks so I spent the majority of the time mingling & snacking on Texas Chicken, which was a lot like Church’s Chicken.  It was pretty neat, although when I first arrived, I walked by a portrait of Joe Biden & I made a remark about his smile (he looks like he’s up to no good), thinking friends were behind me.  They weren’t.  Instead, it was some couple staring at me like I’d taken the picture down & stomped on it.

I spent the rest of the week hitting up various hot-spots including Prosperos English Bookstore, a guitar shop loacted in a  beautiful downtown park, & the casinos with my friends Titus & Jon where I just watched.  I spent part of my stay with some other TLGers, part with a Serbian family that I know through another friend, & part at a hotel.  I had my first Thai food experience-delicious.  Titus Williams, a fellow teacher & friend found an American donut shop which served breakfast sandwiches too.  I can’t express the pure joy I felt when I bit into a chocolate glaze twist.  Titus & I just started laughing.  Forget gifts & quality time.  Food is my love language.

I came home on Monday & had Tuesday & Wednesday off because it was St. George’s Day.  I don’t know what that entails, which is ok, because I think most of Georgia doesn’t either.  On Wednesday night, I received a call from Lana with The Ministry of Justice asking me if I wanted to interview for a position with them to teach English to their staff in Kutaisi.  I was planning to go back to Tbilisi on Friday or Saturday, but I received a call from a friend telling me she was taking the night train to Tbilisi that night.  I asked my co-teacher if I could have Friday off.  She said, “Of course.” & there I was, headed to Tbilisi for the second time this month.  I wished I had waited til Saturday though.  I spent most of my paycheck on hotels, food, & transportation & didn’t even have that much fun.  The interview went well, though -about as well as any Georgian job interview can go I think.  I spoke with 2 ladies working with The Ministry who were so polite & a pleasure to interview with.  They asked me about my experience in Georgia & with teaching & that was about it -pretty ‘wham-bam’.  I came home late Monday night.  Today is Tuesday & I’ve just spent the day with Ship.

Ship says: Take your  ‘ah’  ‘ah’  ‘ah’  & stick it up your  ‘ah’  ‘ah’  ***!

Awhile back, maybe even in October, I was having dinner with Jonathan (my go-to-guy in Georgia), Lisa (an older TLGer), & Ship.  During our wait for food & drinks to arrive, Lisa was expressing her frustrations, of which she has & has had many, about one of her co-teachers.  Apparently this co-teacher is kind of needy & demands a lot of time & energy from Lisa.  And apparently, a lot of these demands are trivial, minute, & even futile.  Lisa was telling us how one day of this particular week, her co-teacher was asking her if she was pronouncing the short “A” sound correctly.   The Georgian Language (Qartuli) only has pure vowel sounds, you see.  You could say that Georgia speaks the way a chorus sings.  It’s difficult for Georgians to pronounce diphthongs & such.  The short “A” sound is not a diphthong, but you get my point.  Well, it turns out that Lisa had about a half hour discussion on her co-teacher’s pronunciation of  “A”, an experience I think Lisa couldn’t have cared less to have.  The language barrier is difficult enough, & to minimalize it only makes it more frustrating.  Lisa ended up leaving school early that day.  When she relayed this story to us, it was a bit of a struggle for us to hear, and when she finished, Ship told Lisa, “You should tell’er to take her ‘a’  ‘a’  ‘a’  & stick it up’er ‘a’  ‘a’  ***!”

Love that man.


I love you too.


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1 Comment »

  1. Ender’s Game is a great book. One should read is several times… every singly time it will be more details of the story discovered.

    The book is quite insightful about one’s ability to influence public opinion in the Information Era. This is quite true especially in the light of things going on with WikiLeaks…

    Comment by ---> — December 1, 2010 @ 9:05 am

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I'm currently teaching English in the republic of Georgia. I started this blog so that those I love & those interested can read all about my experience.







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