I'm experimenting with hooking this blog up with my Facebook Page. Here is Chapter Two.
Well, It's been well over two years since I last posted on this blog. I could feel shame or guilt but I just don't buy into shame or guilt because it's such a waste of mental energy. I just prefer to pick up where I left off and leave it at that.
This post is dedicated to Beverly Parrish who recently signed up for my mailing list. I remember the name very clearly but I can't remember from where. - Australia, New Guinea or North Dakota. Wherever I know you from, Beverly, thank you. I was inspired.
It took some determination, but I was finally accepted as an online tutor by Preply and things have worked out very well. In the last sixteen months I have conducted 1300 lessons with students from all over the world and it has been amazing. These students have become my new best friends. I offer excellent rates (my Social Security discount) and conduct about 25 lessons per week.
I'm still happily living in Guadalajara (four and a half years already) and still conduct a few classes in the city. I love my Mexican students but I'm 68 now and often feel my age, so I prefer to work from the computer.
The first year, I wrote one grammar/vocabulary exercise per week and they were well received. Then I got tired of that so I began writing one page chapter summaries from my autobiography and they have been very popular, so I keep writing them. For example, here is Chapter One, quiz and answers. Enjoy!
Since I opted not to start from scratch the renewal process for my work visa here in Mexico, I've been looking casually for other opportunities. Obviously in this day and age, the Internet probably has almost unlimited potential. In January, I applied with one company that conducts English lessons online and heard back from them last week, so I'm enthusiastic about that. It pays pretty well, has a lot of flexibility and the lessons are conducted from the comfort of my own office. I'll attach a short video I used in the application process. Believe me, it is not a study in perfection but this was the original take and I thought: "I could probably re-do this ten times with little or no improvement." If I get the job I'll know it worked, so please wish me well. Thank you.
...... since I posted anything. This will change, I promise. So much to say, where to begin?I guess the big thing is that I'm working on a dictionary and it's almost done. I'll post the cover concept image and that will tell you a lot. More very soon.
April 1, 2014
I think that the joke is probably on me, but I'm bound and determined to post something today and try my hand at posting an audio link to a radio interview that I did a while back. Posterity's sake, you know. It's a "tell all" kind of a show without mentioning names, but right now I'm going to watch "The Mob Doctor." If you ever have an opportunity to check it out, don't hesitate.
This is an excellent TV show for big kids about a modern day crime syndicate in Chicago. I think that Meryl Streep's daughter plays the mob doctor, but maybe that's just a rumor. Good blood line, anyway...
"I'll be back......"
O.K. I'm going to take a stab at posting this podcast show. It's about an hour long and I was quite pleased with the final result - particularly considering that it was my first effort. It gets of to a bit of a slow start but picks up a lot of steam after about five minutes. Enjoy!
So.......Success! And this success is not taken lightly by me because I have spent about an hour putting this PODCAST site together. It's a good thing I like technical stuff, even though I'm not particularly good at it. This Toshiba Windows 7 laptop is a civilized little machine, I must say. Look at the size of that pill, will you?? Good old U. S. of A.......
Eleven months later.....
I guess I've been a slacker with my blogging, wouldn't you say? Sorry about that! I'll test this out to see if I can actually post something and if I'm successful, I PROMISE that I'll be more prolific - starting immediately.
I just figured our how to post text. This is good. I also figured out how to post a photo! Watch out now...! This is me teaching. What do you think?
"The Natural.... :~)"
Greetings from beautiful Guadalajara!
I'm about to embark on a "career" teaching English to young Mexicans and it's pretty exciting for me. I took a one month certification course here in February and it was very intense as I tried to remember grammar lessons from boarding school in Australia fifty years ago! As the cobwebs started to clear, the whole process became very enjoyable and I knew I was on the right track for my final employment push. My objective is to teach here in Guadalajara until I'm 75, so, ten or eleven years. Then I'll be pretty old. I love it, though. The kids (12 to 22) are awesome and it's such a kick! I interview for my "dream" job next week so wish me luck, O.K.
I decided to go back to writing on this blog for a variety of reasons. The main one is that I actually have access to the tools and maybe I can even post some photographs. We'll see. If nobody ever reads it at least I'm writing again and keeping up with my story. Fun for me, anyway! For anyone who does read it, enjoy!
This is a photo of me and my World Pass 2A class about six months into my new teaching career. From the left: Cheto, Esmeralda, Yours Truly, Violeta, Marisol and Alex.
April 8, 2013
Question: "How are you feeling, Bob?"
Answer: "Not sure.
I had my second teaching class today at 4:15 and guess who didn't show up? The students. Zero. Nadie. 0 of 9. What do you know? It must be Friday afternoon. The observer and I went over the lesson plan and called it a day. I told him: "There are a lot of serious problems in the world and this isn't one of them." I'm waiting for Lynn to finish her class and we'll find a nice place for dinner. That should calm my tummy down a bit, anyway. Guadalajara is famous for its restaurants but I've been saving "the dining experience" for special occasions...LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT.....! Have a great weekend and get out the skis. I hear that there's a storm on the way.