So furious I could puke.
Really? You think it's okay to slap your wife if she's been nagging you for hours? Really? Men are a suppressed entity in our society who are being compelled to forfeit their masculinity at the hands of their female suppressors? Really? You're a white, heterosexual, christian male living in the USA and pulling in 60+ grand per year.

Dear "men's rights" asshole. Cry moar.

I love my job!

So I just finished grading my exams and here are the bar none best answers of the month.

In third place from a High Basic student we have, as advice to a friend who doesn't have enough money to get back to Peru:  He should to prepare a sandwiches and sell it in the aeroport.

In second place from a Pre-Intermediate Module 1 student we have, as advice to a friend who just found out his girlfriend has been cheating on him: I don't know what to say, dude. Shit happens.

And in first place, from another High Basic student, we need a little explanation. The intended answer was "I go out with friends at night."

What did we get? Drumroll please...

"I go down on friends in the nights".

Thank you all for attending. Please tune in next month for more fantastic ESL test answers.

Hmm...'their' vs 'his/her'
I recently got into a facebook fight with one of my aquaintences from highschool over the apropriateness of using 'their' as a gender neutral possesive adjective for the third person singular. According to the grammar text I use to teach ESL/TOEFL, 'their' has been an acceptable gender neutral alternative  to 'his or her' since at least 2003.

Said aquaintence argued that while that may be true, he thought it was stupid to change the language for lazy people who couldn't be bothered to learn proper English. He compared it to using 'ain't' or 'gonna'.

My personal thoughts on this whole thing is that English is a living language, and by that definition, is constantly evolving to suit the needs of the people who speak it. English as we speak it today is not the same as the English from 100 years ago, and that's only taking into account English spoken in the United States. If we start comparing Brittish English and Australian English and Canadian English...well the whole thing just gets that much more complicated.

What think you, flist?  

Wow, so...Peru. Flist, could use some help.

So...I got the job in Peru. Whoo yay me!

However, it's come to my attention that if I ever want to return to the US afterward, I will need to have had the Yellow Fever vaccination, and indeed it would be a good idea to get vaccinated before I leave.

This presents a problem.

About two years ago, I had a pretty severe case of Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It's an autoimune disease and doctors <i>think</i> it is caused by upper-respiratory and gastro intestinal viral infection. In my case, I was getting over a pretty nasty case of mono. Basically the immune system starts attack the peripheral nervous system, destroying the meylin sheath. In the space of three days, I was almost completely paralyzed and on the verge of being unable to breathe or swallow on my own. A four day course of intra-veinous imunoglobulin stopped the progression of the paralysis, and six months of physical therapy got me up and walking again. Life as I knew it resumed.

There are several vaccinations that have been linked to GBS including the Anthrax vaccine, H1N1, Live Flu, HPV, and meningecoccus. Usually people who've had GBS are just advised to take caution, but because my case was so severe, my doctor told me I should just write those vaccines out of the realm of possibility. When I looked up information online about the Yellow Fever vaccine, it mentioned that people with a history of neurological disorders should consult their physicians, but made no specific mention of GBS. Further trolling of the intarwebs has provided no additional information.

I can't exactly call up my doctor because I'm in Costa Rica, so...if anyone is in the medical field or knows someone who is, or just has better google fu than me, could ya help me out with any information you might have or know how to find?

<lj-cut text="In other news, here is some awesome TEFL humor.">

epic fail photos - Lesson WIN

So, not only do I have laryngitis, but I've got a staph infection in my tattoo. In four more days I'll know if it's MRSA or not.


Living abroad = need help!

So I recently moved to Costa Rica, only to discover that I'm not able to watch full episodes online because of my geographical location.

Erm...any thoughts?

Spirit Day
Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

More White Collar recs!
There has been a recent deluge of fantastic gen being written over at [community profile] whitecollarfic on livejournal, and it's too good not to share.

First up, we have Things Aren't Quite as They Seem by [personal profile] elrhiarhodan. It's a outsiders, view-from-the-bullpen fic (which I'm a complete sucker for, no I don't have a voyeur kink) told from the point of view of Probationary Agent Blake, whom we met in 2.04. Without giving it all away, Blake is absolutely clueless about who Neal is, and then he gets the wrong clue entirely, and then he figgures out whats up and is absolutely pissy. You'll feel for him while you laugh at him. 

365 Pieces of Paper by [personal profile] ladygray99 I hesitate to call it a character study - it's more of a relationship study of the dynamic between Peter and Neal. The characterization is spot on, and even though it's a study, it doesn't get preachy or boring at all. 

Last, we have A Penny for Your Thoughts by [personal profile] aelfgyfu_mead This episode tag for 1.05 "The Portrait" deals with Peter's reaction to finding out Neal switched the paintings. The shennanigans Neal gets up to (I won't spoil them for you)  will have to laughing out loud, and then there's just enough serious thrown in to give what could have been a piece of fluff some really nice substance.

I can hardly believe it, but in thirteen hours, I am leaving for Costa Rica, and I don't know when I'm comming back. I've got the apartment all set up there, transportation from the airport to the language school set up, lesson plans written, text books purchased...

Holy fucking crap, I'm actually doing this.

White Collar fic rec
Put the People in Their Places ~ by [personal profile] lonetread 

Why you should read it? In about 200 words, lonetread manages to perfectly encapsulate the push-pull dynamic between Peter and Neal. Saying anything more would spoil it, but the emotional impact left me speachless for a few moments. El is there as well, and I suppose if you squint and put your slash goggles on you can see this as OT3 (the author even indicates it's established OT3), but really this is all about Neal and how his relationship with Peter has change him.

I'll stop before I start singing broadway show tunes.  


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