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Offline yirgacheffe

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #500 on: August 22, 2016, 10:26:30 AM »
I never imagined I'd rant about something like this.  The air conditioner in our Teacher's Room is running on a low temp setting, and It's Cold in Here

I expected it to be hot/warm as always, and wore a skirt and thin shirt.  Now I wish I'd worn a shrug or cardigan with it.  My legs are freezing, too. 

Not sure if I should complain too much.  It could feel like Hell in here tomorrow.   

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Haha I leave a cardigan at school for this very reason. My school is generally pretty liberal with the AC so it gets quite cold at times. I'm not complaining, though, since I prefer the cold to the heat. I just dress for summer (in case the AC doesn't work or whatever) but I always have the cardigan just in case.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #501 on: August 22, 2016, 10:33:59 AM »
Arrive back in Korea, get to my stop on the airport bus, try for 30+ minutes to get a taxi home, but no taxi will take me..I have 4 bags.  Whatever.

I walk two bags ahead 30 meters, then walk back, get the other two bags and walk them ahead 60 meters, rinse and repeat (this has happened before, so I'm not blowing a fuse).

I have a nice sweat going within a minute due to the humidity and heat.

After 10 minutes of this baggage relay, this lovely young Korean girl, nicknamed "Kimberly" approached me to offer to help me.  I explain about the taxi situation, so she offers to help wheel my bags home.  I politely refuse her offer, as she is wearing a dress and high heels, it is extremely hot and humid, and my bags are maxed out at 32 kilos/70 pounds.

I continue, but after a couple of minutes, this "Kimberly" returns and insists on helping me, so I accept.

I do my best to make small talk while we muscle the bags toward my house.

She seems "normal", so my initial fears subside.

Once home, I asked her to wait, so I could quickly run inside (I wanted to give her a small  token of my appreciation in the form of a bottle of wine). She thought it too much, but accepted.

Thank you "Kimberly"!

On another note, electric bill from July: 683 kWh= 282,940! Not looking forward to August, as it is already over 600 kWh  :(

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #502 on: August 22, 2016, 10:50:04 AM »
Arrive back in Korea, get to my stop on the airport bus, try for 30+ minutes to get a taxi home, but no taxi will take me..I have 4 bags.  Whatever.

I walk two bags ahead 30 meters, then walk back, get the other two bags and walk them ahead 60 meters, rinse and repeat (this has happened before, so I'm not blowing a fuse).

I have a nice sweat going within a minute due to the humidity and heat.

After 10 minutes of this baggage relay, this lovely young Korean girl, nicknamed "Kimberly" approached me to offer to help me.  I explain about the taxi situation, so she offers to help wheel my bags home.  I politely refuse her offer, as she is wearing a dress and high heels, it is extremely hot and humid, and my bags are maxed out at 32 kilos/70 pounds.

I continue, but after a couple of minutes, this "Kimberly" returns and insists on helping me, so I accept.

I do my best to make small talk while we muscle the bags toward my house.

She seems "normal", so my initial fears subside.

Once home, I asked her to wait, so I could quickly run inside (I wanted to give her a small  token of my appreciation in the form of a bottle of wine). She thought it too much, but accepted.

Thank you "Kimberly"!

On another note, electric bill from July: 683 kWh= 282,940! Not looking forward to August, as it is already over 600 kWh  :(
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #503 on: August 22, 2016, 11:01:55 AM »
I'm happily married and way too old.

She was genuinely a sweet/kind young lady.  I came to learn why she was so bold and her English so good...she lived in the states for 18 months and experienced American hospitality.

She just recently moved to Seoul from the country and doesn't really know anyone here, yet.

I'm sure she'll do just fine ;)
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #504 on: August 22, 2016, 11:11:05 AM »
Arrive back in Korea, get to my stop on the airport bus, try for 30+ minutes to get a taxi home, but no taxi will take me..I have 4 bags.  Whatever.

I walk two bags ahead 30 meters, then walk back, get the other two bags and walk them ahead 60 meters, rinse and repeat (this has happened before, so I'm not blowing a fuse).

I have a nice sweat going within a minute due to the humidity and heat.

After 10 minutes of this baggage relay, this lovely young Korean girl, nicknamed "Kimberly" approached me to offer to help me.  I explain about the taxi situation, so she offers to help wheel my bags home.  I politely refuse her offer, as she is wearing a dress and high heels, it is extremely hot and humid, and my bags are maxed out at 32 kilos/70 pounds.

I continue, but after a couple of minutes, this "Kimberly" returns and insists on helping me, so I accept.

I do my best to make small talk while we muscle the bags toward my house.

She seems "normal", so my initial fears subside.

Once home, I asked her to wait, so I could quickly run inside (I wanted to give her a small  token of my appreciation in the form of a bottle of wine). She thought it too much, but accepted.

Thank you "Kimberly"!

On another note, electric bill from July: 683 kWh= 282,940! Not looking forward to August, as it is already over 600 kWh  :(

I have the AC on all the time and my monthly bills are 18-20 bucks. How on earth are yours so high? Are you in a 4 bedroom?
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #505 on: August 22, 2016, 11:31:03 AM »
I'm happily married and way too old.

She was genuinely a sweet/kind young lady.  I came to learn why she was so bold and her English so good...she lived in the states for 18 months and experienced American hospitality.

She just recently moved to Seoul from the country and doesn't really know anyone here, yet.

I'm sure she'll do just fine ;)
awesome. it's easy to become jaded here, but people certainly can be kind. when my family visited people were so friendly to them- especially my 9 year old cousin (who went back home telling his friends that he was a 'minor celebrity' in korea haha)

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #506 on: August 22, 2016, 12:58:53 PM »
The jet lag is real. Got back from vacation this past weekend and even though I slept a crazy amount, I am struggling to be awake right now

I guess it's also siesta time.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #507 on: August 22, 2016, 01:35:20 PM »
CO2,

It's 24-25 pyeong, but a/c is only on during essential hours of the day on a timer.

We run air filter machines, too, but the only reason the bill is so high is due to the progressive/punitive electricity rates.

If we paid a flat rate, our bill would only be 40-60,000 per month.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #508 on: August 22, 2016, 02:32:46 PM »
CO2,

It's 24-25 pyeong, but a/c is only on during essential hours of the day on a timer.

We run air filter machines, too, but the only reason the bill is so high is due to the progressive/punitive electricity rates.

If we paid a flat rate, our bill would only be 40-60,000 per month.

Pecan I assume your apt complex or w/e doesn't adhere to the group rating system with the all inclusive monthly 관리비. This year I moved into one these apartment complexes that is set up on some kind of group billing system where parking, electricity, water, maintenance,etc (but not gas) is determined by the size of you apt unit. Its good for those looking to save cash but also bad cuz they control essential functions like the lowest temperature settings of individual ac units. I didn't notice this when I signed the lease for the unit. My flat rate is around 80,000 for everything each month but it went up to 90,000 for everybody last month. But that really isn't the issue. My problem is that group rates require management and the temperature threshold for Koreans seems to be far greater than what I personally can stand. This month a couple of times the AC units would not go lower than 27 sometimes this is not a problem but a few days it got pretty hot and 27 felt like 32 especially after I got back from vacation. So yesterday I had enough and I went out to a ETLand and bought a really nice stand alone AC unit with 3step hepa air filtration system, auto swing movement,etc etc I got a fairly good deal and it was worth it long term especially when the winter comes and I am able to switch it to heat.

But I'm curious if I start to run this all day/night would anybody notice. Since we don't receive electric bills individually from the power company and there isn't a meter that is checked monthly how could anybody actually know how much power I'm consuming?? Anyone has any experience with group billing schemes? This is my first time. I much rather pay for what I use.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #509 on: August 22, 2016, 02:41:32 PM »
It's a house, so we don't have any of types of restrictions that you mentioned above.

Best of luck.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #510 on: August 22, 2016, 03:08:09 PM »
It's a house, so we don't have any of types of restrictions that you mentioned above.

Best of luck.

I had a friend who also had a house, drive way, patio etc But when the 2 year lease term was up his family moved back to an apt because of the bills, the inconvenience of being pretty far from essentials places, and the owner wanting him to start paying a different percentage of the property insurance.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #511 on: August 22, 2016, 03:30:20 PM »
2 of my 3 schools I'm genuinely happy to teach again but the last one....where do these brats come from?! There was no Englishee class today but when they came in to clean I was like ugh... you still exist...

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #512 on: August 22, 2016, 03:43:28 PM »
Today is the FIRST DAY of the new school year, and yet already, one of my classrooms computer and projector set up is completely not working. There goes half the class.

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« Reply #513 on: August 22, 2016, 03:52:22 PM »
Today is the FIRST DAY of the new school year, and yet already, one of my classrooms computer and projector set up is completely not working. There goes half the class.
New school year?  Who starts a new school year in August in Korea? An international school?

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #514 on: August 23, 2016, 07:15:44 AM »
New school year?  Who starts a new school year in August in Korea? An international school?
...All of the schools aside from universities?

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« Reply #515 on: August 23, 2016, 07:25:41 AM »
New school year?  Who starts a new school year in August in Korea? An international school?
...All of the schools aside from universities?
A new semester, maybe, but insofar as I know the school year tends to start at the end of February in the majority of Korean public schools.

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« Reply #516 on: August 23, 2016, 07:31:59 AM »
Sorry not to clairy, I was asking HaLo3.

I'm well aware that Korean public schools and universities start Mach 1st.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #517 on: August 23, 2016, 07:41:08 AM »
My last week here before I go home, and after my vacation, and they still need me to "teach" this final week.

Movies only. And if their internet doesn't work and I can't get netflix, they're having a free period. I don't even care anymore.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #518 on: August 23, 2016, 07:45:16 AM »
I miss playing Pokemon Go.

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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #519 on: August 23, 2016, 07:50:19 AM »
I miss playing Pokemon Go.

Me too. I played it all the time while I was in Japan for vacation.