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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #420 on: September 23, 2015, 10:32:45 am »
Returned home to find the fridge freezer defrosted.

Nothing salvageable......no t the beef, chicken, salmon or selection of Italian cheeses in the fridge.

 :cry:

but what about the starving children in Africa?  :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
Open your mind.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #421 on: September 23, 2015, 11:16:36 am »
Returned home to find the fridge freezer defrosted.

Nothing salvageable......no t the beef, chicken, salmon or selection of Italian cheeses in the fridge.

 :cry:

but what about the starving children in Africa?  :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Let them eat cake?


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #422 on: October 01, 2015, 08:53:38 am »
Yesterday someone brought in a bunch of red bean ddeok leftover from Chuseok.  I actually like ddeok, but I typically loathe red bean.  It's not sweet and it's chalky and tastes like shit.

One of my older ajumma CTs was insisting I take some home, and I didn't want to waste an entire brick of it.  This seemed agreeable to her, but then she got to thinking...

Quote
CT: But....I don't think it's enough!
Me: Really, we don't have ddeok in foreign countries, so foreigners don't eat it often.  I live alone, so I cant eat it all and I want someone to enjoy it!
CT: Oh, really?  But....what about your breakfast?!
Me: Well, like I said, ddeok is not common in many western countries, so we usually just enjoy it like a snack.
CT: Aaaah, I see....but really, I think it's not enough...

She finally gave up and continued distributing it among the staff.  I mean, c'mon, I took some!  A younger CT I'm friends with even came up to her and started to tell her I didn't like red bean, but I waved her off and told her not to worry about it.  The ajumma CT was so wrapped up in the lack of ddeok in my diet that she didn't even hear her.  :rolleyes:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #423 on: October 01, 2015, 09:02:37 am »
Yesterday someone brought in a bunch of red bean ddeok leftover from Chuseok.  I actually like ddeok, but I typically loathe red bean.  It's not sweet and it's chalky and tastes like shit.

One of my older ajumma CTs was insisting I take some home, and I didn't want to waste an entire brick of it.  This seemed agreeable to her, but then she got to thinking...

Quote
CT: But....I don't think it's enough!
Me: Really, we don't have ddeok in foreign countries, so foreigners don't eat it often.  I live alone, so I cant eat it all and I want someone to enjoy it!
CT: Oh, really?  But....what about your breakfast?!
Me: Well, like I said, ddeok is not common in many western countries, so we usually just enjoy it like a snack.
CT: Aaaah, I see....but really, I think it's not enough...

She finally gave up and continued distributing it among the staff.  I mean, c'mon, I took some!  A younger CT I'm friends with even came up to her and started to tell her I didn't like red bean, but I waved her off and told her not to worry about it.  The ajumma CT was so wrapped up in the lack of ddeok in my diet that she didn't even hear her.  :rolleyes:

To paraphrase Mitch Hedberg:

When someone gives me ddeok, it's like they're saying "Here, you throw this away."


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #424 on: October 01, 2015, 09:14:54 am »
So.

Musicians are flakes.
Koreans are flakes.
Korean musicians are super-dee-duper next-level flakes.

I've been trying to make a band work for the last year and a half. I joined the band on bass, and since I joined we've gone through seven singers, four drummers, and two keyboardists. Only the guitarist and I have stuck around. In the year and a half together, we've had a complete band together long enough to play exactly one show, to an empty bar with nobody in the audience except the members of the other band that was playing that night.

Just yesterday, our most recent singer, drummer, and keyboardist all quit at the same time. When my guitarist told me about it, I couldn't tell if he was trying to tell me we should break up or go on an extended hiatus, because the only thing worse than my Korean is his English. I asked him to clarify if he meant that the band was finished, and he said "I don't know. It's up to you."

Weeeellllll I'm sick of all the nonsense, so I called it all off. I am now band-less. It just so happens that I had recently acquired programs and interfaces for doing some home recording, though, so the timing kinda works out. I'll have more time for writing and recording my own stuff, so maybe I'll be able to enjoy making music again for a change.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #425 on: October 01, 2015, 09:21:19 am »
So.

Musicians are flakes.
Koreans are flakes.
Korean musicians are super-dee-duper next-level flakes.

I've been trying to make a band work for the last year and a half. I joined the band on bass, and since I joined we've gone through seven singers, four drummers, and two keyboardists. Only the guitarist and I have stuck around. In the year and a half together, we've had a complete band together long enough to play exactly one show, to an empty bar with nobody in the audience except the members of the other band that was playing that night.

Just yesterday, our most recent singer, drummer, and keyboardist all quit at the same time. When my guitarist told me about it, I couldn't tell if he was trying to tell me we should break up or go on an extended hiatus, because the only thing worse than my Korean is his English. I asked him to clarify if he meant that the band was finished, and he said "I don't know. It's up to you."

Weeeellllll I'm sick of all the nonsense, so I called it all off. I am now band-less. It just so happens that I had recently acquired programs and interfaces for doing some home recording, though, so the timing kinda works out. I'll have more time for writing and recording my own stuff, so maybe I'll be able to enjoy making music again for a change.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBUrL7Naxt8


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #426 on: October 01, 2015, 09:48:26 am »
Today during the recess time between 2nd and 3rd period there are no teachers to be found and I've gone past 3 crying kids and nobody can tell me what happened.  I literally just searched the entire school for a certain homeroom teacher and couldn't find ANY homeroom teachers. I don't HAVE a co teacher at this school. I want to smash things.  :evil:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #427 on: October 01, 2015, 12:00:32 pm »
Today during the recess time between 2nd and 3rd period there are no teachers to be found and I've gone past 3 crying kids and nobody can tell me what happened.  I literally just searched the entire school for a certain homeroom teacher and couldn't find ANY homeroom teachers. I don't HAVE a co teacher at this school. I want to smash things.  :evil:

Aww, sad.  Did it seem related?  Usually can pick up from context what happened, especially from little kids as they have a tendency to act things out as they speak.  Did the kids try to tell you in Korean at all?  :sad:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #428 on: October 01, 2015, 12:04:14 pm »
Today during the recess time between 2nd and 3rd period there are no teachers to be found and I've gone past 3 crying kids and nobody can tell me what happened.  I literally just searched the entire school for a certain homeroom teacher and couldn't find ANY homeroom teachers. I don't HAVE a co teacher at this school. I want to smash things.  :evil:

Aww, sad.  Did it seem related?  Usually can pick up from context what happened, especially from little kids as they have a tendency to act things out as they speak.  Did the kids try to tell you in Korean at all?  :sad:
The one girl and a boy were chasing each other and the girl got an elbow in the face. That's the only one I could de-code


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #429 on: October 01, 2015, 12:32:06 pm »
I am the DEVIL, THE ANTI-CHRIST, THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS!!!!!

Because I questioned how the teachers monthly "teachers group" money is being spent.
You know, that money that they take out of your pay, like 20,000 a month or whatever.
You know, for a MONTHLY dinner.

Well...

CT says, "hey everyone is going hiking on Friday for a teachers group thing."

Me: "Oh, I might as well go since I am paying for it."

CT: "Oh, this is not that money, its extra money."

Me: "Wait what? How is the teachers money being spent? Don't I donate monthly to do a monthly dinner which we never have? Where is all the money going if it can't pay for the hiking trip?"

CT: "Dinners, and end of year dinner!"

Me: "But we never have dinners, and does the end of year dinner cost 12,000,000 won?!"

CT: "Oh relax, You DON"T UNDERSTAND, its for paying teachers! For gifts, and maybe if a teacher's family member dies."

Me: "I haven't received any gifts, and what happens when no one has a death in the family? It just doesn't make sense to me how we never have money for anything, out of a 12k pot. How does it only pay for just one last dinner? It doesn't add up...


CT: starts huffing and puffing, acting as if I have insulted her personally etc..... and how I am just not understanding the situation.



Oh I understand. We are getting ripped off.


That being said, I have chosen to do this, so... double edge sword. Withdrawl, everyone hates you for it and makes life more hell like. Pay, just bite your tongue and don't ask.
What you put into Korea, is what you will get out of Korea; it will not spoon feed you.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #430 on: October 01, 2015, 12:37:38 pm »
I am the DEVIL, THE ANTI-CHRIST, THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS!!!!!

Because I questioned how the teachers monthly "teachers group" money is being spent.
You know, that money that they take out of your pay, like 20,000 a month or whatever.
You know, for a MONTHLY dinner.

Well...

CT says, "hey everyone is going hiking on Friday for a teachers group thing."

Me: "Oh, I might as well go since I am paying for it."

CT: "Oh, this is not that money, its extra money."

Me: "Wait what? How is the teachers money being spent? Don't I donate monthly to do a monthly dinner which we never have? Where is all the money going if it can't pay for the hiking trip?"

CT: "Dinners, and end of year dinner!"

Me: "But we never have dinners, and does the end of year dinner cost 12,000,000 won?!"

CT: "Oh relax, You DON"T UNDERSTAND, its for paying teachers! For gifts, and maybe if a teacher's family member dies."

Me: "I haven't received any gifts, and what happens when no one has a death in the family? It just doesn't make sense to me how we never have money for anything, out of a 12k pot. How does it only pay for just one last dinner? It doesn't add up...


CT: starts huffing and puffing, acting as if I have insulted her personally etc..... and how I am just not understanding the situation.



Oh I understand. We are getting ripped off.


That being said, I have chosen to do this, so... double edge sword. Withdrawl, everyone hates you for it and makes life more hell like. Pay, just bite your tongue and don't ask.

My school has big dinners twice a semester. Once a semester, the few people in my office have a lunch. The other money we pay each month goes to gifts for teachers who retire every year, or teachers who get sick or get married during the year, etc. The last dinner of the year is usually pretty big and fancy. Last year, there were also like four teachers who retired.

Anyway, that's where the money goes where I'm working.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #431 on: October 01, 2015, 01:36:00 pm »
Last teacher dinner I was invited to ended with Mrs. Principal- who I had never met before- interrupting my conversation with a coworker (who I often helped practice her English, at her request) to yell quite loudly at me to speak Korean when I talk to Korean people.

I never got asked to another hwaesik, and they stopped taking money out.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #432 on: October 01, 2015, 01:37:48 pm »
I honestly think one of my CTs has an IQ of 10.

Today, I taught the 3rd lesson of "Do you want to (verb) (noun)?". The students know all the textbook examples by heart. The textbook has some really weird examples like 'Do you want to clean the walls?' and 'Do you want to pick up cans?'

It's the 3rd lesson of the chapter so I made an activity to learn new verbs and nouns, each student wrote one verb and one noun on separate pieces of paper. I collected the pieces of paper and put them into little piles. Randomly, I'd draw one from each pile and write the sentence on the board, 'Do you want to (verb) (noun)?'.
The first student to successfully translate the expression would get a point for their team. For the bonus round, they'd answer ('Yes, I do' or 'No, I don't')  I'd ask why and if they could answer with an appropriate adjective, I'd give them a bonus point.

example:
'Do you want to eat the PC Bang?'
(translate)
'Yes, I do?'
Why?
'It's delicious'

We had lots of weird and funny sentences and the kids did very well and got a real kick out of it.
The laughter was a clear indication that they understood the sentences, since they became
ridiculous 'Do you want to drink your teacher?'
The problem was the CT. After the first 3 sentence she looks very worried and tells me:

"Your Majesty, Aristocrat teacher, the sentences aren't in the textbook"

(what I said)
"Yes, pleb, I know. I'm trying to teach them different verbs/nouns and understanding the expression"
(what I thought)
No sh*t Sherlock, you've been watching the entire process and only figured out now that you'd
get a mix of unique sentences.

After another 2 rounds.

"Lord Aristocrat teacher, the students don't know these sentences. They aren't in the textbook, we
 haven't taught it to them"

(what I said)
Serf, They've gotten all of them right so far, lets give them a chance.
(what I thought)
Is there a bar in your little corner at the back of the class? Are you drunk? As the kids who know the answer translate correctly, the entire class listens and learns. About 70% of the class puts their hand up to translate. They're learning how to use the expression creatively.

Same story again, she tells me:

"Baron Aristocrat teacher, the students don't know these words, they aren't in the textbook"

(me)
"I know, but some of the students might have learned these words at their Academy, from T.V or somewhere else. How do you know they don't know it? They've gotten almost every sentence correct so far."

(her)
"But it's not in the textbook, we haven't taught it"

(she's new, so I decide to send her on a goose chase)
"We've learned all these words last year, I'm reviewing"

We continue having fun, learning new words and making new sentences, while (you won't believe this) she's looking through last year's textbook for the sentence 'Do you want to punch a pizza?'

She tells me she can't find it and I say, 'Oh yes, they changed the textbook, it was in last years book'. She scratching in the bookshelf for last years book, it's not there, but I seriously couldn't believe how thick this woman was.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #433 on: October 01, 2015, 01:41:12 pm »
I am the DEVIL, THE ANTI-CHRIST, THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS!!!!!

Because I questioned how the teachers monthly "teachers group" money is being spent.
You know, that money that they take out of your pay, like 20,000 a month or whatever.
You know, for a MONTHLY dinner.

Well...

CT says, "hey everyone is going hiking on Friday for a teachers group thing."

Me: "Oh, I might as well go since I am paying for it."

CT: "Oh, this is not that money, its extra money."

Me: "Wait what? How is the teachers money being spent? Don't I donate monthly to do a monthly dinner which we never have? Where is all the money going if it can't pay for the hiking trip?"

CT: "Dinners, and end of year dinner!"

Me: "But we never have dinners, and does the end of year dinner cost 12,000,000 won?!"

CT: "Oh relax, You DON"T UNDERSTAND, its for paying teachers! For gifts, and maybe if a teacher's family member dies."

Me: "I haven't received any gifts, and what happens when no one has a death in the family? It just doesn't make sense to me how we never have money for anything, out of a 12k pot. How does it only pay for just one last dinner? It doesn't add up...


CT: starts huffing and puffing, acting as if I have insulted her personally etc..... and how I am just not understanding the situation.



Oh I understand. We are getting ripped off.


That being said, I have chosen to do this, so... double edge sword. Withdrawl, everyone hates you for it and makes life more hell like. Pay, just bite your tongue and don't ask.

You are the Devil, Become Death, The Grim Reaper, Bel Zebub... but you're also 20k richer every month and you're no longer wearing a giant lollipop on your head. So, every cloud...


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #434 on: October 01, 2015, 02:02:26 pm »
I am the DEVIL, THE ANTI-CHRIST, THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS!!!!!

Because I questioned how the teachers monthly "teachers group" money is being spent.
You know, that money that they take out of your pay, like 20,000 a month or whatever.
You know, for a MONTHLY dinner.

Well...

CT says, "hey everyone is going hiking on Friday for a teachers group thing."

Me: "Oh, I might as well go since I am paying for it."

CT: "Oh, this is not that money, its extra money."

Me: "Wait what? How is the teachers money being spent? Don't I donate monthly to do a monthly dinner which we never have? Where is all the money going if it can't pay for the hiking trip?"

CT: "Dinners, and end of year dinner!"

Me: "But we never have dinners, and does the end of year dinner cost 12,000,000 won?!"

CT: "Oh relax, You DON"T UNDERSTAND, its for paying teachers! For gifts, and maybe if a teacher's family member dies."

Me: "I haven't received any gifts, and what happens when no one has a death in the family? It just doesn't make sense to me how we never have money for anything, out of a 12k pot. How does it only pay for just one last dinner? It doesn't add up...


CT: starts huffing and puffing, acting as if I have insulted her personally etc..... and how I am just not understanding the situation.



Oh I understand. We are getting ripped off.


That being said, I have chosen to do this, so... double edge sword. Withdrawl, everyone hates you for it and makes life more hell like. Pay, just bite your tongue and don't ask.

My school has big dinners twice a semester. Once a semester, the few people in my office have a lunch. The other money we pay each month goes to gifts for teachers who retire every year, or teachers who get sick or get married during the year, etc. The last dinner of the year is usually pretty big and fancy. Last year, there were also like four teachers who retired.

Anyway, that's where the money goes where I'm working.

i've queried this in the past, got told the same thing. that extra money is spent on gifts for teachers who's family member has died; if they get married; if teachers retire; big end-of-semester dinners, etc.

if there is any left over at the end of the year you're supposed to get some money back. someone in the admin office should also be able to send you a spreadsheet with a breakdown of the expenses from this fund.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #435 on: October 01, 2015, 02:12:46 pm »
I honestly think one of my CTs has an IQ of 10.

Today, I taught the 3rd lesson of "Do you want to (verb) (noun)?". The students know all the textbook examples by heart. The textbook has some really weird examples like 'Do you want to clean the walls?' and 'Do you want to pick up cans?'

It's the 3rd lesson of the chapter so I made an activity to learn new verbs and nouns, each student wrote one verb and one noun on separate pieces of paper. I collected the pieces of paper and put them into little piles. Randomly, I'd draw one from each pile and write the sentence on the board, 'Do you want to (verb) (noun)?'.
The first student to successfully translate the expression would get a point for their team. For the bonus round, they'd answer ('Yes, I do' or 'No, I don't')  I'd ask why and if they could answer with an appropriate adjective, I'd give them a bonus point.

example:
'Do you want to eat the PC Bang?'
(translate)
'Yes, I do?'
Why?
'It's delicious'

We had lots of weird and funny sentences and the kids did very well and got a real kick out of it.
The laughter was a clear indication that they understood the sentences, since they became
ridiculous 'Do you want to drink your teacher?'
The problem was the CT. After the first 3 sentence she looks very worried and tells me:

"Your Majesty, Aristocrat teacher, the sentences aren't in the textbook"

(what I said)
"Yes, pleb, I know. I'm trying to teach them different verbs/nouns and understanding the expression"
(what I thought)
No sh*t Sherlock, you've been watching the entire process and only figured out now that you'd
get a mix of unique sentences.

After another 2 rounds.

"Lord Aristocrat teacher, the students don't know these sentences. They aren't in the textbook, we
 haven't taught it to them"

(what I said)
Serf, They've gotten all of them right so far, lets give them a chance.
(what I thought)
Is there a bar in your little corner at the back of the class? Are you drunk? As the kids who know the answer translate correctly, the entire class listens and learns. About 70% of the class puts their hand up to translate. They're learning how to use the expression creatively.

Same story again, she tells me:

"Baron Aristocrat teacher, the students don't know these words, they aren't in the textbook"

(me)
"I know, but some of the students might have learned these words at their Academy, from T.V or somewhere else. How do you know they don't know it? They've gotten almost every sentence correct so far."

(her)
"But it's not in the textbook, we haven't taught it"

(she's new, so I decide to send her on a goose chase)
"We've learned all these words last year, I'm reviewing"

We continue having fun, learning new words and making new sentences, while (you won't believe this) she's looking through last year's textbook for the sentence 'Do you want to punch a pizza?'

She tells me she can't find it and I say, 'Oh yes, they changed the textbook, it was in last years book'. She scratching in the bookshelf for last years book, it's not there, but I seriously couldn't believe how thick this woman was.

If this is true, then it's a quality post.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #436 on: October 02, 2015, 02:09:20 pm »
Some f*cker down the hall has been whistling non-stop for the last hour and I want to throat punch them.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #437 on: October 02, 2015, 02:19:40 pm »
I honestly think one of my CTs has an IQ of 10.
Tell her the dictionary was recently revised to remove the word "gullible".


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #438 on: October 02, 2015, 02:20:25 pm »
There is some activity going on all day that involves a continuous loop of Yankee Doodle. None of the other teachers seem to mind, of course.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD
« Reply #439 on: October 02, 2015, 02:29:50 pm »
There is some activity going on all day that involves a continuous loop of Yankee Doodle. None of the other teachers seem to mind, of course.
Bwahahahaha of all the songs. When I taught at a boys high school. The music room was right below me and the school band always practiced at lunch hour. For about 3 months they would practice the same damn song...over and over and over....It never got any better... One of the songs was some Simple Plan song... The one thing I don't particularly miss about that school hehe