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  • jddavis7
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6380 on: August 23, 2017, 08:53:07 am »
Things that are apparently not okay: Taking sick days.

Things that are a-okay: Taking cold medicine at your desk and teacher while high on it.


  • Lurch
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6381 on: August 23, 2017, 09:23:11 am »
Wow. People were busy in the ranting thread on website waygook.org during the summer vacation.

Vacations are the busiest time of year. Most likely time for ranting. People have to deal more with Korean traffic and airports in particular. Did I ever rant about the butting-in-line Korean ajossis at Incheon a few years back? I know Koreans have trouble queuing, but at the airport? Inexcusable.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6382 on: August 23, 2017, 10:21:53 am »
Ah nutters, the nice principal at my main school is leaving in two weeks.  I hope the replacement isn't a tool  :sad:

Our laid-back principal is retiring this year as well. I'm terrified as the new one is rumored to be "strict". Ugh.


I, too, am losing my super laid-back principal this year. He's the nicest to me in the whole school so even if a monster doesn't take his place, I'll miss him.  :sad:


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6383 on: August 23, 2017, 10:39:50 am »
I got lucky. The previous principal at my school was a real bastard, apparently, but he got replaced the year I came here, so I've never even met the guy. Current principal is set to retire soon, but the VP will be taking over and he's just as chill.

RANT: So this semester my school is wanting me to combine English with more "art-centric" ideas because it's a free semester and they need stuff to display by the end of it all.

On one hand I don't mind it because now I can spend 3-4 weeks on a project instead of just 1 or 2, and it's super easy to keep those projects English-centered with an artistic twist rather than vice versa.

But on the other hand all of that requires an incredible amount of supervision and correction, and it leaves me mentally exhausted by the end of the day. Plus, it's a continual process of material prepping and making sure the students do an adequate job of cleaning up after themselves (I used to allow students to leave if they finished cleaning their own stations but quickly learned that the whole class pushes as an entire unit and works more efficiently if I don't allow anyone to leave until everyone has finished). 

So I don't need to spend as much time preparing lesson plans and powerpoint demonstrations, but it's still more work. Also, the free semester isn't really all that free because it still focuses heavily on what can be displayed for show and not so much on students' actual abilities and improvement scores.


  • emmas28
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6384 on: August 23, 2017, 11:39:32 am »
Can I rant about something that's not even happened yet?

The national training exercise is at 2pm today (not an issue) but it is raining cats and dogs outside. Our assembly point is across the playing field... I've already had to cross it twice to teach in the other building and even with an umbrella I still got soaked.

Fingers crossed someone decides to change the assembly point... and yes, I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:


  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6385 on: August 23, 2017, 12:12:52 pm »
Things that are apparently not okay: Taking sick days.

Things that are a-okay: Taking cold medicine at your desk and teacher while high on it.
Sooo... can't take one or two days off, but you *can* be 8 miles high for months on end. ... sounds okay to me! ...uh... you know, if I were into that sort of thing...  :lipsrsealed:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6386 on: August 23, 2017, 12:34:31 pm »
Can I rant about something that's not even happened yet?

The national training exercise is at 2pm today (not an issue) but it is raining cats and dogs outside. Our assembly point is across the playing field... I've already had to cross it twice to teach in the other building and even with an umbrella I still got soaked.

Fingers crossed someone decides to change the assembly point... and yes, I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Don't go.  I won't be.  Hide in the English room.  Bombs do not affect English. :lipsrsealed:

This is what I will be doing.
People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
-A.A. Milne


  • Maclean
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6387 on: August 23, 2017, 12:34:36 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.


  • jddavis7
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6388 on: August 23, 2017, 12:40:54 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.

SK isn't NK's only enemy, dude. There's a lot of nationalities that would consider them the enemy.


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6389 on: August 23, 2017, 12:49:45 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.

SK isn't NK's only enemy, dude. There's a lot of nationalities that would consider them the enemy.

Not really. A nuisance sure, but an enemy? The Norks aren't exactly threatening to nuke Dublin or Johannesburg.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6390 on: August 23, 2017, 12:50:17 pm »
I don't understand how, when an adult asks if they can have one thing (" Can I have this?") they think it gives them the right to take absolutely everything.


  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6391 on: August 23, 2017, 12:55:12 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.


Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6392 on: August 23, 2017, 01:05:30 pm »
Can I rant about something that's not even happened yet?

The national training exercise is at 2pm today (not an issue) but it is raining cats and dogs outside. Our assembly point is across the playing field... I've already had to cross it twice to teach in the other building and even with an umbrella I still got soaked.

Fingers crossed someone decides to change the assembly point... and yes, I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Don't go.  I won't be.  Hide in the English room.  Bombs do not affect English. :lipsrsealed:

lol no one ever tells me about them and the only confirmation I have in knowing it's not real is if the admin lady is still here  :undecided:


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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6393 on: August 23, 2017, 01:13:35 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.


  • jddavis7
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6394 on: August 23, 2017, 01:19:42 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.

Your argument went from "you've gone full native" to "even SKs don't call them enemy"



  • Kyndo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6395 on: August 23, 2017, 01:21:16 pm »
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.
Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.
Well, I'm talking about *my* general vicinity, mostly. But, because you seem like a decent chap, I could broaden this area to include your general vicinity too. :smiley:

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.
Oh, yeah, that guy. He's a right bleeder.


  • JahMoo
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6396 on: August 23, 2017, 01:25:14 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.

I kinda thought this was referring to theoretical enemies. Like, anyone who would actually follow through with an attack. Any and all enemies are not likely to care about the weather if they were going to drop bombs on a school.


  • Maclean
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6397 on: August 23, 2017, 01:34:02 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.

Your argument went from "you've gone full native" to "even SKs don't call them enemy"



I said "many" South Koreans. 


  • jddavis7
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6398 on: August 23, 2017, 01:36:36 pm »
I know that our enemies don't care about the weather when/if/should they attack, but I don't want a classroom full of soggy children later  :sad:

Wow. You've gone full native. Congratulations.
Seems kind of a no-brainer to consider anybody who consistently threatens to launch rockets in one's general vicinity an enemy, right?.

Which general vicinity are we talking about? The peninsula or the "lots of other countries" that consider the Norks to be "our enemy". The US, South Korea, and Japan maybe. But even many South Koreans would hesitate to call the Norks "our enemy".

Just sayin'.

My enemy on the peninsula is my neighbour who constantly slams his door, and some snotty kid who works down at the local Lotteria. He'll get his comeuppance one of these days. I've them to content with. I can't do everything.

Your argument went from "you've gone full native" to "even SKs don't call them enemy"



I said "many" South Koreans.

You also said "native" which implies it's a SK thing, but saying that "many" SKs don't care doesn't really make it "native." Refer to above gif.

You don't actually have to reply. I'm on that cold medicine and don't really care about this at all.
« Last Edit: August 23, 2017, 01:38:20 pm by jddavis7 »


  • Maclean
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Re: RANTING/VENTING MEGATHREAD 3.0
« Reply #6399 on: August 23, 2017, 02:40:32 pm »
Referring to the Norks as "our enemy" is a South Korean thing. There are, however, dissenters in every group.

Still a bit odd for an expat working on a temporary visa here to say "our enemy".

Anyhoo.