Thursday, June 5, 2008

Ecuador May 13, 2008


Ecuador May 13, 2008

Today is May 13. When I was a kid growing up in Iowa I remember reading the comic strip Pogo. You remember. We have met the enemy and it is us. Another one that I remember every month can be applied to today. Friday the 13th fell on Tuesday this month. Think about it.

The last 24 hours have been strange.

I get up at 4 am every morning and have for years. Not sure that my Senora Elena understands that.

I live in a very modern house in a very wealthy neighborhood but the house does not have any hot water. Yes, you read that right. No hot water. So when I get up at 4 am and want to take a shower a lot of things have to happen one of which is that Elena has to get up and walk outside to turn on the gas burner to create hot water for my shower. This is my tenth morning here and she has only forgotten three times. You cannot imagine the inspiring event it is to take a shower using cold water when the temperature in the house is around 50 degrees. Kind of gets your heart going. Elena forgot again this morning. Brrrr.

I had decided yesterday morning to cut back on my classes. I had originally decided to take four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon. That worked for a few days until they moved me to an advanced schedule and the number of words I had to memorize doubled. I told the school that I wanted to cut back to just mornings. That would give me more time for preparation and free up my afternoons so I could use the Internet and see some of the city.

Yesterday I went in for my morning class to be greeted by a very sick teacher. She told me that she was going home and that she would see me today.

Last night I got a call from the school at 9:30 pm. (Those of you who know me well realize that I go to bed at 9 pm every night.) The school told me that my morning instructor had told them that she would not be back and as a result the only class they could offer me was my original afternoon class.

They also said that the next few weeks are very busy and that there are no other instructors available for morning classes.

I sometimes say this in speeches. The only time you should ever have to pay for pain is in certain places in San Francisco. Other than that if you pay for something it should be what you want to pay for and not what someone else wants.

The other example is letting circumstances control your life or you controlling the circumstances in your life. Yin and Yang.

Now I need to decide if I want to continue here or move on to the school on the Pacific coast, the Amazon jungle or back to Quito. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Of course the easy decision is to stay here and tough it out for the nest three weeks.

Yesterday after my class was cancelled I spent some time in an Internet store talking to Lynne over the Internet and then walking home in a drenching rainfall. Of course it stopped about five minutes after I got in the door.

The weather here is the very best of what we have in Colorado. We have very cool nights and very cool days. Strange when you think about the fact that we are on the Equator but we are also at almost 9000 feet in the Andes.

I have not seen Julie for a couple of days. She is hanging out with some other students from the school. Elena said something yesterday that showed a lot of wisdom. If you want to learn Spanish hang out with people who speak Spanish and not people who speak English. Julie is young. Julie will someday be as wise as Elena who is 62.

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