Tomorrow I will be in Ukraine. All the hard work the last few months culminate in this. Wish not just me, but all of Group 33 good luck.
I guess now is the time to make sure everyone knows this blog is of me and won’t always reflect the views of the Peace Corps or the United States government.
With that out of the way, I am happy to report that I made it safely to staging! There are 85 other people here all getting ready to help Ukrainians speak English. Exiting, eh?
Today was mostly filled with getting to know one another. Where the exercises they devised for this would fail in a high school setting, since we are all committed, they worked and I can already see how this whole process works to make us codependent on each other.
We are each other’s best line of defense, though, so it makes sense.
While I have a decent handle on numbers, days of the week and months of the year, I have trouble with anything other than the most basic phrases. I think my lack of understanding how sentences are put together hurts me since my memorization skills aren’t what they were a decade ago.
Hopefully everyone else is having an easier go of it.
Odyn, dva, tre…
This weekend I am going to get my bags packed for the 28th. I got a military duffle yesterday to be my main bag. I am trying to think of what, if anything, extra I should take besides the basics. Challenge, thy name is looking at all your stuff and deciding what you will want during the next 27 months, how much it would be used and whether it’s too big.
A guy going is dropping a whole suitcase so he can carry his guitar. Luckily, I don’t have anything that big even under consideration…although now that I am thinking about it, I think I am going to take my boomerang.
I think everything I need is either ordered or on its way. That’s a pretty good feeling.
Ok, it’s a known fact I am an Avid zealot. I admit it openly. I do no argue against FCP because I don’t use it. I just scoff at you for using it, because, like I said, I am a zealot.
I installed Studio Pro 5.7.2 on my spiffy new laptop which has Vista on it. I didn’t expect much and only got a little more than that. I did some hunting around online to see if anyone had better luck. In that process, I ran across this statement:
“It sounds like downgrading an os isn’t an unusual thing in Avid world when you want to use the latest and greatest and fastest computers. But the most striking thing the Avid tech guy said was that Apple used to supply pre-release operating system versions for Avid to certify. But they stopped when Final Cut Pro came along. Come on Apple, that’s very petty … afraid of a little competition?”
Har, har, har!