So today I begin the 42-hour or so trip home for Christmas. As today marks my one year anniversary of being sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer, it’s a good time to reflect on what life is like here.
I have really incredible Ukrainian friends. My counterpart is an excellent teacher and honestly cares about his student’s success. My friend Alie helps me in so many ways, I can’t even begin to describe them. My host family keeps me straight and is always willing to answer my questions. What I know of Ukrainian culture I credit to them. My first host mom Raisa is like a force of nature. We went through a lot in the bit of time I lived with her. She really is part of the family now. I have an amazing director at school. She is willing to let my counterpart and I try almost anything. Her open mind allows me freedom to help. There are the ladies at the Tabac store who are always friendly and give me a place to buy snacks and drinks where I feel comfortable. The lady at the post office who went out of her way to help when many others wouldn’t bother also ranks highly. My sixth and seventh forms are filled with outstanding young people who I hope will be able to make a lasting impact on Bakhchisaray, Crimea and Ukraine.
The city itself also plays a role in my success. Bakhchisaray knows it can be more than what it is now. The returned Tatars are hopeful. As they return, they bring with them their traditions and customs. I don’t know what will happen with the whole of Crimea, but I feel certain my city will pull through.
Universal is finally releasing the dvd we have all be clamoring for: Howard the Duck!
It comes to us on March 10th as a special edition!
It’s no secret I want to visit Tunisia while I am this close to Africa. From Carthage to Monastir, there are plenty of historic sites. They have really awesome beaches on the Mediterranean. The sounds of Arabic and French drift through the cities. It’s warm there all year round!
But now this: the Sidi Driss Hotel!
Who wouldn’t want to stay cheaply in Tattoine-style housing?
I just read Variety’s article about the chaos that is happening at WNBC.
For a long time, news has been getting lighter and fluffier while being led away from things like strong reporting and investigative journalism. I use the terms lighter and fluffier not to describe the content, but to explain the amount of effort being put into the production of news. It’s been a slow descent downward since station managements began loathing the amount of time it took to turn an investigative piece. Not to mention the effect they have on advertisers…I mean, if you are investigating local business owners, who will buy your ad time?
Now it appears that WNBC wants to morph into Youtube. If it works there, it will spread like wildfire. even in markets where photojournalists make $8/hr, you can go cheaper. You can squeeze the budget so tight that you eliminate the public service completely from the newscasts. It’s coming.
I was downsized when the network I worked for realized it was cheaper to not do a daily newscast and focus their energies on talking-head interview shows. They were super cheap, except for the hosts of the shows. That’s ok, though. They can be had cheaper, too.