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"Fear is a stranger to the ways of love. Identify with fear, and you will be a stranger to yourself." -ACIM

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy 100!

This is the 100th post of What's Next?!
Too bad there is nothing to post, only a notification that my new computer is on the way and there will be more episodes of MTV to come.
No real news other than there are only a few more days to till the biggest celebration of the year here in Muganlo. Monday is supposed to kick off at 9am and go till the sun rises the next day. Dancing in the streets and fun will be had by all. MTV will be on the scene to documnet any great moments and will share them with you here as soon as I can get decent Internet access.
Until then, stay safe, fat and happy. Spring is just around the corner!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Here They Come to Snuff the Rooster

I just knew something was going to happen this morning since my host-brother is coming back today from Baku. So we have/had three roosters in our yard. Fighting and a lack of new baby chickens caused my host-mom to decide that the big boy in the yard needed to be changed since he was fighting with the two smaller roosters and dominating the sex market. I think really it was him just getting old and not being able to produce more chickens and not letting the other guys get a shot at all the hot chicks in the yard. Really? Did I just make that joke? Yep.

Anyway… without further delay, here is how it went down. Don’t worry; I cut it off before the blood starts flying. Get it… chicken; flying… yeah I’m not on my game today.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

This Star Better Start Dancing...

So I realized that it has been a while since I actually sat down and gave an update. A lot has taken place and these last few weeks have been quite busy.
Let’s start with me becoming a star here in the Rep. of Georgia. Well, not really, but in the past two weeks I’ve been on national TV twice. The first was one of the national news networks came out to my school and home here in Muganlo to film me teaching a lesson and talking about living with a family and my time here. It was a nice little 5 min. segment, and everyone seemed to like what they saw. I hit all my points and made sure to say how hard my director and colleagues work. They had a shot of my host-dad and me playing backgammon and now everyone I meet asks me about my backgammon skills. I’m pretty good, but with that game it’s all in the dice. My host-dad was thrilled because they mentioned him by name and the fact that I like living in his house. That was big for him since all of his co-workers were watching. The next day he came home half drunk from all the congratulatory shots his friends gave him. But, like I said all went well and it wasn’t too uncomfortable to see myself on TV.
This past week we had a conference in Tbilisi and the Education Minister came to speak to us. A friend of mine and I decided to look really interested the whole time so, sure enough when they showed the crowd there was a good shot of us looking like whatever he was saying was the most important thing we’d ever heard. When I got back to Muganlo everyone was talking about how they’d seen me on TV and were asking about the Minister.
And, if my national exposure wasn’t enough, I’m taking my show to the whole world. This next week a camera crew from Washington will be coming to film me in my village for a new Peace Corps recruitment video. I was told that I am an interesting story because this is my second tour and that I’m living in a Muslim village in a predominantly Christian country. That and they have too much footage of people in Africa and South America. I have mountains and hanging sheep meat. That’s something you don’t get just anywhere. I’ll try and put on a good face and give some nice words to try and get people to sign up with this organization. By the way, it’s Peace Corps Week this week, so get out there and talk to somebody about the Peace Corps this week.
Also, this past Tuesday was Men’s Day here. This is a hold over from a former Soviet holiday. I had to laugh because everyday here is men’s day and why should they get any more attention on this day than they demand every other day? But, I was surprised to find out that we actually get gifts. I got a new dress shirt from my teachers, one from my students, a pair of socks and a leather pocket journal from my host-mom and a bottle of cologne from my host-sister-in-law. The cologne actually isn’t as bad as I thought it would be judging by its name: CA$H for Men. And, I figure with only one shower a week a little non-body smell couldn’t hurt. Women’s Day is March 8th, so I’ll have to go out and get some gifts for that. My host-dad told me that I only have to buy gifts for the women that gave me gifts on Men’s Day to save me from having to buy gifts for all the female teachers on staff.
In other news… Well there really isn’t any other news. Just life moving along as it does and me trying to make it through these last few weeks of winter as I wait on spring. Bayrham (A Muslim holy month) started on the first and will end on the 22nd. It’s supposed to be a month of celebration of spring and family; I think. In reality, it’s an excuse to party everyday. Everyday a different group of people go up and down every street in our village dressed up like a carnival crew playing music and dancing. You’re supposed to come out of your home when they pass by and dance with them. And, if you’re in the street and not dancing, they get to chase you and beat you with a stick till you do. One of my teachers at school told me that one day all the teachers are in charge of doing this same thing and he wants me to join their crew. He even said he would provide me with a mask. I thought, why not? I’m all about coming to school and making my kids dance for my enjoyment and singling out a few choice kids to beat with a stick.
But, like I said, other than the daily adventure of traveling in the streets right now, there isn’t much going on.
Hope all is well with all of you and I’ll try to get some pictures and another episode of MTV up on here soon so you can see some of the celebrations.