29 June, 2008

It's baaack

The long awaited return of the soccer liveblog. 
Pregame: Well, Enrique's song was pretty awful, much worse than whatever dance was on before that. 
I'm happy to know that Sergio Ramos hasn't gotten a haircut since the World Cup. 
espn.com is featuring an article about how the stadium where this game is being played was a site for medical experiments on Jews and other prisoners during the Holocaust. 
Michael Ballack, who has gotten a haircut, is leading Germany in their anthem, which is the same melody as my University of Pittsburgh Alma Mater. Not weird at all. 
Espn deportes is not showing the game, so I am watching in English.
1st half- the announcers remind us that Spain hasn't won this since before most of the players on the team were born and Franco was ruling Spain. So, will they perform like the Red Sox a few years ago or the Pirates every single year? 
3:08- Sergio Ramos breaks out the arms up in the air "I didn't do it!" made popular by every member of the Duke basketball team. He really didn't do it though. 
7:07- Per Mertesacker runs really fast, but Sergio's hair and "i didn't do it" leg stop him before he can get a good shot off. 
9:31- This is tricky without DVR. But Podolski just did something to Sergio Ramos that isn't even allowed in Ultimate Fighting, which pretty much has no rules. 
11:10- Torres has gotten 4 years younger since the last time I saw him play soccer. 
12:21- Casillas has a better windmill than Michael Beasley (go see Gunnin for that #1 Spot).
14:03- Distracted by the announcer's pronunciation of Xavi's name, I missed most of that play, which looked close. Xavi followed up by kicking the ball into a group of 5 german players. 
18:29- It's hot in Austria, shocking. Marchena, who I've never heard of, doesn't agree with the ref. Soccer players are great actors.
19:04- Torres' ankle just did about 4 360 degree spins.
22:07- A fantastic display of both soccer skills and what you should do if someone is shooting at you. 
25:00-  I took a facebook break. Nothing remarkable has happened. In other news, the Strand Annex is closing in August. Everything is on sale. Today I came home with Tender is the Night, a book about Jackie Robinson, and Americus by Ferlinghetti. 
27:13- Germany has committed only 2 more fouls than Spain. But the fouls they commit involve remarkable choreography. 
29:29- The announcer is criticizing the players' begging for fouls. The phrase man up comes to mind. 
32:00- Torrrrrrrrrres! Puyol, who is old enough to be Torres' great- grandfather gives him a hug. The announcer just said something vaguely sexual. I need espn deportes. 
33:00- Espn deportes is now en vivo at the game. I can't understand the announcers as well so I can't tell when they say awful things. 
34:00- The Mets are pounding the Yankees again (that is vaguely sexual I guess). I live in a Mets neighborhood.  Some German player is napping on the field. Play continues elsewhere. 
36:7- It's Mertesacker I think. oddly the stats are in English on EspnD, but the scrolling stats on the bottom are in Spanish. Magglio Ordoñez, my favorite baseball player, is on the DL.  Ballack appears to have been strangled, there are lines of blood up his neck. Unlike a baseball player, he comes back into the game. 
41:35- Fabregas does some beautiful ballet. Which results in a pile-up and confrontation.  The  ref with the cards is wearing a masculine turquoise shirt. Iker Casillas got a yellow card for whatever just happened. 
43:34- The Yankees are mounting a comeback. I am contemplating going to a bar for the rest of the game. 
45:00 The announcer says something to the effect of this- Spain is playing more like their present than their past. I am headed to Nevada Smith's because soccer is better with Carlsberg. Check out deadspin  for updates by someone who actually understands soccer. 

21 June, 2008

It's a marathon, not a sprint

I survived my first week of training! The first 2 weeks are a semester long class compressed into 9 days so it is pretty intense. Most of the stuff we are learning is interesting, and the work is challenging. If there is anything I will spend 8 hours a day taking notes on and talking about, this is it. When I was going in to the city on my second day of training I heard a woman ranting about her daughter's teacher, who she not-so-affectionately named "Big Bird." There are plenty of other reminders that what I'm about to do is as close to impossible as I can get, but after the first week I feel inspired more than discouraged. 
My field training site for July is out in Canarsie, by where they filmed Half Nelson, so it should be a really interesting summer school to observe. 
Some other things to note: 
We used some videos from this site in class last week and some of them are very interesting. 
2,200 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation every year in New York City. 

In non teacher news, I am sick, and am dealing with another aspect of moving- finding a doctor/dealing with insurance/not having my mom to make me chicken soup (that's been a fact for 4 years but I think it continues to be troubling forever).
Yesterday I saw Get Smart which was funny. Not hilarious, but about what I expected. And Anne Hathaway did a really good job, I hate to admit. Some guy in front of me in the theater said she was perfect. I wouldn't go that far, but his judgement was questionable as he actually answered a cell phone call during the movie. 

16 June, 2008

Public Opinion

When people find out what I'm doing with my life (which is hard to avoid since I talk about it a lot), they say one of two things. I appreciate both and I think both are meant to be helpful, but redundancy is no fun. What are these things I always hear? 
1. "They're going to call you white bitch and stab you in the bathroom." or,
2. "As long as you help one kid..."

My grad classes start tomorrow morning and maybe after that I'll have some sort of appropriate response to those things. Today I thought about all of the stuff in the "experience" column of my resume. They are all things that were a few hours a week or part time at the most. I always put 100% into them, came home exhausted and they had such an impact on me. I can't imagine what full-time teaching will be like. 
(I have big plans for things like cooking healthy food and going to the gym (to take boxing class!) to cancel out all of the side-effects.)

Also, in unrelated news, I finally did the research on the net gun which no one needs but I think would be endlessly entertaining.  My financial/nutritional advisor, Whitney, and I have decided that it is far to expensive for someone with my job in New York. 

15 June, 2008


Tomorrow is the beginning of the Teaching Fellows program. We start at Lincoln Center where presumably someone will say something inspirational (to cancel out all of the discouragement that comes from family/friends/strangers?) and we get to meet all of the other fellows.  Hopefully this week I will be hearing back from some of the schools I spoke to last week about setting up interviews. Although I have spent most of my weekend doing the assignments we need to have completed before training instead of preparing a demo lesson for interviews. 
This morning I went to the fledgling Brooklyn Flea to find some graduation gifts. I ended up with a rolling pin and Glacier State Park drinking glass (my Cola Cao tastes better when it comes from a glass with pictures of Montana on it), and some great vintage fabric for my cousin who is about to start earning a degree in fashion design.  
Brooklyn has some of the small town characteristics that Pittsburgh is known for, so it feels very much like home to me. Also in Brooklyn- I saw a tiny old woman chasing after a cockroach with her cane, and met a guy in Brooklyn Bridge park who explained to me that I probably like hanging out down their because it is the part of the city that most resembles Pittsburgh. 
Now, back to the pile of work on my desk in an attempt to not start out training being really far behind. 

14 June, 2008

"Welcome to Brooklyn"

I think everyone who moves to New York in their twenties is required to start a blog, so I'm following the rules. Training for NYCTeaching Fellows starts monday and I am incredibly nervous and excited. Everyone I meet keeps reminding me that I have chosen an impossible job in an impossible city. I don't believe them, but it gets tiring to listen to. 
So far I love living in Brooklyn, and the idea of living in Brooklyn. I can get everywhere pretty easily, it takes the same amount of time for me to get to the upper west side as it does to get to the beach at Coney Island, and I am having fun exploring and going back to my old favorite places. My next challenges are to start meeting people and to find a school to teach at. I have always been able to move places where I didn't know anyone, so I'm not too worried about that (maybe I should worry more and put some effort into it though). The school thing requires a lot of interviews which I conveniently have a few hours for because of training. 
So, that's enough until I actually have something to say, other than that I saw a Karate Kid tattoo on the subway today.