Late-Late-Tired Blog post

I am blogging from coffee shop. I am tired but since I am downloading some stuff, I figure I went ahead and post some of the funny quotes from the TV show The Big Bang Theory. This show is funny. And I mean HA-HA for 30 minutes funny. And smart. I love smart, funny shows.


Leonard: We need to widen our circle.
Sheldon: I have a very wide circle. I have 212 friends on myspace.
Leonard: Yes, and you’ve never met one of them.
Sheldon: That’s the beauty of it.

Penny: I’m a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know.
Sheldon: Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.
Penny: (puzzled) Participate in the what?

Sheldon: Okay, look, I think you have as much of a chance of having a sexual relationship with Penny as the Hubble telescope does of discovering that at the center of every black hole is a little man with a flashlight searching for a circuit breaker. Nevertheless, I do feel obligated to point out to you that she did not reject you. You did not ask her out.

Sheldon: I’ve spent the past three-and-a-half years staring at greaseboards full of equations; before that, I spent four years working on my thesis; before that, I was in college; and before that, I was in the fifth grade.

At a restaurant:

Sheldon: We don’t eat here, I don’t know what’s good…
Penny: Well, it’s all good.
Sheldon: Statistically unlikely.
Leonard: Just get a hamburger, you like hamburgers.

Sheldon: Leonard! Leonard!
Leonard: What, what’s the matter?
Sheldon: My equations! Someone’s tampered with my equations!
Leonard: Are you sure?
Sheldon: Of course I’m sure. Look at the beta function of quantum chromodynamics–the sign’s been changed!
Leonard: Yeah…but doesn’t that fix the problem you’ve been having?
Sheldon: Are you insane? Are you out of your mind? Are you–hey, look, that fixes the problem I’ve been having!

Talking about Penny staying the night…

Leonard: Are you suggesting that if we let Penny stay, we might succumb to cannibalism?
Sheldon: No one ever thinks it’ll happen until it does.
Leonard: Penny, if you promise not to chew the flesh off our bones while we sleep, you can stay.
Penny: What?

Leonard: What are you doing?
Sheldon: Every Saturday since we’ve lived in this apartment, I have awakened at 6:15, poured myself a bowl of cereal, added a quarter-cup of 2% milk, sat on this end of this couch, turned on BBC America, and watched Doctor Who.
Leonard: Penny’s still sleeping.
Sheldon: Every Saturday since we’ve lived in this apartment…
Leonard: You have a TV in your room, why don’t you just have breakfast in bed?
Sheldon: Because I am neither an invalid nor a woman celebrating Mother’s Day.

Other “interesting” facts:

* Leonard and Sheldon havea combined IQ of 360, making the average IQ 180.
* Leonard and Sheldon own Dell XPS computers
* Leonard and all his friends play Halo 3 every Wednesday
* Leonard as an iPhone
* Sheldon has 212 friends on MySpace
* Sheldon is allergic to bees and cats, and also has asthma
* Sheldon cannot detect sarcasm
* Sheldon showers twice a day and washes his hands as often as he can
* Sheldon has to sit on the left side of the couch

TKT -- Live from Module III!

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions

Live, from Juarez, it's TKT Module III! Teachers from all over the city came to take part of this course and realize that they still have a lot to learn.

Teacher's Knowledge Test is a Cambridge certification course that basically certifies teachers to teach English as a second language. In Mexico, all English teachers must be certified as ESL teachers in order to teach... in theory (we all know that this detail does not happen).

So, today is the milestone. These people who are here do not know of the hard work it has taken to bring this course to Juarez. Why? Because not everyone wanted to come by and teach it, that's why. And We have an EXCELLENT teacher in Margarita. Gonna take pics tomorrow and upload them.

Teachers getting ready.

Teachers becoming students and getting ready to rumble.

Hell yeah.

If you write it, it will come...

I found ye old quotes and phrases collection notebook. It's like finding that old friend whom you've enclosed in a box and placed under the bed. Yeah, sort of like that. I also found those cheese poems you usually find on the girl's bathrooms here in Mexico... and my old cheers. Oh yes, my good friends: I was once a cheerleader.

.... Rah!

As I ponder on what's gonna be like next semester, it becomes even more clear that even though I've been at this for a very long time, the student's ideas on how to avoid taking a class are becoming more and more creative as years go by. For example, yesterday one of them came SWEARING to me that he had taken all the English courses and that the coordinator (me) had signed a letter passing him. He even had the letter signed and all... not by me, of course. I just looked at him, stretched out my hand and said "Hello, I'm the person who supposedly signed this nice to meet you".

You should have seen his freaked-out look. Priceless.

OR I also enjoy the kid who SWEARS he knows English and speaks it quite well. They always end-up sounding like that girl who sings the Mariah Carey song... remember? I mean, I don't know what language is that... but it ain't English...

Poor girl. She'll go down in the annals of history for this...


Go Cards...

I mean, granted, none of my favorite teams made it to the Big game (thank you Bad Luck Daddy!) but...


5. I like the pretty little bird.

4. Look at this bear and you tell me it ain't adorable!

3. I cannot pronounce/create cheer for that guy from the Steelers... you know, the guy who has the ball and passes it around and looks at the other guy's butt? Yeah! that one!

2. Kurt Warner's 6 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

1. I would rather be stabbed in the eye with a rusty spoon than to cheer for the Steelers.

So... go Cards...

The "What in tha'---" note of the day...

From The KISS-FM Morning Show Page

MEXICAN VOODOO ... The Mexican national soccer team is coming to Columbus, Ohio next month to play the American team in a tournament to qualify for the next World Cup. They haven’t won playing in the US for several years so here's how they're hoping to change things...

Mexican citizens are being urged to go to stores in their country and pick up American team voodoo dolls! They're hoping to cast a spell on the Americans before the big game.

............... o though, the dolls are ADORABLY cute.......



... Last weekend, 44-year-old Alexander Kirilov of Moscow, Russia, was doing some heavy drinking while on vacation with friends when he came up with the unfathomable idea to try and force a RACCOON TO PERFORM ORAL FAVORS ON HIM!!!!

And believe it or not, the raccoon wasn't in the mood for a little interspecies action. . . and he BIT OFF a chunk of Alexander's UNIT.

“When I saw the raccoon I thought I’d have some fun,” Alexander told stunned casualty surgeons in Moscow. Now Russian plastic surgeons are trying to restore his mangled manhood.

“He’s been told they can get things working again but they can’t sew back on what the raccoon bit off," said a pal.

“That’s gone forever so there isn’t going to be much for them to work with."

News, and tigers and bears --- Oh MY!

It seems odd to be at school and all of a sudden become the Dean's leading lady in programming ALL the events the school has for 2009... and at the same time to have the brain to figure out how to drink a hot cup of coffee.

Well, the school has scheduled a whole lot of activities that just makes me look at the board and go @___@ at it. If we could only have half of these things done, it will be a successful year. Funny bid, the Dead did not know when Semana Santa is.. so the vacation schedule is still in hiatus since he cannot believe that it starts on the 6th. Dude, it's in the SEP calendar!

I have a new blog I am following. See on the sides? It's the Scholastic Scribe blog. Yes, I do realize we have the same layout, so what? I found it good and funny, and the main reason I do this is to find teaching blogs that can help me become a better teacher. English teacher. As a biology teacher I have done my time. I think that I will exchange the time I was teaching at that high school for served time in hell...

Have to get me my own camera. I need to post pictures.

It's HOT

I hate this. I mean, I expect January to have wintery weather, not the heat wave.

Oh well... I guess I'll have to sigh away my wishes that it snows in Juarez any time soon. I mean, what the heck am I expecting if we live in the desert?

Classes will begin next week. This weekend, however, is the Teacher's Knowledge Test certification module III class. Basically, a person from Mexico city flies in and gives the course to 25 teachers who inscribed in it so that at the end we do this Cambridge certification test and get our certification as teachers. It's kind of cool, I mean, there is nothing as funny as the sight of teachers suddenly becoming the student and facing the fact that there are some things that they had no idea they were teaching ("I know that -- I just didn't know what it was CALLED!")

Teachers --- they crack me up.

I envy other blogs

I dunno why. I envy other blogs. Probably because they get more views than mine. I am not doing this to get attention. I am doing this so I won't go postal on people and start throwing homework bullets left and right.

I am on sleep-deprived rampage. I couldn't sleep. I have been having this nightmarish dream in which I am in a teacher meeting and I have to present a material I know nothing about. Then, my old school teachers are there and they are all pointing their avocados at me and threatening to trow them. I get saved by using my Superman cape.

I ain't kidding. A real superman cape.

I get all excited at the beginning of a new school year. It's like getting a brand-new box of chocolates and expecting them to be all good and then you find one or two that taste like old ladies farts... Is that even possible? and more interestingly, how in the world do I know how an old lady's fart tastes like? Am I going around doing that in my sleep?



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Punch and Pie

More people will come if you say we have punch and pie.
- Eric Cartman

How come teachers demand to be punctual and demand homework and assistance to their students when they cannot even come to a meeting?

I summoned my teachers for a teacher meeting today. 10 am for the morning class, 7 pm for the evening class. Did they show? Out of 10 teachers, only 3 showed; 2 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon. What the heck? I mean, I am their coordinator, I am pulling strings here for them - for THEIR benefit! And they don't even bother to show or to leave message telling me they are not showing.

That's bull, man!

Their manuals have been printed, their printables have been scheduled, their teachers books have been received... and yet nada! Seriously, next time I'll go Cartman on them and tell them that there will he Punch and Pie.

I guess I'll have something on them next time they want to ask for an early leave, hum?


After Hours

Well... it's after hours.

I wonder what will I have to do to make the teachers come and pay their TKT modules as they should? Maybe I should go all Lithuania on their ass and threaten to curse them.



Out with the Old, in with the New...

Para poder corregir lo malo, tenemos que echar un vistazo a lo bueno

A new school year is upon us. We start in February 9th with the new little chicks at English. Sometimes I wonder how in the world I began to teach English when it wasn't even in my slightest mind to do it. And when I begin to think about it, I begin to 'member all the good times I've had teaching.

For almost 10 years now... wow... that's a mouthful!

So, I took this blog and thought about a little redoing, remodeling and rethinking it. I am going to run it with it's sister blog, the one in Livejournal. I am also going to send out links to the teacher's page, The Teacher's Apple. Posting can be fun and I'll try to do it often.

It's quite different, the views from an ESL teacher who lives in one (if not THE) most dangerous border cities in Mexico. As the violence rages on, I cannot deny that the feeling of anger and fear runs through me like a pack of wild elephants on a peanut sale. And since there has been abducting of students and teachers all over the city, most of them appear dead by unusual circumstances, let this be the blog of the happenings around a border town.

A teacher teaching against the odds.



Everyday is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we can be grateful for. The world opens up to us when we live in a space of gratitude. In essence, gratitude has a snowball effect. When we are appreciative and express that gratitude, the universe glows a bit brighter and showers us with even more blessings.

There is always something to be grateful for, even when life seems hard. When times are tough, whether we are having a bad day or stuck in what may feel like an endless rut, it can be difficult to take the time to feel grateful. Yet, that is when gratitude can be most important. If we can look at our lives, during periods of challenge, and find something to be grateful for, then we can transform our realities in an instant. There are blessings to be found everywhere. When we are focusing on what is negative, our abundance can be easy to miss. Instead, choosing to find what already exists in our lives that we can appreciate can change what we see in our world. We start to notice one blessing, and then another.

When we constantly choose to be grateful, we notice that every breath is a miracle and each smile becomes a gift. We begin to understand that difficulties are also invaluable lessons. The sun is always shining for us when we are grateful, even if it is hidden behind clouds on a rainy day. A simple sandwich becomes a feast, and a trinket is transformed into a treasure. Living in a state of gratitude allows us to spread our abundance because that is the energy that we emanate from our beings. Because the world reflects back to us what we embody, the additional blessings that inevitably flow our way give us even more to be grateful for. The universe wants to shower us with blessings. The more we appreciate life, the more life appreciates and bestows us with more goodness.
Daily OM



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