- Nestle research facility
- Public transportation
- Link to video from church
Prayer request, folks: Please pray for the Muslims here around me, that they find Christ as savoir. Not because they’re bad people, but because they’re good people. Thanks.
In this post:
– Real estate agent disorganization (in which nobody is surprised)
– Bus rides are fun in rainy season (if you enjoy a ride)
– Random food
“If you want to use the internet in Cote d’Ivoire, it had better not rain.”
You’d think CI would have rainy season down by now, having grown up with it. Nope. San Pedro has been cut off from the rest of the country when their bridge was washed away. Many areas are flooded.
Update: There are now links to videos of the plantation visit on that blog post. Right after the photos.
Today is a holiday of some sort (another Christian holiday we don’t celebrate in the US, which is ironic given the self-proclaimed religions of the respective countries), and it’s been pouring all day. This means that I have not moved from a 10 foot radius and am still in pajamas. On the other hand, I’m making great progress on Kingdom Hearts 356/2, and organized the kitchen cupboard. (Yes, singular.)
It’s been A Week.
Flight decisions are agonizing. As it is, I have an 11 hour layover in Morocco, which is going to be fun without a laptop or Kindle. Thanks, terrorists, for ruining flight for everyone.
Meanwhile, I’ve been apartment hunting.
It’s rainy season. Or Power Outage Season, depending on your level of dependence on electronics.
Friday night was the gala dinner. I jumped at the chance to help out LM and MM in decorating for the first part, which had some VIPs coming (the university’s president, a representative from the US, etc). The second part was entirely the students. Let’s just say… the planning skills around here, particularly anticipating what can go wrong, could use some practice.
I’m pretty sure my beloved Flex 3 is going to die at any time. Back up all the things.
In related news, why doesn’t Lenovo have any contact option other than phone?!
So the field trip. The field trip from hell. The lab tech did most of the planning, since AN was pissed that they moved the date and I don’t speak French. Or know the conventions, of which there are a lot here. Continue reading Azagny
I just realized it’s April Fool’s. Suddenly the week makes sense.
The past several weeks, we’ve been planning a field trip to Azagny National Park, for tomorrow. We bribed the students with extra credit, threatened them with mandatory-ness, arranged all the details, asked for the buses. WEEKS AGO. All we needed was the PO to go through.
On Tuesday, we get an email: Mandatory Social Security meeting Sat! 10-2PM!
LM says it’ll be in French, AN says we don’t need to go. Okie dokie, no problem.
Thursday, the lab tech comes into our office. AN is in class.
“The field trip.”
“Yes? Did you get a hold of [name of financial guy]”
“Well…. they need the buses for students. Can we change it to Sunday?”
*pause while I’m trying to figure out what he means, because surely…* “I’m sorry?”
“They need the buses. We can move it to Sunday.”
….wait, what universe are we in now? “No we can’t! The students have all had plans!”
“They can change their plans!”
“We have to.”
This went on for a while. A student was sitting there, doing the midterm redo (very badly, but I’ll get to that). Eventually, what can you do but concede?
Tech: “Send an email out to all IUGB saying it’s changed.”
What in the ….? “I’ll send it to my students, of course.”
“They don’t check their email. Send it to the whole school, then others can tell their friends.”
“No! They’re supposed to check their email! I’m not sending an email to the entire school over 60 students!”
Later, I talked to AN. We decided it would be best to request renting a bus, and she sent an email or something requesting that. I’m not entirely sure. She had a plan.
A half hour later, I get an email from the tech, to all the bio students, saying the trip was postponed. So much for renting a bus.
Turns out, the dean told the tech to do it on Sunday. All we can figure is that he wanted to go on the trip (which he is).
Friday night, I find out I’m supposed to go to the meeting. So much for the weekend.
The meeting was indeed in French. Once they gave a summary in English. Once they invited English speakers to ask questions. Nobody had anything to say. LM hid in her office. AN played Candy Crush, making me sit in the aisle seat and hide her because I was grading labs and it was ‘more academic.’ It started at 10 AM and ended at 2. It was supposed to end at 1.
Mercifully, the tech (who should have been around to help us find a place for the drinks since he was involved in screwing up our schedule but had an ’emergency’) called at 1 PM and I took the opportunity to leave the room. It was supposed to be a Q and A, but as far as I could tell the speaker was having fun telling humorous anecdotes.
When I saw MM whilst looking for a place to put drinks to keep them cold, she rolled her eyes and said, “Why did you go?!” Yeah. That’s the question. (First, she said “put the drinks in the office and turn on the AC… )
Anyway. Off to the park tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes…. At least the students should show up. The dean sent an email reminding them it was mandatory X-D
…and then back to class on Monday….
LM says that in Ghana, when something odd and usually negative would happen, they would say “WAWA.” “West Africa Wins Again.” So I’m going to be using that tag. Heads-up.
Oh my gosh. I started this over a week ago, and… life. Either time or internet connection Now it’s been long enough to increase the motivation:fatigue ratio over the threshold, so I’ll just leave it as it was and continue. At work. Because I am (wait for it) caught up. Seriously. I have everything ready for the rest of the week, with the exception of what I’m going to with section B and their failing grades. This is a big thing but requires a ‘eureka’ moment….. anyway. Onward.
“But I copied from the book!”
“It doesn’t matter! It’s in the syllabus underlined, italicized, and in bold. I’ve said it multiple times in class. Never, never, never, never copy word for word.” I have.
“But I read it first.”
I cover up the answer with my hand. “What is the answer?”
“I… but… I copied it from the book.”
“Exactly!” Continue reading Groundbreaking
Did I mention about the tap before? My bathroom tap hasn’t worked since I moved in, and my kitchen tap stopped working. It had become a problem. The groundsman said that I didn’t need a water pump, which is a common occurrence. We got a letter early this week that auditors would be coming around to take complains. The lab tech and I waited for two hours (and watched American Pie at his request*) and they never came around. When I complained to the groundsman once again, he went in and took the end off. Turns out there’s a filter that was clogged with what was probably clay. Such and easy fix.
But THEN the problem was that the kitchen sink wouldn’t stop! I didn’t have time to get that worked out, so I just turned off the water and left for work. When I came home this evening, my housekeeper had come, and the water now works… *knock on wood*
Can I ask the universe to spread out the good news, or is that asking for trouble?
Section C really struggled with the lab (they don’t understand me when I speak!) Section B, today, had no troubles. Breezed through it. Didn’t turn their work in on time AGAIN, but breezed through the labs. “You take what you can get,” the Canadian said in response.
I also found AN’s Starbucks tumbler she thought was stolen. She’ll be happy to get it back!
It’s been a week of frustrated ranting from we professors.
A sampling of answers I’ve received on the homework:
My bio 1 class is teaching tomorrow. This was a suggestion from a CI native stats professor. Peer pressure is a big motivator here, so either 1) they will do a better job than anything else, or 2) they will be ‘sick.’ In which case they will either get to do a different topic at a later date or get a zero. At least one group will forget their USB with their presentation. And if anyone shows up late because they’re printing out a handout, so help me I will not give them points.
Additionally, the wireless network has been inaccessible because the head of the IT department got sick of students downloading and streaming videos all day, so they switched to another service that stops that, and didn’t tell anyone. AN, who uses her own computer since the other got stolen, cannot access via ethernet cable and so has no access, period.