Bright Beginning and Scarlett Sayonara

 Today is the last day of a four-day weekend that Jasper and I took as a staycation because traveling in the Netherlands is inadvisable right now. Nevertheless, it was nice not having to do anything on a Sunday which is a normal working day for me. 1 November, otherwise known as my dad’s birthday, and the start to Nanowrimo, dawned bright and sunny. I will admit that we didn’t do much that day, but I did get online and do some editing with friends for a couple of hours in the morning. It was nice to see people that I hadn’t seen in over a year. I must say that zoom must be making a killing off of COVID-19. Well, them, and other platforms like them. Because for every person who has a free account that kicks you out after 40 minutes there are companies that are paying quite a bit of money to have access to premium accounts. I suspect that this is the wave of the future in terms of work. After all, why would companies pay for buildings when people can work from home online? And while the future wasn’t so bright that I had to wear shades, the beginning of nano showed some promise.

Meanwhile, in teaching news, I have two students from the English Center who will wrap up with me in a couple of weeks. I am then anticipating a huge slow down in terms of teaching. I also interviewed for Gogokid, another platform that deals with the Chinese market for ESL. All I can say was it was the worst interview I have ever given. I was given a time for an interview, and it wasn’t specified that this was a recorded interview and not with a live person. As a result I absolutely bombed the interview and have gotten a resounding no from Gogokid. It’s OK  as I still have VIPKid and I think things may be picking up there. Maybe. Of the 15 hours that I opened for the frenzy, (remember that’s two weeks out) I have 9 1/2 hours of the 15 booked that’s higher than it’s been in some time.

Scarlett, or rather Scarlett’s mom, has decided that her workload is too heavy and will not continue with me for the moment. Scarlett is in the American public school system, so I wonder just how hard her workload is. She is seven. But as my dad says, something else will come along. And it did in the form of an email asking about private lessons from a woman I have met at the gym. As of this writing, she has not responded to my email and so perhaps I am too expensive for her. But there will be more where she came from. In addition, a good friend of mine who lives in France recommended that maybe I should go into teaching subject specific English like English to the real estate market. I think that’s a great idea and to that end I’m going to talk to my Dutch student to get his opinion.

I am off to wrap up my weekend of doing nothing, as well as hiding from the election results. And in personal news dear readers, I have gotten my second appointment for the MRI and that’s not until 1 December with a telephone consult with the doctor on 11 December so no news on the medical front. But, at least it’s not a spinal tap. I think I’m gonna have to keep repeating that to make myself feel better.

That’s all she wrote for this Inkreadable installment. But stay tuned. As always, there is more to come.

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