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Dead refrigerator, english learning web site and more

June 15, 2014

Hi everybody! I hope all are doing well. I am. It's been a long time since the last blog I posted, sorry about that.

So what's new here? Well, lets see, ah, rain. Ready for this? Here in Colombia, in Barranqilla, it has now rained 4 times. This year. And each time it lasted for less than 15 minutes. Pretty unbelievable, I know, after all, isn't this a tropical country? Yes. But here in Barranquilla it is a sub-tropical/temperate region. Otherwise it has been as it is all year round - warm, around 90 in the day, and not-quite-so warm, around 80, at night. Sure some days are a bit on the humid side, but that's no different than many places in the US. When I visited Ft Lauderdale, 10 or so years ago, it was absolutely awful, something like 100 degrees and 100% humidity. At least we don't get that here.

My work is going fine, still working with the 20 employees at Kal Tire. I did have a couple private students, but after a couple weeks they stopped, said they can't afford the lessons. That's par for the course.

I have been sending emails out to companies/organizations/schools in other cities here in Colombia in the hope of finding a better paying job as an English teacher. But so far have had no replies from any of them.

Oh, my refrigorator is dead. The small ice-box needed the ice cleaned out, so I did that, but in doing so I put a small hole in the bottom of the ice-box, which caused the freon (or whatever the gas is that is used in it) to all leak out. The fridge was loaned to my by Kal Tire, so they sent out a repairman, who fixed the whole but found other problems. Supposedly Kal Tire is going to get it fixed but hasn't yet. Until then I have to get by with no fridge. Which means, obviously, I can keep nothing that requires refrigeration. That sucks. Think about all you would be without if you had no fridge.

I bought some new shoes yesterday, finally. My old sneakers had a hole in the bottom, both of them, all the way through, which then cuased my socks to develop holes in them. Oh well, so it goes. I also got some new flip-flops. Much better now when out for a walk. Which I do a lot.

Last time I wrote I mentioned I was working on a new web site for my english students. I am, still, working on it. After trying my own code and deciding getting the security set up correctly that it would be easier to use some already made code, which already has all the necessary security built in. I don't mean login security, that's easy. There are many other aspects to web site security that have to be considered, and that can get complicated. It means much more than just password security, but preventing the script kiddies from injecting their own code into my site. All that means is that I looked at 5 different apps, all for online learning. I finally found one I like and am in the process of writing the online lessons. I have some completed for the absolute beginners, but not yet for the level 2 and 3 learners. I will be working on the level 2 stuff this week. I hope to have that done in a week or two. This is just unit 1 of the lessons, there will be 10 or 12 lessons in each unit, plus quizzes. It's a lot of work to do alone. Once I have this initial work completed, units 1 - 3 for the levels 1 - 3, then things will be less hurried. But I am going to get it done.

Life is going well here overall, I like it here in Colombia. My spanish is slowly improving, because I use english all the time I don't get to practice spanish much.

That's all I can think of right at the moment. Take care everybody!


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