Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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New York Botanical Garden

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and cool

It went down into the 40’s last night and is only in the 50s right now. I love the cooler weather, don’t get me wrong, but wow!

I am having a heck of a time with the Czech language. Totally at sea with it. I hope it will make more sense when I’m immersed in it. Usually, I have some trouble speaking a language outside of its country, but this is ridiculous. It’s all going in one ear and out the other. I’m not retaining ANYTHING.

I do love that the language volume has an entire chapter dedicated to asking one’s way to a bookstore!

I can’t get my ear in tune with it. There are so many variations on meaning, where the word is spelled the same except for an accent over a particular letter, but the meaning is vastly different. And if I get it wrong – it could be nasty! 😉 I’ll wind up offending a lot of people when I didn’t mean to.

So I probably won’t talk a lot (which might be a relief).

I already suffered from foot-in-mouth disease when I didn’t realize the National Opera and the State Opera were completely different — I thought the State Opera was one of the branches under the National Theatre, not two wildly separate entities in different sections of town (which wasn’t clear because of the way the site I was on linked them).

The American Embassy has not been helpful to date. You’re not in the midst of a revolution, no one is defenestrating anyone (as far as I can tell), so you could PLEASE answer ANY of the questions I asked back in June?

And could someone please decide which currency they’ll be using in two weeks? I find it a little ridiculous that no one can give me a definitive answer if it will still be the Czech krona or if it will have completely switched over to the Euro.

This is why I should be Dictator of the Universe. Things would run more smoothly! 😉

Apple still only leaves me “let’s talk” messages. I don’t believe they have any solution, nor any intention of fixing the problem. They hope that, if they drag it out long enough, it will go away. When the computer works, it’s a amazing, and a 100 times superior to any PC. However, they don’t stand by their products, and they aren’t willing to fix the problem when they sell a lemon. That is not acceptable.

Good morning’s work on AMENDS. I wish I could finish the first draft before I leave, but, even if I worked on it full-time, there’s too much to write. I’m enjoying the writing process, though! Obviously, things that bother me in life are spilling into it — issues of sexism and not making assumptions based on appearance are big themes in the book, while there’s still a lot of lighthearted mystery and action.

I polished an article, and I’m waiting for some responses to fact checking before I send it off.

I’m working on two proposals for projects for 2010 that I will send out when I return, and I have to visit NYFA to see if I’m eligible to apply for anything in this grant cycle.

I hope to have some GDRs up later today.

Back to the page.

Devon

AMENDS: First Draft: 17,062 words out of est. 75,000
22.74%

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New York Botanical Garden

5 Comments

  1. Some languages are just tough, you know? My suspicion is Czech is a combo of the romance languages and Germanic languages, yes? So you’re probably learning a bastardization of two uniquely different sets of rules.

    Just learn how to ask for, and understand, directions. Beyond that, point and grunt. 🙂

  2. I struggled with Spanish. I can’t imagine trying to learn Czech! But you’re going to have a great time. I can’t wait to see all the pictures. 🙂

  3. I like the above comment. Point and grunt! *G* That would be me. I have an ear for accents, but not full languages. Sorry to hear you’re still getting the run around from Apple. I do hope they help you soon.
    I also hope you have a great day!

  4. My had is off to you. I couldn’t learn a new language so quickly. Hopefully once you’re surrounded by it, it will come easier.

    I can’t believe it’s September!! EEEK!

  5. As far as I’m aware, the Czech Republic wasn’t supposed to be adopting the Euro until at least 2012. There’re a few links here:

    http://www.myczechrepublic.com/basics/czech_currency.html

    http://www.czech.cz/en/current-affairs/economy-business-science/arduous-road-to-the-euro-zone

    http://www.my-prague-sights.com/czech-currency.html

    However, I might be able to do a bit better than that. My mate at work is married to a woman from the Czech Republic and her parents still live there. He’s on holiday this week, but I can probably text him if you need to know before, say, next Tuesday.


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