(Well that's confusing... I haven't checked the blog since posting this on Sunday. Only to discover it didn't actually post even though it said it did. So... let's time travel back to Sunday afternoon!)
So, I must really be back in Quito. I'm already back to my Sunday wireless tradition. Actually, I got in on Monday night and immediately taught 3 classes on Tuesday. This was for the best since it left me no time to wallow or dread going back to work. And after one day, it was hard to remember being gone and I felt really positive about my new classes. I have a serious schedule makeover, with really enjoyable classes that don't cancel(!!!). And aside from my morning class, all are at the institute now. Which means instead of spending all my time between classes commuting, I check my email, do lesson planning, and chat with the other teachers. It's like I have a real job! OK, I have lots of fun stuff to share today. Let's get down to business.
Item of business the first: Pictures from carnaval!!! Flashback to last month, before my trip home. It's a good thing I got my traveling in when I did, because it's hard to get around anywhere these days due to the roadblocks. Sara's entire family (6 of them) have been staying with us (definitely a full house... more on that later), and they couldn't get to Latacunga, Otavalo, or Banos because the Panamerican highway is totally blockaded north and south of quito. They tried their best, riding in trucks and walking, but they said eventually the road just becomes branches and other junk for as far as the eye can see. Of course, my other roommate got to Banos just fine since apparently the protest took the weekend off. Sounds about right for Ecuador.
Item of business the second: TV fate. So I'm hanging out at Becky's on friday night, watching her american cable for the first and only time except the superbowl, and what comes on? A 20/20 interviewing people who have no libido and claim to be "asexual." Wait a minute... as my brain was processing that this sounded suspiciously like a certain college classmate's obsession the show cuts to an interview with... none other than david jay himself!!! I saw david jay on 20/20 in ecuador! How entirely surreal. Of course he IS the asexuality movement, having founded the website www.asexuality.org. I'll say this for Wesleyan... it may attract some eccentric people, but it knows how to pick the eccentric people who will actually be featured on 20/20 someday. If you missed the episode, you can check out the feature on ABC’s website.
Item of business the third: Says my mom, "I got asked for an autograph by a complete stranger in a restaurant yesterday because apparently my hair color is the same as Judy Baar Topinka, the winner of the Republican primary for governor. This tells me my shade is probably too orange." Long lost twins? You decide for yourself.
Ok, I am actually going to become a paying customer at the Plaza de las Americas, instead of just mooching off of their wireless internet. I’m going to see Brokeback Mountain!! Which finally showed up in theaters here!! It seems like the Oscar buzz has pushed a lot of American movies into theaters (Crash, Brokeback) and pirated dvd stores (Capote, Walk the Line). My DVD collection is going to be very happy.