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    Probably sealed shut from the ice anyway.

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    When I lived in Moscow and Vladivostok I found that windows would be taped shut in winter. This was due to the prefab nature of the buildings where whole floors were manufactured (glass intact) and then delivered to site. The maid was always aghast when I cracked open a window just to be able to breath clean(ish) air. On transfer to Yakuts I I still did it despite the sub-zero temperatures.

    In the winter Soviet apartments are (were) centrally heated..... from a huge heating plant which suppilies hot water to the radiators and baths of maybe 3000++ apartments.

    You had no control as to the temperature it comes in at and cracking open a window was your only way of moderating it. Then in the summer they close them down for maintenance and only cold is available.

    This was in 1994-1998 so things will have changed but Mandaloopy still needs to be prepared.

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    It's been a mixed week, I certainly have a challenge ahead of me. Student behavior is atrocious, I've never really had massive problems when it comes to classroom management but this is something else 555. It was Sports Day today, I broke up 3 fights, tried to explain to the local teachers that some discipline is a good thing- alas they are scared of the parents. The level of English is really mixed and the books are probably on the level for 15% of the class; there is no way the vast majority should be using books for native speaks when they can't write their own name or spell simple CVC words in the second grade, the third grade teachers report the same issue. I'm a bit concerned about next week, there could be an observation. My topic is "realism vs. fantasy", I'm ready to go with a differentiated lesson that I hope is inclusive of all learners and abilities. Yet I can't help but think an ESL lesson on basic vocabulary and phonics would be way more appropriate.

    Local teachers are a nice bunch and share the same issues, most parents are supportive but pretty open to the fact their kid is spoiled. Going to be a tough year for sure, but challenges are fun and the school isn't trying to stiff me. A good nights sleep will sort things out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    A good nights sleep will sort things out.
    ...are you layered even in bed?...

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    Will be until the heating comes on- they have been cleaning the hot water pipes for two days which has resulted some pretty miserable starts to the day when it comes to showers. Piping hot water back on, so that IS something to be happy about

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    Cold Showers , character forming, just wait until its -20 midday, get kitted up asap, I did -26 but I see it's colder than that

    https://www.holiday-weather.com/ulan_bator/averages/, perhaps finds some other Ulanites and have MassesedBator in a sweat lodge, I may be wrog but the camles of the balmy Guld or lower paid yet laid back Oman may lure you away to the nakheel

    PS its a nice warm heat and sea not humid like Slyam

    https://www.holiday-weather.com/muscat/averages/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    and the school isn't trying to stiff me
    Is your years salary in an escrow account with defined release terms? When are you due your first salary payment, before or after "an observation"?


    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Piping hot water back on, so that IS something to be happy about

    Waiting for the bars of soap, to be delivered next month, can be a bind though, eh.

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    A mere 2000USD - just need a gold pimps's cane to go with it

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    Monger Regalia
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    Bit of a lark eh
    Polish yer knob Dahlia

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    and then get blood thrown over me by PETA activists when I land in Blighty for summer...
    It's made from wolf, that makes me think of Alaskan Malamutes- reason enough not to buy!
    Did try on a really nice long yak wool coat that goes for around 300USD- not a cheap coat but it is absurdly soft and warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    but it is absurdly soft and warm.
    Which is what you are buying one for.

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    So, it might not be as scenic as Mandalay








    Today at the daycare center I have to try to get second grade thinking about writing poems- should be interesting seeing as the phrase "open your book" still needs a translation. My lack of working Mongolian language would be a valid criticism in a public school, but being asked to translate in an "international" school is not a duty I should have to do. Rather oddly first grade seem to have a much better working vocabulary- both a blessing and a concern, seeing as I have more second grade classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    300USD- not a cheap coat but it is absurdly soft and warm.
    That's an absurdly cheap genuine fur coat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    That's an absurdly cheap genuine fur coat!
    ...I'm sure the yak would agree...

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    Well there are a lot of yaks...

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    and a coworker just got spat on...happy fecking Monday,folks

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    Jesus....by whom ? A child ? A parent ? Or a passerby in the street ?

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    ^ A bald yak

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    Jesus....by whom ? A child ? A parent ? Or a passerby in the street ?
    Yeah, some context needed there.

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    Post 291, followed by post 292 would be the context, I think.
    Just as this post 295 follows your post 294.

    Do you need context, or little up-arrows?

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    No, that isn't context.

    It's a mention of an incident and a request for context.

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    "By whom" is a request for who spat, ie a request for elaboration or detail.
    Context would be "why, and what was the situation?".

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    *SIGH*

    Those questions would be at least partially answered if mandaloopy explained 'by whom'.

    'Passer-by', 'Parent' 'Waiter' = CONTEXT.


    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Do you need context, or little up-arrows?
    You seem like you could very much do with 'a little up' you.


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    A third grader, who then tried to punch him it now turns out.
    I'm a bit surprised about how bad behavior is, I suppose it could be worse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    A third grader, who then tried to punch him it now turns out.
    I wouldn't be, really.

    Don't male children have something of a reputation as being spoiled in those parts?

    Perhaps it happened in a boxing ring though, so hard to judge without knowing where it happened, eh?


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