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Up All Night To Get Lucky

| Learning | November 8, 2013

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Easily Obvious

| Learning | November 8, 2013

The Class Is Good At Taking Orders

| Chicago, IL, USA | Learning | November 8, 2013

(As part of a volunteer teaching program, I have the chance to teach at an elementary school at the heart of Chicago’s Chinatown. Standing in front of a group of First Graders, I am teaching them about businesses and professions.)

Me: “Does anyone know what to call people who teach kids in school?”

Kids In Unison: “Teacher!”

Me: “Wonderful! Anyone knows what to call people who make you feel better when you are sick?”

Kids In Unison: “Doctor!”

Me: “Wonderful! Anyone knows what to call people who cook food in the restaurants?”

Kid #1: “Dad!”

Kid #2: “Uncle!”

Kid #3:” Mom!”

Kid #4: “Grandpa!”

(I am confused for a moment, and then realize that I am in Chinatown, and most of their families are in restaurant business.)

Me: “Actually, we call them chefs!”

(The kids looked at each other, excited.)

Kid #1: “Wow! My dad has a title!”

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Straight Talking On Not-So-Straight Walking

| Somerset, NJ, USA | Learning | November 8, 2013

(I am walking in the hallway. I tend to get wordy when annoyed.)

Kid: “Those sneakers are so f****** gay!”

Me: *turning around* “Really? I wasn’t aware that footwear had a sexual orientation.”

Kid: “What the f***?”

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Emotion In Motion

, | Minneapolis, MN, USA | Learning | November 8, 2013

(I am in the library doing a research project for a high school class. I am finishing up at a computer, not paying attention to anything around me, when a woman at the computer opposite me speaks up.)

Woman: “Am I disturbing you?”

Me: “No, why?”

Woman: “Well, I’m typing an email to my sister, and I’m experiencing some very strong emotions, and I’m just afraid those emotions might be affecting you.”

Me: “Um, no… it’s not bothering me… you can go ahead and keep feeling those emotions or whatever…”

(I was glad to log out a minute later!)

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