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  •  Wow, so you guys hit bureaucracy too, even (1+ / 0-)
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    with additional access.  Ok, then, I am at: rzg6f at virginia dot edu and live at Am Herrenberge 11, Appt. 212, 07745 Jena

    Yep, I'm living in the former DDR where we don't know if our professors were former Stasi informers or not.  My wasn't, he's Swiss, but now I ask if he was Goldman Sachs or USB.  And I am no longer sure what is worse: a banker or a Stasi informer.

    Strange, maybe she was a contractor after all.  They have shut down a few consulates in the last couple of years because of budget.  Düsseldorf is one and Bremen and Liepzig are by appointment.

    I was basing my thinking off of my own experience.  They took several of us NCOs out of 7th Special Forces Group (Spanish speakers) and had us form a cadre in the new 3rd Special Forces Group dealing with sub-saharan Africa (which kinda sucked when it came to TDY, Per Diem, and the really weird diseases you could catch just by walking through a river-I mean, you really don't want to know about that African microbe that can swim up your urethra).  But they sent us to Portuguese for only 3 months because they would save money as opposed to DLI but thought that we could converse like native when we were done.

    So I assumed it would happen elsewhere as well.  I thought that this officer may have studied Swedish but was assigned here due to vacancy and expected to pick it up because German was "Germanic".  That's sort of what I was thinking and would be typical of government incompetence and ignorance.  But really glad to here that Hubby's place has more sense - I wish Special Operations Command did.

    I do hope they get rid of the contractors.  When I first went into the military, I knew an old Air America guy who told me: "The Company is bold with their own, they are even bolder with others" and followed up with "never hesitate" which actually was good advice and why I am still here writing this.

    My PhD is in something completely useless: the dragon-slayer motif in Germanic Saga and contemporary culture.  Which is why I am trying to bust my a** in picking up Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse at the moment.  But I enjoy it even if I'll never get rich off of it.  Hopefully, I will live happily ever after teaching medieval Heroic Epics to students.  We'll see if that comes to fruition.

    "Where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people." - Heinrich Heine, Almansor, 1821

    by Jeffersonian Democrat on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 07:06:16 PM PST

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    •  Your PhD is not something useless. (1+ / 0-)
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      It sounds extremely interesting as I've been amateurishly studying British history to understand a bit about my genealogy. About 10 years ago, my mother and I found a great deal of information about our genealogy.  My genealogy on one side goes back 33 generations to 1040 AD with a gentleman by the name of Drogo De Monte-Acuto (the family name is Montague) and 23 generations to Katherine de Grandison.

      I will finish this in an email, if you're interested, so as to not to hijack teacherken's diary with irrelevant and useless stuff. :P  

      The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

      by ferallike on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:45:24 PM PST

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