Kazak Kronical #1

Bisbee, AZ

May 31

Pre-Launch, 5 am.

I’m worried about two things: one, how will I fare with my restless leg syndrome, henceforth referred to as ‘jumpy legs’; and two, how much trouble am I in with trip organizers for not doing my homework?

I can’t really explain the jumpy legs. It’s gotten worse over the years. My mom has it. Her brother has it. I have it. A shrink once told me that medical types don’t really know what it’s about. I know I have a flight from Tucson to Dallas to London to Istanbul to Kazakhstan in economy. I’ve got medicine. Let’s hope for the best. Nicotine gum and Copenhagen Wintergreen make it worse.

Here’s the other main concern: I didn’t do kaka – (like I was supposed to) in terms of language prep and study. I signed up for Russian with Rosetta Stone and gave a good effort for about two weeks. I did the first online modules the leadership put together for language and history and culture. I tried, I really did. But I failed and now I am going to meet these people sometime today in various parts of the globe and they are going to look at me like I have kaka on my face.

I don’t. I’m not a bad person. I had a full year. I had lesson plan inspection. I had the sophomores from hell. I had hundred of bags of concrete to mix and turn into a patio before my wife would let me leave. I’m doing my best, people. I’m sober. I’m losing weight. I’m not a Trump supporter. i was pretty much packed last night. That never happens for me! Ever. I have crisp bills I was told to get. I brought extra USB cables and batteries to be helpful. I have a small hand-held compass in case the one on the plane breaks. I want to be a part of things and want people to be nice to me. I will be nice to them and learn some Russian. There’s time for me to even get some study material for my Kindle.

I just couldn’t get to the study modules or spend time with the language. I know the leadership is going to bring this up for the month we are together in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. It’s going to be hard. I’m already having arguments in my head with them if they you know, go academic on me and all.

I don’t know how often I can or will want to post to the Kazak Kronicle, but a lot of you out there have been supportive of this Fulbright study scholarship I have to study Central Asia. Some of you even gave me money to make it possible. I want to share this adventure with you. I’m sure the other 12 participants did all the assignments and are pretty much fluent in Russian and Kazak by now. They are going to hate me too.

I’ll need support. Let’s stay in touch.