Survived first day of classes

It has been a long day.  I left key in office and locked myself out – went to guard desk where I picked up key at 4:50 this morning. I am through with the first day of teaching. I survived.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  Bright lights:  some of the student reactions in class. I especially liked the last class, which was smaller and all the time seemed very attentive.  I told them that there is less talking at the back of the room, than in Ukraine. I said that I observe a “higher level of academic culture” than in Ukraine.  I reminded three boys who were talking (a little – they quit) that the competition with Ukraine and the reputation of Kazakhstan depended upon them.  It seemed to work! 

I told students of your mother keeping Dagny [my 96 year old grandma who died in 2001] and caring for her, as used to be traditional, and people would not have thought have doing otherwise – but now in America, that care has entered the market.  I asked them what was better and we agreed, the former.  I said they should keep some of the traditional decisions and decision making.  Struck rapport.  They do not know of “mezhenaty”  and “philanthropy.”

I think I’ve completed and turned in all the paper work to get registered, and I think paid this week – Wednesday.  That would be the last day of classes, as they are canceled for Friday associated with Constitution Day. As in the past, they didn’t know this until the last minute!! I think it is only 4 a.m. your time, and I am starting to fade. I may have to fade and go to Paul’s before I hear from you.

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