Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

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IronMike
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BCS, 3L/2+R/2S (DLPT in, oh God, 1999!)
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:58 pm

Been listening to Refuse to Choose by Sher, about us scanners, thanks to forum-friend Jeff! Yep, me to a tee. Wonderful to finally know I'm normal.

Lots of Pola-retradio, not much reading. Well, not Esperanto reading. Lots of LeCarre and George Smiley. Such good writing.

Have also gotten into French music. Not sure what to call the genre. French alternative? French pop? Artists like Camp Claude, Juniore, La Femme, The Liminanas, Lescop. Love it. Someday maybe, French. Who knows.

Leaving here in 5 days. Can't wait to be home.
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BCS, 3L/2+R/2S (DLPT in, oh God, 1999!)
Slovene, 2+L/3R (DLPT in, yes, 1999)
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:57 pm

Should have mentioned Coptic, too. Started the Coptic course at Glyphstudy a year ago, and up until January kept it up, even during this deployment. But with the Russian DLI course in January, DLPT and OPI in Feb, and now the German course coming next month, I've had to drop it. No way I can keep it up. It was planned to take 3 years after all. :o

I love the Glyphstudy format, and will probably stupidly sign up for something else again in the future.

Today did some Pola Retradio where they talked about the rover we've got on Mars now. Also listened to an unknown number of hours of French music. Jeez, what is it about those groups that's so appealing? :lol:
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Italian, 1L/2R (DLPT, 2019)
BCS, 3L/2+R/2S (DLPT in, oh God, 1999!)
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:39 am

As I spend my last day here walking around base, taking snapshots for memory, I am thankful I've had this opportunity. This is my seventh deployment, and the first that I've been able to swim at, and take my DLPTs, OPIs, and even do language training. Really great deployment, and it knocks another country (Djibouti) and continent off my list.

I've got 24 hours of travel ahead of me, including a long (7+ hours) layover in Paris, where I'd love to leave the airport to visit, but of course that's a big no-no now. :(

Then two weeks of a break till the German course starts. Can't wait to just sit on the couch with my family and do nothing, wake up whenever, eat something different, and of course drink beer of my choice!
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BCS, 3L/2+R/2S (DLPT in, oh God, 1999!)
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:30 am

3 days into my return...and loving just sitting on the couch with the occasional walk with the dog. So nice to be home.

Looked through the Esperanto books I ordered before leaving. La Arto Labori kune looks really good, as does La Abunda Fonto. Reading an article a day in an older Eo book I got a couple years ago: En la mondon venis nova lingvo (A new language has entered the world). Gonna read Eo till the German course starts in 12 days.
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:18 am

Went digging around in the basement and found my wife's old German books. A couple German grammar books in Russian, and all the Harry Potters. I think I'll make HP2 my German HP. HP4 is my Russian one. If I ever do Italian again I'll pick either HP3 or HP5. I did HP1 in BCS before deploying last year.
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BCS, 3L/2+R/2S (DLPT in, oh God, 1999!)
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Re: Worlds within themselves. IronMike's 2021 log (EO, DEU, RUS, BCS?)

Postby IronMike » Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:42 am

Today was the last day of taking my malaria meds (Malarone), as you have to take them for 7 days after returning from the malarial region. And my sleeping is getting back to normal, or at least back to this time zone. These are the things that make this deployment officially over, and that makes me glad.

In the middle of my mandated 14 days of no work. I'm good as far as Massachusetts is concerned; besides being an exempted category, I've got a negative COVID test fewer than 72 hours before arriving back here in the state. The nice thing about these two weeks off is all the time I have for reading. Lots of Esperanto read. It's been so nice.

And in one week, German. Can't wait.
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