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Jan

#13 - A warm desk

Why am I here?

What am I doing?!

It’s possible that I am breaking some kind of record for the longest stretch of “stumbles” on stumbleupon.com?  I’m like the Alex Trebec of useless information given the amount of time I’ve been deskwarming this week.

Yes… deskwarming.  You know deskwarming. 

Wait. 

You don’t know what deskwarming is?

OK, well once I explain it, you’ll understand it’s logical existence in the work place.  Just a moment…

This week, like many of the times spent here at Seokgyo Elementary School, I have been required to participate in a really neat act known throughout the deepest and coolest circles of foreign English teachers known as “Deskwarming”.

Deskwarming simply means that although there are no classes to teach or prepare for, one must still be present at school… resulting in a warm desk.  Get it?

Most days, work hours are 8:30-4:30.  I usually have four or five forty minute classes everyday but when those classes are over, I deskwarm.  Some of this time (maybe 30 minutes) is spent preparing for tomorrow’s classes but the majority of the deskwarming time is used to sit in front of a computer.  I read books, go on Facebook, watch documentaries, take a catnap, plan fictitious vacations, and fill my brain with bits and pieces of information that I will surely forget come the weekend.  And GChat.  Lot’s of GChat.

Currently, we are in the middle of winter break, meaning that the students don’t have school for 6 weeks.  And although the previous two weeks were spent teaching “winter camp”, this week I am overwhelmed with deskwarming. 

This dreaded deskwarming, an ironic term during a Korean winter considering it’s 24 degrees outside.  I’d do anything for a warm desk right now.  There is no more of an irrational activity than that of coming to school when there are no students present simply just to be here.  To make matters worse, the higher up’s have taken this time of student absence to remodel our school. 

The sound of hammer’s and drill’s massage the eardrums.

But!  All complaining aside, I can say that a full day spent surfing the web does yield some positive results.  I have never read more, I have never been more up-to-date on current events, and I have never had this much time to research the future. 

Although the needlessness of my presence is far too obvious to state, at the end of the day, how else would I write this blog?