Friday, May 9, 2014

The Most Remarkable Weirdos

The most remarkable people come to teach in Myanmar. That's what I've decided. When thinking out this blog, I thought of titles like 'The Weirdest People...” or “The Strangest People...” because most of my co-workers could be appropriately described as weird or strange. I'm not making a negative comment on their character there as I myself am both weird and strange. Instead, 'remarkable' describes a person whose somewhat different than the norm without all those negative connotations.

Point being, 'normal' people stay home in their countries of birth. It's odd-balls like us that seek out new experiences in foreign lands. Most of us are a little fucked up, if not by character, then by what's happened to have been our lives' experiences. This makes for some interesting office dynamics, to say the least.

At this point, some of you might me asking, “OMG, why are you talking behind your co-workers' backs openly on your blog?”. Calling the office a bunch of weirdos isn't the best strategy for someone trying to fit into a new workplace. For my co-workers who will read this, well, they'd probably be the first to agree; we are a bunch of unique personalities.

Normal people don't just up and decide to go teach English at the ends of the Earth. Myanmar definitely qualifies as being an end of the Earth.

That said, I like my office. Even though there's a bit more politics, bad blood and animosity between its members than you'd find in a 'normal' office of 12 people, we share two things in common that bring us together that are very powerful. Firstly, we're foreigners in Burma. It's a daily challenge that only another of our ilk can understand. Second, we're all very remarkable, that nice, politically correct way of saying that we're a bunch of weirdos.

Wouldn't have it any other way.

Need proof I'm a weirdo? Watch the video I made tonight.


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