April 30, 2012


Monday, Monday… so good to me!

If this is familiar, then you’re at LEAST, as old as me!

Okay, so this possibility of winning a trip to France is getting me all hyped up!  The more I read the rules and regs, the more I’m beginning to understand.  It took another friend of mine, Elizabeth Eastman, to kind of get me to review the rules again.

At first, I understood that 10 people would be ‘chosen’ from the categories to go on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure ‘working’ holiday.  Now, I’ve never been afraid of work.  Perhaps not all the ‘work’ I’ve done over my years has been wonderful, or great, or enjoyable, but that is our lot in life.  I think you’ve got half a brain inside you, you realize that the world doesn’t owe you.  No matter how privileged or difficult your life, you are your own ‘fate-keeper’!  You are in charge of your destiny – not your mom, dad, partner, God…  you are in charge of your life.  It is what you make of it.

The more I’ve become ‘obsessed’ with this contest, the more I’m reading and understanding.  The first thing is that there are only 8 positions (Video Blogger, English Blogger, Russian Blogger, German Blogger, Chinese Blogger, WordPress Expert, Personal Assistant, and Pool Boy).  My decision to apply for English Blogger was arrived thusly:  a) I don’t speak, write, or understand Russian, German, or Chinese;  b) I haven’t done enough ‘video’ work, so that would be kind of pointless;  c) although my blog is located on WordPress, I wouldn’t consider myself an ‘expert’;  d) although I have been a personal assistant in the past, the idea of doing all the work for someone else, is not really something I want to do any longer, although, I would be an excellent choice;  e) I don’t have a great body, but it’s not too bad for my age – that still doesn’t give me the impetus to apply for a position where I would be cleaning a pool, picking up wet towels, and whatever other tasks are involved…  besides, I don’t have a great bathing suit!

The final choice being, English Blogger.  I’ve been writing this blog for a couple of years now.  Yes, I did take a year break because of other issues happening in my life, but now that I’m back to it, I really enjoy writing.  Okay, maybe I don’t have a great following.  I do however, have a steady following of people that consistently read my words.  Whether they agree or not, is inconsequential to my writing.  I do it more for the pleasure of writing and getting my thoughts and feelings ‘out there’!

I have no problem with writing blog entries.  Damn good thing that I use a computer now!  If I was to hand write all this, perhaps I would learn to be more concise in my words, and the entries wouldn’t be as long.  Then again, it wouldn’t be ‘me’!

I’ve been thinking that doing an English Blog, devoted entirely to Sebastien Murat and his world record attempt at deep-sea diving, and the daily events for a couple of weeks, while enjoying the sun and sea and wonderful French cuisine, is a wonderful opportunity.  Also, and I don’t mind saying so, it would be a great boost to my blog.  Knowing that my reader base could possibly increase dramatically, is a great motivator.

As well, the benefits to my students would be incredible.  Anyone reading this blog, knows that I live and teach English in Taiwan.  Many of my students, past and present, read my entries.  I know that, because oftentimes some of them will talk to me about my blog.  They may not be able to understand everything, but just the fact that they are reading, is a testament to my abilities as an English teacher.

Back to the contest.

In each of the eight categories (mentioned above), the top 10 vote receivers will be chosen.  Of those 10 people, one will be the ultimate choice to go on this adventure.  Eight people in total.  So, that is more encouraging.  I’ve never won a major prize or award in my life.  Yes, I have won a few minor things like tickets to movie from a radio station, and a rootbeer drinking contest in Grade 9, but these are all very minor and somewhat insignificant contests.  They are very local contests.  This one, is a world-wide contest.  Granted, of the 6,000,000,000 or so people on this planet, not everyone is going to apply for the positions.  As it is, the position of English Blogger has about 35 applicants as it is.  As a percentage of the world population, that works out to less than 0.0000005% of the world!

One of the things I’m going to have to do, is find out more about Sebastien Murat.  I must admit, and I’m sure that the people applying for this opportunity don’t know either.  Just like before I moved to Taiwan, I learned as much as I could about Taiwan.  I searched the Internet, read books, talked to people, watched television programs, etc.  I wanted to know as much about the environment and the people and the country I was going to, in order to better fit in to their way of life.

Well, even though this is for a shorter period of time, the task is no different.  I don’t want to put Sebastien Murat on a pedestal or think of him as anything other than a person who is attempting a world record, he still deserves respect, and I need to know who he is.  If I’m going to inform the world, via my blog, on this person and his record attempt, I need to know what the hell I’m talking about and pass that information on to my readers.

So, in the next few days, expect more writing about this topic and my standing in the competition for English Blogger.  I do realize and have the wits about me to know that I could be the only one of ten applicants in this category, and that I only have a 10% chance of winning, it is still a lot better than buying a lottery ticket or saving all my receipts!

That’s it, that’s all… for now!

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