Believe it or not, I once used to be a joke writer. Of course, I’m exaggerating when I call myself a joke writer. In high school, I sent off a few dozen jokes to some of the magazines I used to read. I was actually paid five dollars for a joke that they printed. But … Continue reading Joke writer
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with many degrees in both English and Spanish. I had always wanted to learn Spanish formally and UIC turned out to be the ideal place for me because I also worked full-time. First of all, I liked the difference here at UIC from my high … Continue reading UIC Spanish
When I attended Divine Heart Seminary, I made the best of the situation even though I didn’t want to be there. First of all, I’m a freshman living in a seminary dormitory away from home for the first time in my life. Second of all, my daily chore after morning prayers is cleaning the lavatory … Continue reading Where do I begin?
When you learn a foreign language, you can’t help but learn about another culture and its customs. I often remember Vito’s friend Jean-Claude von Bostal who came to visit Vito in Chicago from Belgium. Everything was so different for him. Vito asked me what we could do with Jean-Claude that would be very American. I … Continue reading Spatiality
Man date. Sometimes you are the giver and sometimes you are the receiver. But this is one date to avoid if at all possible. I’m not talking about one man going out with a male friend to see a movie and there are plenty of seats to leave an empty one between you so no … Continue reading Man date
The other day, one of my Spanish students asked me if he could be my friend on Facebook.com. Of course, I said yes. And we are now friends on Facebook. I’ve always gotten along with my Spanish students. That’s because I love my students. But not in the sexual harassment civil lawsuit kind of love. … Continue reading Estudiantes