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Thanksgiving 2

Crashing early after a long better day. There were a lot of "wellness checks" again for me today. I'm fortunate to have landed in a place with a lot of caring people. I didn't want to talk to anyone except for one person today, but again, I'm happy to have support if I need it.


I wanted to touch base with Nichola today. She's the one that pulled David back over the railing yesterday. Somehow that makes sense. We shared a sort of trauma. I saw her late in the day yesterday after my chess CCA and she was staring out a window motionless. It didn't look good. I could relate. We made contact on WeChat, but she didn't really reply. I was able to track her down today out on the soccer field before our feast. We talked. It was good for both of us I think. We we're having similar feelings. I knew she could relate.


My day today consisted of a couple of meetings and two breakout sessions. We got to pick from several topics lead by teachers. It's always been the best sort of inservice in my opinion. Let a teacher share something they're passionate about. The first was on Theory of Knowledge (TOK). It's a manditory class in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. The course deals with how we handle knowledge of all kinds. Students are encouraged and trained how to ask questions. Why is this true? What are facts? Who determines? What's the rationale behind why you believe what you believe? The second class was an opportunity to attend a yoga class. It was moved from Wednesday of this past week to today. We had a large group today. I needed it. I set an intention for the day and followed through on it. That's always a good feeling.


The Thanksgiving feast was great. I got to share my pies which were well received. There were hundreds of people there and it was fun. Too much food. Too much wine, and I got to hear some stories from others about their Thanksgiving day traditions and memories. I loved the ones I was with today by being a good listener. Good job me. I've not been a good listener before. I've gotten better as I've aged, but it's taken some serious concentration. Hey look! Something shiny! I don't think I've been purposefully rude to people, but I understand that's how my lack of attention could have been received.


After dinner there was a gender reveal event on the soccer field. It's a boy! My picture was a few moments too early to capture the blue balloons drifting up.



Here's a better picture. Can you find me? It's like playing Where's Waldo. Or not Waldo. David. Where's David?



I need some sleep. Have to get up at 2:00am to join some guys at a bar to watch the USA play England in a World Cup match. Our English colleagues are a bit more excited than my American friends here. Not a shocker. Hope it's not a slaughter.



Update: 15 of us made it to a bar. The Americans outnumbered the Brits by a lot. Paul, the older gentlemen seen closest in this picture, said England played for shit. The English were very unhappy with their squad while the Americans were excited to get a tie. I don't get futbol...



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Mike Durkee
Mike Durkee
Nov 27, 2022

I've been in enough staff photos with you that all I had to do was look in the back row :) You're a good man David Shick!

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sagebutterfly2
sagebutterfly2
Nov 27, 2022

Just tried to post a comment and it went into the nether-lands... anyway I wanted to say how grateful I am that you were there for that dear boy. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing journey with us, dear David. Sending love across the many miles. Maureen

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Andy Donahue
Andy Donahue
Nov 26, 2022

Puts a smile on my face that you got up at 2am to watch soccer. USA was toe to toe with England and either team could have won. England didn't play well but hard to know how much of that is a credit to the USA. Excited to read Durkee's analysis. 😀

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