Classes are going as well as they can be. Since the International Business Plan is over with, I have a lot more free time than I have been used to. For instance, I actually can go out with friends and socialize. I could only fantasize about playing cards at the coffee shop, or walking the town at night during the middle of the week. Those things are actually doable this semester.
I made two new friends, too. Lucian is a new MBA candidate this semester. He’s a US citizen, now, but he was originally from Romania. And, there’s the Ashton Kutcher look-alike, Greg. If there was ever an All-American Mid-Western boy, Greg would be it. Put Stiffler from “American Pie” and Kutcher from “That ’70s Show” together and we have Greg. And, I say that as a compliment. The guy is loads of fun to be around. Both are awfully intelligent, too.
I went back to L.A. this past weekend to spend some time with my family. As appropriate to the Lunar New Year, my parents and I went to visit the elders. And, there was a big dinner party at the Fourth Family’s house. All my relatives were there, and the married couples passed out the red envelopes to us young’uns and unmarried persons. On this trip back to L.A., my friend Shen came with me. To her surprise, she benefitted from the red envelopes as well. It was certainly nice of her to travel with me. There are limited opportunities left. I’m leaving for Latin America in May.
That is the biggest development, so far. My Peace Corps Placement Officer, Piers, offered me a position as a consultant for entrepreneurs somewhere in Latin America. He declined to be any more specific about the country since several countries offer the assignment and their needs may change. In the least, he is saving a spot for me to leave on May 2nd.
This means I have to finish school early. The last day of classes is on the twelfth. In the meantime, I need to get my papers from Dr. Friend (the dermatologist) and my clearance from a local dentist. Once those are done, I should receive my formal invitation.
My good friend Amanda is getting married in mid-May. This means I’ll be missing that big occasion. I’m pretty bummed about that. So, I hope I can make a trip up to Humboldt before May comes around.