Jakarta, Indonesia!

Two of the jklmeltons are currently in Jakarta, Indonesia--a first-time visit for both. I haven't had much time to use the wifi, much less write anything, blog-wise. The heat, humidity, and traffic have taken a bit of a toll, so we asked for a bit of downtime to recharge our batteries. 

Having said that, the food is delicious, the people generous and incredibly friendly, and the sights amazing.  

We are here on an official visit, although the jklmeltons are not the official people. Others from my university (the Prefectural University of Kumamoto) and Nagasaki University have paved a long path here and are doing incredible work to help the people and the environment. I'll write more after I get back and sort through all the pictures I've taken. Suffice to say much has been done and much more needs to be done. 

More to come, much more...

Another semester comes to a close

I haven't had a blogging platform for several years now, so forgive me if I'm rusty. Anyway, I put in my retirement notice in April of this year, giving my university 11 months' notice. I came here in 1993, so when I finish, I will have worked here 22 years (try teaching that future time pattern to the kids!). As another semester winds down, I wondered how many semesters I have taught here. That's 21 1/2 years, minus the year I had a research abroad break, making it 41 semesters so far. Not so newsworthy, but it is what it is. I guess I'm just feeling a bit nostalgic today.

Grades are finished for 3 out the 4 courses I'm teaching; I'm just waiting for the graduate students' papers to trickle in. I'll read them next week, and then it's the usual round of work I can't really talk about. I am in need of a decent vacation; thank goodness I have one planned with the family this summer. Then there's the volunteer work coming up before that. It should be a good summer for getting the blog going. Are you ready?