Friday, May 18, 2007

Plenty of room

... at the Hotel Pension Uhland. Aha! it fits!

I've moved into my room and am taking advantage of the wireless internet. My connections have been spotty for the last few days so my internet activity has been sporadic, at best. This connection still seems to have some problems (messing with Mail and iChat) so I don't think I'll be uploading any pictures today. If you're reading this Rob: "I'll keep trying iChat because I really want to talk to you, sort of defrag a bit. Miss you. Love you. Totally wish you were here."

Today's exegetical session went well, I think. When he suggested that I take the exegetical session, I was hesitant. For one thing, I had already discovered on Monday that there are elements of the language that impact translation in a way that's specific to the language. In Monday's case, it was the translating of "we". Khoekhoegowab has forms of "we" that are inclusive (including both the speaker and the listener in the "we") and exclusive (including the speaker and some other folks but not the listener). Not only that, they also have a "we" for an all male group, a female group and a "mixed company" group. So, in translating Greek "we" (which doesn't have these elements), you have to draw from context and make an educated stab at the best option. See the trickiness of it all?

Secondly, it felt a bit like a test, which I'm sure it was. Not that they don't have the right to test me and all. They did fly me exactly halfway around the world to orient me (seems like an oxymoron, eh?) so they should be allowed to gauge their investment. But I'm realizing that I feel like the last 2 years have been akin to one massive job interview. I feel like I'm constantly being observed and weighed in the balance. I am finally recognizing the nature of the ongoing tension that I've been feeling, now that I've done something (today's exegetical session) that was totally like something out of a job interview.

I only hope that one day I can stop applying and get the job.

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