Someone else’s Gum

Sitting in Starbucks at the window across from the Le Parker Meridian 56th street Manhattan thinking one of the worst things that can happen to a person is touching the under side of a counter and realizing your fingers are touching somebody else’s gum! 

So today’s the day of my Abu Dhabi interview. I’m here in New York. I hate New York. You always have to wait in New York.  I made it to the Le Parker Meridian by 8:45 am where my interview will be held along with many others. Only to find out that yes my interview is at 2 pm and that the system made a mistake directing me to be here by 9. Apparently 8:45 was the time for the am interviews and I didn’t have to be here until the afternoon. Then I’m next in line to hand the Teach Away rep my paperwork and he asks me to wait until later so that he can get all the am applicants paperwork first. SERIOUSLY!  So I’m struck sitting here and doing what WAITING… for 5 hours. All be it to say This Is Not A Good Sign. 

There are like 15 women to 1 man here. At 9 am we went to a room on the 34th floor to hear a short orientation from 4 people who reside in AD.  There is a woman here who lives in AUSTRALIA. I wonder why she’s applying to teach in the U.A.E. She said she wants a change. Ok.  By the way why do people insist on pulling the door when it very clearly says PUSH?

So the other teacher that works with me was not invited to interview with ADEC after her phone interview.  Neither was I the first time I applied 1.5 yrs ago. However she will be interviewing for Kuwait City as will I tomorrow here in New york at the Doubletree n Manhattan.  We are residing with her Aunt in Brooklyn. Her aunt was very nice to allow me to stay because both hotels that I’m interviewing at charge over 200 per night. Ridiculous. The parking at the Le Parker is 53.00 so I took 2 trains into town. The ride in was not too bad. If you don’t mind underground subways and rats. Lol. I slept ok in a foreign bed after I almost went crazy from the noisy neighbors and Aunty gave me earplugs. I would like to give the person that invented earplugs a hug. I don’t like sleeping in NY. 

And you want to know what’s worst than touching someone else’s gum…..WAITING!

Author: phillygirl77

I've lived my whole life in Philadelphia. Daughter of a teacher, I later became one myself. When I heard about teaching overseas, I jumped feet first. Finally told yes, my two boys and I prepared for our new life abroad. Join us on our journey in Qatar!

One thought on “Someone else’s Gum”

  1. Sis you are amazing..who else could turn a horrible time in to a funny story….eeewwww touching someone’s else gum ahahahahahaha So sorry they didn’t treat you better than they did, knowing how badly you wanted things to go right yesterday. Well whatever the outcome of yesterday your family is here to support you!! :0)


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