Thursday, March 23, 2006

golden rule

Tonight the suite I'm living in was invited to a "formal dinner" with the guy who runs the accommodations. We, along with about 25 other people, enjoyed better food than the usual dining hall food (which really isn't that bad). Additionally, the guy who runs the place gave a short speech telling us how to behave.

He talked about the book "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." After telling a few mildly amusing anecdotes and reading from the book, he gave us life lessons. You could tell he was looking for laughter, but the students were not amused. He talked about appreciating the multi-cultural environment we have. I am for sure in one of those (living with people from all over) but for the most part, our accommodation complex is mostly white Aussies and Yanks.

He said we should first and foremost take heed to the golden rule -- then went on to explain that the rule expressed the need for "love and sanitation." I don't remember "sanitation" being part of that rule, but apparently he thinks we're all dirty.

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