19.09.2013 - 19.09.2013
I had a bedside phone call this morning from a mysterious Chinese man wanting to know what the extension number was for reception. I truthfully told him I didn't know (wasn't odd he'd phoned me direct?) and then he passed the phone over to an antipodean guy who asked if there were any free rooms going in our apartment block. I told him I wasn't the person to ask-us foreigners are usually the last people to know such things- and gave him the F.A.O's telephone number. He said his name was Mike and he'd been teaching at IMAU for 2 weeks. In the meantime, he'd been in a shitty hotel.
As for me, I was in bed because it's Autumn Festival and we have 2 days off, which means I'll have only worked Monday and Wednesday this week, which is very nice thank you. Of course, we were told the day before, which is quite normal. Sometimes you hear about it on the day or when you turn up at your class and it's empty but hearing about it late just made it all the more welcome.
I needed a Deus ex machina, if I may be slightly flippant with the meaning of Deus ex machina, to give me a breather. I'm not enjoying this 22 hour stint. When I left Xi'an (where I did 22 hours) I deliberately found a job that had less hours and now I've wound up back in the same situation. Better teachers can cope with more hours. The one reader of my blog does 30. But then he's not trying to write a novel, direct a film, make a ghost documentary and do half a dozen other things. I need more time.
The film is going to pieces. Joe seems to have lost all interest in finishing his bits and Airuna is getting busier and busier. When I know Joe is definitely out, I'm going to take his dialog and subcontract it to a voiceover artist on Fiverr. Then I'll have to take it into software so I can sync it to his lips. The scenes he hasn't done will either have to be suggested or will be filmed without showing faces.