Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dumb Question of the Week

So, a lot of bloggers have a thing they do weekly. As a way to keep reader's interested and also to give me something to write about on a regular basis. Well, I've come up with my own. It's, "Dumb Question of the Week" (as seen by my blog post title). As an American expat in Sweden, I get a lot of the same questions, you know, the "standards", but sometimes....sometimes I get doozies. Usually they'll come about once a week, depending on how social I am. This new theme will be mostly focused on questions I get asked regarding America, our government, culture, food, religion, craziness, and overall awesomeness that comes with being American. We're crazy, it's just time to embrace the fact that we're not a normal society. Glenn Beck's bastardization and complete disrespect to Martin Luther King Jr. is a prime example of this. Anyways, back to the topic.

Well, last night, I had a good one. I mean, this was a whole conversation of ridiculousness, but I'll just leave it at this one question, and let your imagination go wild as to 1. How this question got brought up. 2. Why someone would ask me this. 3. How I handled this awkward situation. 4. Do you think I referenced South Park in this conversation?

"Does polygamy actually exist in America?"


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

SFI, you are on my naughty list.

Well, not quite, but they are the source of my current frustrations.

I arrived in Sweden as a 'real' immigrant on June 18th. I sent in all my information for my personnummer a few days later, around the 22nd. I got my personnummer around the 28th. Ok? Ok.

The Swedish government has started a program that pays immigrants to finish SFI early. Yeah, I would get paid to be awesome at Swedish. I have a masters degree, I can totally make bank! Sweet!

NO.

This only applies to people who register starting July 1, 2010.

I registered, technically, June 27/28th, 2010.

Bastards. Ok...well...at least I will have classes starting in August to keep me busy and give me something to focus on so I don't become a desperate housewife.

NO.

I called the place on August 3rd (the lady was on holiday until August 2nd) asking to see if I was in the system and questions about classes, etc. Well, to put it frankly, I got shot down. She didn't have me in the system (I dropped off my application July 10th) and that I was supposed to technically kind off start classes within three months of them receiving my application, but they are just so busy now that it could take longer.

Ok, so let's refresh. I arrived mid June. I applied as soon as I could for SFI. Nobody was around to do some office work for over a month? Seriously? I mean, I know Sweden goes on vacation, but did everyone literally take the same days off? Seriously? I mean, really? So they have a whole summer's worth of mail to sort out? Well, I just don't think that was all that brilliant...do you? Not one person to go in once a week or twice a week to check the mail, get the process going for applications to make their life easier? No? Well, ok, if you like coming back to that much work....

But now what it means is that I probably wont start SFI until November...which is just already driving me into desperate housewifery at the thought of not having something to go to everyday to make me feel like I'm a real human being who is going places. I have got to have something to do....or I will go absolutely insane.

So, for now, I have borrowed my Swedish grammar book from the local library, F is speaking Swedish to me, sometimes against my will, and I am going to test out of SFI, ya basterds.

I guess this is just the first of many frustrations with becoming 'Swedish' ...

*sigh*

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