Did Roo...

Damn, Roo - just, damn. I'm so happy that your guts and willingness to risk everything worked out for you. You are now officially the posterchild for courage in one's personal life.

Awesome Roo!

It's like the GWJ version of Under the Tuscan Sun. So cool.

Way to go Roo!

slambie wrote:

Awesome Roo!

It's like the GWJ version of Under the Tuscan Sun. So cool.

yeah but Roo can't be as good loking as Diane Lane is! All I can say... meeeeoooow! (not a furry reference!)

This would make a good mini series.

Congratulations Roo.. You are my frackin hero.

Roo wrote:

My plans: turning down the choir job I landed in the states

Man, that school district is just going to love you. It's great that everything worked out in Greece, but I hope this doesn't adversely affect your future chances of finding work as a teacher in the states.

It's great that everything worked out in Greece, but I hope this doesn't adversely affect your future chances of finding work as a teacher in the states.

I sincerely doubt it. As good teachers of any subject are hard to come by in the states.

WOW, Grats Roo! I have allready e-mailed this thread to Hollywood, I expect a big check any day for the rights to "How Roo got his Baklava back" from my agent.

One question, what is to become of the K9 Roo?

One question, what is to become of the K9 Roo?

Good question!

Great to hear things are going well Roo, I have to admit that deep down inside I'm glad you won't be schooling me in BF2 for a while

Wowie sh*tting hell, that's probably the coolest thing I ever read. You go, man! Live it!

cartoonin99 wrote:

I sincerely doubt it. As good teachers of any subject are hard to come by in the states.

In teaching, as with any profession, sometimes good takes a back seat to reliable. Just sayin'.

Awesome Roo! Glad it worked out - wow what a rollercoaster your life has been this year. Enjoy the ride now!

Awesome!

This defintiely deserves some type of nickname change.

'Roo the Greek' or something more appropriate!

karmajay wrote:

Awesome!

This defintiely deserves some type of nickname change.

'Roo the Greek' or something more appropriate!

I think that nickname would be more appropriate if his flame was a guy.

karmajay wrote:
Awesome!

This defintiely deserves some type of nickname change.

'Roo the Greek' or something more appropriate!

I think that nickname would be more appropriate if his flame was a guy.

Or if he was into 'Product'.

I think BangeRoo still fits....

Congrats Roo!!! In my own self interest, I am sorry to see one of the more able commanders depart BF2-ville, but reality always trumps virtual. Always.

Time to start living life, instead of just experiencing it.

Fair winds....

In teaching, as with any profession, sometimes good takes a back seat to reliable. Just sayin'.

Well, in my book, good is equated with reliable.

Way to go Roo. The man takes a chance and it pays off big time.

Are you like oficially divorced yet? You left in an awful hurry.

karmajay wrote:

Or if he was into 'Product'. :)

I'm still keeping my list, karma. Don't think I won't put you right at the top, buddy. Right up there with the albino kid!

I'm still keeping my list, karma. Don't think I won't put you right at the top, buddy. Right up there with the albino kid!

OT : Man, every time a 'list' is mentioned I ALWAYS think of Billy Madison. Man that is funny stuff!

Roo, your life is so amazingly exciting and terrific it makes me want to puke. Big time congrats.

karmajay wrote:
I'm still keeping my list, karma. Don't think I won't put you right at the top, buddy. Right up there with the albino kid!

OT : Man, every time a 'list' is mentioned I ALWAYS think of Billy Madison. Man that is funny stuff! :)

How funny. I'd forgotten about that part. Crossing him off the list made that movie worth seeing.

Thanks very much all of you. I do hope you realize that it was support from you all that first got me getting my sh*t back together.

some quick responses: divorce will be official august 30th. yes this is all fast, but look at other thread for how long my marriage had really been over (~>2 years). The real Roo will be staying with my ex-wife hereafter, cause Athens is not a good place for her. And yeah, that's about the only sadness in my life at this point. I won't have a problem finding a teaching job coming back to the states, at worst i would have a problem finding one in that immediate area.

Mayfield wrote:

Roo: Congrats you malaka! Now here is a quick lesson in greek.. well the greek that you need to know when you live in New York!

agamisu: a**hole
putsi: You are gay
muni: another word for kitty, but the rest of us know it as the word that precedes willow.

I've learned three vocabulary areas....loving things to say, how to order food, and how to swear at taxi drivers. You're a little off my friend. agamisu (with gutteral g) is f**k off, putsi is a gay male prostitute, and I'll trust you on muni. She already taught me the other two, although the most common is "Ela Malaka!" which means "come on, wanker."

Malaka is not as generic as previously claimed.

I leave on Sunday for Naxos, the largest island in the Aegean, and it looks like we'll have either a morning or afternoon shift (changing by the day) in a sort of kiosk, giving out info on how not to mess up the habitats of the falcons, selling fund raising stuff, and chatting up the local businesses. Seems the local hotel owners are interested in promoting "non-damaging" bird-watching tours.

I'm still figuring out what stuff is coming back to Greece, and if someone knows of a really good way to tote a normal sized tower PC as carry on (cause I fear shipping it big time), I will eventually have my PC back here, as I gotta go back for court proceedings (and to sort through my stuff, see friends, say bye bye to my doggies....damn, some hard stuff left for our Romantic Hero(tm) ).

It's hard to explain what's been happening to people who don't know me that well. Isn't funny how, unless you remember my pics from musicals or whatever I posted, it's you awesome folks who mostly haven't seen my face that have been the most understanding, supportive, and encouraging. Other people...I pretty much have to preface what I say with, "I know this sounds like a movie but..."

Believe me, this is the best reality I can imagine experiencing. Not to mention my dear love knows: the big dog trainer in Athens who's from the states, the most prestigious choir conductor guy in Greece, and is connected to every school that teaches English in Greece (she's the head of marketing for a publishing company that does only textbooks for learning English, and she talk English as a second language in Greece for eight years.) I do need to get work permit, although it sounds quite doable. I also automatically get one when we get married.

Did I mention that? Did I mention wanting kids really, really bad? You can throw veggies now or whatever, but really, I have never loved like this and yes I've got both feet on the ground and I am the most clear-headed I've ever been in my life.

Well, I'm off to make my love some stir fry. Ironically I've so far cooked Mexican, Chinese, and Italian while here. I do love Greek food, especially the plentiful seafood and xoriatiki (Greek Salad, you know, with the big slab of feta cheese...). The "x" is pronounced like the "ch" in Bach, assuming you pronounce it with a little German "h".

Anyway, here's another Greek word, used right before you say goodbye, and yes it's used towards men, so deal with it.

filakia polla (filakia is "kisses" and polla is "lots of"). So, loads of kisses,
Roo

Wow Roo. I'm in awe. And now I have to return to my normal humdrum workday. How sad for me. But I'm happy for you! I hope your happiness continues for decades to come. Please do post pics when you can, and send updates of your island hopping, bird protecting, dog training, English teaching, child rearing, olive eating days.

I can not explain how happy I am for you Roo.

Go gettem dog!

Especially when I think back to your first post 3-4 months ago, even I cracked a smile... but don't tell anyone. Here's hoping the honeymoon never ends. Cheers!

Edit:

Druidpeak wrote:

Go gettem dog!

'cause you know... You're the man now, dog!

Eat some baklava for me out there Roo. Mmmmm.

Good show, Roo. Keep piling on the evidence of how reaching for your dreams can lead to happiness. Sooner or later word will get around

I'm so happy for you, I can't stand it.

Roo wrote:

I won't have a problem finding a teaching job coming back to the states, at worst i would have a problem finding one in that immediate area.

Cool.