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About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.

2019 – Stay the Course or Man Overboard?

Reflecting on 2018, there were some pitfalls and paydays. Betting on yourself, this is often the case. I’ve now developed a flexibility I may not have had a few years ago – I now feel like I can be dropped … Continue reading

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2018: Being a nomad in my own city

By Harry Hodge Tan Binh. Binh Thanh. District 2. District 7. All points in between. That was this past year for me, working all over noisy, screwy Saigon. Around February I decided to try my luck as a “free agent,” … Continue reading

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F/T-Freelance-F/T-REPEAT

By Harry Hodge It’s 9 a.m. on a Thursday. I was busy like a madman 2.5 weeks ago, teaching summer school science in the mornings and ripping around Saigon for different tutoring clients in the afternoon. Then pick up the … Continue reading

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Coping when Revenue Streams Dry Up

By Harry Hodge As I near my mid-40s, I have become accustomed to hustling for work. Over a lifetime of relying on writing and teaching as revenue streams, you (luckily? sadly?) develop a personal process for what to do when … Continue reading

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What Journalism Taught Me (Not What You Think)

By Harry Hodge So the headline is not necessarily what you’re expecting to read, I reckon. I could mention some of the skills I picked up during my years working in the media, whether in full-time, part-time or freelance capacities. … Continue reading

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Alab extinguish Heat playoff run

By Harry Hodge Everyone deserves a second chance. In basketball, that attitude will take you far in the playoffs. Fighting for their postseason lives against a larger opponent, the Saigon Heat simply surrendered too many rebounds and second chances to … Continue reading

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Hitting the Wall – Light Days and Heavy Days

By Harry Hodge Today is going to be a “heavy day.” You know how I know? It’s a Thursday. For more than a year now, I’ve been doing “heavy” Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as recently Wednesdays sometimes. This dates … Continue reading

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