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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.

Heat lance Knights for first playoff win

By Harry Hodge So in 2012, the Hunger Games movie came out. PSY was rocking out with Gangnam Style. And the Saigon Heat begin their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) journey in Tan Binh District at a rickety stadium near the … Continue reading

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Managing? Or Man Aging? Surviving a heavy workload in your mid-40s

By Harry Hodge Teaching is the sort of job where an off day is murder. When a class goes sideways, the students start to murmur and rustle, the ship starts to take on water. You come in unprepared, or even … Continue reading

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Tet à Tet: Reflecting before the Year of the Pig

By Harry Hodge One thing about the holidays in Vietnam: You always have a lot of free time. Gyms are closed. Coffee shops closed. Hotels and flights are all booked. Your kids’ daycare is closed. You may as well try … Continue reading

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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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