One of the things that AUC does it make it very easy for their faculty to get settled in their new environment. (Well as easy as possible). The AUC website has a For Sale section since there is a significant turnover in faculty every year (I believe it is on the order of 35 new American faculty).
Starting in April, departing faculty will start categorizing all their stuff and list items on the webpage that they don’t want to ship home. Or electrical/electronic devices that were purchased there and are 220v.
Anyway, I keep an eye on this site to see what people have. One gentleman, Tom, posted a list of items. I decided that we needed a few of those items and I started emailing back in forth with him.
In the process of all this, he gave me much worthwhile advice on where to live, where to shop, who to call when there are problems,etc.
Including, since we were buying a dishwasher from him, the advice that it would be easier to just get their apartment when we come over there. He gave me the email address of the gentleman who does the housing assignments so that we might ask about that.
So, being the nosy sort, I went to the AUC faculty page to see what Tom taught etc.
His full name is Tom Markus.
Turns out he is a Theatre instructor. He has also authored a few small books on the theatre and acting. He is has been a Director of various Shakespearean festivals and has had some supporting roles in movies and TV series.
He also had a small recurring part in one my favorite shows when I was younger: Dark Shadows!
Remember that one? It was a rather over-the-top soap opera built around the central character that was a vampire. Great stuff.
So, we will purchasing stuff, and potentially living in the same apartment, as “famous” actor!
Well, I am amused.
That is all.