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30. Readjusting to Society

Updated on March 13, 2013
The City Center of Sandomierz, Poland. It is commonly reffered to as "Stary Miasto" ("Old Town" in English). I currently reside in Sandomierz.
The City Center of Sandomierz, Poland. It is commonly reffered to as "Stary Miasto" ("Old Town" in English). I currently reside in Sandomierz. | Source

Lifelong Deportation

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Readjusting to Society

Readjusting to Society is the continuation in a series of hubs about my life of rebellion, dabbling in the Occult, drugs, crime and prison to life-changing conversion through Jesus Christ. Click here to read it from the beginning. In this hub, I will discuss my experience of readjusting to society after serving eight years in federal prison and being deported to Poland, Europe.

Language Barrier

If you have read through my entire series, you know that upon my release from federal prison I was deported to Poland, Europe; so readjusting to society has been quite different for me than for most people getting released from prison. First of all, there was a considerable language barrier between me and Polish people, which worked both to my advantage and disadvantage. It worked to my advantage because I was able to play dumb when asked about my arrival to Poland, and act like I understood less than I actually did when I was confronted with inconvenient questions, like, “Why in the world would you move from America to Poland? Or, are you planning on ever going back (I was deported for life)?

Second of all, how was I supposed to get a job with such a limited understanding of the Polish language? I knew some Polish upon my deportation, but it was very limited. I was actually born in Poland; but after moving to the United States with my family when I was three years old and learning English, we hardly ever spoke Polish to each other. I had a lot to learn. I did prepare myself somewhat, prior to my deportation, by reading Polish language books; but I did not realize how insufficient that was to prepare me until I was in Poland. My comprehension of the language was considerably lacking. This, I realized in my conversations with Poles. I just did not understand much of what was being said.

Job Seeking

I searched far and wide, on the Internet, for English speaking job opportunities in Poland. I came across a bunch of quick money making schemes, promising immediate earnings in the thousands of dollars; but most of them turned out to be scams. There was this one web site in particular that promised to teach you a proven money making system if you bought their software. After I investigated it, however, it turns out that the method taught by the software just left people in confusion; and when they attempted to return the software, they couldn’t get a refund. There were other get-rich-quick websites with such bad English grammar that it left me wondering what kind of professionals created them. After all, if they were so profitable, couldn’t they just hire someone with some decent English writing skills? It turns out they were professional African scammers. There were many such instances.

Finally, I figured that my best employment option was to teach English in Poland. I discovered that, as a native speaker of the English language, all I needed to qualify me to teach English was a TOEFL English teaching certificate. I found a web site which would allow me to do the entire TOEFL course online for $350. I completed the course in four months and my certificate was mailed to me. With that certificate, I was able to find a job in a local private English school later on. However, the hours were minimal. I didn't earn much. At the writing of this hub, I am not currently teaching at any language school and working hard doing odd jobs to make ends meet.

Polish Tube

In terms of improving my basic Polish speaking skills, I found a number of You Tube videos on the Internet to help me. And you thought You Tube was only for watching babies, animals and things that explode. I have also gained some bilingual Polish / English speaking friends, which help when I don’t understand something in Polish. Writing with women on the Internet has been helpful to me, too. I found this dating site called Badoo, with quite a bit of Polish women on it. I chat with them a couple of times a week. This has helped me develop my Polish reading and writing abilities. Not to mention, it keeps it interesting. I have even met a few women through Badoo, for the sake of furthering the development of my Polish communication skills, of course. Moreover, I am a social guy and I enjoy meeting new people.

It was good that I was learning Polish, getting set up for employment and meeting new people. However, I still had to find a place to live. I have an amazing story of how I went from being released from prison with only $270 in my pocket to becoming the owner for a $50,000 flat in a matter of months. I will write about that in my next hub.

31. The Providence of God

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    • X-Con profile imageAUTHOR

      X-Con 

      4 years ago from The Free World!

      lavender1 - I can relate...

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      lavender1 

      4 years ago

      wow.....it is similar to what my family is experiencing at this time he was not only deported once but twice after 40 years legally in US .....he is lost and helpless beyond words.....

    • X-Con profile imageAUTHOR

      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      MarleneB - Thank you, sister.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      I am impressed beyond words. You have a lot to offer many people. Sharing your life solutions is a valuable tool for anyone wanting to learn how to get along in society.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      5 years ago from Mason City

      You are very welcome!

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      gail641 - I'm glad you liked it!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      5 years ago from Mason City

      I just watched your video about your home town. It was very beautiful!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 

      5 years ago from Mason City

      I have seen those Nigerian schemes on the Internet, too and those get rich quick schemes. I make sure I stay away from them. Your story is very interesting and I'm glad that things turned around for you like they did. Wonderful story and you are a really good writer! Fascinating true story!!!

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      shofarcall - Nice. I'm sure a lot has changed since then. I like Poland for its open country. There is a lot of agriculture here, too. That results in many farmers markets. I do part of my grocery shopping there.

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      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      I'll watch the video. I have been to Poland but in the years before democracy....late 70's early 80's - Warsaw and Krakow and countryside in between. Business. Part of my life before I came to know Christ.

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      shofarcall - Thanks for stopping by. The town I live in is pretty nice. It has some nice scenery.ou I made a YouTube video about it. You can check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3j9ww1mpzM. And God has been good to me. He makes sure all of my needs are provided for. God bless you!

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      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      Hi x-con,

      A while since I have been on your page, so thought I would come to visit. This is such an incredible turn of events and though it may not have seemed so at the time, perhaps Poland has been a blessing in disguise from the Lord. Only you can answer that. I am always so amazed and awed at the circumstances Jesus snatches us from and claims us for His own. He truly is our Emmanuel. The town you live in, in Poland looks nice??? Am off to read 1 or 2 more of your hubs. God Bless. Voted interesting and up. I agree about the proposed book by the way....

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Clara Kish - I'm glad you found them interesting. Thank you for your comment and effort in trying to get others to read them. God bless you!

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      Clara Kish 

      5 years ago

      Hello X Con,I just read your hub when you got out of prison it was so interesting I went back and read the Road to Ruin Hub ,now I will have to go finish the rest of your hubs one at a time , and try to get some others to read them too. May God be with you always. Clara

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Team Wiseman - Thank you for your encouraging comment; and God bless you!

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      Team Wiseman 

      5 years ago

      Grace is a person & His name is Jesus Christ. You certainly have Him.

      My brother spent ten years in prison... and it changed him. He has always been a follower of Christ, just loses a lot of fleshly battles as we all do.

      Prison is not right! I am against it. It heals no one! Inside is a horrible place. The prison system creates animals. Most are not like you, X-con, they come out worse and rightfully angry. They cannot find good work because nobody will hire an x-con... Jesus Christ Heals and I am so glad you found this Mighty King. Stay near Him. His Love is pure and He only sees us and not our past or even present sins.

      Grace is a person, His name is Jesus Christ. Keep writing and stay close to Him, real close. May God continue to bless your journey. Amen

    • X-Con profile imageAUTHOR

      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Deborah Brooks - Lol. I wish I had a novel. That's just what someone called my online testimony. I have a few more hubs that I'm working on, which I will be connecting to my Road to Ruin series. The first one is entitled, "1. Delivered from Death". Feel free to check them out. Thanks!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      What an amazing story.. I have to read the series the road to ruin..

      I praise God He saved you like He has.. and I admire you that you took a bad situation and turned it around.. and now you have novel?

      that is wonderful

      many blessings

      sharing

      I will be reading more

      Debbie

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      MsDora - Thank you for your comment; and God bless you!

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your story is very interesting. I'm glad that you bet the odds and found gainful employment. I agree with Laura. You have quite a novel here. Even more than that, is your testimony of God's grace.

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      aviannovice - Thank you for your encouraging comment, my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I commend you for your ability to seek your own way in life. I know it was a hard fight, but you sure have the mettle to succeed. Congratulations!!

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      X-Con 

      5 years ago from The Free World!

      Laura Verderber - Thanks.

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      Power Ball Pythons 

      5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      You should turn your experience into a novel.

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