I will not or no longer: -Use "gracias" as a greeting when being introduced to a superior.
-Cap and uncap a green Sharpie pen until it bleeds on my hand in my inaugural meeting with my direct report.
-Throw away perfectly good napkins from the desk-dweller before me. Napkins can be hard to come by, especially when needed.
-Order huarache con arrachera topped with manchego at a business lunch.
-Explain in hurried, broken Spanish that I've never spent time abroad before to people I've just met. That saps the nascent credibility meter into the red.
I will or will continue to:
-Stop by my office early enough to see the local elementary school kids play tag before the morning bell.
-Appreciate the superior functionality of U.S. file folders.
-Keep a vocabulary log and flash-card it up until sounds and sentences untwist themselves.
-Enunciate, project, and de-monotonize.
-Ask questions, even at the risk of sounding dumb. It never turns out poorly.
-Have my shoes shined for 20 pesos at least once a week.
-Smile instead of saying that third sentence.
-Pray for tongues and realize that prayers can be viscous, dripping into my spirit day by day and year by year.
-Laugh at myself.