7 February 2011
started writing @ 22:51 USA CT
@ my downtown treehouse
Yesterday was a wonderful Sunday watching the Super Bowl with Pop. We indulged in junk food like I haven’t done for many moons, and were impressed by the Packer’s convincing “W”. Can’t recall my favorite commercial, but I liked the Audi one with the white collar jail and the House spoof of this classic. I also enjoyed the half-time show.
Tonight had my weekly Japanese class for JET alums which was fun as always. Topic today was giving and taking, and within those narrow confines I managed not to embarass myself too much. Chilling at the treehouse later I published the
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Been a nonstop week as it always is in Hamatonbetsu. Monday I spent the workday preparing my Tuesday lessons. That night, Chris and I watched the Super Bowl roughly 12 hours or so post-broadcast thanks to the magic of my father’s slingbox. Postgame, we recorded the best American sports analysis show in Hokkaido history touching on Bruce, commercials and my mvp.
Tuesday my three classes went great. While the students had trouble with the teens, I was delighted to find they all knew “24.” Three times during the day I got to celebrate “Mamemaki.” It is a Japanese February tradition of throwing beans and yelling “go away demon.” It is meant to repel evil spirits. In Honshu they throw beans, but in Hokkaido we use peanuts. Another interesting aspect is that you are supposed to eat the same number of peanuts as your age. Why I’m not quite sure, but I hope it’s nothing too serious as I lost count and may have eaten 24.
That night at judo I got thoroughly abused by my 12 year old female students.
Today’s classes went smooth. The students seemed to enjoy my speech on American delicacies. I started on the East coast, and introduced them to Philly cheesesteaks, clam chowder, cheesecake and new york style pizza. Tonight I taught my first eikaiwa, or adult conversation class, along with Chris and Ayla. We took it slow to start, with self-introductions and asking our pupils what they wanted to learn about English. The overwhelming response was conversational English, so we focused on greetings. We exposed them to “How’s it going?” and “What’s up?”
Do you have any other ideas for casual greetings we should teach?
- The Lake Kutcharo blog has continued to post excellent articles. On February 2nd they showcased some stunning Eagle shots. FYI eagles here are bigger than American bald eagles. Today’s entry highlighted how little snow we’ve been getting this winter juxtaposing 2008 and 2009 shots of the same cliff.
- In a comment on a recent post, my father shared my first Japanese hospital experience.
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