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05:38 pm: Chocolate: a Girl's Best Friend
My weekend was pretty much just chores + reading + computer, so nothing much to say there.

I thought about dressing up in a costume for school today...but there's no way to know when someone might pop up to interview me, so I only wrapped a big sash around my waist to make myself feel like a pirate and let it go at that.

Last week I printed out a bunch of scanned photographs of costumes from previous years that megory sent me. I showed them to some students last Wednesday, then again to today's classes. The students all thought I should grow my hair long again. ...They obviously don't realize how truly monstrous my hair gets when it's long...I don't think my poor vacuum cleaner would survive.

Trick-or-treating was incredibly popular today. In fact, I think over half of the students who came for candy weren't even from my classes, they were sent by other teachers or dragged in by friends. They went through every last one of the KitKats I brought. It's amazing the difference between the English majors, who know all about Halloween, and the non-English majors, who know absolutely nothing. I had this exchange with a pair of non-English major girls who must have heard about the candy second-hand...

Student 1: <in Japanese> Sweets, please.

Me: What do you say?

Student 1: Sweets...

Me: Trick or...?

Student 1: Trick or...sweets...

Me: Trick or treat.

Student 1: ?

Student 2: <explains in Japanese> I get it, it means "If you don't give me sweets, I'll play a prank on you."

Student 1: Yes.

Me: ^_^;

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From:amnachaidh
Date:October 31st, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of long - but not big - hair. Vacuum cleaners can be cleaned (it's gross, but interesting, to discover that human hair can be felted).
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 31st, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of long - but not big - hair.

I like it during the winter, because it helps keep my ears warm. I also like being able to put clips and such in that color-coordinate with my socks outfit. I just don't want to have to spend more than about 30 seconds brushing it...

Vacuum cleaners can be cleaned

I'm afraid of a total meltdown. My vacuum cleaner is the Japanese "is this a toy?" variety.

I've been meaning to post about the size of Japanese appliances...I simply never seem to get around to doing it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 31st, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I am guy, and chocolate and I have a great relationship also...

<g> Chocolate is not exclusive in its friendships. It's easygoing that way.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:October 31st, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
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I get it, it means "If you don't give me sweets, I'll play a prank on you."

That is what it means, right? That's how I always understood it. ^_^
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 31st, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
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That is what it means, right?

Yes. It's just that they're supposed to say it as the stipulation for getting the chocolate, and they weren't saying it. I was about ready to come flat out with, "Repeat after me!"
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