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08:45 am: Winter has arrived
It was unseasonably warm throughout most of December, but temperatures have finally started to drop. Snow is predicted for this weekend, which I believe would be the first this winter in Moriyama (though I saw a few slight traces in Maibara when changing trains).

Today was the first recycling day for cans this year, and the piles of beer cans set out were quite a sight. People certainly celebrated the holiday. (Personally, I much prefer the German wine that we had for New Year. It was absolutely wonderful, if expensive.)

I spent the remainder of my break reading, watching videos my family sent me (finally got caught up through the second season of Numb3rs), and playing Warcraft. My Warcraft guild, unfortunately, went through a split recently. Glaya joined a group of veteran players who moved to a new server, Uldaman, and formed a new guild. I'm looking forward to having adventures with them when I get the expansion. In the meantime, I'm focusing on PVP to earn a new bow upgrade...wish there were another way to get one, but at the moment PVP is the best option.

In the news, it seems that Japanese colleges are starting to get hit by the low birth rate. The number of applications has dropped by hundreds of thousands. Japanese colleges are actually having to (gasp!) recruit students. They are even taking in more international students (mostly from China) to compensate.

Classes just started up again yesterday. Seniors have about two and a half weeks of classes before they start their final exams. After that, I'll only have second-year students until the end of the school year in March.

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From:megory
Date:January 10th, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
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The weather seems to be doing the same thing here. We are having sporadic snow flurries, enough you can see white powder on the ground, but the streets are fairly clean. The temperature is dropping into the high teens, but the wind makes it feel pretty bitterly cold. We did enjoy quite a bit of warm weather up until now, though. Bob is hoping that the ground freezes at least six inches. That helps get rid of lots of nasties in the ground, I guess. We've actually still had mosquitoes around. This cold should help. The squirrels have still been running around playing fiercely. This weekend we saw several dead on the streets. That usually happens when they get colder and start to slow down.

Do you know the name of the German wine that you liked?

Good luck to the seniors as they prepare for their finals and what comes next in their lives. I hope you enjoy your lighter load.

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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 10th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
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Do you know the name of the German wine that you liked?

Yes, it was a Fritz Windisch "Silvaner Eiswein" from Mommenheim, Germany. (I copied down the info on the label in the hope that I could find something similar in my area.) We picked it up because it was the only thing in the shop labeled as sweet. It was perfectly marvelous--very sweet, and so smooth we couldn't even tell there was alcohol in it.
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From:megory
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
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Great! Thanks for the information. I'll note that for us. It sounds like the kind we would like.
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From:gnine
Date:January 10th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
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First off, Happy New year!

So, thoughts on Numb3rs season two? Curious what you think, seeing as its your fault I got addicted and all ^_-.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:January 11th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
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So, thoughts on Numb3rs season two?

I loved playing spot-the-guest-star. I also think they picked a good variety of different kinds of cases, so that the investigations didn't seem repetitive.

I love all the food-related details that are thrown in, like Larry's preference for white food, or the home-cooked meals they all share, or Charlie's dream about pancakes. It gives the show depth.

On the other hand, I was like "WTH?" with Charlie's relationship problems. He can't even TALK to Amita, and yet he can have a one night stand with babe-of-the-week? What gives? (And then he has the audacity to lie about it to Amita later, passing it off as no big deal, when he offered to move to England.) Not that Amita's on-again off-again interest was much better.

And the FBI (or Charlie) should have started paying Larry and Amita a long time ago for all the work they do helping out.
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