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Amparo Bertram

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08:51 pm: I like to bite the heads off little boys and girls...
I had the afternoon off today as comp time for working last Saturday, so I decided to bake some gingerbread cookies. The first step was to go shopping, which took me a lot longer than I expected because they had some water filters on display and I wanted to check them out. I did wind up buying the kind that screws on the faucet, since it seemed least likely to get in the way. I just don't have the space in my kitchen for any of the more elaborate mechanisms or pitchers.

On the way out of the grocery store, I saw a sign for a "Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament with Santa." Only in Japan...

I used the opportunity to send off another money order from the post office. While I was there, I overheard the lady behind the counter explaining several times to a young woman that the post office does not sell envelopes. You can buy boxes or bags for parcels, but no envelopes of any shape or size. From the number of times this information had to be repeated, it's clear that even native Japanese don't understand this at all.

I spent the rest of the afternoon making about 7 dozen bite-sized gingerbread boys and girls. I didn't want to make them too big because (A) I would have been up all night baking them a couple at a time in my microwave oven, (B) I wanted to have enough to hand out to students who might want to try them but not so many that I'd wind up having to eat all the extra myself, and (C) I didn't want them to be more than a bite or two because I'm anticipating that those who do try them may not actually like them. Japanese people are not exactly adventurous when it comes to trying foreign food...plus when I mentioned it to one of the English teachers, she commented similarly that there would likely be those who wouldn't like them (but she wanted me to bring them for the students to try regardless).

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