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08:14 pm: A day late...luckily, not a dollar short
Last week, I reported that the closing ceremony for school would be Friday (the 23rd). That morning I got dressed up nicely in black slacks with a black blazer to be all formal for the ceremony. Oddly, during the morning prep time, one of my team teachers came up to me and we had the following conversation:

Teacher: Are you going to be at school during the holiday?

Me: No, I'm staying at home.

Teacher: Oh, you're going home now?

Me: ...No, for the holiday.

I was extremely confused as to why she would think I planned to go home immediately. Then the bell rang for the time of the closing ceremony...yet no one showed any sign of heading to the gym. I walked around...students were all practicing club activities and teachers were milling about in the faculty room. I checked my calendar again, but it said the ceremony was supposed to be starting.

Finally I walked over to the other side of the faculty room and consulted the wall schedule, to discover that the schedule had been changed and the ceremony had actually been on Thursday. I missed the whole thing. Not only that, Friday was officially "holiday." That was why my team teacher thought I would be going home right away.

Since I hadn't planned to take the day off, I stuck around and worked on clearing out everything on my desk. There were piles of reference books and textbooks and old papers to sort through. I got quite dusty by the end of the day.

Saturday, my Warcraft guild had a raid on one of the new expansion instances, Karazhan. We beat the first boss, Attumen, without much trouble. We had a number of unsuccessful tries on the next one, but we finally took Moroes down.

Sunday, a large earthquake hit Japan. I live far enough away that it didn't affect my area much. Dangly things in my apartment swayed, but that was about the extent of it.

Today I took advantage of the nice weather to go shopping in Kyoto. One of the places I visited was Kinokuniya, and while I was there, I decided to check out the movie advertisements at the theater next to it. (My town doesn't have a movie theater, so I rarely know what's playing.) My eyes struck upon a huge poster for the upcoming feature, Spiderman Yo.

"No way," I said to myself. "They did NOT just name a movie Spiderman Yo!"

I stared at the poster in amazement for quite a long time before I finally figured out that the symbol I was reading as the katakana yo (ヨ) was actually a very square number 3. This illustrates one of the many dangers of katakana.

Friends don't let friends use katakana.

Anyway, I met up with gnine and we spent the afternoon chatting and people watching. The big fashion trend is apparently poofy skirt hems for women and purple pants for men...so don't be left behind! ^_~



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Date:March 26th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry about missing the final closing ceremony at the building. I'm also surprised to hear that all the teachers and students were there the day afterward. I can't imagine that happening here. I mean teachers stay for records day, but the students are usually no where to be seen.

Family members are calling and emailing me to check to see if you are okay after the earthquake. I just want you to know that they are all thinking about you.

Congratulations on the successful instance.

It sounds as if you had a nice time in Kyoto. Were the cherry blossoms pretty? Did you get any pictures?

I wonder when the fashion trend will arrive here. It usually does some time later.
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Date:March 27th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm also surprised to hear that all the teachers and students were there the day afterward.

Clubs still meet during vacations. Also, teachers technically don't get days off over the holiday, they have to use their vacation days.

Were the cherry blossoms pretty?

I didn't see any, actually. I was mostly in the shopping area.
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Date:March 26th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Spiderman Yo! Heehee

And it makes me feel a little better to know I'm not the only one who missed tons of school events because of *constant* (and I'm convinced compulsive) schedule-changing by the staff. There were many a time where I thought for sure they had some sort of sign-language or secret meetings to determine all the changes that I never heard about at the morning meeting or read about on the board until it was too late.

Congrats on your WoW raid :)
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Date:March 27th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Part of it, I'm sure, is that I don't attend the afterschool faculty meetings. They try to give me updated copies of the schedule whenever one is printed, they just don't always remember.
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Date:March 27th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Spiderman yo. Thats a good one!

Changing scheduals are pretty evil. I hope you weren't too dissapointed.
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Date:March 27th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
I hope you weren't too dissapointed.

I was sorry to miss it because it was the last ceremony at this campus. I don't really think anything special happened during it though, just the usual speeches.
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Date:March 27th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
LOL at Spiderman Yo. (It does kind of look like a yo.)

Did you get the stuff I sent okay? I mention it mostly because that JR offer has to be mailed in by the 30th and I realized today that I forgot to tell you that. ._.
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Date:March 27th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
It does kind of look like a yo.

It especially does when "Spiderman" is already in katakana.

Did you get the stuff I sent okay?

Yes, I mailed it in right before I left for Kyoto yesterday. That should be all set. I also got your Animate points transferred to the new card.

I picked up Ren-ai Houteishiki for you, so I could get you the Takanaga Hinako clear file, but they didn't have the other title you asked for.
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Date:March 28th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
they didn't have the other title you asked for

That's fine. They were both from my "to buy later" list; I really just wanted the clear file. Thanks so much for everything!
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