(Also on the news: a new look for 1000 and 5000 yen bills.)
I was grading homework papers today. The assignment was to write a message left on an answering machine, following the example in the textbook and changing a couple words. Most students stuck pretty closely to the format, but some added their own twist to it. Here's one example, as the student wrote it except for capitalization, since she had used a crazy mix of upper and lower case letters:
Hello, Jack. This is Rose.
I was wondering if you'd like to go to New York City this month. I have two tickets. You can ride on a big sheep called "Titanic". I want to go with you, Jack. Call me back ASAP.