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05:42 pm: Gotta love Japanese TV
Today was rather uneventful. Well, okay, that's a lie; the school did in fact have an event, a guest performance by a blind singer and her band at an assembly. They came to talk the students into doing volunteer work. I don't know about the students at the front, but from where I was sitting in the back, I could see many heads drooping as the students snoozed. It was just that 2pm time of day when people feel like having a siesta.

I also had a meeting with the woman from the international exchange group who's putting together the English Salon event on the 27th in which I agreed to participate. It's two sessions, each a half hour long, one at 1:30 and one at 2:20. The location is rather far to get to by bike, so she asked how we wanted to travel. She wanted us to arrive by 1pm. A shuttle bus leaves from City Hall at 12:30, so I said (several times) that I would take that. She was concerned that I would arrive too early, but I insisted I could bring a book to read. She began to suggest that she pick the three of us volunteers up in her car so we would all arrive around 1pm (rather than 12:40). I repeated again that I could take the shuttle bus, but she was determined to pick me up. She would pick me up first, so she said I should wait for her in front of my high school...at 12:35.

Great. Her plan saves me about five minutes. <sigh>

Anyway, I wanted to mention something I saw on Itou-ke no Shokutaku last night. This is a program that shows household tips sent in by viewers, and it's tons of fun to watch because they really ham it up. Last night they had a tip about how to lose inches off your waist by clenching a super bouncy ball in an unexpected location for just ten minutes a day . (Apparently this uses muscles that generally aren't exercised.) The women who tried it for a week lost about two inches from the waist, plus their hips and thighs trimmed a bit as well.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 17th, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)

And I have a cache of the super bouncy balls!

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Who'd have known the solution was so easy!

The program's other suggestions work. I'll have to mention this to my physical therapist. It may strengthen my back muscles,too. It may even cure incontinency. Someone's going to make a million dollars! I just know it. All I want, though, are the results!

Did you get the program recorded? I can hardly wait to see it. It must be a hoot!

What a great way to start the day.

Love,
Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 17th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)

Re: And I have a cache of the super bouncy balls!

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Yep, I taped it. The point was that it's something you can do while you're doing other household chores, so they had the actors try to do it and walk around on the set. It was really funny.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 18th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)

Re: And I have a cache of the super bouncy balls!

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I can hardly wait to see it.

I printed out the stills that your link to us to and took the hard copy to my physical therapist. She got a kick out of it and thought it could really work all the abdominal muscles. She thought it would hurt to hold it for ten whole minutes, though.

Isaac said, "Isometrics, it's been around for a long time, and it works."


Everyone got a kick out of the pictures!
Love,
Mom
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 18th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)

Re: And I have a cache of the super bouncy balls!

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Wish I could go back and correct my typos. Sorry I missed it. I meant that your link took us to.
Mom
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:November 18th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)

Re: And I have a cache of the super bouncy balls!

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I should mention the other benefits--the ball is important (rather than just clenching) because if you relax your muscles the ball drops and bounces to let you know. Plus it supposedly helps your posture because you automatically stand up straighter when you do it.
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