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08:24 pm: Snow, snow, go away
We had our first significant snowstorm of the year...relatively speaking. We got about an inch.

Feel free to laugh now.

I wasn't having any particular trouble walking through the <gasp> inch of snow that had accumulated, but the traffic on the main road in front of my apartment was going pretty slowly, so I figured it was slippery. When I got to the corner, and the walk sign came on, I waited until the car in the lane closest to me came to a complete stop before starting across. I got nearly halfway across the road before I looked the other way and noticed the car in the far lane wasn't stopping. It didn't even appear to be trying to slow down. It went right through the red light in front of my nose. I don't know if it was running the red light by accident or if the driver didn't think it could slow down on the snow, but either way, I was not very happy about it.

Due to train delays, they canceled the first period class, which left me with only one other class. I was really glad I didn't have to keep walking back and forth to my classroom today, because the "hallways" were covered with snow.

To add insult to injury, the plumbing in the main building broke. They had to instruct the students to use the bathroom in the gym.

Most of the snow finally melted around lunchtime. (I heard one of the teachers wondering, "If we packed snow into the toilets, do you think they would flush?")

Tomorrow and Friday I was asked to guest-teach in full-class (40 student) non-English-major lessons. I was told that, in previous years, the ALT would play a game and have a fun time. I suggested playing Apples to Apples, since it has worked pretty well so far. When the team-teacher (one I don't normally work with) came to talk with me about the lesson, I explained the game. He seemed to think it was okay, though he kept asking, "How long will it take?" He also wanted me to play a 15-minute introduction game first, since the students have never really met me before. That would be followed by Apples to Apples, which I assured him would indeed fill up the rest of the hour. (Even if it doesn't, which I'm sure it will with 40 students, the same cards can be used for pictionary.)

He finished our planning session by saying, "If you wind up with extra time at the end of class...sing."


Tonight the two futon sets I ordered were delivered, so I'm all set for visitors!



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Date:February 2nd, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Feel free to laugh now.
I did. XD I shouldn't though, because we haven't had ANY snow this year. I mean, it snowed one day, but it was more like rain than snow. Everyone was using umbrellas and everything.

"If we packed snow into the toilets, do you think they would flush?"
...Great. Now I'm really wondering about this.
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Date:February 2nd, 2005 09:01 am (UTC)
the car in the far lane wasn't stopping.

Horrors! That is way too scary.

Good luck Thursday and Friday! Sing, huh? Are we talking karaoke here? You can always teach them "Are You Sleeping?" and sing that in rounds. You can really play that one up, and it only takes a minute to learn. They love the way it sounds in rounds, at least my Spanish students do.

"Tonight the two futon sets I ordered were delivered, so I'm all set for visitors!"

I can hardly wait. I can't get the tickets until it's confirmed I can get the days off right before spring break. I'm sure you'll have plenty of other guests, too.
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Date:February 2nd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll have plenty of other guests, too.

So far the only person who has visited has been wednesday_10_00. Kikuhara-sensei did mention that she'd like to visit sometime, though, so I should get back to her about that.

I really need to clean my apartment, though. In particular, I need to take the recycling out. I keep putting it off because it's just so cold outside.
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Date:February 2nd, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)

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