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05:30 pm: Winter strikes back
Yes, unfortunately, winter has made a determined comeback. There were even snowflakes dancing in the air when I went shopping yesterday.

I did manage to clean my kitchen. Just getting the stove area washed makes the whole room look better.

I was told that there won't be any more English club meetings until April, but as soon as we start meeting again, we will have to decide on a performance for the incoming class of freshmen. (I guess each club gets a couple minutes on stage in the Civic Center to recruit new members.) The English club members (the two of them who show up at meetings) are decidedly against going up on the stage. They are trying everything they can think of to sweet-talk me into doing it alone. Yeah, as if THAT'S going to happen.

It's not as if I have anything against performing on stage. In fact, I love it. If they asked me to help them write a short skit or practice a song to sing or something, I'd jump at the chance. But the club is supposed to be student-driven, and the club members are seriously lacking any kind of drive whatsoever. I'm not about to do their job for them to recruit new members just so I can sit around in the computer lab two days a week watching while they dismiss any activity suggestions I propose and instead play Minesweeper for half an hour after school. I'd rather be reading or visiting the calligraphy club or something.

I got the chance to spend a couple hours on my yukata this morning. I nearly finished all the hemming on the front panels and bottom edge. The next step is attaching the collar.

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From:basicblack
Date:March 14th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
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:\ Hope your English club students get some motivation... Why do they go along if they're not interested in participating?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 14th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
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Why do they go along if they're not interested in participating?

I honestly don't know. It was probably one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time. Several of the members really do have an interest in English, they just don't want to *do* anything with it. Not as a club activity, at any rate.
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From:basicblack
Date:March 14th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
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Hard to think how you can inflame their passion, really. If only they were genuinely interested and had a love for the language they would enjoy learning and speaking it...

I'll have to ask my friends why they chose to come over here/what they like about the language and try to get some ideas.
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From:mangaroo
Date:March 14th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
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Are students required to be in a club? Does "English club" look good on future applications?

What activity suggestions have they rejected? Let's have them translate novels into English for me
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 14th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Are students required to be in a club?

I don't know. If so, they could just be the ones who thought a sports club would be too much work. It doesn't *seem* like it's required, though. I'll have to ask about it.

Does "English club" look good on future applications?

Beats me. I know they put it on their applications for the exchange program, but that makes sense.

What activity suggestions have they rejected?

1. parties (both Halloween and Christmas)
2. learning how to play Euchre (okay, they played for about 5 minutes, but they didn't look happy about it...and yet they play solitaire for hours)
3. making a skit
4. reading anything
5. writing letters (this was supposed to be an activity one week, but only one student even tried, and then it wound up being mainly her dictating Japanese and me telling her the English equivalent)
6. conversation practice (they all just speak Japanese)

Things they have done:
1. play scrabble--once
2. ask me to tell them English idioms and have them compete guessing the meaning...but they kept asking me to make them simple, one-word idioms--twice
3. watch a video of 90210--once
4. study for the TOEIC test, but only because the other teacher made them--twice
5. practice speeches for a speech contest, also reluctantly--once
6. practice a song for the Creative Festival, yet again reluctantly (I don't know how many times they practiced, because they went off and did it on their own)

And that concludes the activities of the English club since I got here.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 14th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
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winter has made a determined comeback. There were even snowflakes dancing in the air

Snowflakes dancing in the air? I mock your snowflakes, I MOCK. I have six inches of fresh snowflakes on my front steps and believe you me, no one's doing any dancing.

Never mind me, I'm just bitter up here in arctic New England. ^_~
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:March 14th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
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I mock your snowflakes, I MOCK. I have six inches of fresh snowflakes on my front steps and believe you me, no one's doing any dancing.

Considering it's only snowed here about three times all winter, and every time it melted by noon the next day, snow in the air is a big event. (Even if it doesn't land.)

Never mind me, I'm just bitter up here in arctic New England.

Just imagine Nishiwaki and the doctor snuggled together under a nice warm kotatsu. (That's what winter's for, right?)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:March 14th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Just imagine Nishiwaki and the doctor snuggled together under a nice warm kotatsu. (That's what winter's for, right?)

Hee! That story sounded so cute. (One of these days I have to sit down and try working through some of that stuff on my own.)

I want one. (A kotatsu, that is.) Though a Nishiwaki wouldn't be bad either.
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From:firesign10
Date:March 14th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
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ROTFL! the new Christmas '05 must-have....a Nishiwaki under every tree...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:March 14th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
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OMG, think of the riots! The madness!! The chaos!!! You thought mothers fighting over Tickle Me Elmo was bad? Can you imagine rabid fangirls fighting over Nishiwaki in his HAWT date outfit (complete with glasses)??

Damn, now I really want a HAWT date outfit Nishiwaki doll. *pouts*
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