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05:42 pm: No, I don't really NEED to get into my apartment...
I was finally given my official "do you want to renew your contract?" paper to fill out today. The vice-principal took me aside to the principal's office to explain that they can only extend my contract through the end of next March. (He told me that when I asked him before. Yet he felt the need to tell me again, slowly, counting the months one by one on his fingers so I would understand. ...Then he lost count at January and had to start over. ^_^;) He explained that they don't know whether Ritsumeikan will want to hire me after that. He did, however, ask whether I would be willing to stay longer if they do agree to hire me.

I worked on my yukata for nearly an hour and got the collar folded and ready to be hemmed. (This was quite an intricate folding process, I might add.) It's only pinned in place right now, but it finally looks like it will when it's finished.

For English club today, the students grabbed me and said they wanted to play a game. (Yay! They actually expressed an interest in doing something.) One of the girls took it upon herself to translate everything I said. And I mean everything. Into the Kansai dialect. So we wound up having interludes such as:

Me: No.

Student: Sonna akan yo.

We started with charades. To make it interesting, we used both nouns (one point) and adjectives (two points). One girl picked the word "round." She started off well, making circular gestures. But when the students couldn't guess anything beyond "circle," she got more...creative. She made a circle with the thumb and index finger of one hand. She then enthusiastically shoved the index finger of her other hand through it to indicate its roundness.

I just about collapsed with convulsive laughter. It was like watching Buffy's stabby stabby motion in "Hush."

The poor students didn't have a clue what I thought was so funny.

Then, when I got home...my door wouldn't open. I've been having problems the past couple days with my lock not wanting to open properly, but it always opened eventually. This time I spun the key entirely around, and I could hear the thunking of the lock mechanism, but the door still wouldn't open. The bolt wasn't retracting completely.

I walked back to the school and asked what I should do. The office guy grabbed a can of spray oil and came back to my apartment with me. After spraying the lock down and turning the key around a couple times, he finally got the door to open. He tested the lock, and it worked sometimes, but it continued to act strangely. He said he'll call someone to come look at it, possibly tomorrow if I have some free time.

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From:firesign10
Date:May 26th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
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Finally! So glad to hear you being officially invited to stay after all that confusion and upset. Will you plan to stay after March, if they ask?

ROTFL re: "round"....(and what a great moment in Hush...Xander is all "what??" hehe...)

Always nice to be able to get into the place that's your shelter and has all your stuff in it! Hope they get it fixed (or hey! a new one!) promptly!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 26th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
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Will you plan to stay after March, if they ask?

You better believe it!

Always nice to be able to get into the place that's your shelter and has all your stuff in it!

No kidding! Don't come between me and my manga and internet!
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From:megory
Date:May 26th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)

How *much* longer?

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You better believe it!


Would you still be thinking about just until July? Do you think they would consider a whole other year? Would you? Once they get on the April to March schedule, it seems as though it would be better for them to stick with that, but not so easy here for someone to come back to a job. In this year's case, teaching jobs in Michigan are not that plentiful, anyway. Maybe California, North Carolina, and Florida might still be hiring.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 26th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)

Re: How *much* longer?

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Would you still be thinking about just until July? Do you think they would consider a whole other year? Would you?

At this point, I have NO idea what they will do. I will just take whatever I can get.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 26th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
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She then enthusiastically shoved the index finger of her other hand through it to indicate its roundness.

First thought: How does that indicate anything but sex its roundness...?

Second thought: I guess that's not a universal hand gesture? (Although I remember them using it in China and being understood right away in Last Chance to See...)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 26th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
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How does that indicate its roundness...?

I think she was trying to show that it's not the circle itself (the fingers) but the roundness of it.

I guess that's not a universal hand gesture?

Maybe their minds were so focused on the game that it didn't occur to them?
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From:wrenwyn
Date:May 26th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
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The poor students didn't have a clue what I thought was so funny.

Did they ask you to explain? I think at that point I would have broken into a sweat. hehe

Then he lost count at January and had to start over. ^_^;)

Ahh.. hehe

He did, however, ask whether I would be willing to stay longer if they do agree to hire me.

*crosses fingers*
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 26th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Did they ask you to explain?

One girl did say, "What's so funny?" But I was too busy laughing to answer.
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