...but it IS a huge headache. Zara drove me and my big box of clothes to the Kuroneko ("Black cat - UPS shipping service) and it turns out that it would be around 20,000 yen to send it sea-mail. No way I'm paying almost 200 dollars for that box. The volume of this box was only a little bit off (for the post-office standards), so my plan is to buy the smaller box, pack what I can, and part with the rest of the stuff. I thought for sure that I would be able to send the same box back home that was sent to me in the first place, but I was wrong.
However, I was able to ship my laptop battery home without a problem. It was expensive, but still cheaper than buying a new battery. Thank goodness. Dell also gave me an extension on the 10 day window to a month. *whew*
On a much happier note, yesterday at school was so much better than I expected it to be. Yesterday was the opening ceremonies for the huge prefecture wide sports competition that is going on this weekend, so we only had 3 shortened classes in the morning. Originally I wasn't supposed to have any classes, but it got changed so that I had 2 (instead of my usual three). Two classes isn't bad, but recently Friday's have been my least favorite days because the students just don't listen to anything and truly disrespect me and the JTE. However, I walked into my classes armed with good lesson plans and an optimistic attitude and both of them turned out to be really good classes. So much relieve on my end. Then, the students that were marching in the opening ceremonies left and the rest of us cleaned the outside of the school. I was actually sort of dressed up yesterday, so I helped minimally, but ended up having some really good conversations with my third years (who I rarely see anymore). REAL conversations. They all became sad when I told them that I was leaving at the end of next month -- aww! They also wanted to know what Tim was up to. They haven't forgotten you, Tim! :) They were all in shock when I explained to them what you are doing. =D When we finished, I started talking to another group of students about music and movies and tv shows. That was fun, too.
Before I left school, I went up to the men's locker room and, with a lot of other teachers, watched (on the TV) our students march in the opening ceremonies in Sasebo. How exciting!!
So, a little bit about this prefecture-wide sports competition. Basically there are all kinds of sports being played all over the prefecture. If you aren't playing, you go to watch and cheer. Today I am going to the basketball game here in Omura. Tomorrow I am going to watch softball here in Omura and then on Monday I'll be in Isahaya (about 10 minutes from Omura by fast train) to watch Track and Field. I was going to go watch Kendo tomorrow in Isahaya, but the place was too difficult to get to without a car.
The game starts in less than an hour, so I better get moving. I'll take pictures!!! :)