Today was the first Thursday with rain since I have been here. On Thursdays I go to the deaf school -- and it takes about half an hour to get there by bike. So, I asked Aaron (my neighbor and fellow ALT from England) to drive me since his school is nearby. He dropped me off kinda close, but I still had about an hour and a half to kill before I was expected at school. I walked around MAX VALUE (a grocery store) and found some cool things. For example, I can buy pre-made pizza crust and pumpkin soup in a milk-like carton if I want to. Woohoo! Exciting! They also have SNOOPY peanut butter and Gundam Wing razors (haha). I bought some walnuts for the next time I make banana nut bread, so at least I bought something.
Today was also my first time to teach anything in the past week. It felt good to be useful! The kids made either a Christmas card or wrote a letter to Santa. Even though there are 4 teachers for maybe 7 kids, sometimes I feel like they understand what I want them to do better than my kids here -- perhaps they are just more excited to learn with me since they only see me once (high school) or twice (junior high school) a month. The students are too cute and are usually very genki!
After school, the teacher (whose name I cannot remember at this moment) was very nice and took me back to school (so I didn't have to wait for the bus and walk in the rain). He has a nice red Toyota (I think) something that he has had for a while, but it still has a new car smell. He also has this very nice plasma screen in the middle of the dash board and he had a taiko performance DVD playing. Now, how is this safe? Granted, it was really cool, but even if you aren't looking at it, you can still see flashes of light and movement out of the corner of your eye. ...OH JAPAN!
Anyways, this guy is really cool and I told him that we should go get coffee or something because he wants to have English conversation practice. His English is really good (he impressed me with it from the beginning), but he says he wants to get better and the only chance he really gets to practice is when I am there (which is only once a month, if even that sometimes). Sweet!! I'm looking forward to this because I feel like we can really learn a lot from each other =)
Today (tomorrow in the States) is Pearl Harbor Day. I haven't heard anything about this. I wonder if any of it will be in the news tomorrow? I'll have to make sure to watch and pay attention.
Going to my favorite izakaya for dinner with Meg tonight -- hooray!! AND tomorrow is FRIDAY (with teaching!!!)! Woohoo!! (_8(1) (ahh Homer, you're so funny!)