Thursday, February 22, 2018

Two weekends ago

I had a terrific weekend February 10th to the 12th. February 12th was "Constitution Day" in Japan so I was off. Allow me to tell you about that weekend. I have been on the wagon since January 29th. That means that I have not had any alcohol since then. I am abstaining, we say. So, I have been sleeping very regularly.  I go to bed before 11PM and wake up around 5:30AM. I have plenty of energy. And I am doing many things. Every Saturday after my final lesson I go to the gym. February 10th was no exception (different). Then on Sunday and Monday (the holiday), I...1. washed the car inside an out 2. took some things to a recycle shop in Ageo. 3. read my book "Sapiens" 3. did lots of Sudoku 4. cleaned up the garden. 5. watched lots of Olympics on TV 6. watched a recording of Super Bowl LII 7. went to a hot bath spa in Kitamomto with M. 8. played one game of Othello with M. 9. watched lots of CNN news 10. Went to the gym on Monday. 11. Watched and copied "Terminator" ("I'll be back."). 12. wrote a postcard and walked to the mailbox to post it. I can't remember the rest. But, I totally enjoyed it! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

Are you watching the 2018 Pyongyang Olympics? I get to (am able to) watch them at home on Saturday night and Sunday. Why? 1. Because Miwako is always watching them. 2. I don't drink on Saturday nights this month. 3. I am at home on Sundays this month. They Olympics are fantastic! There has been some trouble and delays because of strong winds. That is unfortunate (too bad). The North Koreans sent a delegation (representatives from their country). NO COMMENT. Other that that (besides that) everything is just wonderful. As always I cannot see my home countrymen participate because I live in Japan. I mostly see events which have Japanese athletes competing. This is cool. Miwako is really into it. She watches everything she can from start to finish. I saw a lot of ski jumps (I love the sound that the skis make as they go down the ramp). I saw snowboarding. Cool, but that's not for me. I saw Hockey. That's for me. I saw skating. Figure skaters are so graceful, and speed skaters are so F-A-S-T! I saw lots of curling. It's like chess or Japanese Shogi or Othello on ice. Smooth! I'm looking forward to watching more this week.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

President's Day USA

Yesterday was President's Day in the good, old USA. Here's the scoop.
Presidents Day originated as the celebration of the birthday of George Washington, the first president of the country. This day was known as “Washington’s Birthday,” and it was informally observed in many communities across the country from the year following his death in 1799.
The holiday was unofficially observed for most of the 1800s. Then, in 1879, it was signed into law as a federal holiday. 
In the late 1960s, Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act (JAPANESE "HAPPY MONDAY"). The act shifted several federal holidays from specific dates to some Mondays. It was thought that moving the holidays to Monday would give employees additional three-day weekends and reduce employee absenteeism.
The act  combined Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22, with Lincoln’s birthday, which falls on February 12. Thus, though the holiday is still written as “Washington’s Birthday” in federal law, it soon was popularly understood to be a celebration of Washington, Lincoln, and all other citizens who served as President of the United States – thus evolving to become “Presidents Day.”

Monday, February 19, 2018

Puzzler Aswers and Supre Scrabble

Did I tell you that I watched "The Terminator" on TV last weekend? It was great! Puzzle Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。
完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?


答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。





































PVOT                    EGG/YOUNG                          SHINED                 VAN/VAT

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Puzzler Hints

After watching the Olympics today I may wash the car. Who knows? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for February:
今月のHome Project は、”before”  と、”after” です。
beforeは、「~する前に」や「~しないうちに」で、afterは、「~のあとに」という意味です。前置詞としてのbeforeafterを使うかわりに、動名詞(~ing)をbeforeafterの後につけると、意味は同じになります。
1. I go to sleep after I brush my teeth. = I go to sleep after brushing my teeth.(私は、歯磨きの後に寝ます。)
2. They took a vacation after they retired. = They took a vacation after retiring.(彼らは、退職後に休暇をとりました。)
3. She  watches TV before she does the dishes. = She watches TV before doing the dishes.(彼女は、皿洗いの前にテレビをみます。)

before,afterを使って、会話をしてみましょう! Good Luck!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Puzzler

Dry again and luvin' it. I even lost a little weight. Oh, happy days! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for February:
今月のHome Project は、”before”  と、”after” です。
beforeは、「~する前に」や「~しないうちに」で、afterは、「~のあとに」という意味です。前置詞としてのbeforeafterを使うかわりに、動名詞(~ing)をbeforeafterの後につけると、意味は同じになります。
1. I go to sleep after I brush my teeth. = I go to sleep after brushing my teeth.(私は、歯磨きの後に寝ます。)
2. They took a vacation after they retired. = They took a vacation after retiring.(彼らは、退職後に休暇をとりました。)
3. She  watches TV before she does the dishes. = She watches TV before doing the dishes.(彼女は、皿洗いの前にテレビをみます。)

before,afterを使って、会話をしてみましょう! Good Luck!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentines Day

Of course, everyone knows 'Valentienes Day'. In America, that is the day when sweethearts exchange gifts to show their love and affection. What gifts are popular in America? I found a list. 1. candy/sweets 2. greeting cards 3. flowers 4. romantic dinner 5. wine. 6. gift cards 7. jewelry 8. clothing 9. perfume/cologne 10. lingerie/pajamas 11. event tickets. Men and women exchange gifts on February 14th. Long ago, I gave my girlfriend roses only twice. (alas, I am not very romantic) On the other hand the Japanese system, or belief, in Valentines day gift giving is quite different. I was happy to learn that the females give gifts to the males. I generally receive home-made chocolate or cookies from students. From family members I receive alcohol and some munchies or chocolate. Thank you all very much. Then comes White Day here in Japan. On this day the gents who received gifts are required to return the favor. That means that they should give a gift back to the people who gave them a gift. That is fair. However, I usually forget who gave me what. Most assuredly (absolutely/positively) I give my family members a gift. Happy Valentine's Day, everybody!