Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012

The year of the Dragon is over. It was great for me and my family. The one big change in our family was that our older daughter returned. She is 23. She got a job with a company after job-hunting upon graduation from college. It is a rather large company out in Hiroshima. They do transportation and have offices around Asia as well as Japan. She worked the first 6 months at the head office in a city called Kure near Hiroshima. She was unhappy there. I think she missed her mother. So, they transferred her to the Tokyo branch. She now has to leave home at 6:45 by bicycle every morning. Getting up early is not her forte (specialty). There are many mornings where I have to take her to the station by car so she won't be late. But, that's OK. She ain't heavy...she's my daughter.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Review 4 Nephew Kevin

I have two nephews. They are brothers. They are my sister's sons. The older son lives with his mom and my mother. My younger son is a Marine. He is married and has three kids. They are all in Okinawa where he is stationed. He had to do some training in Atsugi in mid-September. While he was there I took the opportunity to drive to Atsugi for a day with Miwako, Eri and Yumiko. We met him, visited his apartment and cruised the base by car. We then had dinner and drinks at a local Izakaya. That boy sure can eat and drink! The next day we went to a museum in Koufu and then he stayed at our house that night. The next morning at 6AM we watched a live football game together. It was our home town Detroit Lions. They lost. I sure had a good time with one of my US family here. Lucky me!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Thank you. It is Christmas again. I think this is the time to reflect on all the good things we have. I feel so lucky to be alive and kicking (living) here in Japan. Of course, my home, the good 'ol USA is also a wonderful place. In these two countries that I know and love, I see happy people everywhere. I am never hungry (except when I diet, which is good). I have nice clothes. I am medically fit (I am not sick). I feel safe whenever I go outside. I can live as I choose. I can work and play hard. That means I am free. Please look around the world at other places. There are many things that we have to be grateful for. The little things that make us unhappy should be looked at as our selfishness. These small annoyances should not make us unhappy. We all need to be thankful at this time of year and always. I try to live by these words. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Donate blood

My father, God rest his soul, donated over 50 gallons of blood during his lifetime. That is over 190 liters of blood. I went with him once when I was 18 back in Michigan. I did it but I didn't particularly enjoy it. On the other hand it was no big deal (no problem). So, I have donated blood over the years, and about 8 years ago I got a badge for giving over 50 liters here in Japan. I plan to go today and give for the 35th  time this stretch. They told me that I can donate till I am 69 as long as I donate once when I am between 60 and 65. My goal is to give 50 litres once more to get it at an even 100 liters. It doesn't hurt and it can be life saving. Besides, it's almost Christmas. I highly recommend it for those of you who can. My father always said "It is the same as an oil change for your car."

Puzzler Answers

I can do so much work and study and relax. Puzzler Answers. CLICK HERE.

This month's HOME PROJECT. Almost

 ほとんど、たいてい:
1.    It is almost ten o’clock. もう10時近い。2.Almost all the boys were in the room. ほとんど(すべて)少年は部屋にいました。3.I almost always get up at six.私はほとんどいつも6時に起きる。
     A.  ほとんど、たいてい:


Almostは、英語を使う場合便利な単語です。しかし、日本人は使い方を間違えることがしばしばあります。次の例文をご覧ください。
      A.  I am almost finished. = I am NOT finished.
B.  He is almost ready. = He is NOT ready.
C.  They almost won the game. = They did NOT win the game.
今月の、HOME PROJECTはAlmostです。Almostを使って文を作り、先生とチェックして、ALMOSTの正しい使い方を勉強しましょう
Let’s learn how to use the word ALMOST properly, shall we?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Puzzler Hints

Got a party today and the new kids Short Course. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

This month's HOME PROJECT. Almost

 ほとんど、たいてい:
1.    It is almost ten o’clock. もう10時近い。2.Almost all the boys were in the room. ほとんど(すべて)少年は部屋にいました。3.I almost always get up at six.私はほとんどいつも6時に起きる。
     A.  ほとんど、たいてい:


Almostは、英語を使う場合便利な単語です。しかし、日本人は使い方を間違えることがしばしばあります。次の例文をご覧ください。
      A.  I am almost finished. = I am NOT finished.
B.  He is almost ready. = He is NOT ready.
C.  They almost won the game. = They did NOT win the game.
今月の、HOME PROJECTはAlmostです。Almostを使って文を作り、先生とチェックして、ALMOSTの正しい使い方を勉強しましょう
Let’s learn how to use the word ALMOST properly, shall we?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy!

 
I have two office chairs in my school. The one at my desk is Miwako's father's old chair. The other chair is the one I sit in when I teach. It is at the table where I teach. I have had them both since we opened the school. They both have casters so I can move around easily when necessary. Well, my "captain's Chair", as I like to call it, had some wear on the arms. (see left pic). So, I took one arm to the Shoukoukai Gi Sho here in Okegawa to ask who could repair it. They gave me a phone number. I called and didn't connect on Monday. I was too early and then too late. But we talked on Tuesday. The owner, a Mr Machida, came to my school by bicycle. He looked the situation over and returned at 3PM with some samples. I chose one and he took both chair arms to his shop. He recovered them and brought them back the next day. They looked brand new! (see right pic) I'm a Happy Guy(jin)! Super Scrabble answers: melts  glow  happy/nappy/pappy/sappy  craw/crew/crow.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Puzzler

Next week I start my vacation. What on earth shall I do? Of course! Practice my violin. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

This month's HOME PROJECT. Almost

 ほとんど、たいてい:
1.    It is almost ten o’clock. もう10時近い。2.Almost all the boys were in the room. ほとんど(すべて)少年は部屋にいました。3.I almost always get up at six.私はほとんどいつも6時に起きる。
     A.  ほとんど、たいてい:


Almostは、英語を使う場合便利な単語です。しかし、日本人は使い方を間違えることがしばしばあります。次の例文をご覧ください。
      A.  I am almost finished. = I am NOT finished.
B.  He is almost ready. = He is NOT ready.
C.  They almost won the game. = They did NOT win the game.
今月の、HOME PROJECTはAlmostです。Almostを使って文を作り、先生とチェックして、ALMOSTの正しい使い方を勉強しましょう
Let’s learn how to use the word ALMOST properly, shall we?

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday vocabulary

Well, we are back to "square one", or the beginning, or should I say "a".
1. able = to have the skill, intelligence, opportunity to do something. ex1: You must be able to speak French for this job. ex2: I wasn't able to join the tour because I had a cold.
2. advance = move forward as a group. ex: The crowd advanced after the police arrived.
3. amateur = a person who is not skilled NOT professional). ex: This movie was made by a bunch of amateurs.
4. ardent = showing strong feelings about something. ex: They are ardent supporters of the communist party.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Pearl Harbor

It's time to reflect on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th, 1941.
On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 America's naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and damaged 188 aircraft.
The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt, in a speech to Congress, stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor is "a date which will live in infamy".
It is not a federal holiday. Government offices, schools, and businesses do not close. Some organizations may hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor.
Memorials have been built to remember the day and its events. The US memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial over the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which was dedicated in 1962. The memorial remembers all military personnel who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack.

Puzzler Anwsers

21 more days! This is getting exciting! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 3, 2012

close call

"close call" is an idiom. We use it in conversation when we have done something that almost proved disastrous (harmful in some way). That is, the result was nearly (almost) bad. BUT, in the end, nothing bad happened to us. For example:
1. I had a close call this morning. I got up as usual, got ready and after breakfast I went to work. It started to rain so I went back to get my rain gear. I then hurried to the station and got on my train just as the doors closed behind. me. I hate to be late for work. That was a close call.
2. I had a close call last week. I was driving my car leisurely (slowly). The signal turned yellow. I thought about speeding up to go through the red light, but I stopped instead. A motorcycle cop was sitting on the corner watching. Whew! I'm glad I stopped. I may have gotten a ticket. That was a close call.
Gottit? Please try this at your lesson.

Puzzler Answers

29 days till 'D' Day. But, who's counting? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

This month's HOME PROJECT. Almost

 ほとんど、たいてい:
1.    It is almost ten o’clock. もう10時近い。2.Almost all the boys were in the room. ほとんど(すべて)少年は部屋にいました。3.I almost always get up at six.私はほとんどいつも6時に起きる。
     A.  ほとんど、たいてい:


Almostは、英語を使う場合便利な単語です。しかし、日本人は使い方を間違えることがしばしばあります。次の例文をご覧ください。
      A.  I am almost finished. = I am NOT finished.
B.  He is almost ready. = He is NOT ready.
C.  They almost won the game. = They did NOT win the game.
今月の、HOME PROJECTはAlmostです。Almostを使って文を作り、先生とチェックして、ALMOSTの正しい使い方を勉強しましょう
Let’s learn how to use the word ALMOST properly, shall we?