Thursday, July 31, 2014

A night out

As you may or may not know, June was a wet month for me. That is, I allowed myself to drink alcohol. When I don't drink, I can get so much work done and I have oodles (lots of OR plenty of) energy. I had also not seen my friend, Mark, for  along time. He enjoys drinking very much, too. However he was sick for a while. I'm not sure what it was, but we didn't meet for several months. I checked last month and he said he was better. It was a chance to go out drinking with "one of the guys"! We contacted and made a date for July 26th. I taught at Kenkatsu until 5PM and we met at Ageo station at 6:00PM. We went straight to Maruhiro's roof. There is a beer garden there. It's a nice atmosphere as it is outside. It's cool and wide open. They have All you can eat and All you can drink for 3,800en.  It was a good place to start. We later went by taxi to a very nice pub called Bulldog to finish the night off. It is near Ario. I drank only beer this night. I went home by taxi at 11PM. Thanks, Mark. Excellent!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Very clean school

I have extra time off during the summer months while the Kindergartens are closed. I have three lessons on Monday, Tuesday and Friday every week. So now I am free at those times. I decided that the school floor needed waxing. I tried a new company. I usually go with (use/request) a company in Omiya. I decided to try an Okegawa company. I located (found) a mom and pop team. Our school is also mom and pop (run by a couple OR family). This time I worked hard to get the place ready. For the first time in 13 years, I moved the three book cases from their places and cleaned under, behind and around them this past week. All were very dirty. Then one hour before the cleaners came on Monday I took out all the books, texts, dictionaries, CDs, etc, etc and book them in my car. I also took out all the drawers and stacked them up in the sink. That way they cases and my desk were easy to move for mom and pop. The school is now soooooooooooooo clean!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We are the Champions!

From worst.......
......to first.
My friends..! Miwako have had a bad run of luck at the bridge table recently. That means that we have had very poor results when we have played bridge this last month or so. For example we were second from last three Sundays ago. And then we were dead last two Sundays ago. However this past Sunday we came in tied for first. We played pretty well. We also bid pretty well. After we play we always feel that we did well but recently the results have been very disappointing. So, we didn't get our hopes up. That means that we didn't want to expect much. So, when we got the results sheet I was very surprised to see that we were tied for first. The truth is that about half the competitors (players) were newcomers to this tourney. They made more mistakes than us. So, that helps us when they calculate the score. We also got two free tickets to play bridge (1,000en value)  on a weekday. We will go next Monday.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Puzzler Answers

My summer is going well. How about yours? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. Jog.
2. Go to RINRI Morning Seminar.
3. To school to practice violin, BLOG.
4. Teach 2 kids lessons (Game Day. Yeah!)
5. Teach 2 adult classes at Kenkatsu Center.
6. Drive back home then go by bicycle and train to Ageo.
7. Meet Mark (Japanese friend) and his lady friend and go to Beer Garden and then pub.
8. Home by taxi. Safe!

Sunday
1. Up slowly.
2. Go to school to practice violin and set up for Monday's school floor cleaning and waxing.
3. Go to Yotsuya with M for bridge tourney.
4. We tie for top honors.We are co-champions this time!
5. Back home to review bridge.
6. Go to AzumaKura to celebrate with family.
7. Home to sleep.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I sure drank a lot of beer yesterday. Yummy! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Puzzler

The final "drinking" weekend this month. However August will not be completely dry. Stay tuned.
Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

UESS Summer Party

The Urawa English speaking Society (UESS) is 52 years old. What a great organization it is! They teach each other English. They have regular Saturday night lessons. They have spring and autumn camps. They also have summer and winter parties. I have been to several camps as an instructor, oh, maybe a half dozen times. And I have been to the parties a lot more. The idea of the parties is to have foreign guests attend as well as the UESS members and Japanese guests. That way the members and Japanese guests can mingle and talk to the foreign guests. That is, they have a perfect opportunity to use their English in a practical (natural) setting. This is a brilliant idea. Of course it costs money (However the foreign guests are free). But, besides speaking English there are chances to learn and communicate with people from countries around the world. This time I talked to folks from Mexico, Poland, USA and England. I also met some of my students. It was good to see you there!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My peticure

I have blue toenails. And I must tell you that I have thoroughly (really, completely) enjoyed them. But, let me start at the beginning. Ten days ago, I was sitting at home after dinner. I was minding my own business. (= nobody was talking to me.) Then my younger daughter decided to paint M's toenails. It was a beautiful blue color. I watched for a while and when they were finished I asked my daughter to do mine. She said "No problem." I watched in amazement. First she applied a dark blue base. And then she added little stars. They were beautiful. I couldn't wait to show all my friends and students. The reactions: Most kids thought it was yucky (strange! Especially for a man.) Most women thought it was cool. In general it got a laugh. And I think that was the goal. Keep them smiling. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My final RINRI?

Our Secretary puts the final notes on the board.
I have been learning and studying Japanese for 30 years; that is, ever since I came to Japan. As an English teacher I have to limit my Japanese. It is necessary to use Japanese when I teach kids Eiken. And I use Japanese with the kindergarten and elementary kids. I also have to use Japanese for telephone conversations, selling my services at my school or to community Centers and businesses.  I have been a member of the RINRI HouJinKai for over 17 years. I joined to continue my Japanese studies. At one point I was a speaker telling my story of coming to Japan and the benefits of my studies in the group. I also tried to be the president of our OKEGAWA chapter (group) two years ago. That was a miserable (very bad) failure but I learned some important things. But now I feel the time has come to stop attending the RINRI Morning Seminars and all events. I told them I will stop from September. Two weeks ago I was asked to be the MC for that day's MS. It is a job I really enjoy. Was it my last?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Accident

This is her bike in the foreground and car in the background
I went to my school as usual last Monday morning. I opened up, swept the room, checked my mail, updated the calendars, fed my piggy bank 100en and as I was checking my BLOGs I heard a crash bang outside. I looked outside to see a young lady lying on the pavement. Her bicycle was upset next to her. She got up slowly and started to walk gingerly with her arm limp at her side. (she didn't move it). I went there to check on her. She was bleeding or her arm and shin. I got a clean wet towel for her to clean her wounds. I escorted her to my school where she said she needed to lie down and did so on my floor! I was a bit alarmed so I called he police box near my school. She had called her mother who came in 10 minutes and took her to hospital. The police came 20 minutes later. I haven't heard from her since.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Puzzler Answers

And a Holiday today! Very, very HAPPY! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. Up early to stretch and go jogging (I missed Tuesday's jog due to a hangover so I did a make up this day even thought there was a light rain).
2. BLOG at home as my school computer is down.
3. Watch CNN news.
4. To school for violin practice.
5. Teach two kids lessons.
6. Go to Kenkatsu to teach two adult lessons.
7. Home by car and then by train to UESS Summer Party in Urawa.
8. Home to sleep.

Sunday
1. Up slowly but surely.
2. Do Fujinami area clean up. I make opening address as I am "Environmental Director".
3. Back home for a shower and nap.
4. Bridge with M in Yotsuya.
5. Home to rehash (review) bridge play.
6. Watch CNN.
7. Sleep early.

I spoke Polish to this couple from Warsaw at the UESS party.




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Puzzler Hints

And this week we are back at the bridge table for a tournament today. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!


The potterers


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Puzzler

Another weekend. Happy! UESS party tonight. They have asked me to make the toast. Lucky! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.


Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

The instructor assists me as Miwako looks on.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pottery Making

demonstration/explanation
We woke up at the Richmond Hotel and after breakfast (not bad) we went with Kazunori and his lovely wife Satoko, to Mashiko to try some hands on (experience) pottery making. I had never done that before in my life. Kazunori's daughter was supposed to go with us. However she opted (chose) to go meet her friend instead. She is in junior high school. So, the four of us set out with Kazunori as driver. It took about 40 minutes to get there. We made reservations and then had a soba lunch at a souvenir shop nearby. Then back to the workshop. The whole experience was pretty cool. First there was an explanation and then we all tried. The instructors came by regularly to check on every one's progress. I liked the feel of the wet clay. I think that is part of the appeal. It was fun and I am sure I will never do it again. Afterwards we did some serious souvenir shopping Thanks, Kazunori and Satoko.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Utsunomiya trip


I finished teaching at the Kenkatsu Center at 4:45 last Saturday. Miwako was waiting outside in GOLF and we drove straight to Utsunomia from there. We used the new Shiraoka interchange (KenOuDo) going and coming. That was cool. It took only about an hour or so to get to our hotel. From there, Kazunori came by bus and the three of us went to his favorite drinking spot by taxi. We met his wife and daughter there. We had a good time talking, eating and of course, drinking. We were there till about 11:00 and then Satoko (who doesn't drink) drove us back to our hotel. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera so I couldn't take any pics that night. So, the pic I used here is of our hotel room. We had a bit of a shock the following Am. After b-fast at the hotel restaurant we came back to our room and found the cleaning lady there. She made a mistake and was doing our room even though we hadn't checked out yet. OMG! 
Like, our clothes and things were still there!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kindergarten finished!

I teach at two Kindergartens. One is in Okegawa and the other is in Kounosu. The one in Okegawa finished last Tuesday. That means I don't have to teach there again until September 1st. Those classes are two hours every week. The pay is so-so but I get paid even when I don't teach. That is, I get a monthly salary. Sometimes it is three times a month, sometimes four times a month and even five times a month. Or like now, zero times a month. But I get the same pay every month regardless. So, I am at my happiest right now. These lessons are on Tuesday mornings from 10 to noon. But then I have lunch with the kids. After that I go to the principals office to say Hello and Goodbye. Then I go to the director's office to say Hello and Goodbye. So, I don't get back to my school until after 12:30. And as the lunch is a Teacher's Bento I am hungry by about 3PM. BUT, as I said, I'm free till September.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Congratulations Germany!

I watched World Cup 2014 from Brazil with a lot of enthusiasm. I had never had much interest in soccer. When I was growing up as a kid we played baseball a lot. We also played American football and ice hockey. (We have lots of snow and ice where I come from). So, I have never played soccer. I came to Japan 30 years ago. I always follow my favorite USA sports here. I used to listen to them on AFN. That is, the Armed Forces Network, for military people. But with the Internet, it's too easy to check out things at my convenience. But over time (little by little)  I have become interested in soccer and understand the rules now. The timing of WC 2014 was also convenient for me. The games started at 4 or 5AM so I watched many games live, including the final between Germany and Argentina. I picked Argentina to win it all from the very start. So, I was rooting for Argentina in this final. I was disappointed but I am sure that the better team won.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Congratulations Germany! I just watched the final of the World Cup 2014. Germany defeated (my team) Argentina 1 to 0 in extra time. BLOG tomorrow. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday
1. Up early and go to RINRI.
2. Jog.
3. Got to school for violin practice and two kids lessons.
4. Miwako takes me to Kenkatsu.
5. After two adult lessons. M picks me up and we drive to Utsunomiya.
6. Meet our friends and family and go to drink and dine.

Sunday
1. Up but don't watch World Cup consolation Game.
2. Breakfast at the Richmond Hotel and then to Mashiko Pottery class with Kazunori and Satoko.
3. Try to make things out of clay. Some fun!
4. Eat soba lunch, buy souvenirs, then buy sake, say good-bye and drive back to Ageo.
5. Jog.
6. Watch soccer game recording. Holland 3 Brazil 0.
7. Sleep.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Puzzler Hints

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Puzzler

Well, things are just fine and it's HOT!! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

Higashi K pool kids

Friday, July 11, 2014

Well, it's drinking time again...

I just had to drink. I abstained in June. That was good. I lost about one kilogram of weight and I did a lot of work. I also got started on my House Cleaning Campaign. And things were going so good that I wanted to stay on the wagon for two more weeks. That would be from July 1st to July 11th. On the 12th M an I will got to Utsnomiya to meet an old friend and go out for dinner and drinks in Tochigi. But, alas, I couldn't wait any more. After a full day of work and then violin and then jogging I decided to reward myself. I went straight to the liquor shop in my jogging clothes and got this delicious ICHIKO shochu. Then M and Y and I had dinner and we talked about a variety of things. There was not a lot of deep discussion but it was fun. After a couple of hours of that I had to watch TV. That is when I usually crash (fall asleep). Eri woke me up later to watch the soccer game but I went to bed. It was just what the doctor ordered. I look forward to tomorrow's rendezvous. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oh Mistake!

I make Puzzles for my students. I enjoy the task. I think challenges for students with puzzles or riddles or quizzes are a fun way to learn. I think I'm pretty good at making these puzzles for everyone interested and I have an excellent "checker" who finds almost all my mistakes before my readers do. I also do not do a lot of research when making these. So, there are times when other students will find mistakes. For example, last weekend's Puzzler was about planets in our solar system. One question was "What is the hottest planet?" Well, the obvious answer to me is Mercury because it is the closest to the sun. BUT, that is not true. The correct answer is Venus. Venus is the second planet from the sun. There is a scientific reason why Venus is slightly hotter than Mercury and "Professor" Hiroshi (see pic) explained why to all of us last Wednesday. I didn't understand but he sure looks cool, doesn't he?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Skinhead

This is probably the 5th or 6th time that I have shaved my head bald. The first time was in Hawaii 31 years ago. I did that for Halloween. The barber who shaved my head bald was of Japanese descent. During the haircut, he told me some things about Japan. I told him that I was planning to come to Japan to study Japanese. I also knew that I could teach English in Japan to survive. He then gave me the name and telephone number of his friend who lived here. It was one of three phone numbers I had when I arrived in Tokyo. It was the first number that I called in hopes of making a connection. When I called from the telephone booth outside my hotel room. He answered in typical Japanese fashion. I then explained in English who I was and about his barber friend on Maui. He spoke no English! I spoke no Japanese! Our telephone conversation ended quickly bearing no fruit. I wonder how these people are today?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

World Cup 2014

Brazil is hosting World Cup 2014. And the Brazilian team is one of the final four. The Japanese team went out quietly in the first (qualifying) round. American went out in an exciting game against Belgium in the quarter finals. I have never been a big soccer fan. Most Americans my age are not. But, I just have to watch these games. One reason may be that the time they are televised is good for me. I also make recordings to watch at my leisure. Many Japanese tell me that they have lost all interest in the games since Japan was sent home. I think Japan did very well just to make it to these games. After all, these are the best in the world. I also read that the American viewers for one quarter final game (Holland-Belgium) was over 10,000,000 (ten million). The overall viewer rate was 63% up from 2010 and 114% up from 2006. They have to be next generation viewers. I think Internet access also helps. Anyway, I predicted that Argentine would win it all one month ago. I still believe so. Good Luck everybody!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Puzzler Answers

Did you watch the World Cup 2014 games? I sure did. I have a report later this week. Stay tuned. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Got up at 1Am to watch World Cup 2014. Germany 1 France 0.
2. Sleep 3AM to 5AM.
3, Get up to watch WC2014. Brazil 2 Columbia 1.
4. Got to sleep.
5. Teach two kids lessons at my school.
6. Teach two adult lessons at Kenkatsu.
7. Back to school for one hour of violin practice.
8. Home to jog.
9. DRINK at home.

Sunday
1. Up slowly.
2. Watch recordings I made of WC2014. Argentina 1 Belgium 0. Netherlands win over Costa Rica in PK, 4-3.
3. Go to bridge practice at Kenkatsu with M.
4. Go to Indian restaurant for dinner with M and Yumiko-san.
5. Home to review bridge practice.
6. Watch CNN news.
7. Sleep.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Puzzler Hints

It couldn't be helped. I just had to drink last night. But I enjoyed it. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!
This mornng's rice field. It's growing!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Puzzler

Let's me see; this is July. That means that this is the first Puzzler this month. Are you ready? GO! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for JULY 2014: "have" and "have to".

A. have to +動詞の原型 ~しなければいけない、~する必要がある。
1. I have to attend the meeting.  私はその会議に出席にしなければいけない。
2. You have to clean your room! あなたは部屋を掃除しなければいけません。
3. They had to walk to the next station. 彼らは次の駅まで歩かなければいけなかった。

B. have + something. ~を持っている。~がある。~を食べる。
1. I have green eyes. 私の目はグリーンです。
2. He had a lot of money with him. 彼は大金を所持していた。
3. She usually has breakfast in a cafe. 彼女はたいていカフェで朝食を取ります。
4. We have lots of rain in Japan in June. 日本では6月に雨がたくさん降ります。

You don't have to but, Have a Nice Day!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday USA

4th of July celebration NYC
The United States of America is rather young. It was "born" on July 4th, 1776. So, it is 238 years old. Of course, that is much older than you or I, but as a country I think all would agree that is young. America's history is interesting. It is unique in how fast it grew. There are many great men who helped build it. Some names everyone knows. For example, George Washington. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), JFK (John Fitzgerald Kennedy). The story of America's success is the belief that all men (people) are created equal. The country has accepted people from all over the world with open arms. These people from different countries and cultures bring new ideas and new beliefs and new strength (power) to America. They all mix together to build the strongest nation on earth now. Of course, the geography natural resources and luck all help. I must say I am proud to be an American. Happy Birthday America!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bridge

I played bridge in a tournament for the first time in a month last Sunday. Of course I went with my lovely partner, Miwako. She has played regularly over the past month. I have had several RINRI events to attend on Sundays so I couldn't. Plus, Miwako goes on weekdays sometimes. I have been practicing bidding and playing on the software that I purchased this year. Actually I play too much sometimes. It is getting addictive. That means that I do it too much OR I can't stop (Loving you?) playing it. It is the same as smoking or drinking or any such habit. Anyway, as you can see in the picture, we came in 10th place. I felt that we would be higher in the standings as we played well. But, we did make some errors. I made a terrible bid at one game. M made some simple mistakes when playing which cost us points. But, it was good practice for us. One goal is to get our bidding to 50%. You can also see that it was 47.92% this time. Our next matches are July 20th, 21st and 27th this month. We also have a lesson. Good luck to us.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HanChouKai

I live in Fujinami-ku in Ageo. At the same time I live in Fujinami Danchi. I am the Hanchou of Area6. We have meetings every other month. OR I can say that we have meetings every two months. OR to put (say) it another way is, we have meetings in the even numbered months. Or I can say we have meetings in February, April, June, August, October, and December. This is  my second and last year to be Hanchou. It is not really a big deal (not too much trouble) but it does take time. I will usually do some of the volunteer work whether I am HanChou or not. At this latest meeting we were given the schedule for two events that are upcoming (coming soon) in our area. I can attend both of them. The Leader always says, "It's not  mandatory (obligatory). It is volunteer." That's cool. We also do a lot of recycling. Can you see the A/C in the picture? It cost 200,000en. We bought it with money we got from some recycling. That's cool, too.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A dry month

June is over (finished). It is my habit (custom) to weigh myself every morning. When I don't drink, I don't eat a lot so my weight naturally goes down. The following is June's recording.

1st    69.1           11th  68.3           21st   68.5
2nd   69.2           12th  69.0           22nd  68.3
3rd   68.7            13th  68.8          23rd   68.7
4th   68.6            14th  68.7           24th   68.6
5th   69.3            15th  68.3           25th   68.1
6th   68.7            16th  68.2           26th   68.2
7th   69.0            17th  68.5           27th   68.0
8th   69.6            18th  68.6           28th   67.7
9th   68.3            19th  68.4           29th   68.1
10th 69.0            20th  68.1           30th   68.1

As you can see, it takes time. So, I don't want to drink so I can lose more weight. BUT! I want to drink. What a dilemma!

The end.