Saturday, February 16, 2019

Puzzler

Here is another weekend. However there is no holiday Monday. It will be a (little) blue Monday for me. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

February HP Colorful February
今月のHPは、Color です。会話や文章、トピックにcolor (色)の単語を使ってみましょう。例えば、
 My son, who has red hair, is a singer. OR Some black crows flew in the blue sky.
OR these expressions: 
green with envy,      as black as coal,       once in a blue moon 
I was  blue. (=sad)       He is yellow. (=He is a coward.)
この場合、どちらの意味も彼は臆病です。という意味です。
Try your best and watch for COLORs in my BLOGs.


Kids playing cards (in English) at RAM school.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sit or Stand 2nd Part

When I returned home I got on at Meguro and sat down, no problem. I changed trains at Shibuya. I caught an Utsunomiya line train. I had to stand. At first I stood in front of a young lady. She pretended to sleep. So, at Shibuya I moved. I parked (stood) in front of a family of three. They got off at Shinjuku so my strategy (plan) worked (was successful). I sat down with three other people. Then at Ikebukuro. The person on my left and the person on my right got off. I sat but all the people in front of me did not sit down! I looked up and saw a mom and baby and an old couple. I immediatey slid to my left to sit in the oen space there. It was next to another mom and baby. The old lady and the mom and baby then were able to sit down. At Akabane, I got up to let the old gent (maybe 75+) have my seat. (I had rested enough by then). I stood until Urawa. Many people got off there and I thought I had a chance to sit. But a father and son beat me to two seats and then a 40-year-old guy beat me to the other. Surprisingly, he offered me his seat. I shook my head NO and said that I was getting off at Omiya. At Omiya I changed to the Takasaki line and got a seat immediately in a priority seat and sat until Okegawa. I took the elevator up.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stand or Sit Part 1

I finally took a trip to Tokyo. It had been about a month since my last venture (travel) to the capital of Japan. I wanted to go, but every Sunday something came up (happened) so I couldn't go. This time I went to Meguro. I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. I will tell you about that adventure in the next couple of Blogs. However, I would like to tell you about my adventure on the train. Of course I travelled to and from my destination (Meguro station) by train. When I left Okegawa I got on a local bound for Ueno. I found and empty seat and sat down. I wanted to go Meguro so I got off at Akabane and changed to the Saikyou Line. There were no empty seat this time. I stood until Ikebukuro when many people got off. I sat down then. I changed to the Yamanote line at Shinjuku and sat on the train until my destination. Cont. tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

My trip to France by Kazuko Part 2

It snowed our last two days in Paris. We walked around to see the town in the snow. The view from Monmartre, which is the highest place in Paris, was amazing. The opera house was glorious and luxurious, like a palace. I felt that I would really like to see an opera there. At Sainte Chapel, the beauty and magnificence of the stained glass took my breath away. I was very impressed with everything. In Paris, the Metro is a convenient means of transportation. We took it everywhere. However, transferring was a challenge for me. Why? There were no escalators! We had to go up and down the stairs when we changed trains. I was very tired. We worried about the current political situation in France before this trip. Luckily our trip was over without incident. I had a great time. France is awesome!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My trip to France by Kazuko Part 1

Visiting France was my long-held dream. I especially wanted to go to Mon-Saint-Michel. As you may know, Mon-San-Michel is a monastery. It is built on the tideland. We arrived there at night. From the bottom, the illuminated building was fantastic. The next morning we looked around the inside. The cold stone building was filled with a sacred atmosphere. I felt the deep faith and long history. After that, we visited some medieval castles. There were charming flowers here and there. The castle still had an air of the refined life of those times.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Puzzler Answers

And I can relax this Holiday Monday. BTW It is Constitution Day. Hooray! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.











































CLOVER               INFANTS               FIGHT         SMOKED/SPOKED/STOKED


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Puzzler HInts

I am now tweeting  log into Twitter     @RamRick2
And I am not drinking this month and recuperating from my knee injury. Sigh. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

February HP Colorful February
今月のHPは、Color です。会話や文章、トピックにcolor (色)の単語を使ってみましょう。例えば、
 My son, who has red hair, is a singer. OR Some black crows flew in the blue sky.
OR these expressions: 
green with envy,      as black as coal,       once in a blue moon 
I was  blue. (=sad)       He is yellow. (=He is a coward.)
この場合、どちらの意味も彼は臆病です。という意味です。
Try your best and watch for COLORs in my BLOGs.

Kids playing "Go Fish" at Ram English Okegawa

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Puzzler

A three-day weekend. I'm luvin' it! What is the holiday anyway? Who cares?! It will not be a BLUE Monday, that is for sure. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.
February HP Colorful February
今月のHPは、Color です。会話や文章、トピックにcolor (色)の単語を使ってみましょう。例えば、
 My son, who has red hair, is a singer. OR Some black crows flew in the blue sky.
OR these expressions: 
green with envy,      as black as coal,       once in a blue moon 
I was  blue. (=sad)       He is yellow. (=He is a coward.)
この場合、どちらの意味も彼は臆病です。という意味です。
Try your best and watch for COLORs in my BLOGs.


This is the Okegawa City ShiMin Hall 7:15AM February 2nd 



Friday, February 8, 2019

Ouch 2

I woke up early Sunday morning. My plan was to go to the school, do some work and then go to Tokyo. I wanted to visit the Teien Art Museum. Before I left my house I opened the shutters. Then I turned too quickly. Ouch! I twisted my knee. It was in a delicate condition so when I turned abruptly (suddenly) it turned sharply. I tried to walk. Curses! It was more painful now. I couldn't walk well. If I went slowly, I could proceed, but it was too slow. My trip to Tokyo was off (cancelled). Heavy sigh. So I went ot the school. It was easy riding my bike. Why? Because there is no pressure on the knee. I got to the school at 7:30. I checked the Internet. The most recent Eiken tests have finished. So, they post the the complete test and the audio files from the listening practice. So now, I had something to do. I always make copies of the test (which is easy) and then I download the audio files. Then I transfer them to my old computer. That computer has a special software, I can edit the files and make CDs. But, please...don't tell anyone. BTW my knee is getting better. (The photo is of my school CDs which I made years ago.)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ouch 1

Rick is tweeting at @RamRick2
I hurt my knee. How? It happened at the gym. I overdid it. That means that I did too much exercising. In this case, I ran too much. Here's the story. I have a routine at the gym that I follow religiously (= very strictly). First, I do a little stretching. The first part of my training is muscle building. That is for my arms. Then I run on the treadmill for 18 minutes. Then arm muscle training again. Well! When I did my running I felt a small pain in my right knee. I have felt little pains there before but they went away (disappeared) soon. But this time, after I got home my knee swelled up. There was no black and blue bruises but, it got bigger and hurt a little when I walked. There was not much pain but it was different. That was Thursday  afternoon. I managed to do all my lessons with no problems. It was a little uncomfortable, that was all. So, I went to the gym Saturday night as usual. Things went well. I got some instructions on how to use three new exercise machines. These will help me in my eternal (forever) quest (mission) to slim down my waist. But, the next morning something happened. Continued tomorrow. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Birds

It was last Thursday. I just finished an early lesson at my school. That student comes by car so, I park my car at the MINE department store for about two hours. So, I was on my way to my car. It only takes about 3 minutes. And, after the first 30 seconds the road curves to the right. There, it turns green: there are trees, bushes and grass. Well, on this day, out of the blue, I heard a bird singing. I recognized that tune. It was a Japanese White-eye. And...there were two! I stopped in my tracks. I looked towards the singing. I searched and there they were. I looked closely. One flew closer to a new limb on his tree. He tuned left and then right to show me his pretty green feather and then his white eye. I felt lucky. I continue on and then there was another bird It was a Great Tit. It has blue an white an black colors. It did not sing for me. But, that was OK. I was very happy to meet these two colorful fliers from the sky.
BTW Rick is tweeting at @RamRick2

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My Driving Part 3 (The final episode)


Rick is tweeting at @RamRick2

Finally, about my driving, this time on the highway. Basically, I drive 10 kph (kilometers per hour) over the speed limit. If it is a clear highway (not much traffic) I will drive the speed limit. That means I do not drive over or under the speed limit. I drive exactly 80 or 90 or 100kph. If it is a three lane highway, I generally stay in the middle lane. If it is a two lane highway things get (become) a little complicated. Again, if it is 100 kph, I drive 110. Sometimes a car will come up from behind.  If there is no traffic, or very little traffic, I will move to the left lane. This will allow the speedy drivers behind me to go happily on their speedy, driving way. However, if there is medium traffic I will not move. If I do, I will be moving in an out of the left lane forever. After all, I am driving over the speed limit. If I try to move in and out, it could be dangerous. So, the driver behind me has to be patient and then go around me on the left. It may be a difficult situation. So, if everyone obeys the traffic laws and drives sensibly there would be less problems.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Puzzler Answers

Rick is tweeting at @RamRick2
It definitely is not a Blue Monday. I am ready to GO! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.

            



















         






























         AERIAL               OPEN              QUITE                  SNARE/SNORE

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Puzzler Hints

I really hope I can make a trip to Tokyo today. I have to do many things for RAM English but I need a break. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

February HP Colorful February
今月のHPは、Color です。会話や文章、トピックにcolor (色)の単語を使ってみましょう。例えば、
 My son, who has red hair, is a singer. OR Some black crows flew in the blue sky.
OR these expressions: 
green with envy,      as black as coal,       once in a blue moon 
I was  blue. (=sad)       He is yellow. (=He is a coward.)
この場合、どちらの意味も彼は臆病です。という意味です。
Try your best and watch for COLORs in my BLOGs.


I found these photos. How's my blue shirt?

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Puzzler

February is the shortest month of the year. So, I aways take this opportunity to abstain from alcohol. Wish me luck. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.


February HP Colorful February
今月のHPは、Color です。会話や文章、トピックにcolor (色)の単語を使ってみましょう。例えば、
 My son, who has red hair, is a singer. OR Some black crows flew in the blue sky.
OR these expressions: 
green with envy,      as black as coal,       once in a blue moon 
I was  blue. (=sad)       He is yellow. (=He is a coward.)
この場合、どちらの意味も彼は臆病です。という意味です。
Try your best and watch for COLORs in my BLOGs.
This is the photo I use on my TWITTER account. Check it out. RamRick2

Friday, February 1, 2019

My January

It is February first, 2019. That means that January 2019 is finished. My January went something like this:
1. I started the January by walking up in a hotel in Tokyo and then taking a taxi to Tokyo Tower to see the sunrise.
2. Then our family drove to Umi-no-Hotaru in Tokyo Bay.
3. Visited friends and relatives in Chigasaki and Kamakura.
4. Went out drinking with one buddy.
5. My lessons stared up in full force from January 9th.
6. Hired a young Japanese gent to make my videos.
7. RAM English administered the Eiken tests to 10 of our students on January 25th.
8. I visited NingyoChou in NihonBashi.
9. Watched six USA football games on TV.
10. Started new project. It is redoing the Homework for kids and creating two new ones.
11. Went out to dinner with the family including my daughter's fiance.
12. Came to the school on two Sundays to work.
13. Went to he gym 12 times.
I am looking forward to a dry, productive February. How about yo? How was your January, 2019?