Japanese School Bummer

February 2, 2009

After Broadway, I went to a Japanese school in Iidabashi for a trial lesson. From the moment I walked in the place, I was a little disappointed. The office was located in a residential building and was tiny. Even though I had an appointment, they weren’t prepared when I came in. After about 10 minutes or so of waiting, a lady came in to explain how they run things and ask me what I wanted to study. There was something about her that I just didn’t care for, a kind of snobbish attitude or something, I don’t know. She performed a ‘level check’ on me and went off to get a teacher, who I spent the next 50 minutes talking with. We talked about movies, American Indians, philosophy and my life in Japan among other things. It was hardly a lesson, but I really enjoyed it. She was intelligent, fun and had opinions about stuff. At the end, she told me to save my money and just find more interesting people to talk to because she didn’t think they could offer me much at the school unless I took private lessons. I appreciated her honesty, but I doubt the manager did because naturally I didn’t sign up. She was so cool that I am lightly considering taking private lessons with her, but I doubt I will.

What she said about just finding people who are interesting to talk to really registered with me. In the year and a half that I have been here, I have hardly met anyone outside of work (my co-workers and students are all cool) and even less that I actually want to talk to. I really need to find a way to make new friends, especially those that can discuss stuff other than shopping and their relationships, however I have no idea how to go about meeting people without getting the usual English leeches or gaijin hunters. Any ideas? I hate to say it, but I am getting desperate.

PS I really want to start/join a study night. Anyone in the Saitama/Tokyo area that might be interested, let me know! I am studying for JLPT level 1 now.



January 23, 2009

Who knew that Will Smith’s wife was in a nu-metal band? I am the last person to find this out? The videos I found are a few years old. I never thought that I would hate a band more than I hate Korn, but this takes it. More like pu-metal, get it? I am guessing that the only reason they haven’t divorced over this is the ultra-low exposure it recieved.

Lost in Thought

January 23, 2009

Time travel ain't easy

I just watched the first 2 episodes of LOST season 5, and here are my initial thoughts:

I really want to believe that Ben has good intentions, no matter how much of a bastard he can be. I am not so sure that this is the case after tonight. After manipulating Sayid into being his personal assassin, he probably didn’t expect him to go along with his new plan to go back to the island. That’s why I think that those were his men in the safe-house and they were supposed to be drugged and transported back silently.  He really seems to have alterior motives behind going back. He is clearly hiding something from them, as could be seen when he pulled out a package from the heating vent while Jack was in the bathroom. Also, what is with the butcher shop now? How many people does he have off the island?

Speaking of Ben’s friends, the lady from Desmond’s strange journeys through time is back and is almost certainly Daniel’s mom. He tells Desmond back at the past hatch to find his mother and explain everything to her. I had always assumed that she was with the Others, but that may not have always been the case. If it were, why didn’t she know that her son had teamed up with Whidmore in trying to take control of the island? Granted, he wasn’t quite sure of what he was getting into. Or was he? Time travel hurts my head.

Is Sun now the enemy as well? She makes pals with Whidmore, and the next thing you know Kate’s maternity rights are being questioned and Sun just happens to be in town at the same time. She tells Kate that she doesn’t blame her for Jin’s “death” (I am not convinced), but the tone of her voice is cold, cold , cold. Her comment abut Aaron and her child playing together was also a little suspicious.

I am so happy that they killed Neil off quickly. I hate it when an extra becomes a main character. They are always whiny and annoying. K-Fed and his blond girlfriend were the worst, their ghastly deaths were not even enough to have made their existence worthwhile.

Hurley is either a genious or a complete and utter failure after turning himself in. Can Ben’s power really extend far enough to get him out of prison? Then again, after watching Prison Break, that doesn’t seem like such a difficult task anymore. Also, I hope that is the last time we see Anna Lucia. I want to eat a Hot Pocket now.

I read that the writers gave away some spoilers at the San Diego comic con, and the one the interested me the most was that Richard was going to be seen barefoot with only 4 toes. This sheds some light on the statue from a few seasons ago, but raises a lot of new questions too. Are the original Others some sort of race that existed before man? The wheel had been around for ages, and they are all immortal. This might be totally off base, but I really hope that this isn’t going to take some sort of religious spin.

Locke/Bentham is totally alive, isn’t he?

What do you suckers think?! I would love to keep a weekly discussion going in my comments with you guys.

PS: What a lame post headline, pun definitely intended dude! bwahahahahahahaha!