Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Next he told me that my visa is almost done and that it will be sent asap which is good, I need to get it done before I leave!
Also I found out there will be 10 ALT's in Sano, and that Sano has a curriculum which means less hard work for me! GREAT!
Next he told me that all the ALT's will be spread out in different apartments over a 5KM area. This is good because it gives me space, but I'm close enough to other ALT's that if we want to hang out we can!
SO MUCH GOOD NEWS! The little chat I had with Joytalk really relieved some stress.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
In other news Cameron is visiting. My family, Cameron, and I went to the fair today. I had alot of mixed emotions going to the fair.... it was weird. First my initial reaction was remembering how much I dislike the fair. It seems like all it attracts are really trashy people. After thinking about this for a while I realized it kind of was not my place to judge them all so harshly. After going to different places in the world you kind of realize that everyone is different and just because they live differently does not mean its any better or worse than you. I also got to see all the couples at the fair which was great haha (sarcasm). I think Luke and Danny had fun though, and thats the most important part. I went on this ride called the Dizzy Dragon with Luke and Cameron. It was kind of like the teacups ride in that you sit inside a carriage and the ride spins and your carriage spins too. Cameron and I had it going so fast we all got super dizzy. Luke was so dizzy he was pressed against the wall and couldn't move.
There was also a mechanical bull ride at the fair. My parents and Cameron peer pressured me into riding it hahaha, it was actually pretty fun. Cameron did it first and it just looked hilarious because he's big. We took a video with his cell phone. Next I did it, I probably would of held on longer but the thing I was holding on to kept going under my crotch so I had to let go or reap the consequences hahah.
Later in the day we walked past a radio station tent thing. Randomly Danny started dancing, random people started taking pictures of him. It was really funny because my Dad would do a move and then Danny would try to copy. It was too cute for life.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
On the way back from Baltimore I went through some rain. It was amazing because for about 20 minutes I could see this huge rainbow and I actually drove through the base of the rainbow. I've never been that close or seen a rainbow for that long. It was amazing looking; never have I seen a rainbow as large as this or full. It made the last hour of my drive much better.
In other news, at dinner last night something very funny happened. We were eating dinner and there was a fly bothering us. Randomly my step dad went to grasp at it and then jokingly went to eat it. The thing is this time he actually caught it and actually ate it. After he did it he was coughing for a couple minutes and gagging. It was hilarious, because he inhaled the fly.
Monday, July 21, 2008
本（ほん）hon Used for long or cylindrical objects such as (Books, Hair, Bottles, Trees, Poles)
前 (まえ) mae Used for flat material （Paper, cloth, plates, ect.）
台 (だい) dai Used for many kinds of Machinery (computers, cars, other industrial Equipment)
軒 (けん) ken Used for Places (houses, and shops)
人 (にん) nin Used to count People
Although 1 person or 2 people is an acception once you reach 3 you can just use normal numbers. An example is below.
１一人 (ひとり hitori)
２二人 （ふたり futari)
３三人 （さんにん sannin）
There are more counters, however this is what I've learned up to this point. Take it in because there is more to come!And this concludes my second 日本語のレスン!
Friday, July 18, 2008
You think if your company needs help you put now hiring signs up and hire people as soon as possible. This way your not overworking your current employees and everyone is happy. Apparently they don't need help or they just completely suck at life. Its unfortunate that it happened and that the process of getting to actually work there is so long and retarded. I could of actually made some money and they could of benefited from an overqualified employee.
Instead they wasted both my time and theirs for about two weeks. Awesome.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I don't even know where to begin. I think it was a double dream in that I was still asleep but I had two different dreams. The first thing I remember was that I was at this bakery, watching them make and sell their stuff, but I wasn't even behind the counter I was just standing in front, and watching. For some reason there was a Camera man there who was filming the whole thing. Apparently the bakery was going to be on a TV show. What was dumb was that it wasn't even a nice bakery is was like a dinky kiosk like store. There was like 2 cakes that were like mediocre, you could probably make or buy them from like Wal-mart hah. What else was weird is that my ex-girlfriend Angela was working there and some of my other friends from childhood. I don't think I talked to anyone working there, I just watched the bakery do its work lol. After the bakery closed I wrote something on one of the nearby wooden railing tops. I wrote (for some reason with ashes and my finger) I really enjoyed watching, and when I get home I'll watch the show and I signed it NY -for some reason. -- Really weird.
Now I don't know if that was connected or not -- but in the next part of my dream I was Antonio Banderas for some reason and I was being chased by Robert De Nero. He was some type of bad guy. I remember driving up this huge steep mountain with this other guy who I think was my partner (I think I was a cop) but I didn't know his name. We got like either ambushed or somehow our car got flipped upside down. We both scrambled away and I survived he didn't. Anyways after that it was like a goose chase for me to hunt De Nero and avenge my partner. He was some psychopathic killer, and for some reason I had to stop him. I remember trying to like infiltrate this area by metro rail. I kept having to kill these henchmen guys and sneak by them. I also thought he had killed or kidnapped my family or something so I had to stop him.
After this part these is a huge gap.. and then I finally catch De Nero or see him. I go after him but instead of like tackling him we start to talk. After me (as Antonio Banderas) and De Nero talk are both start crying because both our lives are ruined. Somehow we both realize that we just miserable and suffering so we stop fighting. After that I woke up and came back to reality lol.
Anyways it didn't make much sense, but it was kind of ridiculous.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I am Nicholas Lockard. Pleased to you meet you. I live in America, but more specifically New York. I am 21 years old. I will be an English teacher. I know how to speak a little Japanese. Please teach me Japanese. I am pleased to meet you, please be kind to me.
This is what I'll stick with for now until I move. This will obviously change around some once I actually get there. I will turn 22 once I get there. I also won't live in NY anymore haha.
Tip ＃１- When telling people where you live - It is best to say a broad area and then the specific area (if necessary). You do this by adding a の (no).
とちぎ の さの にすんでいます。
This literally means Tochigi, Sano I live. I think its translated to I live in Tochigi, but more specifically Sano.
Another Tip - Apparently a really, really polite way of replying to 元気ですか？ Is to say -
元気です。 あなた は いかが ですか？ People will be like Wow - you're a foreigner and you said that. Apparently it is more intellectual sounding.