Today is Thursday. My "easiest" and most "difficult" day of the week: easy because I have only one class...difficult because it happens to be my largest and most unruly group! It should improve, as soon as I can remember everyone's name and use those names within sentences to keep their attention when I need to.
I have a little bit of a rant to write, but first, I hope you are enjoying the photo above...can you imagine the conversation that was had when trying to arrive at a name for their hair salon?
Keiko: I know, Junko, Let's use a foreign word...that should get some attention.
Junko: Yeah! Good idea, Keiko! But let's NOT look up the meaning of it!
(...I don't imagine I will be visiting any time soon!)
So this morning, at precisely 3:58 a.m., I am awakened by the slamming of a car door. Then I hear one of those prolonged "beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep" sounds that tells people a sliding door in a mini-van is being opened. THEN I hear rummaging, then "patta-patta-patta-patta" (the sound of someone running in ill-fitting slippers) disappearing in to the distance. Fully awake, and angry because I had only one more hour of sleep left before my alarm was set to go off, I decided to go out on my deck and see exactly who it was running around making so much noise at that hour. A woman came running back down the street, patta-patta-patta, slammed the back door of her van, pushed the button that made the sliding door close with another "beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep", and then slammed her own driver's door. This is not the first time this has happened, but it is the first time I have seen the culprit. I also realized that she parks in front of my house OUT OF CONSIDERATION FOR HER FRIEND/CUSTOMER(?) WHO LIVES DOWN THE ROAD!!! She doesn't want to park in front of her friend's house because she KNOWS it will wake them up! So much for consideration of others...if I figure out her schedule, I am going to talk with her. Nothing like an irate foreigner speaking in broken Japanese to put the fear of God in to someone at 4 a.m.!
Okay, my little rant is over. Thank you very much.