Wednesday, April 26, 2006
UGH!The last sleep
I say ugh because we are leaving on a 4:30AM bus.UGH!It is the most direct way,as well as the cheapest,to the airport.So basically my first day in Shanghai will be sleeping.Ill try to post from China.
The recycle people came and took all today including most of the lights.In Japan you need to provide your apartment light fixtures.So Li and ToddlerJi are playing by flashlight and having a great time. I love this phone.:-)
2 more sleeps!
Forgot I can use my cell phone.All boxes shipped out yesterday: very simple. I need to do a post about that wonderful moving company. Must bring ToddlerJi to daycare:today is recycle people day. More later.
A picture to say goodbye
I was going to write this last night but at 2 in the morning sleep was much higher on the priority list.
Li and I spent the entire day packing yesterday and the only thing left to pack is one box of various nick knacks (a small box), the stuff that the shipping people are going to pack,
This blog has only just begun.
It is also her very first destruction of property using a pen. Based on the shinny gleam in her eye while she was penning away, this chair will be the first of many.
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I am Sunrise
Granny had this on her site and I kind of like my answer.
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Shells of tears
Today was my last day at work.
I was going to do a last post from the work computer but it turned out to be totally impossible to do…..
I was crying too damn much!!!
I love my students and I love the people I worked with: I didn’t realize how much I really did until today. I know that you all have the address to this blog now and some of you have actually read it: cool.
I decided that I wanted you guys to join me over here as it was a way to keep in touch with you all. I hope you decide to come out of hiding and leave a comment or two. (Hint, hint Mr. Oda!!)
Because I know that many of you are going to pop by I just want to say:
My other readers are probably wondering why I didn’t just tell them all this face to face today while at work.
Well I would have if I hadn’t been blubbering away with a cloth stuffed in my face to keep the tears and the snot at bay.
I held through the morning but at lunch time I had to say goodbye to the ladies that I have been having lunch with for the past 6 years and I lost it.
I said NO!! and more or less burst into tears.
I was red faced, red eyed and bubbler nosed before I made it too the office. I was able to calm down until I saw Fumiko and then it started all over again.
I did ok for a little while, almost cried when I signed and honkoed the papers to finish my stay at the company, and made it through desk cleaning with out a problem.
Then five o’clock rolled around and I got up to do the traditional bow and goodbye to everyone and that got shot all to hell when the first people I said goodbye to were the Sei*** girls: tears flowed.
I have been crying on and off all evening now: I have a major headache.
I got home and opened the presents that people gave me and cried even more. You guys are all so amazing!!!
Mr. A gave me these shells painted in a girl’s day design and I am sooooo thrilled about them.
I also got the coolest picture frames, adorable paper mache magnets and gorgeous ornamental cloth. Fumiko gave me a Kendo stick that is soooo amazing!!!
Everything is so beautiful.
Tomorrow I am getting my nails done one last time and then Rika and I are going out for lunch. We are both going to be blubbering.
Then I have dinner with Kim and ugh, it will be so hard.
Sunday I have dinner with Jean and it is going to hurt like hell!!
Everyone is worth coming back here for:
everyone is a reason not to leave.
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Li and the crazy boys saying goodbye at Skin Flute.
ToddlerJi helping with the packing: She is checking out the closet and making sure we didn’t forget anything.
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A new find worth checking out
I would like to introduce everyone to one of my new finds: well actually he found me through a thread I left in the Blog Explosion forums asking for help.
If you scroll down my sidebar on the left you will notice that my ‘previous posts’ and my EXTREMELY LONG ‘archive list’ are now drop down boxes. They look awesome and free up tons of eyeball space. I love it!
This was soooo easy to do because of the totally awesome SE7EN!!!
He has some amazing help bits in there that are sooooo user friendly for bloggers using the Blogger platform and the Wordpress platform.
I recommend you check him out and say hi.
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Pension, Taxes and dirty laundry
I tried writing this post last night but got about six sentences done before I started doing other more important things.
Dad and Myrna took off to Tokyo yesterday morning. They are flying out of Narita tomorrow. Li arranged for a very nice hotel for them across from the main station. This hotel also offers a whole variety of English language guided tours around the city through out the day.
They are having fun and doing just great. The weather has also been quite good for them. I think today they were going to go for a stroll through the Imperial Gardens as well.
I had a holiday yesterday as well as Li, so he and I headed out with a very well behaved ToddlerJi in tow to attack all the government offices.
Yesterday was a pension money day.
I cant do this subject justice in this post today but I will definitely come back to it once I return to Canada. BASICALLY, In Japan you must pay pension money and when you leave Japan you only get a percent of that money back in a lump sum deposit. There is paper work to fill that has been nicely done in English. These papers can’t be filled until I land in Canada though.
There are many little quirks and quacks about the pension money for foreigners here that I will return to. It is something that I think foreigners already in Japan or about to go to Japan should know about.
You pension money is taxed (of course) when it is given to you but you are allowed to file a tax return to get most of that money back even though you are out of the country. We needed to go to the tax office and get the paper work organized that will allow our darling friend Jean be my tax submitter person.
All not very painless: just time consuming.
After Li and ToddlarJi spent some time together so that I could drag two large blankets to the Laundromat. I used my wait time there to get most of the paperwork done for the shipping company. Li helped with the papers last night, so things are almost done there. I need to email the shipping guy right after I finish this post.
I need to do a bunch of photocopying for them as well.
I think we have about 7 more boxes to pack. Four of them are already packed they just need to be reorganized and some tough love needs to be done by me.
We also bought a new stereo and MP3 player. Hehehe. We have been debating if we could afford it and decided we could. The stereo and MP3 work together to do automatic download so I don’t have to use my computer. I really loved this feature. We got this MP3 player and this DVD/CD/MD stereo in wood.
I do have a question for you all:
Should I keep all of my paperwork that I have about all the bills I have paid here in Japan? I have all my gas, water, electrical, credit card statements. I also have all of my salary slips.
Part of me wants to keep it for sentimental reasons, a part of me thinks I should keep it because of tax reasons back in Canada, and another part of me says burn it all.
What do you think?
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The countdown continues.....
I haven’t had a chance to read anyone’s blogs for about 4 days now: I feel so out of touch and a little lost actually.
I am going to desperately try to do one last big read before we have to unplug all the computers.
Yesterday we spent the entire day packing and weighing all my boxes. It was exhausting.
Expat: the meme is in the works.
Granny: The template idea is sitting there. I can’t figure out how to make it a three column. Grr. We will leave it alone until I return to Canada and then go crazy with that. I am liking the way it looks now though. The link is the same as the one I sent you in the email.
Cori: I got your originally email about your beautiful new son. Present is in the suitcase with Myrna. I have been chanting away to myself every evening to email you back but I keep forgetting in the end.
Actually I keep forgetting to email everyone! Lol
I haven’t forgotten about you all though I promise.
Janet, if you read this, I haven’t forgotten you exist, HONEST! I have just been a tad preoccupied.
Aunt Lydia: WAY TO GO GIRL!!!!
To all you other great readers, thank you for continuing to come around. Hugs to you all. I haven’t had a chance to read your blogs but I hope you are all healthy and ok.
Ten more sleeps and counting!! AUGH!!
Only 6 before all computer contact is shut off.
Eekkk, total withdrawl!
Hamamatsu with Curry
I am feeling a bit better today.
I haven’t had time to think about my panic attack, let along panic, so things are just fine.
This morning Dad, Myrna, ToddlerJi and I headed out to
Well to my surprise Dad LOVED the museum.
I actually had to force him to leave for lunch (Ji was getting very ancy) and he insisted on return to the museum so he could explore some more. The ticket man said he could return as often as he wanted through out the day so that is what happened.
They had done some renovation and reorganization of the museum and it was great. They also added some more listening CDs for the different instruments.
This place is quite cool as it has old and new instruments from all over the world. They show a time line of how different instruments have progressed over the ages and this is what fascinated Dad the most. At almost all the different instruments they had a set of head phones and you could listen to them being played. It is really cool.
Downstairs there are a few hands on sections: Ji loved the harpsichord piano thing. She was fascinated with the sound.
Then there were the hitty things, I think it is called a xylophone, and it took her a bit to figure it out but she finally did and loved it.
I took a video of course. Hehe
After a good pasta lunch Dad headed back to the museum and Myrna ToddlerJi and I went shopping. I brought Myrna to my favourite Japanese things store and we both spent money.
This was when we suddenly realized that we had not properly browsed the museum gift shop.
WELL! Had to head back there now then, didn’t we?
This turned out to be a good mine for me and for them. Hehe
I bought a taiko drum, yes a Japanese drum. It is only about the size of a breadbox but makes noise, has its own stand and sticks. It is beautiful.
Sorry no pictures. The lady wrapped it properly for me and I don’t want to take it out.
I am very happy with myself though!!
Then we headed home.
We made a brief stop in Shimada and went through the HUGE Dollar store there!! Hehe
Thirty-two bucks for me and about twenty-eight for Myrna.
Ahhh I love the dollar stores here!
Then we headed home and almost crashed. We fed ToddlerJi a bit of dinner, recouped ourselves and then headed our ONCE AGAIN to a dinner with some of my close work friends. We went to a curry restaurant and had an AWSOME dinner! We had preordered their party menu and what a treat that was. We were wined and dined for twenty bucks a person. We loved it.
They also gave me some amazing presents that almost made me cry again, and are almost making me cry as I type this.
They gave me this incredible card signed by each of them. It is a huge frame type card with a special spot to put the photograph of all of us that we took tonight. It will have a treasured spot on my shelves when I get to
I love these people.
They keep saying, please don’t forget us.
I cant put it in words strong enough to tell them, there is no way I ever could.
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Ji and her purse
Myrna caught a picture of ToddlerJi swinging her purse around.
Please ignore the yogurt smeared face. lol
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But we will return to that in a sec.
First: today is my blogs third birthday. I could go on for a long time about this but…
Second: With much personal second guessing I decided (we did) that it would be best for ToddlerJi to stay in day care today even though I had the day off. She needs the routine. He life has been all out of wack lately and she needs the structure of her daycare. She has not been sleeping properly.
So today I had a holiday and I took Dad and Myrna to Shizuoka to head over to Mt. Kuno. Dad was there before in January last year and I went again on August with my mother, but Myrna had never been and when dad went a large portion of the area was under renovation. The weather wasn’t great but the place was still beautiful.
It was surprisingly busy for a Friday: there were about three different tour busses up there and Dad was asked to pose with a group of very drunk tourists and Myrna had her picture taken a few times by this on guy.
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The buildings were very beautiful and amazing.
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After we headed into the shopping area of the station and had some fun with our credit cards there.
Third: I had my good bye party from my work people today. To put it mildly I was really worried about going: I knew I was going to cry.
I took the group bus to the restaurant way out in the boonies. It was a very traditional Japanese food place: good food but not quite enough. I was pretty hungry after all the walking we did.
Mr. O serenaded us with a karaoke song, and a few speeches were spoken. My one student said a short speech to me in English and that was hen my barriers started to break down.
I then had to say a speech and started crying: not too bad but I knew I would.
Later Mr. Y did the most hilarious cheer for me and then I was chucked in the air.
I was not expecting it at all. After much convincing on their part they were able to get me to lay on the floor. I knew what was coming but was not expecting to be actually air born!!
Silly girl shrieks emerged and tons of uncontrollable giggles. I know some of them took pictures, maybe they will send me copies.
Later there were actually able to con me into singing a karaoke song: Let it be.
John didn’t puke in his grave, but he probably gagged a bit: I can not sing.
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Walking home from the station I had tons of questions running through my head:
Why am I leaving?
What are we doing?
Why after all our struggles is Li now able to find excellent jobs?
Why? Why? Why?
Why is my head walking faster than my heart……
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Grandpa and ToddlerJi video
This is my first attempt at showing a DropShots Video.
I am hoping that this works well for you all.
This is a 7 second clip of my Dad and ToddlerJi sliding down a slide at the park on Sunday.
Thanks to Midori for this!!!
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Dinner and a ... purse...
Li cooked a huge meal last night for us all. I actually have five different recipes for the Li’s Kitchen page but I am so not done. I did a couple and will post them below but I was too tired to finish last night.
I went to bed a little early and I am glad I did.
Dad and Myrna took off at 6:30 this morning on an Ensen (spa) tour that Li arranged for them yesterday. They are on a tour bus with a group of people their age and are heading to an Ensen just north of Tokyo somewhere: I have no idea where. They lucked out with an all-inclusive dealio so they are going to be experiencing some very traditional Japanese food.
I gave them this long speech about Japanese manners and the little rules to follow when in a Japanese ensen:
TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF!!!
While they were getting ready last night Dad realized they needed another little carry bag so Li and Dad went rummaging through our huge pile to see what we had. ToddlarJi joined them of course.
Next thing you hear is Li in peals of laughter because ToddlarJi found this little clear plastic bag and has now considered it her new purse. She even put her little laughing camera (a gift from Aunty Kim) and a cloth book (from her Grandma) into the purse.
She is absolutely hilarious about it. She carefully places it just above her right wrist and holds her arm out like a perfect Japanese fashion girl and then walks around the house with her purse.
I tried making her leave it behind as we headed off to her day care today but she wouldn’t hear of it. She carried it on the bike and when I put it in the bike basket to take her out she thankfully forgot about it and didn’t bring it with her inside.
I need to get a picture of her and her purse. It is so cute.
So the menus that are actually finished over at Li’s Kitchen are:
Chicken and Peanuts – this is a little spicy but a very nice dish with rice
Tomato Salad – Tomatoes and sugar. Yes sugar! It is really nice.
Cucumbers and Garlic – Yes Garlic. It is wonderful.
HOLY CRAP!!! This post is officially my 1000th post!!!!!!!!!!!
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Are you SURE it isnt Friday the 13th?
Today has been one of those days:
The weather is totally not helping.
A good Sunday picnic
Last night ToddlarJi REFUSED to go to bed until well after 10, AUGH!!!
As a bonus she slept all night.
I am still tired though.
Yesterday we went to a picnic at the local park and were blessed with amazing weather, sunny and warm, and the cherry trees were still covered in blossoms. The park was beautiful.
I had a very different post planned, I will still write it after, BUT I walked into work this morning and was very shocked by the latest attempt at proper and manners.
Actually I broke into a fit if uncontrollable giggles.
The ‘Refresh Area’, as it is called, is situated on the second and third floor of our building: the second floor is the office floor and the third floor is the laboratory floor. Well a while ago a policy went into place that allowed only smoking on the second floor and nothing on the third. I would have preferred it to have been set the other way around and have not sat and talked to anyone in the Refresh area since. To put it mildly, IT STINKS!! That and it can get a little hard to breath.
The problem is that I must fight my way through the smoky haze at least once a day in order to clean the tea machine every morning. If I want to drink any of that tea I have to fight my way through the haze again.
I can come out of their smelling just awful.
Well someone complained and low and behold, it wasn’t me!!
I had a holiday on Friday and on Friday they surrounded the area with a Michael Jackson style bubble, except that Michael had the opposite intensions. This works pretty good though, not perfect but close.
I took a picture with my cell phone: it is one the side in the FlickR pics. Not wonderful because of the reflections of the glass on the plastic but still very funny.
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Kanaya Tea Festival 2006
Well this morning we had a bit of a bad weather scare but the weather gods that be pulled together for us and things stayed cloudy but rain free.
It actually turned into perfect weather.
After a big lunch Dad, Myrna, ToddlerJi and I headed out to Kanaya to their Tea Festival. I just found out that it is only held every two years so we were very lucky!
We met up with Kim, Jean and Jean’s daughter Rae. Kim and I remembered from experience (we went two years ago) and we arrived around two in the afternoon.
Perfect timing for a wonderful afternoon.
First we saw a Taiko Drums group performing in front of the station: mostly young people but all having a great time.
Then we started walking the road down and immediately came across the town dancers. It looked like every single woman and girl in the town was out dancing. The line stretched on FOREVER! It is a pretty site to see and of course a ton of pictures were taken.
We then came across the older ladies who were doing miniature tea ceremonies. I had Dad and Myrna try out the mattcya tea: I personally love the stuff.
Then Kim found the free Sake guys with their giant kegs of sake that they insist on everyone tasting. Dad, Myrna and Kim were holding a cup in each hand trying out about four different tasted and being pilled with free food by the crazy but wonderfully happy drunk sake guys.
Basically they do face-off dancing in front of each
other and glare at each other. The objective is to prove who has more spirit and energy. This is the time for the older guys and all the teens and young adults to go crazy. Their hair is as wild as they dare to make it, fake tattoos are painted on, most are just a little inebriated and all are having a blast.
We all really liked this one Yatai that was all in black. Their band players were very good and the main leader standing on the top was pretty cool looking. Dad really enjoyed him.
I took tons of pictures and we had a great time. ToddlerJi was an excellent girl and has decided that Dad and Myrna are pretty cool after all. She dragged Myrna back and forth and back and forth behind one of the food tents for almost an hour having fun walking
Finally we had had enough and our energy level was sapping: ToddlerJi’s had totally sapped and she had crashed in her stroller. Even though the Yatai craziness had a long time to go before it was finished we headed slowly back home.
At the station Myrna had to roll up her pant legs and attempt peeing in the squatter toilets. Her shoes were still dry so she did good. She had so far avoided going anywhere near them but there was no way she was going to make it home so had no choice. Hehehe I still remember my first
After a light dinner and ToddlerJi’s bath Dad and I headed to the supermarket to go picnic food shopping. Tomorrow we are heading to a picnic at the main city park that has been organized by my friend Janelle. It is basically a good bye party for Li and I, only problem is I don’t know if Li is going to be able to make it.
I hope he can: even if it is only for an hour.
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20 more sleeps....
I took a day off today because Dad and Myrna were arriving.
Our airplane tickets arrived for our trip to
TWENTY MORE SLEEPS till we leave
I haven’t decided how excited I am yet.
ToddlerJi spent the day in daycare because I had to clean the floor and the do some refrigerator cleaning. I had blueberry juice EVERYWHERE!
Dad went with me to pick her up and the poor girl didn’t know what was going on. Dad carried her the whole way home (walking) but Ji never spoke a word. She kept giving him this look out of the corner of her eye:
-who the heck are you?
Last time she saw him she was six days old: don’t think her memory is that good.
She was a little wary of Myrna too.
We didn’t push her and decided to let her make her own moves. She started to warm up by the end of the evening.
We went to the Italian Restaurant for some excellent pasta and herb salad, yuuummmyyy, and listened to two men playing a steel guitar and saxophone. Not amazing musicians but they definitely created a lovely atmosphere.
Everyone is now in bed except for me.
Tomorrow, if the weather agrees, we are going to head out to the Kanaya Tea Festival. Should be great!!
And on Sunday we are going to a goodbye picnic party being held for me. There should still be some cherry blossoms left at the park.
I’ll have pictures of course. hehehe
Welcome to the NEW ANDREA IN JAPAN!!!
I am having sooo much fun today.
I love this template.
I decided that:
1- my blog is about to celebrate three-years in a few weeks
2 - I am leaving the country and about to start a new life
3 - I hated the way my side bar seemed to go on and on and on...
4 - I was bored with the old template
I found a new one and this is sooooo much fun!!!
The amazing person who created this blog in Caz. I am awaiting an email from Caz so that I can try to correct the strange link colouring that is going on but other than that,
I AM SOOOOO HAPPY!
Please, tell me honestly,
What do you think of the new templae?
How did it load for you? OK?
Is the font and size readable?
Do you think something needs to be changed?
All input is welcome.
Update: CaliGirl wanted me to post a picture of the Koi Fish Plate I mentioned in the post below so...
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Ceramics, police and cell phones
Last night I returned home from work to find a HUGE shopping bag of stuff on the floor.
Well you don’t leave a bag on the floor and not expect me to check out its contents. Only problem here was that everything inside was very well wrapped.
From what I could tell my dear husband had gone ceramic shopping yet again.
Li has been on this quest for affordable Japanese looking ceramics to bring back to Canada with us. Fine, but I want to see what he bought!!!
Well after ToddlarJi and I had dinner I couldn’t resist any longer and I opened up all the packages that had been carefully wrapped for shipping: I had to re wrap them of course.
But Li bought this beautiful plate that I had been eying the other day. It is a water scene with Japanese koi fish and is lovely.
Later ToddlarJi and I went to bed and all was normal. We both slept very well until around 4:30 am when ToddlarJi decided she wanted some early morning milk.
The first thing I noticed was that Li was not home!
I have been through this before and it makes me panic every time. I hate it when he doesn’t call!!!! He usually gets home around 3 or 3:30. Latly he has wanted to wring the one guys neck that he has to car pool with cause the guy is slower than malasses when working. He has been getting home around 4 some night and not happy about it.
I called his cell to check in and the phone was dead – no power.
By 5 I was starting to get really worried and even though I knew his phone was dead I still called it about 3 more times.
By 5:15 every bad scenario had gone through my brain. The drive from work is for over an hour on the highway, it rained yesterday, the driver of the car is a putz (to put it mildly) and they are driving at 3ish in the morning when tired: not the sort of situation that makes me relaxed.
I called the bar, just to check, but they were closed. The only other place he could possibly be was with Xie, cause he works nights as well: only problem is I don’t have his number. There was no way I could even consider relaxing and trying to get in another hour and a half of sleep until I knew where my husband was.
So I do the only other thing I can think of, I text his friend Foo. I figured calling would be rude: he can ignore a text if he is sleeping. Thing is, I also know he has to head to work quite early in the morning and it was now 5:30 so I decided I had a pretty good chance of getting him. He texted back but he has no idea what Xie’s number is.
Just as I was writing another text Li walks in.
A- Where the hell have you been!! I have been going out of my mind! Even Ji won’t sleep.
L- The police stopped us.
A- oooohhhhhh??L- The police stopped everyone on the entire freeway last night and they were searching all the cars - inside and out.
A- OH?L- Because I am a foreigner I was questioned for over 30 minutes!!! They took my foreigners card and asked me a million questions!!
A- What is going on?L- From what I heard on their radios, someone died or something like that and they are searching for someone. I heard the word foreigner a million times but who knows.
A- Good grief!! Why the hell didn’t you call???L- Phone has no power!
A- Your work guy has a cell, call the house!!L- ohh yaaa…… But I wouldn’t want to wake you.
A- I have told you once; I have told you a thousand times!!!! CALL!!! I don’t give a crap if you call me at 3 in the morning to tell me you will be home late or what ever. I would rather that than me waking up at 5 and having a total bloody PANIC ATTACK!!!!
I checked the news but there in nothing on the Internet papers yet; maybe on the lunch newsbreak.
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They are cooommmiiinnnngggg!!!!
Dad and Myrna land in Osaka sometime today.
Forgot to check when: I think noon.
They will be in Kyoto for two days being blown away by the amazing cherry blossom trees and gorgeous temples.
Then on Friday they will be here in my little ol’ town for about two weeks.
Tons of things planned.
Ahhhhh what to do, what to do?
They have landed, are in Kyoto, are checked in (small snaffu at the hotel with missing registration but it is ok now) , and are going for an evening stroll as I write this.
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Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
I don’t post jokes very often but this was posted on a wives forum I belong to and I thought it was just BRILLIANT!
The following is supposedly an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term exam. The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.
As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.
Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you, and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The porollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."
THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"
I am a junk flyer reader...
Yes I really am.
I don’t throw them in the garbage until after I read them first: Li always chucks them with out a second glance.
I used to be a chucker but then I realized that I can actually READ the flyers. I can actually UNDERSTAND the flyers.
The flyers tend to be written mostly in katakana and hiragana with only simple kanji added. Generally I can’t understand anything written in Japanese but the flyers I almost can. That and there is usually a lot of pictures.
Well my flyer reading has actually come in handy on a few occasions and has saved us money.
First: I discovered a really cool child’s stuff resale place that buys and sells used, but quality, clothes and toys. I found ToddlarJi’s katakata there. (I am packing this and bringing it back with us.)
Second: I have come across the occasional coupon for cheap restaurant eating and these are always welcome.
Third: THE GARBAGE MAN!!!!
The Garbage Man has turned out to be a real gold mine.
One day, about a month ago, there was a flyer stuck in our door and it immediately caught my attention. It said that these people collected garbage electronic goods FOR FREE!! One of the first kanji I learned when I came here was the free kanji and it has come in VERY HANDY.
I showed it to Li when he got home and he gave me the look that said, “Damn woman but I am proud of you.” Slight head swelling moment. Hehehe.
In Japan we must recycle EVERYTHING but some things cannot be thrown out with the regular recycled garage. This includes all electronic goods and appliances. What you need to do is call the collectors and pay A LOT to have them take things away. Fifty dollars is the starting price for most things.
Well we had to get rid of:
-an air con
-a dead TV
-a computer TV
-a dead VCR
-a stove top
-a still working toaster oven
We were looking at almost 200bucks in garbage pick up charges and I was having mild heart palpations about this. AND that 200 was not counting the money we needed to pay to have them safely remove the air con from the wall: damn freaky inside gas!
Li called the flyer number on Saturday morning and the guy said he would come by to look at the stuff on Sunday morning before Li headed out to work.
Well I am soooooo happy to report that they are going to take everything AND remove the air con from the wall safely, all for the brilliant price of SIXTY DOLLARS!!!
To put it mildly,
Li and I are thrilled!!!
A Cherry Blossom Fool
(Yup I am the fool. sigh)
It is only Saturday and I have so much to say.
Well this morning my friend (and former Japanese teacher) came over with her sister-in-law and beautiful little niece. They came by to say hi and goodbye (I am leaving soon) and to pick up a huge garbage bag of baby clothes I had to find a new home for. In the process of packing I had to set aside all of ToddlerJi’s grown out clothes.
Let’s just say that I am a pack rat and they ended up with enough clothes for a YEAR!
Then ToddlerJi and I put on our shoes and jacket, strapped the umbrella stroller to the back of my bike and headed out to the City Sakara Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival).
Last year there weren’t any blossoms for the festival: this year it was BEAUTIFUL!!!
All the pictures scattered through this post are from the festival. Click on them for a larger view.
When we got there we parked the bike, took off the stroller and started walking down the lane. ToddlerJi was in heaven and having the best time. I, on the other hand was having a hell of a time taking pictures AND keeping her safe. There were tons of people walking, having picnics, getting very drunk and taking tons of pictures.
I am going to really miss this about
We went for our walk during ToddlerJi’s nap time so she ran out of steam pretty quick. We didn’t stay that long and headed home after about an hour or so. Ji fell asleep in the bike chair just as I predicted she would.
Li was still home when we got there and ToddlerJi awoke instantly for some daddy time.
I noticed that our newest residents in our apartment were here and sent Li down to talk to them.
The husband showed up at my door a few days ago with the traditional hello gift (always a towel) that new tenants give to their neighbours. Seemed like a nice enough guy.
Well I noticed that night that there was a vehicle parked in our parking spot. I assumed it was the new people. I wasn’t too concerned about it because we don’t have a car but I was a little worried about my private students and where they were going to park. There is zero parking around here.
Well Li headed off to work and I finally got ToddlerJi to take a nap. After she woke up from a far toooo short of a nap she and I headed out to do some food shopping.
We headed to Seiyu Supermarket and walked around very lazily, shopping in a very lalala way. Ji was in an incredibly good mood and I had nothing planned.
We get to the register, put the food basket on the counter, and I reach for my wallet.
I completely forgot to put my wallet back in my purse after Li asked for some money.
Stupid moment. Duh!
Everything else happened normal for the evening and ToddlerJi and I decided to snuggle up on the stool (no more sofa) and watch 4 Weddings and a Funeral. I hadn’t seen this movie in AGES! I still really enjoy it.
Well half way through the movie and I am laughing where I am supposed to and bloody crying where I probably am not (I am such a teary eyed sap) and the bloody door bell rings!!!
Shit, shit shit!
I have red eyes, snot bubbles, tear streaks and someone is at my damn door!!! I hoist up Ji grab a huge handful of tissues and attempt to de-snot myself before opening the door.
It is the new neighbour with a box of donuts saying sorry about the parking.
He probably thinks I am a total nut case now because I am sure it was plainly obvious I was crying.
This last picture is of some abandoned vending machines.