Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I'm having a great week at work, today was fantastically easy. Didn't have a class till 3:30, then I had my least favorite class, got that out of the way, flew into 3 of my favs back to back then I finished. Tomorrow I finish my last class at 5:00!! Man. Then, after that it's friday and saturday. Those days are really busy, but I like the students, and even though I work saturday, friday is still friday. Weeks fly by here in the most serious way.
This morning before work I went to Yesterday cafe, it's a coffee shop by the hondori entrance. Don't ask me how I haven't been there yet, I just haven't. It's a beatles themed coffee shop. Always playing beatles. It's.... well, it's hard to explain how much I like it without using swear words. Just a simple place, but with the beatles everywhere. I took a picture of the stairs leading up to it ~ on the picture it says "imagine peace". There's an abbey road painting on the outside. Hard to miss.
Then I went a few yards up to Parco, hit the 9th story while gawking at another flurry of snow, and picked up a Yura Yura Teikoku live album for 10 bucks. I heard them playing in a used clothing shop a couple days ago, and although they didn't have the album I was looking for (me no car, if you can find it) it's still pretty decent. Man, my hands are itching for that album though.
They are sort of like a simple garage guitar band turns psychadelic, grabs some midi mixers, and then turns around and goes back into their garage. The tracks on their webpag are decent, they're old and jsut what some english company could get some rights to. Download Evil Car somewhere on the net, it's a good tune and really freaks out at the end if you're into that. My fav. track i have is off this CD called "bando wo yatteru _____ (can't read that kanji)."
One of our JTs is leaving soon ( :( ) so they're doing interviews. This girl Kanae is a prospective hire, and let me tell you the hiring for the JTs is MUCH tougher than it was for me! I don't know why, i'm the one they had to risk getting a visa for, and all of that. But she had to take written test, interview at a branch with a NET (native english teacher, like myself) then i'm not sure what, then she's here at ____ all week observing and training and stuff, and today I gave her a 50 minute lecture on pronunciation and classroom english, phonics, etc, then tomorrow she has to do some trial lessons with my J-staff, and THEN after that if they still like her she has to go to Okayama to honbu (HQ) and do a week of training or something. After that week they decide whether or not they will hire her. She can do all of that and not even get hired. BRUTAL!! She's stressed, though i don't blame her, but I think she gots what it takes. Her english is good, and the moral of the story is that she's cute.
Talk to you all soon