January 31, 2004 So the first month of Saturdays of my Japanese class is over - another 5 months to go. Those who know me well will marvel at the fact am willing to get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning. I wanted to sign up in September but was too late, so January it was I didn't know at the time the January class is expected to catch up to and end with the September starters. It is a bit of a challenge.

I am really enjoying the class a lot - especially today when it was cut in half to make it smaller (a much better gakusei/sensei ratio now). The class is fast paced, challenging and fun. But I am annoyed by one thing: the asumption that I have, in someway, studied Japanese before. Today, 3 people asked me where I studied before. Then, when I told them I haven't taken any lessons before - I just read the text, do the exercises and practice - they looked at me like I have two heads!! The closest thing I have to training in Japanese is watching anime and trying to pick out the swear words to use on TBIT.

BTW, if you are looking for a cheesy fun Japanese splatter-horror-supernatural-yakuza flick, you have got to see Versus released by TokyoShock. Zombies with handguns, money spent on buckets of blood instead of building sets and a very cute male lead. Entertaining.
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January 29, 2004 Snapshots of today:

Police officer acting as crossing guard huddled in front of a couple of lit flares, keeping warm as he waited to help cars out of the parking lot and pedestrians across the insane Leslie St. straight stretch between Eglinton and Lawrence.

A Boston Terrier puppy named Richard who simultaneously wanted to be in my lap, eat my hair, chew my earings, lick my face and play tug-o-war with his stuffed toy.
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January 27, 2004 As I am sure everyone else in Toronto has blogged, it is still snowing. I don't mind it myself, having survived snow in Montreal and Edmonton but here, in Toronto, big snowstorms seem such a rarity the populous doesn't know how to handle them. Which means at work I will have to hear (again and again and again) stories about the bylaws of snow removal, average snowfall totals, accident reports and the most irritating of all - the how do you cope with the snow story. Businesses, like schools should have snow days.

It appears my winter blues have finally hit, too. Damn. I had been feeling so good up til now. blah.
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