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Sunday, November 30th 2003

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CELTA Again

Other than lunch at Epitome, and some grocery shopping at Lane Cove, we stayed home. I was working on my CELTA Assignment 2 most of the day (Assignment 2 is the first one due). It didn't seem too hard but it was just one of those things that niggles away at you asking to be tweaked just a bit more. I used a cline in it too!

I also drove the car today for the first time since injuring my back.

Noswonky.com

I just realised that my domain name registration was due to expire in about a week. So I've just renewed it. We wouldn't want noswonky.com to go off-line would we!

Spelling

Yuko just accused me of spelling "palaeontology" wrongly in Friday's replies. She said it should be "paleontology". However, my dictionary says that we are both correct. My spelling is British and hers is American.

Month

And thus, another eventful month ends...

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Friday, November 28th 2003

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CELTA

Day count: 5 down, 15 to go

In the morning session we learned about concept checking and lesson planning. Concept checking is the tricky one, because you have to be able to make up concept checks on the spot.

Second TP (Teaching Practice) today. I felt a little less confident today than for the first practice. This is probably because I prepared less than I did the first time. However, the lesson went very well - better than the first one. There were eight students today including one new one. I had them doing a "mingle" activity and I drew a cline (for quantifiers) and an eel (to show what an eel was) on the board. I enjoyed it, and the tutor's written comments about my lesson were very positive. He particularly like my cline, which was something I only decided to do at the last minute. My stage one progress report (end of first week) was also quite positive.

Now I've got an assignment to do over the weekend!

English Town

Yuko has joined EnglishTown, an online English teaching resource. She's been having real-time conversation lessons online. It's basically like an audio chat room, except that it's directed by a teacher, who can display pictures and text on a "board" area on the screen to guide the lesson.

For example, tonight Yuko joined a class in which they talked about movies. The teacher put up pictures and questions about movies and got the students to talk about them with him and with each other.

The converstation class is only one part of it. There are reading and writing and listening exercises too. A class begins every hour 24 hours a day, so you can have a lesson any time you feel like it. Yuko likes it.

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Laughing Mole
30/11/2003
6627 Days Ago
What is a cline? The only definition I can find is "a gradient of morphological or physiological change in a group of related organisms usually along a line of environmental or geographic transition".

(I do unfortunately know what an eel is. If only I had a high-volume eel extractor, I might once again be able to take my hovercraft a jaunting.)

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Webmaster
30/11/2003
6627 Days Ago
The definition you mentioned is probably specific to the field of palaeontology. However, more generally, according to my Oxford dictionary, a cline is:

noun
a series of similar items in which each is almost the same as the ones next to it, but the last is very different from the first. SYN: CONTINUUM

My cline contained items like: "none", "a little", "almost enough", "enough", "a lot", "too much" etc. The word is probably related to "incline"/"decline".

BTW: Have you tried the Yellow Pages under "Eel extractors"?

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Thursday, November 27th 2003

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CELTA

Day count: 4 down, 16 to go

Overall I'm really enjoying the course. In the mornings we learn stuff from our teachers and in the afternoon we teach stuff to our students. I have not been bored for a minute so far. The morning sessions are on things like grammar and other technical stuff. Also, they teach us techniques for teaching. They teach us by using the techniques they are teaching us to use, so we can see that the techniques work. Today we learned about how to teach vocabulary. We played some games, but we're not allowed to call them games - they're "activities".

There are 12 trainees in my class, and we are all together in the morning session. Then in the afternoon, we split into two groups of 6 for the teaching practice. My group teaches the upper-intermediate students and the other group has the pre-intermediate. The students get free lessons from us because we're not very good yet! The number of students varies a lot. Yesterday we had 12, but today there were only 5. Four Japanese and one Korean.

It was relatively easy day for me, as I was not teaching. But observing the other three trainees teaching is also quite tiring. As an observer I have to take detailed notes on each of the other trainees.

The first trainee today, Karen was in a bit of a panic because she had planned an activity for at least 8 students, and only 5 turned up. This led to one student being in a group of one.

Then Katia took the next session. She pressed the wrong button on the tape player and accidentally played a tape of herself sounding stupid. At least it made everyone laugh. She also performed actions to demonstrate "a maelstrom of flailing limbs", which was rather amusing. Katia seemed to have improved a lot and is using the techniques they've been teaching us.

Michelle took the final 40 minutes. She always looks nervous and serious before hand. But when she gets in front of the class, she looks completely calm and relaxed.

After the students leave we have a post-mortem with our tutor, which is very constructive.

My group is teaching tomorrow. Donna will go first and introduce the concepts of "some" vs. "any". Then I will build on this with some speaking and writing activities on the same topic, and I'll introduce other quantifiers such as "plenty", "too much", "not many" etc. Then Miguel will finish off with something along the same lines. Miguel is the nervous one in our group of 3. I suggested he take some drugs to calm himself down.

My back is improving day by day. It's still painful getting up from a chair when I've been sitting for a while, but I'm almost feeling normal a lot of the time.

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Wednesday, November 26th 2003

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CELTA

Day count: 3 down, 17 to go

I did my first "observed" teaching today. A 40 minute lesson with 12 students. I was very happy with the way it went. Of course there is still a lot to improve, but overall I think I did well.

Or, as they say in Norwegian...

FLOT!

Anyway, I'm too sleepy to write any more...

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Tuesday, November 25th 2003

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CELTA

Day count: 2 down, 18 to go

Not much time to write today because of CELTA, which is taking up almost all my time. Another busy day today. My back has improved a little, but it's still hard to move around. Yuko gave me a lift again.

Tomorrow I teach my first real lesson of 40 minutes. So I have to prepare for it now (8pm).

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Monday, November 24th 2003

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CELTA

I woke up at about 6am and tried to get out of bed, but I was still unable to stand up. I had not been able to stand since Saturday afternoon! So I decided at that point that I would have to miss the first day of CELTA and maybe the second day too. But that would mean that I would fail the course because 100% attandance is a requirement. This, and the fact that the course fee is not refundable, motivated me to try getting up again at 8am. Amazingly, I was able to walk, although it wasn't easy. So I decided to try to get to the class.

Yuko drove me to the station and went with me carrying my bag. I was able to walk quite well, but I had to be careful not to move the wrong way, to avoid pain. We got there just in time (10am) and the class got underway.

It was a very interesting and fun day. At one point a tutor came into the room and began speaking Norwegian. He gave us a Norwegian lesson for about 20 minutes. We learned how to introduce ourselves, ask someone what they want to drink, and reply with what drink we wanted. The purpose of this was to give us a taste of what it's like to be a learner of a new language. We then mingled and made smalltalk in Norwegian!

Yuko came over again at lunchtime and we had lunch in a cafe right near IH.

In the afternoon we had a two hour teaching period with real English students. They are at upper intermediate level. There were 7 students and six teachers (us). Each of us had to teach for 20 minutes. The format of the lesson was set out for us so it was really quite easy. It was mainly focussed on getting to know the students and getting to know their level of English.

We have to teach every second day, and the next few lessons will be 40 minutes each. I have to teach these 40 minute lessons on Wednesday and Friday this week.

Yuko came over again at the end to pick me up. She's too nice. :)

Anyway, I was very happy that I didn't miss the first day and that I was able to get through it without too much physical difficulty.

Now...

I have to go and do tonight's homework.

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Saturday, November 22nd 2003

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Rain

It was raining in the morning when we went to Epitome. We still sat outside under the canvas cover. We like the sound of the rain and it wasn't cold. Then we went to Northbridge because we had to pick up the umbrella we left at a student's place a couple of weeks ago. Yuko also wanted to get something at Tokyo Mart, so we went there too. I did six laps of the carpark while Yuko went in. Shealso bought me a present for my upcoming student days. However she refused to tell me what it was until later.

But when we got home, disaster struck!

Disaster Strikes

We had just got home and I was getting something out of the car, when I felt a sudden pain in my lower back. I was able to walk to the bedroom in some pain where I lay down on the bed.

My first thought was whether I will be able to start the CELTA course on Monday. That was at about 2pm and I was unable to get up for the rest of the day! Although I could stay reasonably comfortable, getting out of bed was just too painful. By midnight I could feel that there was some improvement, but I still couldn't walk.

I have serious doubts that I will be well enough to start the course by Monday.

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Friday, November 21st 2003

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Note: I am writing this while under the influence of alcohol.

City

Yuko had to go to the city in the morning, so we had breakfast at St. Leonards (Olio) so she could catch the train from there.

So after she left, I went home and began tidying my office. I also used the "copy" function of my scanner for the first time. That Canon software is not bad. I made a copy of my CELTA task for Mother.

At about 2.30pm I picked Yuko up at Aspect. She had some big boxes of papers to transport back home. They were the submissions from her Japanese students over the last few years. Aspect is running out of space to store them. They are now taking up space in our garage.

RSL

I went to Lane Cove to do some grocery shopping, and while there, I tried to call Yuko on my mobile, only to get a recorded message saying, "We advise that calls to this number are not currently available from your service". It was the same for any number I tried calling. My provider was Dingo Blue until recently when that company closed and I assumed my account was transfered to RSLCOM. So I called RSLCOM and explained my problem to four people. The first one asked me to wait and then hung up on me. I called again and the second person tranfered me to the third, who transfered me to the fourth who told me that my account had not been properly transfered. So to cut a long story short, I had to re-apply and my phone won't work until at least Monday.

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Thursday, November 20th 2003

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CELTA

I have been accepted into CELTA at International House. I hope this is a good thing! It is certainly going to be hard and I know I'm going to be glad when it's over. But hopefully, it will also be fun.

Note however, that the picture on this page. is of the "sister-school" at Manly. I will be at the York street office in the city which is a bit less spectacular. However there will be a couple of observation sessions at Manly.

I had to do a two hour interview today before being accepted. This included a 45 minute written test. It was mainly easy stuff. Grammar, usage, and puctuation etc. However, I did get one of the tenses wrong after being distracted by a modal verb! Don't you just hate those modal verbs? Other than that, there were just a couple "typos" and points which the interviewer asked me to explain in more detail. She also asked me to talk about my views on teaching etc. and my previous experience. It seemed to go quite well.

She told me a lot about the way the course is conducted. It is going to be very intensive. I will have to become a hermit for the duration. I don't know if I'll even have time to blog, but I'll try to make time for it. I think it will be necessary to do a "day-count" as I will be counting the days until it's over.

The interviewer then showed me around the place. The rooms are much bigger than those at Aspect. It's a much smaller place (it's only on one level), but generally, it looks quite nice.

I was given a pre-course task to complete by Monday. This is like another language test. However, it looks fairly easy.

There will be students who come in for us to practice on, and they get free lessons. So Yuko said she wants to come and get free lessons. However, I have banned her from the building, at least while I'm there.

Mother

We went to Mother's house for dinner. Of course we talked about CELTA. She wants me to make a copy of my "task" so she can also attempt it.

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Laughing Mole
21/11/2003
6636 Days Ago
Well done!

I'd like to heartily congratulate you on your acceptance to CELTA. They sound like a fine organisation. Hopefully your going to have a lot of fun and satisfaction there. And I trust you will have enough time to keep the rest of your readers and I informed of your progress.

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Englishmaster (formerly Webmaster)
21/11/2003
6636 Days Ago
Mr Mole,

Thank you for your congratulations. However, please revise the following points and resubmit:
1. Infinitives. Consider changing "to heartily congratulate".
2. Consider that "organisation" is singular.
3. Contractions. Consider changing "your going to".
4. Rather than beginning a sentence with "and", consider using "and" as a conjuction.
5. Think about the use of "I" as the direct object in "keep ... your readers and I".

Your assignment is due at 9am tomorrow.

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Bemused Mole
21/11/2003
6635 Days Ago
Are you by any chance related to a certain centurian?

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Englishmaster
22/11/2003
6635 Days Ago
He is not a relative, but certainly a role model.

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Wednesday, November 19th 2003

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Busy!

This has been the busiest day I can remember since my days at uni scrambling to get assignments done.

First, we had to take Mitsy to the doctor. She's not sick, but she needed a checkup due to the surgery she had recently. Then a quick breakfast at Epitome, before burying myself in the work resulting from last night's outing. It was quite difficult, and I can see why the guy last night said that most people give up at this stage. But really it was more the quantity, and the fact that it had to be handwritten that made it hard. It took most of the day, broken only by a brief outing to St. Leonards for a purpose I can't mention. I also had to get some passport photos done so I did that at a photo shop at St. Leonards.

Then we picked Misty up and went home where I continued working. My hand was in some pain by the time I finished because it is not used to writing such large amounts of text. I've been a typing-only person for many years! Then I had to send a 15 page fax, which is a challenging task in itself with our primitive fax machine. You have to stand there feeding the pages in one-by-one at just the right moment. Anyway, they received it ok and then called me to arrange a meeting for tomorrow at 2pm.

Thai

So then, after working so hard all day I felt like relaxing. So we went to Colours of Thai at Mosman, and then down to the beach for a walk along the foreshore.

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Tuesday, November 18th 2003

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Manly

We went to Manly for lunch at the usual place. However we didn't stay long because Yuko had to get back for a haircutting appointment.

CELTA

I went to get the blurb on CELTA. There were about 20 people there. The main thing I found out was that there is a course starting next week. Somehow I missed this when I read the info earlier. So I have to apply ASAP. That means filling in the form and faxing it with ather documentation tomorrow. Then I'll have to have an interview tomorrow or Thursday.

But because of that, I now have a lot to do tonight and tomorrow. I have to fill in the form and write 1000 words (hopefully good ones), and prepare the other documentation. Not only that, the 1000 words must be handwritten rather than typed! So I'd better get back to it now (11:50pm). That's why this is a short blog entry.

TT

While I was in the city, Yuko went to TT. She saw some people she knew including XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXX XXX XXXXXX

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Monday, November 17th 2003

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CELTA

I called International House to book a spot for tomorrow night's info session at 6pm in the city.

Kinokuniya

We went to Kinokuniya (the big Japanese book shop in the city), because Yuko wanted to look at the electronic Seiko dictionaries. Naturally, she bought one. It's similar to, but better than the one that was stolen in the break-in. Then we had coffee and a snack at a cafe (the name of which I don't remember).

Coming back on the train, we had to get off at St. Leonards to wait for a train that would stop at Artarmon. The next train was 5 minutes late, which was very un-Japanese.

Bitches

In the afternoon, two young black bitches came into our back yard. They didn't seem capable of being responsible for their own safety, so I attempted to locate their guardian. As I was checking them for ID, one of them leapt on me and kissed me on the lips! I found this rather disturbing. It turned out they belonged to Maria's family (the house directly in front ot ours). One of Maria's daughters claimed responsibility and I left her to capture the bitches.

I guess the bitches have replaced Hercules, who was killed in horific circumstances a few months ago.

Writing

I finally sent my Heckler article. I have low confidence about it being published, as they receive a lot of submissions. I will just have to start on the next one...

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Sunday, November 16th 2003

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Rotting

Nothing happened. We just sat at home rotting.

However, I did get a lot of work done on XX XXX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXX

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Saturday, November 15th 2003

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Olio and Auction

We took Mother to lunch at Olio, the cafe at St. Leonards Station. Yuko had touted the idea of going to a house auction, so I had looked in the paper and found a couple. One at Mosman at 1.30pm and one at Hunters Hill at 2pm. We finished lunch at 12.45pm and started out to the Mosman auction, but by 1.15 we had not got very far due to the heavy traffic. So I said "Lets give up on this one and go to the other one", or words to that effect. So we did. It turned out that the HH auction time had been changed to 2.15pm so we had plenty of time. The house was in the less dandy end of HH, what I would call Boronia Park. Still a nice area, but it's not what I imagine when I think of Hunters Hill.

It was a 3 bedroom house. A 1940's weatherboard cottage with a 1950's double brick extension on the front. It was well looked after and stood on a nice flat block of 818 sq. metres. Yuko guessed $1.3Mil.

The bidding started at $800,000 but the auctioneer refused to accept the bid. Then it went to 900, 950 and then 960. The 960 came from the same guy who had started at 800 and, again the auctioneer refused the bid. Then it went to $1M and the same guy offered $1.01M and again, the auctioneer refused it! So that guy made three bids which were all refused. This was all the more strange because the auctioneer then accepted the same bid ($1.01M) from someone else!

It was passed in at $1.1M.

DELTA

Yesterday I mentioned something called "DELTA". Yuko later told me that in Japan this has a filthy meaning, and she thought I was using it in that way!

The meaning in Japan relates to the triangular shape of "delta". I don't think it is used like this in Australia.

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Laughing Mole
16/11/2003
6640 Days Ago
Boronia Park seems perfectly dandy to me.

Are you going to buy a(nother) house?

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Webmaster
16/11/2003
6640 Days Ago
It may be dandy, but Boronia Park is not Hunters Hill.

Another house? Well, if Yuko decides, there's not much I can do about it. That's how it happened last time.

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Laughing Mole
17/11/2003
6640 Days Ago
Yes and no.

Not(Equal(Boronia Park, Hunters Hill)) is True. (Otherwise they'd be the St Petersburg/Leningrad of Sydney.)

But (part of) Boronia Park (the locality) lies within Hunters Hill (the suburb). So it is possible to simultaneously reside in Boronia Park and in Hunters Hill.

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Webmaster
17/11/2003
6640 Days Ago
It is my duty as an aspiring English teacher, to point out that you have split an infinitive (not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that).

On the subject of simultaneous residence, we claim to reside simultaneously in Lane Cove and Riverview.

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Laughing Mole
17/11/2003
6639 Days Ago
BTW, on the subject of simultaneous residence, and to hopefully clear up any potential misunderstandings, it is my duty to meekly point out that I don't simultaneously reside in Boronia Park and Hunters Hill. I was just noting that it is possible to actually do so...

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Webmaster
17/11/2003
6639 Days Ago
... and lo, when I returned, my eyes beheld the horror of infinitives lying shattered where once had been civilised discourse...

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Friday, November 14th 2003

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Free Time

Yuko had to go to the dentist in the morning and then to Aspect, so I went to Epitome alone and then had a lot of free time. I did boring things like grocery shopping and walking.

CELTA

I called Aspect and they said "CELTA". So it looks like CELTA is good. Of course, DELTA is better (as you would expect), but I think CELTA is good enough at least initially.

Balmoral (again)

When Got home it was still only 3pm, so we decided to go to the Bottom of the Harbour. Not literally. It's the name of the fish and chip shop at Balmoral. We bought food there and then had a picnic on the grass near the beach. The only problem was that it was very windy. We had to use heavy objects to stop our blanket from blowing away!

STTNG

There's a Star Trek (TNG) marathon on TV1 from tonight. I only watched a couple of episodes (well, maybe four) and Yuko said I was not romantic. But she was watching NHK, so I accused her of the same thing.

but then...

I put the new picture on our home page and she then agreed that I am romantic.

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iPod protector
15/11/2003
6641 Days Ago
You should see this link. Apple iTunes rumoured to break older iPods. Upgrade the hardware now ...

Note: I have converted the URL into a link - Webmaster

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Webmaster
15/11/2003
6641 Days Ago
Thank you for that link. I haven't had any problems like that. Perhaps it only affects the 5Gig model.

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Thursday, November 13th 2003

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Incident at Epitome

When Yuko got her coffee today, there was a lipstick mark on the cup. She drank half of it before bringing it to the attention of Patricia, who was very shocked and apologetic. She took it away and brought a new one for Yuko, which I drank.

Lunch

I had lunch with two former work colleagues XXXXXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXXX at Macquarie Centre...

It's quite a while since the three of us last met for lunch at Macquarie. Naturally, we talked mainly about women, and what to do about them. Several solutions were suggested, although none seemed practical. However, we did arrive at a consensus on a couple of points.

Note: Yuko just read this and started abusing me! (11:16pm)

After that, I went to NRMA to renew a policy and cancel a membership on the car we sold ages ago. I had forgotten to cancel it at the time.

Korean

For dinner we took Mother to the Korean BBQ at Eastwood. We ordered the same as usual. It's interesting that when we go there with Mother, it costs only $1.00 more than when we go without her. She is not a big eater. Then we went back to our place for coffee.

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Grasshopper
13/11/2003
6643 Days Ago
Noswonky, For the benefit of younger readers you could share the collective wisdom on "what to do about women" as discussed by the three wise men. What was the concensus ?

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Webmaster
13/11/2003
6643 Days Ago
Grasshopper,

I may have given the false impression that the three wise men reached a consensus on a solution. Actually, they did not solve the problem. Rather, a solution was suggested by one member of the group. A consensus was then reached that the suggested solution had drawbacks which made it unacceptable.

I don't think I should say any more. I'm in enough trouble already.

BTW: Are you the same Grasshopper I once knew as Grasshopper?

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Webmaster
13/11/2003
6643 Days Ago
I see now that you are not the same Grasshopper. I knew you by another name. How is your friend Woody?

(Note: This entry has been corrected. I originally left out the word "not".)

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Grasshopper
14/11/2003
6643 Days Ago
I am not the Grasshopper, but I would still be a Grasshopper in your eyes .... Woody, now that is a name I don't know off, except in the case of a dog. My browser id and architecture will give me away !

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Wednesday, November 12th 2003

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Fish Market

Yuko wanted to buy some koebi (school prawns), so we went over to the Fish Market after breakfast. We didn't stay long. Just grabbed the prawns and left. Later she cooked some for dinner and we ate them with glee.

Sculpture by the Sea

As I mentioned on Sunday we couldn't take any photos of Sculpture by the Sea because Yuko forgot the flash card. So thanks to the blog reader, Laughing Mole, who mailed me a CD of his own photos of the event. It arrived today, and I am now able to show our favourite works...

Yuko's favourite
Yuko's second favourite

My favourite, because it was just so ridiculously tiny.

Yuko's third favourite - A tree wearing a cardigan.
Honourable mention.
You really need to see this moving to fully appreciate it. The wind blows those two thingies around in a very interesting way.

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Tuesday, November 11th 2003

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Balmoral

As the cool blue lips of Sydney Harbour,
Gently caressed the silky sands,
We lightly licked the frosty froth,
From coffees grand,
And lazily skimmed the daily news,
Ate toast with jam,
And scanned the views,
Of boats with sails,
And fish with fins,
And couples committing mortal sins*,
And grasses browned from water bans,
And walking dogs,
And breasts with tans**,
And the cool blue lips of Sydney Harbour,
Gently caressed the silky sands.

* Ok, that part is not true, but I needed something to rhyme with fins.
** Yes, that part is true, and no, I didn't take a picture.

2Elephants

I forgot to mention a couple of days ago that we have another 2elephants student. We went to the City to meet him today at 5pm. He asked to meet us at Starbucks near Hyde Park. We didn't think this would be a very good location for an English lesson. Anyway, we met him there and then went down to the basement food court which was a bit better. Being late afternoon, all the food shops were closed, and it was deserted. He turned out to be an upper intermediate student. We mainly sussed out his level and got some feedback from him about what he wanted to study. He seems quite enthusiastic, but if he continues we should find a better location for lessons. Afer that we had dinner at Akaneya.

Lest We Forget

Indeed!

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Monday, November 10th 2003

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Deal Goes Down

We met one of my former work colleagues ( XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ) at Epitome for lunch and to do a business transaction. He/she brought the merchandise and I brought the cash. He/she was looking a bit different from the way I remembered. Must have been a new hairstyle or something...

After some intense negotiations, the deal went down without a hitch and I didn't have to call in my hired goons. I don't think he/she even brought any goons, or perhaps they were well concealed. After the deal was done, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX posed with Yuko for a post-deal photo.

Fork

If you're not reading Fork, you should be, particularly if you know the author. It's getting more interesting with each chapter.

Physical Stuff

At about 6pm we went walking for an hour. We called in and said hello to Mother as we passed her house. Then, when we got home, Yuko gave me a gardening task: cutting tree branches and carting them out to the street be picked up by the council. Gardening is not my forte. I regard it as only slightly more enjoyable than having my fingernails pulled out one by one. So I was glad when it was over!

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Zeitgeist
11/11/2003
6645 Days Ago
Your former work colleague has a certain sense of style... Is that what is called "metrosexual"?

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Webmaster
11/11/2003
6645 Days Ago
I think it should be "metnosexual" which is subtly but significantly different.

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Sunday, November 9th 2003

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Sculpture

In the afternoon we went to Bondi to see sculpture by the sea. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we discovered that Yuko had forgotten to put the flash card back in the camera, so we couldn't take any pictures.

We were very hungry but the food shops were so crowded that we decided not to eat there. The art was quite interesting and we walked a lot. We got to Tamarama beach in about 1.5 hours and then decided to go back. We were both very tired by the time we got back to the car. Then, getting out of Bondi was a nightmare due to the traffic. We decided not to go there on a weekend again.

We bet on how many New Beetles and how many Mini Coopers we would see during the outing. I guessed 4 of each and Yuko guessed 3 of each. The result was 4 Beetles (spot on for me) and 8 Minis (also a win for me because my guess was closer). So I won $1.00 from Yuko.

Gliroy

We went to dinner at the Gilroy (the pub at St. Leonards) for the first time. We like the atmosphere there, and it's not crowded. The food was adequate. We sat in that glassy bit at the top...

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Laughing Mole
10/11/2003
6647 Days Ago
We went to SBTS on Saturday. We decided not to try to park too close, so we easily found a good clear spot about 15 minutes walk from the beach, and didn't have much trouble with the traffic. I forgot to take a hat or sunblock and got very sunburnt. My daughter declared it "a waste of a day". I took a few photos, so I could send them to you if you want.

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Webmaster
10/11/2003
6647 Days Ago
You, more than anyone, should know what the sun does to moles!

Actually we may go back during the week to see the rest of it, but if you could send some pics that would be great.

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Sunburnt Mole
10/11/2003
6646 Days Ago
Even though there were two or three works I didn't photograph, it's too much to send electronically, so I made a CD and will post it to you tomorrow. Please note there are people in some of the photos and I didn't obtain model releases from them.

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10/11/2003
6646 Days Ago
Thanks. That's service!
As for the releases. my usual approach is "publish and be damned".

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Saturday, November 8th 2003

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Auction

Yuko's favourite house (9 Romani Ave), which is just a couple of blocks from our place was to be auctioned at 1.30pm and she wanted to see it.

So we had lunch (instead of breakfast) at Epitome first. I invited Mother but she couldn't come because she had to visit Bob.

When we arrived at the auction, Yuko said she wanted everyone to see Belinda's arse. By this she meant that she wanted to show off our cute car. So we parked right in front of the house at about 1.20pm. When we got out of the car, an old guy (about 80) said "everyone can see you coming", or something like that. We then engaged in some smalltalk about the car. Yuko was very happy that Belinda was attracting attention.

Peter Collins (former leader of the NSW opposition) was there again. After we'd had another quick look through the house, I saw him chatting with the same old guy who had commented on our car. So I eavesdropped on the conversation and found out why PC is now working as an estate agent. I heard him say something like:

"Well I've done a few things since leaving parliament... I went back into the Navy for a while... and when I came out of the Navy, Janine's (his wife) business partner had just gone into hospital, so..."

At which point he was cut off by the old guy and I didn't hear what he was about to say. But as his wife Janine is one of the agents, I assume he was going to say that he's helping her with the real estate business because her business partner was hospitalised.

Anyway, Yuko is pretty good at estimating house prices. Before the auction started, I guessed it would go for about $1.4M while Yuko estimated the reserve was probably $1.6Million.

Here's the auction crowd...

The first bid was $1.5M, and it went up in fairly small increments from there. There were only three bidders. At $1.65M, it was on the market, although the original reserve must have been higher because they has to get instructions from the vendor. The final price was $1.655M. So Yuko's estimate was pretty good.

Normally I would be holding Yuko down at an auction to make she she doesn't make a bid. But as the auction laws have changed, only pre-registered bidders can bid, so I don't have to worry.

On the way home we stopped at a garage sale in Yallambee Avenue. Yuko bought a couple of kitchen utensils and a big beefy saw. I bought a Chopin CD for $1.00.

Travel

Yuko suggested we should go on a trip. First she suggested Siberia, but I was not enthusiastic about that. Then she suggested Perth as an alernative. I'll think about it.

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Friday, November 7th 2003

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Betty

Lunch at Birkenhead Point for Betty's birthday. Because of this we decided to have only a small breakfast (at Epitome).

Yuko had a lesson with Mother from 11.45am and and we then went to Birkenhead Point straight after that. We arrived a bit early, so we browsed the shops a bit. I found a nice hobby horse...

The cafe where we ate (Cafe Birkenhead) was quite nice and we had a table for six near the window. Here's Betty and an angel which Mother gave her. The angel is indicating the size of the fish it caught...

Civilisation Restored

The "Dish Man" came to restore civilisation in the evening. Yuko's satelite receiver had been away for repair for quite a while. Now it is back and she can watch Japanese TV again. This means I might get more free time.

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Thursday, November 6th 2003

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Fujiko

Fujiko is in hospital. Not sure how serious it is yet.

While Yuko was dropping Fujiko, I browsed in the Apple Shop which is nearby. As I now have no laptop, I'm wondering whether I should become a Mac person... It's a big decision, akin to changing gender! But of course, if you're not happy with your current gender (or Operating System), it makes sense to change.

Note 1: I may have chosen the analogy of gender transition because of a TV program about hermaphodites I saw the other day.

Note 2: I am not considering changing gender at this time.

Note 3: Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Betty

After much thought and browsing, I bought a present for Betty. It's a XXX XX XXXXXXXXX I'm sure she'll be very excited when we give it to her tomorrow.

Link to Fork

I read another chapter of Fork. I hope the Author doesn't mind me linking to it. I think it's quite good so far and I'm looking forward to the next chapter. I have one problem in reading it. Because it's written in the first person, and I know that the author is male, it always feels like it's him speaking. But that illusion is shattered every time the text reminds me that the main character is female.

Heckler

Because we were going to Mother's for dinner (see next item), and because she's been hassling me to rewrite my heckler article, I decided to try to finish it this afternoon. So I wrote some more words to bring it to the correct length and printed it for Mother to read. It's really just a first draft, but it's readable.

Mother

We went to Mother's house for dinner. It was Japanese curry with long rice (which is unusual for a Japanese dish). She read my heckler article (see previous item) and said she liked it (as a Mother would), and that she has the same problem.

Yuko then brought up the subject of gerundives and we discussed them at some length. Actually we didn't know they were called gerundives when the discussion began, but we discovered this as a result of research conducted during the discussion (we looked in the dictionary).

This is the kind of thing for a teacher to keep for those occasions when there's a smart arse know-it-all student in the class. Just casually ask him/her to make a sentence using a gerundive.

Mother has a disabled parking authority. People often think that you have to be in a wheel chair or similar to park in the disabled space, but that's not the case. Mother can walk ok, just not very far, and that's enough to qualify for the disabled parking permit. However she is constantly frustrated by drivers who park in the disabled spaces without displaying the correct permit. She therefore asked me to print some notes which she will place on their windsreens to intimidate them. She wants it to look a bit like something official to make it more intimidating than a handwritten note. I suggested she put them in yellow envelopes for a better effect.

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Wednesday, November 5th 2003

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Betty

Happy birthday Betty!

I called Betty in the morning and said "Happy Birthday" and we discussed various topics. We will be having a birthday lunch on Friday.

Fujiko

We took Fujiko to the doctor. a diagnosis was performed, but the necessary instruments were not available for the doctor to perform surgery. So we took Fujiko home and I attempted surgery myself based on the advice of the doctor. However, I was unsuccessful. I guess we'll have to take her back to the doctor.

Free Time

Yuko went to the dentist, giving me free time. I looked for a birthday present for Betty, but I didn't decide on anything in particular.

Bad

Minton that is. After losing to Yuko with the humiliating score of 21-5, I noticed my racquet looked like this...

So I had a good excuse for playing badly. I then hired a racquet for the remaining games, and won them.

Anyone got a spare badminton racquet they want to sell?

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Anonymous
6/11/2003
6651 Days Ago
I have one, contact me.

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6/11/2003
6651 Days Ago
Ok.

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Tuesday, November 4th 2003

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The Cup

At Epitome in the morning, Helmut was going around tying gold ribbons to the chairs. They also had two big TVs set up outside. Yuko was puzzled by this activity. When I explained it, she wanted to pick a horse. So she closed her eyes and picked a horse at random from the paper. I did the same. We didn't actually bet on them. She chose Pentastic and I chose She's Archie.

Fork

I read two chapters of a novel called "Fork", which is being written by someone I know as part of this project. Actually, you can find it in three clicks from this page. It was quite good considering the circumstances under which the author is working. I look forward to reading more.

Actually, this inspired me to resume work on my heckler article (the one I lost when my computer was stolen). I think it's harder to write something the second time because you are always trying to make it like it was the first time. Anyway, I got about half of it done today and it's evolving quite differently the second time.

Chatswood

Yuko wanted to go to Chatswood in the afternoon to get her glasses fixed. So I dropped her and we went our seperate ways for an hour. Then we met up and had a late lunch at Houlihan's cafe. It was about 3pm, so the horse race was almost due to start. There was a TV set up, but I was surprised there were not more people there. Anyway, we left before the race and heard the result on the radio on the way home. The horse I had picked at random in the morning came second.

Fujiko

Fujiko is sick! She's won't boot. I told Yuko to just give up and take her to the doctor tomorrow but she keeps trying over and over to fix the problem.

2Elephants

A competitor has stolen our 2Elephants students. Some bastard who speaks Japanese has undercut us! We may have to reduce our price.

Travel

Yuko called XXXX XX XXXXX today to ask about XX XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXX X XXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXX It sounded better than XXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX X XXX XXX XXXX and so we can still consider travelling as a possibility.

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Monday, November 3rd 2003

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Oscar

As yesterday's picnic was cut short by rain, we decided to try again. This time we went to Tambourine Bay Reserve, which is at least 100 metres distant from our house! We went at about 4pm and took chicken, bread, rice and sparkling pink wine. The fact that the wine was of the sparkling variety is an important point because it was the cause of an incident...

As we were preparing to eat, I opened the wine and of course, the cork flew high in the air making a loud pop. A couple was walking nearby with an unrestrained dog named Oscar. The animal, on hearing the pop, became interested in us. It began running in our direction, so I turned away to pick up the camera, as I thought the dog worthy of a picture. Before I turned back I heard Yuko say "Oh my god!". The dog was upon her, not attacking but attempting to steal our chicken! It was quite persistent, but as it was a small animal we were able to successfully defend the food from the invader. However, as I helped to fight Oscar off, our wine glasses came frighteningly close to his arse! The dog owners came to our rescue and removed Oscar. As they restrained the beast I was able to take a picture which shows the offending arse clearly...

And here are the glasses which were almost soiled by the animal...

Then we lay on the grass reading our books and drinking pink wine. Yuko said " XXX XX XXXX XXX XXXXX " So I said "no". We stayed for about an hour more until it got a bit cold and we went home.

As we were leaving we saw a gathering of people and dogs on the other side of the park. I counted nine dogs. It was fortunate that we ate our chicken before this group arrived.

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Animal Lover
3/11/2003
6653 Days Ago
Noswonky, What type of dog was Oscar ? If your wine glasses were frighteningly close to his posterior, did you drink from them later ?

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Animal Lover
3/11/2003
6653 Days Ago
Noswonky, What type of dog was Oscar ? Didn't the close proximity of the glasses to his posterior worry you enough to make you discard the wine ?

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Double Poster
3/11/2003
6653 Days Ago
Damn, a double post. If was caught out, I hadn't read the last paragraph which answered my question ... Can #1 at will !

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4/11/2003
6653 Days Ago
The pics I have now posted should answer the question about Oscar. And, as the glasses did not actually make contact, we didn't have a problem drinking from them.

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Sunday, November 2nd 2003

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Japanese Fete

There was a fete at the Japanese school at Terry Hills, so we went. It's up near Warratah park (Home of Skippy) and when we got there, there were hundreds of cars parked along the road. I think the entire Japanese community had converged there. They had rides and a jumping castle etc. Yuko bought some books and an electric urn. While looking at the books, I noticed someone I recognised. I said to Yuko "Is that Kozue?" It was, so we said hello to her. We haven't been in contact with Kazuo and Kozue for a while. I'm not sure how long it is, but last time we saw them they had no kids, and now they have two. We didn't see Kazuo because he was waiting outside.

In total, Yuko ran into four people she knew.

Just as we were leaving, it started to rain, and then it started to hail! Fortunately it wasn't too heavy and we got back to the car only slightly drenched.

When we got home Yuko plugged in the electric urn, and it began smoking and then made a loud bang! So we got ripped off.

Beach

By 5pm the weather was looking better, so we decided to go to Balmoral beach. We stopped at the Mosman Thai restaurant to buy takeaway, and then went down to the beach and had a picnic on the grass. It was a little cold, but we had warm clothes and a blanket. But then, it suddenly started raining again and we had to run back to the car. We had finished eating, so it wasn't too bad.

I then suggested we go somewhere for coffee. However, finding a cafe that's open on a Sunday night is easier said than done. We ended up at a pub at St. Leonards. I think it's called the "Gilroy Hotel". It was cosy and uncrowded. We decided we may go there to eat some time.

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Saturday, November 1st 2003

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Scan

I drove Mother to the hospital in the morning to have a CT Scan. She was only there about 30 minutes before being ready to go. So then she wanted to go to lunch at De Malay (she had been fasting for the scan so she was hungry).

House

On the way back from De Malay we saw a house open for inspection just up the road from our house (Caranya Rd). So we took a look through it. It was about the same vinatage as Mother's house (1950's) with some more recent additions. It had 4 bedrooms and a pool. Yuko thought it was worth about $1.3Million. The agent was the same guy who sold us our house back in 1994. Yuko asked if he remembered us and our house. Remarkably he did remember very well. So Yuko asked him what our house would be worth now. He said another similar house in the area was sold recently for about $900,000.

Garage Sale

Yuko and Mother wanted to go to garage sales. Fortunately, there were only two listed in the Times that were reasonably close, both at Artarmon. So I took them to one in Hotham Parade. It was a business rather than a house (Sign-A-Rama) but they had some kitchen-type odds and ends. Yuko bought some drinking glasses and Mother bought a Microwave cooking container, but most of the stuff was quite pathetic.

I used to take them to garage sales every Saturday and I grew to hate it. Therefore, I am limiting it to one sale per week.

And thus...

... another eventful month in the lives of the Noswonkies begins.

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