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I haven't been paying attention to the news lately. All the TV news and the papers are in Japanese, and although I could check the Internet, I have to ask myself if I really want to spend my precious Internet time reading about how many people were killed by whatever group and which new civil liberties our president has suspended as a result.

So yesterday I was teaching a lesson off in Yokkaichi on Talking About Recent News, and I was stumped. I started by talking about the war in Iraq, which unless our government has suddenly gotten MUCH better at doing what they do I can safely assume is still going on. But that got boring after a while, so I asked my students to tell me what sort of news they read in the Yokkaichi newspapers that morning.

"Well," one person said, "the Emperor's daughter had a new baby, a Super Typhoon is going to hit Nagoya on Monday, and the Dragons are expected to make it all the way to the Japan Series." "Oh," I say "so what is the Emperor's dayughter going to name...WAIT A SECOND SUPER TYPHOON GOING TO HIT NAGOYA?!?!?!?!"

Yes, apparently a Super Typhoon is heading towards Nagoya at this very moment. A typhoon is the Japanese equivalent of a hurricane, and a Super Typhoon is the Japanese equivalent of a Giant Hurricane Of The Apocalypse That Will Kill Us All. This one is named Super Typhoon Shanshan and has winds of a hundred ten miles an hour.

And after overcoming my initial panic, I am really psyched. I used to sit outside with an umbrella during thunderstorms at college and go "Oooooooh..." whenever there was a particularly pretty flash of lightning. I have never been in a typhoon before, but I'll bet they're way cool. I'm not going to do anything stupid, but just being inside during one should be nifty enough. I just hope it doesn't change course or anything.

Also, I just need to share this conversation I had with a twelve year old girl. I was teaching a lesson on stereotypes; the basic goal was to learn to make generalizations like "Americans eat hamburgers" and then be nice and politically correct and say "Well, although some Americans like hamburgers, not all of them do." I was sticking to food and drink to avoid anything more offensive. The conversation went like this.
"So, who do you think eats a lot of hamburgers?"
"American people."
"Good. And who do you think eats a lot of pizza?"
"Italian people."
"Good. Who do you think eats a lot of rice?"
"Chinese people."
"Good. And who do you think drinks a lot of beer?"
"My father."

[User Picture]From: bill3000
2006-09-16 12:11 pm (UTC)
Except I already proved to Moose that the Irish, are, in fact, binge drinkers. :p

I take it you didn't get Typhoons/Hurricanes in California/Ireland? They arn't that bad... Then again, I live in Long Island, where they are extremely tame. Heck, I hardly get *anything* in Long Island when it comes to natural disasters.
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[User Picture]From: the_eoin
2006-09-16 01:51 pm (UTC)
And how exactly did you prove this, Mr. My Middle Name is Teetotal Dusch? :-P
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[User Picture]From: the_eoin
2006-09-17 02:58 pm (UTC)
No, you didn't prove that, Swedish people did.
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[User Picture]From: cactus_rs
2006-09-16 12:47 pm (UTC)
scott, why do you have a gaiaonline avatar? i'm worried. =/
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[User Picture]From: conglacio
2006-09-16 05:35 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, it seems fashionable amongst some circles to have an avatar in that style, without actually playing it.

I made one myself, then lost it and I cannot find the generator again.
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[User Picture]From: little_ribbit
2006-09-16 10:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: conglacio
2006-09-16 11:12 pm (UTC)
ah, thankyou
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[User Picture]From: the_eoin
2006-09-16 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I assume you were either going for the Germans, which is fine because they do drink a lot, or the Irish, which is a horrible stereotype and you are worse than Cromwell :-P
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[User Picture]From: angry_truck
2006-09-16 01:55 pm (UTC)
I object to this! Lies, lies and slander I say!

Also: I have a postcard from Intercourse for you. And a nice picture of a sign saying " Welcome to Intercourse"
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[User Picture]From: squid314
2006-09-18 02:50 pm (UTC)
I would have accepted Irish, Germans, or Ardashir.
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[User Picture]From: nss
2006-09-16 02:41 pm (UTC)
hahahaha super typhoon...
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[User Picture]From: conglacio
2006-09-16 05:34 pm (UTC)
I thought you said that emporer's daughter was called Super Typhoon!
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[User Picture]From: osmose
2006-09-16 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, going through a hurricane is a teeny weeny bit different than going through a thunderstorm.

Oh, it'll be fun to watch. Through the tiny holes in the shutters that you *should have to* put up. Oh, and have fun in swealtering heat, since there won't be any electricity for at least a week after the storm. Not to mention you'll probably have to clean up at some point, lest you feel like a lazy SOB.

Hurricanes aren't really that fun.
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[User Picture]From: squid314
2006-09-18 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're from Florida. You're probably BORED of hurricanes by now. It's like "What's the weather tomorrow?" "Eh, mid seventies to low eighties, humidity around sixty percent. Oh, and another hurricane in the afternoon."
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[User Picture]From: nobleplatypus
2006-09-18 04:30 am (UTC)

Well, sort of. I'm sure I'd spend the first ten or fifteen minutes in front of the window "oooh"ing, but then I'd probably slink into my bed and start trying to forget every episode of "Megadisaster" I've ever watched (and I've watched a lot).
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