the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Saturday, May 20, 2006

In the Japanese hospital

My friend KS is in the hospital in Tokyo, an all too common event. But this visit is an especially long coronary bypass surgery. Of course this is a stressful time for her and her family. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The bike

Here in SF I got my oil changed this week. The dealership told me that I need to spend $300 on a new front passenger side CV joint (I got a second opinion that ranged from $150-$190) or my front right tire "might fall off". Hopefully it will last the next six weeks until I go home and sell the car for scrap.

So instead of buying a new CV joint, I bought a bike from a pawn shop my friend JS works at. It was only $40, and it's a Schwinn. I had to invest another $5 in a intertube for the back tire, but that's okay.

The ride from home to the Fitness Center was only 15 min (compared to a 10 min drive). And hopefully the ride to work will be less than half an hour. It's been cold, windy and rainy since I bought the bike, so I haven't had a chance to try. SF is only 7 miles East to West, and 5 miles North to South. So really I should be able to get anywhere in about an hour. I could even pay a dollar and hop on a city bus if I get in a hurry.

And I also get some exercise while enjoying the lack of traffic on the sidewalks.

Anybody need a bike at the end of June? I can't take it with me.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


I've had some many people tell me things like, "Congratulations. I wish I could go on a trip like that.", "I am so jealous. You'll have to send me a post card." And while I love the position I'm in, I'm also kind of jealous of the lives these people lead.

They have a relative amount of security and foundation. They usually have a spouse and maybe even some children. I'm jealous because they don't have torn priorities. They aren't wondering whether to invest more in their friends here, or whether to prepare to leave.

I am really looking forward to arriving at my school in Japan. Then I can focus on my students, and my work. Then I can start building relations with my co-workers and neighbors without wondering if I should be doing something else.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Seasons of Change

I guess May is always a time for change, but somehow I forgot. This Sunday I found out that RK got a job in California, and H"N"D is going to grad school in Ohio. RP is taking a road trip to the South with CVM.

At the coffee shop one of my co-workers is moving back to Vermont. Another is going to Bulgaria to teach English. And my friend from church - who actually got into JET - is spending some time at home in Wyoming before taking off to Japan.

Almost everyone I still know at NW will graduate this year.

On the island, I hear that HRD didn't renew her contract but ND did. And of course JE didn't renew his contract - that's the reason I have my new job. I wonder what changes the next season will bring.