Thursday, 9 April 2009

PostHeaderIcon Bored

It has been a while since I've had one of those days at work where I really couldn't care less about anything. I blame my bad start of the day on the mosquitoes that woke me up by dive bombing into my ear canal. I chased them around my room with a copy of "Burmese Days" by George Orwell. I haven't started reading it yet so its only use is as a swatter.

I had my first school lunch with the class of little gits at elementary today. I gave up trying to communicate with half of them when they started to mock my Japanese despite it being fine. The rest of the time is spent having TV catchphrases shouted at me or being asked rude questions in Japanese. The teacher never intervenes of course, it probably amuses them. Today one of the kids walked past me and stabbed me in the leg with his chopsticks before giving me a cheeky wee stare. I probably could have done something but then I would have to have talked in Japanese. It kind of killed any enthusiasm I had for the new school year to be honest. I't made me realise that I've been here too long to get a kick out of this job anymore. I'm basically here because I like living abroad, having money to blow and I like hanging out at the weekends with my friends. I did talk to two kids about fishing... but my lack of fish knowledge soured that conversation. I've got to go have some meetings in 20 minutes which hopefully will go well as they are new teachers. I kind of want to go sit in the sun and not have anyone bother me.

Ah well. The weather is great today and I can leave this stuffy office by 5:40pm... woo...

Update: Meetings went alright. The new 6th grade teacher talked in really fast Japanese but the 5th was one of those "together we will triumph" types which I like. I still don't have a copy of the materials I'm meant to be using though. I bought a lovely sake onigiri (salmon rice ball) on the wall home and enjoyed the afternoon sun. My mood has increased to content.


Anonymous said...

God today was f-ing boring. Though I managed to trace my ancestors. Turns out I am a sixth generation in Australia.

Ahoy hoy said...

That means you're not a proper criminal then?

It's a crime to stay inside on such a lovely day. I wish my back wasn't to the window.

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I am a 24 year old Scotsman currently teaching English to Japanese schoolchildren. I live in a small town on the east coast of Kochi prefecture.