Monthly Archives: January 2004

Business trip

Back by popular demand – Mr.Handpanda belts out another karaoke hit! The JET midyear conference is tomorrow, which means I should a) be sleeping already b) have dealt with the fact that I have no clean clothes already c) probably have found the information sheet I lost earlier last week already. and people say I…
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GETS panda!

Super cute pandas just waiting to be GETS’d…! M came down to visit this past weekend, which happened to coincide with the coming of one of the worst snowstorms in recent history. After spending almost 8 hours on what is normally a 2.5 hour train ride (train got stuck due to snow), she was pretty…
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Diary of mistar yukipanda

Dear Mr./Mrs. JET Administrator. Hello! My name is Mr. Panda and I want to thank you for sending me to the freezing ass end of Japan. I know that on my “location request” form I wrote down such wonderfully warm places as “Kobe” “The Kansai region” and “Okinawan Islands”, but I appreciate that in your…
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Snow falling on pandas

Snowy panda. Note super cool neck gaiter from back in the states. Wow, so it’s snowing a lot tonight. This picture doesn’t do it justice – this is the snow that was left on my body after I put away my bike, walked up three flights of stairs, fished around for my keys, got in…
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The last panda

Kind of sleepy, so this will mainly be a picture post. One of my new year’s resolutions – to be a better teacher – seems to be paying off as a back-to-the-basics approach coupled with copious amounts of panda patience have generated what must be a milestone achievement – one of my classes actually did…
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Random babblings

Today was like one gigantic bad-weather hairball all rolled up in a divine kitty’s throat and hacked up upon an unsuspecting populace. I mean, it snowed, rained, sleeted, hailed and practically hurricane’d all within the span of eight hours – despite my head to foot raingear, I got soaked to the bone and almost blown…
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Students learn a naughty word

I made an interesting discovery the other day – Japanese girls love Velveeta cheese. Velveeta – “Melts better and 1/2 less Fat than Cheddar Cheese” A while back, my family sent me a big box of goodies from the states, and included in the box were a variety of foodstuffs, including Velveeta cheese. Anyway, M…
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Another day

First of all, my deepest thanks to everyone for their words of support on my last post. I really and deeply appreciate it. Waiting for a train while watching a cold winter sunset… Things are slowly moving on here in the House of Panda. Today marked the inevitable return to work for me, my oh-too-short…
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A tragic turn…

Things have been stressful here for the past couple of days; a less than pleasant ending to my winter vacation. First of, as many of you have no doubt noticed, my images haven’t been displaying. This seems to be due to the fact that my web host has either a) had a catastrophic server failure…
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Akemashite, omedeto

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun, safe New Year’s eve! *sniff* another year, another Tarepanda calendar gone into storage… Here in Japan, there are a variety of customs which are supposed to be observed on New Year’s day (oshougatsu). Feeling particularly “cultural” today, I decided to do my best to follow some…
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