My thoughts

July 28, 2007, 3:44 am
Filed under: Beginner

Do you know what TGIF means?  It stands for Thank God It’s Friday!  We say this on Friday, it basically means: YES! THE WEEKEND’s about to start! 

As far as I can tell, this is purely an American expression.  There is even a restaurant called TGIFridays, I guess by going there, you are supposed to have fun.

TGIF to everyone!  What a week this has been!  How can it be August next week?


Harry Potter Mania
July 23, 2007, 2:29 am
Filed under: Beginner


The last Harry Potter book was released this weekend.  People were waiting in long lines for the book.  I went past a Barnes & Noble bookstore on Friday, and the line of people went all the way around the store.  Some people pre-ordered the book from websites like, which guaranteed the book to be delivered by Saturday morning.  I know someone who did this, it came in a special box, which said “ATTENTION MUGGLES – DO NOT BEFORE JULY 21!” Do you know what a “muggles” are?  They are regular people, non-witches.   I thought this was cute. 

I have not read the books myself, but I have seen most of the movies.  The latest movie was released about 2 weeks ago.  I was in L.A. on that day, and was suprised to see the road closed off.  It turned out that it was because of the Harry Potter movie premier.  I could see a bit of the Harry Potter cast on the street.  There were many people, so all I really saw was the back of Daniel Radcliffe(who play Harry Potter)’s head!  I saw the movie a week later, and thought it was pretty good. 

July 19, 2007, 5:02 am
Filed under: Intermediate


I was sad to hear about the earthquake in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, Japan yesterday.  I lived in Niigata for three years, and I have been to that town. 

I am reminded of the earthquake that I experienced there in 2004.  I was fortunate enough to be living in an area that was not affected greatly, however, there were effects.  I happened to be on a train, I was coming from an area that was the epicenter of the quake, luckily I was almost back to Niigata by the time the earthquake occurred.  The areas around the epicenter, particularly the small towns near the city of Nagaoka, suffered massive damage.  The typhoons that we had experienced prior to the earthquake left the soil so damp that there were landslides in the areas affected.  This made it difficult to rescue people and get them much needed supplies.   The highways and train lines took a long time to repair, which made going to Tokyo quite an adventure. 

My thoughts are with the people in Niigata, and I hope that they are safe and well.

Hello world!
July 14, 2007, 1:44 am
Filed under: Beginner

spaceneedle1.gifspaceneedle1.gifspaceneedle.gifThis is my first time blogging.  I will be coming to you everyday from Seattle, Washington. 

Do you know Seattle?  It is located in the Northwest corner of in the U.S.A. in Washington State, not to be confused with Washington, D.C., which is on the East coast.  Most people think of Micrsoft, Bill Gates, Boeing, Starbucks, and rain when they think of Seattle. 

We do have our fair share of rainy days in Seattle, our annual rainfall is not so much.  The summers make up for all the rainy days, Seattle is really fun in the summer.  We go from a dark, gray city where most people stay indoors to a sunny, bright place where it seems like everyone is enjoying the weather.

People from Japan know Seattle because of Ichiro, the Seattle Mariners baseball player.  We also have a football team, and a mens ‘and womens’ basketball team.