Crystal: Welcome back! (almost) I have to admit I've been so busy I haven't kept up with your journal, but hopefully I'll get to see you before I leave. As I've mentioned earlier, I'll be in Edmonton at some point - I'm just not sure when yet. Will you be on campus at all? Are you getting a job right away? What's happening with your life after you get back to Canada?
Jenn: It would be great to see you again & meet your fiance. My life is pretty hectic, but after this weekend with the double move I should be more available - especially if you two like coffee. (I mentioned I was working at the Braeside 2nd cup, right?)
Chandra: Thanks! I'm so excited too!! How did your courses go this summer? Are you back to teaching for the year, or are you still a student for now?
Caitlin: I'm going to Chiba university (Chiba is about a 40 minute train ride NE of Tokyo), and I do have tons of questions about what to bring & where to go. For instance, Dad & I will be touring the main island for 2 weeks before school starts, but should we try to make it up north? Is there a lot worth seeing in Hokkaido, or should we focus on the Tokyo/Kyoto region and save Hokkaido for another time?
Ellen: I'm going to be at Chiba University for a WHOLE year!! Ueno isn't that far by train, is it? An hour or so, I'm guessing? We should definitely hook up - does this mean you're staying in JET for another year? It would be great to have someone close by to reminisce with.
Patrice: You crazy kid, that email does not get you off the hook - I was Europe details, and I want lots of them!! When did you get back, what's happening with school this year, how are things between you & mom, you & Richard, you & all the folks back home (which home, you might ask? Edmonton, of course). Will you ever be back on MSN? I miss you dammit. Come visit me in Japan.
Lisa: Thanks again for lunch today, your pictures were fun and your China trip was obviously awesome. Keep me up-to-date with your HUB contact info & Sinh stories this year. It will be strange not having you in any of my classes, but I can still harass you for help with Japanese. Say hi to everyone in the department, and when you think of me, think of me shopping on the streets of Tokyo. (mwu-ha-ha)
Mindy: Skype is an internet telephone company that allows peer to peer phone calls via computers. In other words, it lets you call people all around the world for free and all you need is a microphone & speakers of some sort. The software is all 100% free, and the connection between computers in my experience is always clear & without any lag. Download it!!
That goes for all of you! http://www.skype.com
Kristine: Your new site is pretty, but I'm still trying to figure out how to navigate it. I can't wait to hear about your new classes & which ones you'll be skipping on a regular basis, not to mention your post-graduation plans. Are you in school for the whole year? or just one more semester? Will you still go to the Japanese conversation club even if your not in 301/302 this year?
In other news, I had a dentist appointment last week. It was just a routine cleaning & check-up like I've gotten every six months for the last 24 years or so, but this time, my dentist had some exciting news. I have a cavity!! - I know, you all think I'm crazy, you're thinking he's already given me the laughing gas or something, but really - I'm excited. I've never understood why people get so scared going to their dentists, or how anyone can claim that it is a painful experience. I had no idea I had a cavity, and now that I have it I still have no idea where it is. There is absolutely no pain, I can't see it when I examine my teeth in the mirror, and getting a filling will be a new eye-opening experience. Anyways, the whole thing goes down on August 12th, at 9:30 in the morning. I guess I'll find out then what all the fuss is about, but until then, the score is now Cori:23, Plaque:1. Lets see what happens after a year abroad.