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2006 November 20 Monday.

Today is the big day for, guess who.  See the photo on the left for details.  It's my new neighbor.  The Kagura Branch of the North Pacific Bank.   

I have this feeling that I may even know one of the new employees at this branch office.  I don't yet know this for sure, but I have a hunch.

I was scheduled to go to the Kuri no Ki Kindergarten at 10:00 this morning, but I have had a rather sore throat since Friday night, so I sent them a FAX last night, asking to be given a day off, because my poor old tired voice couldn't speak above the chatter of a big hall filled with about 200 kids and several teachers.   

I don't want to blow out my vocal cords.   I need them to make a living.   That being the case, my first real class of the day started at 13:00 at the 神楽公民館英会話を楽しむ会.

Today, I didn't arrive at the classroom until almost 13:15.  I explained that I had been held hostage by a hot tub of water, and it took me some time to escape from it.  Even though it sounded like a joke, it was in fact true.   

I was moving a bit slower this morning than usual.  I had to clean up my classroom after a weekend of using it as a radio recording studio.  That tidy-up project took about an hour to pull off.   

Anyway, almost everyone was in attendance today, including one new face.   A Mrs. N,   who was born and raised in Hokkaido and has a 13 year old son, who plays golf!   Plays golf?   

It's wonderful to hear some rare news like that.   I think Tiger Woods started playing around with a golf club and ball, when he was about 3 years old.   

The younger they start, the better they can become in later life.   As for me, I can't play golf at all.   

About 5 or 6 years ago, I inherited a full set of golf clubs from my brother-in-law, because he had bought a new set for himself.   

I used to go to the GoDo Sports Practice Range several  times a week to try and learn how to hit the ball, starting with a 7 iron. 

After a few months of banging away with mostly the 7 iron, I decided to try my hand at a driver one night.   I set the ball on the tee, and stood up to assume the position for making a drive from the starting tee.

   I pulled back on the club and let her rip.  To my amazement, and everyone else's amusement, the golf ball went straight up, hitting the overhead steel bar and then bouncing up and down in a yo-yo like manner about 5 or 6 more times.   

What a loser!   I think I'll go back to the 7 iron for the time being.   That is an old story because I haven't been back there in about 4 or 5 years.   It's too cold to go now.   

Besides, I have a lot of other things that I want to do.   Mostly on the World Wide Web.     Let's get wired and plug in. 

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