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    Sticky: Poll: Love the ladies in the spring/summertime!!! ...

    Love the ladies in the spring/summertime!!! Short skirts, high heels, hot weather... = great eye candy 8-)

    Wow... the longer I stay here the more I start to sound like ghettocities...
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    There are two kinds of "English teachers" in...

    There are two kinds of "English teachers" in Japan (from my experience):

    1) Those who do it because they can. It's the only thing they are legally qualified to work as while in Japan. Simple as...
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    That's because you have been living in Japan for...

    That's because you have been living in Japan for some time now (I assume). You probably interact with Japanese daily. Take a Japanese student of English and transplant them for the same amount of...
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    Amen to that. Serious students have to take it...

    Amen to that. Serious students have to take it upon themselves and abandon the notion that no matter how much they pay, going once or twice a week for 50 minutes at a time to learn English but then...
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    It's amusing to read some of these replies... I...

    It's amusing to read some of these replies... I take myself and my craft seriously. I've been self-employed and owner/operator of my own language school for a couple years now. And I am very...
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    Rent is not included in your base salary and must...

    Rent is not included in your base salary and must be deducted accordingly. And yes, you must have some sort of accredited University degree in any academic discipline. Not sure what the credentials...
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    Some uncommon first names of students i've met......

    Some uncommon first names of students i've met...

    Kirika
    Ramu (like ramune... how cute)
    Sea (pronounced like "seiya")
    Kanon
    Koki (the only boy in this list)
    Saiko (her keitai addy is...
  8. Poll: Nice pic there Frank 8-)

    Nice pic there Frank 8-)
  9. Poll: 17.9 woohoo 8-) Not bad for a middle-aged fart.

    17.9 woohoo 8-) Not bad for a middle-aged fart.
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    Poll: From what you've described Maciamo sounds like...

    From what you've described Maciamo sounds like you were on the bad end of a deep tissue massage. If done properly, you should feel quite rejuvenated after the session and any soreness or muscle...
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    Poll: I voted for "Ignorance about the rest of the...

    I voted for "Ignorance about the rest of the world (cultures, geography, history...)" because it's amazing to me to hear what some of my students say when I ask them about such things (and i'm not...
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    Hmm... had no idea. I just assumed those names...

    Hmm... had no idea. I just assumed those names were exclusively Japanese. I wonder how many other names might be cross-cultural. A little off-topic but recently i've had a batch of new students...
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    I remember reading in a book somewhere that Japan...

    I remember reading in a book somewhere that Japan is home to something like 80 of the world's 800 active volcanoes. Don't quote me on those numbers (this was more than a few years back), maybe...
  14. I'd like to take up Chinese at some point. 1.5...

    I'd like to take up Chinese at some point. 1.5 billion (or whatever the current pop. is) people can't be wrong. 8-)

    Taken from the article:

    "Americans have been the world's most successful...
  15. Don't forget the pressures to conform in relation...

    Don't forget the pressures to conform in relation to binge drinking in a social setting. Apparently the words "know your limit" aren't part of a lot of people's vocabulary... Can't count the number...
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    Poll: A little off-subject but Trek had a good run...

    A little off-subject but Trek had a good run imho. I am particularly fond of ST:TNG (Picard is just plain cool) although DS9 and the short-lived Enterprise weren't bad either. Voyager was... bleh. ...
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    Poll: I've seen them all now and I must admit, Episode...

    I've seen them all now and I must admit, Episode III is probably my favorite. In fact, the original Star Wars was the very first movie I saw in a movie theater back in the day. Imagine my surprise...
  18. Reminds me of the yaki imo van that trolls my...

    Reminds me of the yaki imo van that trolls my neighborhood at night. I've got that recording burned into my brain now...
  19. I live on the outskirts of Fukuoka now and there...

    I live on the outskirts of Fukuoka now and there are only two real things that irk me to no end.

    1) Nearby (about two blocks away) is a home that has a rooster for a friggin' pet! Having such...
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    Poll: I've gone veg for over a year now although I do...

    I've gone veg for over a year now although I do allow myself a piece of lean meat every 10 days or so (usually a piece of skinless, boneless chicken boiled or baked). Protein is important for me so...
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    I agree, well said.

    I agree, well said.
  22. Poll: I hear ya man... but trust me, sometimes you just...

    I hear ya man... but trust me, sometimes you just gotta step back and like water off a duck's back, just let it slide... I used to be a cop because I wanted to do the right thing, I wanted to help...
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    Carrying on a company sponsored bowling tournament and drinking party despite knowing the seriousness of the accident at the time? Wow, these guys are shameless...
  24. Poll: Reading through this thread reminded me of the...

    Reading through this thread reminded me of the old confederate flag controversy down south. This is still a hotly-debtated issue with a lot of people. I'm not sure what the answer is really.
  25. Pretty nasty wreck. Japan has one of the safest...

    Pretty nasty wreck. Japan has one of the safest mass transit systems in the world imho. It's looking more and more like the operator's action (or lack of) and incompetence has a high degree of...
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