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Hello Everyone,

This week I did an activity off my bucket list.

If you are not aware a bucket list it is basically a wish list キラキラof things you would like to do in your life.

On my list, I always wanted to row a boat 船under the cherry blossoms. 桜

That activity was crossed off my list on Tuesday because I went boating at Chidorikefuchi (千鳥ヶ淵 ).

Despite waiting in line for about 45 minutes I was able to get a ticket before closing.音譜

When I went on the boat it took a few minutes trying to figure out how to control the paddle but after a little practice I got the hang of it.

Rowing the boat under the cherry blossoms was a great experience.

While rowing I had a song called “I`m On a Boat” by The Lonely Islands stuck in my head the whole time.

This comical song brings up great memories from high school, particularly with my best friend.

It was an overall memorable experience and on the mission to cross the next thing off my bucket list. 音譜

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Hello All!チョキ

You know how there are some stories that people tell that sound like there is no way it could actually happen? A story that sounds like is from a tv show, or movie, or comic book? My mother told me one of those stories yesterday, and it is 100% true!

My mom works at an Irish pub/resturant in downtown Long Beach. The toilets there have an automatic flush (which, while common in Japan, seems rare for me to see in the US)

She was in the bathroom, and her keys fell out of her pocket and into the toilet bowl while it was flushing. She reached her hand into the toilet bowl to grab her keys before they were flushed down the toilet, but it was too late. They were gone. トイレ

Apparently, the key ring had 12 keys on it, many important ones for work, so it is really surprising that they would have fit down anyway.

She called a plumber, and they came and tried to snake the drain and get the keys back. They couldn't find them.

A day or two later, there was a big festival happening in the downtown area, so the bar had many customers. The men's toilet got clogged, and overflowed -- into the women's toilet, into the back of the bar and into the kitchen!!!! They called another pumbler to come and fix the problem. But, even still, my mom's keys have not been found.

This story sounds like it is straight out of a movie or comic book, there is no way it could be real! When I told her that, she said she agreed. She said she was sad that she lost her keys, but the situation was so surreal. She said she ended up half crying and half laughing.

I feel bad for her, but she's right - it is a really funny story.

I hope she is able to replace her keys soon!

Until next time!


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Hello Everyone,

Awhile back I posted a blog about “The Wolf of Wallstreetカチンコand how I predicted Leonardo DiCaprio would win the Academy Award.

My prediction was wrong and the award went to an actor named Matthew McConaughey音譜.

I was really disappointed because I thought DiCaprio`s performance was breathtaking, but watching McConaughey`s movie, “Dallas Buyers Club” I understand why the Academy Award went to him

The movie is based on an electrician/cowboy named Ron Woodroof who is diagnosed with HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

He works around the system to help other patients receive medications that is non-toxic from Mexico.

In order to portray this character, Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds叫び. Seeing the transformation from a good-looking actor to a skinny disease struck person was jaw-dropping.叫び 

Even though I am a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, the award to Matthew McConaughey was well deserved. グッド!グッド!グッド!

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Hello All! チョキ

Another beautiful day!

Many of you probably know that California uses cars to do all of their commuting. While there is a subway and a bus system, the majority of people use cars to get around.

This makes the traffic in the morning and evenings very bad. Many Southern Californians plan their day around the traffic on the freeway.


While the freeways do have names, they might change depending on the city or area so we usually use numbers to differentiate between the different freeways.

One thing Californians do is we always put "the" before the number of the freeway. So for example

"To get to my house from Seal Beach you take the 22 to the 405 to the 215."

This is completely natural for me, but apparently in other states they do not put "the" in front of the number. So someone from another state, North Carolina for example, would say

"To get to my house from Seal Beach you take 22 to 405 to 215."

One of my friends from California moved to another state and said that they got many strange looks when they put "the" in front of freeway numbers.

But, if you visit California and put "the" in front of freeway numbers, you will sound like a native of California, so please try it!

Until next time!


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