Switch to a Mountain Bike

Every year I am prone to switch to mountain bikes in winter and this year again it is time for me to ride a mountain bike.

Mito, the city I live in, does not have much snow (3 or 4days during the season at most) but it is freezing cold. It sometimes gets like 10 degree below zero in Celsius. Well, I will own up to the fact that I am one of those run-of-the-mill people who become more and more lackadaisical when it gets colder but aside from that, the fact that the road is frozen in the morning and night in my area really freaks me out because the thin tires of road bikes really will slip. I don’t want to wind up in taking a big fall.

This year, I have switched a little earlier because I am busier than last year and have to work late (means I have to ride after dark in my rustic area) and cold winter days have come earlier than usual this year. I also think that i am satisfied with road bikes because I rode 300 km this summer and I would say I feel like I have pretty much achieved something there.

I also want to add some positive sides to it. First of all, I like mountain bikes. Actually, before I have lost 25 kilograms, I weighed something like 90 kg. Partly because I thought I would be too heavy for them and partly because I liked technical than just speeding, I started riding mountain bikes 10 years ago. Then right after I had lost 25 kg, I got my bike stolen in one of municipal parking lots for bikes just by the rampart of Nagoya castle. This made me fully realize just parking nice bikes with a couple of small locks was actually tantamount to “building a castle in the air” indeed!

And the last but not the least, I like those crispy dry leaves in a winter mountain. A canadian colleague and friend of mine and I are planning a mountain bike ride during winter holidays (Actually he is an expert and I am a novice. I just follow him). I can’t wait to go there!

So one more week of laborious work and that’s it! I have to work on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th but I will be unfettered after that till January 5th. I would be remiss should I not have some fun! (Of course I’m going to do “Oo-Souji*” otherwise my wife would chew me out!!

*Oo-Souji (Big Clean-up)” is one of the most important evens in Japan. We put in our extra work in cleaning up our houses. My wife is, I would not say “one of the neat freaks” but demand the cleanliness above my level so it would be quite a work.



About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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