A Short Trip to Near-by Mall

The second day of 2013! I rode with my second son to a near-by mall, which is located about 21 km (14 miles?) from my house. He hasn’t done any long rides (He rides a couple of kilometers almost everyday, though) for a while so I was a bit worried but no problem. The fact of the matter is, when it comes to a slope, he came close to me a couple of times and I felt though he has yet to be full-fledged, he is no fledgeling, either. He is growing step by step.

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We went to a mall and he ate TERIYAKI burger and I ate BK Ringo (ringo means apple in Japanese) at Berger King. This BK Ringo is a hamberger with some slivers of baked apples with cinnamon. I liked it but I may like ordinary Whopper better.

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Well, I’ve got two more free days before I go back in harness though I’ve got some family business. including baby-sitting jobs and suchlike, to fulfill.

Today’s course :

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/256909371

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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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2 Responses to A Short Trip to Near-by Mall

  1. pudgycyclist says:

    Did you ride for the first of the year? It looks cold in the picture you took. Gotta keep warm. I’ll have to visit Japan one of these years and ride in the area. I’m sure you guys have plenty of scenery to admire during the summer. When do you begin your hill bashing routine? I’m also thinking about getting a Garmin. What do you think of yours?

  2. Actually I rode on the first day of January so this was my second ride this year. And if you visit Japan, please let me know. I can show you around!
    Well, the temperature for the area I live in goes down sometimes to 5 below zero or lower (23 or lower in F) and the coldest months are January and February. So usually I stop riding road bikes sometimes in November and start riding them again in March or maybe at the beginning of April. Well, things may be different this year, though. Because
    1. I am attracted by mountain bikes. My Canadian colleague is really into it and I went out riding together and I liked it! Ever since I achieved 300 km in last summer, I felt I have achieved something and at the same time I feel that was my limit and can’t be better. 2. More importantly, learning English has become a primal urge for me right now. I am getting busier every year as the Japanese economy stays in kind of recession and people who run my school wants more work from teachers. I can’t find time for everything so I have to limit time for riding (like doing a stationary bike exercise and listening some grammar girl podcast and so on).
    I still ride but I don’t know the amount of time and energy I will put into it. Anyway, I will keep riding and writing something. Hope your riding goes well!

    PS As for my Garmin, it is very handy. I can get all the data I want like my heartrate, cadence, speed, slant and suchlike on a specific point and time of my ride. It takes some works but if you use some of the mapping sites, draw maps and covert it into some format and you can use it as kind of a navigation system (it just show a line without a map and where you are but it is pretty accurate). When I go to some place I really don’t know, I go with my iPhone, though.

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