Wednesday, October 26, 2005


home from school. had a really good day of doing pretty much nothing. The JTE is gone for three days and i don't have to teach any classes--they rearranged the entire schedule for the week. In the morning, I studied Japanese and worked on India papers, but in the afternoon I got invited to join the 1-2 class on an excursion to make shisas. If i haven't mentioned shisas, i'm sorry, they are very traditional Okinawan lions that sit in front of people's houses or any other place that people could enter, such as bridges, restaurants, malls, etc...They are almost always in pairs and one of the lions brings in the good energy and the other one blows out the bad. They're usually made out of ceramics, and so today we went to a woman's house who has her own pottery workshop in the village. The drive was into the hills and fun, as usual and her house was fantastic. She has a beautiful two story place surrounded by an overgrown yard with dogs and one chicken and little paths that lead to garden patches...just really nice stuff...she even showed me her workshop and her kiln and invited me over whenever.
The students and i got to make shisas by using something akin to clay but not quite, have no idea what the mixture is called but when it dries, it kind of looks halway between clay and cement. We got to use shells, sea glass, broken bits of ceramics and roof tile to put together our shisa. I only had my cellphone camera with me, so i'm sorry i won't have any pics to put up until the dried shisas are delivered to the school sometime in the future.
It was a lot of fun, though--a nice break from the routine and the kids loved it.

so now, i'm home and i was putzing around on the net and took a short test that was supposed to tell me how old i act...and it spit back at me that i act exactly my age.
i'm sure if anyone else takes it, it won't do the same thing--that is, guess your exact age.. but it's fairly interesting that it did that for me.
I don't feel my age here, but i know i act it sometimes, and then i don't. And what does it mean, anyways to act 27? :))

You Are 27 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.


Anonymous said...

Took the test and I'm 33. Surprising, it must be a few days ahead since it's not quote november.


Xavier said...

Took the test, and I act 27 too...I think it's skewed, b/c i feel like I act a lot younger.

What else...oh yeah, shisas sound nice. I think they mention them in Azumanga Daioh on their trip to Okinawa. and Osaka-chan eats some doughnut and keeps on saying Orandangii or something like that... I have to rewatch that. :P


Craig Mauelshagen said...

it got mine age bang on, 21, curious. I wouldn't be surprised if it got you birth date from someplace.

keldog22 said...

According to your STUPID quiz I am thirty. Don`t know how that happened, but now I am going go take a nap and think about how old I am. Next time can you please find something that makes me laugh??

Rosemary said...

Took the test and got a 32. What a great compliment, I think...considering my b.d. is next week and I haven't seen 32 since I was single and childless. I guess it's my love of Guns N Roses that put me back on the age meter!! Might this explain my appreciation of middle schoolers and their incredibly goofy energy?!

Thanks for keeping us informed. I love to read about your adventures.

chris said...

yup 30. somehow I kind of knew it wouldn't put me at 24. :) what if the greatest rock band just wasn't on the list (the beatles thank you very much - that would've made me go younger right?).

Kevin Thomas Hurley said...

Took the test, and I act 30. Not too suprising since most of the people I hang out with are thirty or older. However, still concerning because I wonder what I will actually be like seven years from now when I actually am thirty.

Kel's mom said...

Oh no, I took the test and I'm twenty-five again!!!!! Boy, do I feel great! Sorry Elina and Kelly. It was fun! Cindi