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Day-Making Moment #215:

Today, we played English Baseball, a variant on the game where, instead of hitting the ball, the batter and pitcher race to correctly and quickly answer a question posed in English by the teacher. It was the top of the second inning, but it was clearly the last pitch, seeing as we had a minute left in class. The two boys at bat were gripping their desks, totally focused. Tension sang in the air--all students were silent, watching, waiting.

I asked the question. "What...is your favorite........food?"

And the boy up to pitch screamed, at the top of his lungs, "I LIKE--"

...and froze, eyes wide. Clearly he hadn't thought that far, and the room froze with him, all breaths bated, even his opponent arrested by the sheer volume of the first half of his statement. Tight anticipation hung over the classroom for a moment that stretched almost to breaking, and then, the pitcher rallied himself and bellowed:

"--CHEEEEEEEEEEEESE!"

There was a beat of silence. And then the entire classroom, Mr. Onodera, me, even the pitcher himself, dissolved into hysterical, helpless laughter. And the bell rang.

Date: 2008-06-11 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hopelikefever.livejournal.com
Hah! I swear, if I ever meet your kids, I'm gonna smother them with love.

Which might be scary, but hey.

Date: 2008-06-11 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celes-grant.livejournal.com
Oh, gracious, that's-- amaaazing!

Behold the power of cheeeeeese!

Date: 2008-06-11 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jade-sabre.livejournal.com
lol. I did something similar to that. After girlfriend and I got out of english class back in high school, she turns to me and asks, "Hey so what are you gonna do your oratorical on?"

Me, being an incredibly decisive person at the time, said the first thing that was on my mind. "Cheese."

Gf: wtf? o.O

Two weeks later, I did a well researched oratorical on cheese, including how it pervades our culture.

I got an A+ on it. =D

Hey, Ari!

Date: 2008-06-11 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shinjuki71.livejournal.com
I know it's been a long time, but can you still remember WISH dorm in your freshman year? And the girl one year younger than you who always was reading on couches and practicing Japanese flashcards, called "Megan"?? Well....*dances around*

I got into JET this year as well! I'm in the CIR position, and I'm going to be in Sapporo, which isn't (that) far away from where you are! And - I just friended you. I hope that's okay! I've been having a great time reading your archives... :D

Re: Hey, Ari!

Date: 2008-06-11 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tobu-ishi.livejournal.com
AAAAAAAAAAH!!

....

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!! ♥ I always wondered what happened to you! I didn't how how to contact you and--and--okay, yes, definitely remember you, going to work in five but we totally have to talk, hurray!

Re: Hey, Ari!

Date: 2008-06-15 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shinjuki71.livejournal.com
Yaaaaay! *dances more* Here's my e-mail, drop me a line sometime:

shinjuki@gmail.com

Hope to hear from you soon! I have like a bazillion questions!!!!! :D

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