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Hello all and welcome to the Trev Report for March (and
Feburary for that matter). I hope that everyone out there in
Internet-land is doing well. It has been a fun couple of months
for us here in Japan. Now on with the news!

Trev's Lovelife

Signe and I are doing great as always. Japan is
treating us well. Signe is really getting into Kimono's and wants
to make one for herself. She has also picked up painting so she
is quite busy these days. She is also still working for one of
the local restaruants making cakes about once a week. For her
birthday/Valentine's Day we went to Hiroshima (which is about 2
hours from us) and watched "Lord of the Rings: Return of the
King." That was really fun. Afterwards we went to a great garlic
restaruant and had coffee afterwards. We had a great time.

Trev's Work

is going great for me here. I love my job. Working with the kids
can be really rewarding. I go to elementary schools about once a
week and I have been getting better at making lesson plans and
following through with them. At the junior high school, where I
go once a week, I am basically an assistant to the Japanese
English teacher. hat means most of the time I am a human tape
player, but that is fine with me. Sometimes we have a "best"
class where I ge to do some planning. Basically, that is a class
for the best students in English in 9th grade, and we don't do
anything from the book, so it's free form. I also work one day a
week at the board of education. Those days turn out to be busy,
sometimes I help out with local events, for example we recently
had a town community culture festival, and I helped out with it,
doing set up and tear down.
I also still do English conversation classes for adults twice a
month with Signe at our house, and I have a monthly English
conversation class on the local cable station. That is really
fun, and even though my Japanese is bad (most of the time we are
speaking in Japanese to the audience), I have a great time with
it. I am also still writing a one-page article every month for
the town newsletter. I write that in Japanese and English, so it
helps with my language studies.

Trev's Japanese Studies

Speaking of language studies, I am trying hard to
keep on top of the CLAIR-sponsered self-study Japanese course. I
am doing OK so far, but a lot of people have already dropped out.
I write in Japanese in my diary everyday as well. That is a great
exercise, and I am really surprising myself by keeping it up.
Maybe one day I will put them online...
I have also been doing some translation work for fun. You can
check out my translations at jumex.sdf1.org/trans.html
. I am working on translations for the 5th International Shizuoka
Translation contest (www1.sphere.ne.jp/shizuoka/translate/index-e.html
), but I am not hoping to win anything, it is just fun to be
doing some translation.

Trev's Birthday

My birthday (3/2/1977) when over well. I went to
a party with a lot of friends in the evening and during the day I
went to an elementary school and played with the kids. It was
great fun. I want to thank my dad for the WONDERFUL card he gave
me for my birthday, it was very touching and thoughtful. I look
forward to seeing you when I return home in the summer, Dad. I
have bought a scanner with some birthday money and I am going to
use it for various things like making a web page about passing
the driving test in Japan (jumex.sdf1.org/drivejp.html
). My biggest birthday present was passing the Japanese driving
test on the first try the day before my birthday! Signe did too,
and we were both very happy about it. It has been said that 9 out
of 10 foreigners that have to take the Japanese driving test fail
their first time out, so it was great news when we heard that we
passed it.

Trev's Anime, Movies, Games, Books, etc.

Well, I subscribe to Newtype every
month, but I haven't been watching too much anime these days. I
hope to pick it back up, but I have been so busy with translating
and work that I just let it slip by. As for movies, we recently
got a rental accout at a video store in the city 30 minutres from
us, Miyoshi, so we have been watching a few movies every week. We
also go over to a friend's house once a week for a movie
watching/hanging out party which is always fun. As for games, I
sometimes play on the GameBoy Advance and we jump on the dance
pads to play Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix every now and again,
but for the most part, we don't play too many games these days.
We will pick up the cribbage board (pagat.com/adders/crib6.html
) every now and again though, and often my thought wonder to
playing Go, but I don't follw them.
As for books, we are slowing reading _The Lord of the Rings_
together, but it is slow-coming, and we don't read everyday. My
piano lessons have petered off, I stopped going because of the
snow (the winter snowfall here was hectic!), but I really haven't
had the willpower lately to run with it again. Maybe sometime in
the futre I will start it up again.

Trev's Computers

The best news since last report is that we got
our computer fixed and it is back up and running at home now. A
big thank you to both my Dad and Signe's parents for helping us
out financially to make that happen. I am glad that I don't have
to check my email at work anymore, since I think it was becoming
extremely counter-productive, although I did do a few cool things
when I was playing around at work. For example, I created a
filter to block the spam mail from coming to me (jumex.sdf1.org/myprocmailrc.cgi
), I get a large ammount of spam mail each day, so this was very
important to me. I also cleaned up my web pages and converted all
the online Trev Reports to HTML using a ksh (http://www.kornshell.com/ ). I
added GeoURL (http://www.geourl.org/ ) tages to my
main sites, which allows you to view other web pages that are
physically close to where we are in Japan, very cool. My most
recent successful project was to connect my TV to my computer,
and it is working great now, so we can watch DVDs and movie files
from the computer on the TV. We got a small desk for the computer
as well, which is really a nice touch, since I don't like working
on the computer on the ground. :)

Trev's One Point Japanese Lesson

So you want ot learn a little Japanese,
huh? How about the most basic sample phrases. OK, here we
Sore wa nan desu ka? (What is that?)
Kore wa pen desu. (This is a pen.)

Pen ga arimasu ka? (Do you have a pen?) Hai, arimasu. (Yes, I

OK! Everybody, study hard and have fun. That is about it for
this month's Trev Report. I hope everyone out there is doing well
and I wish you all the best. I always like hearing from you all,
so drop me a line every now and again. Until next time, see

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