Sometimes I find myself fabricating situations so that I can try out new vocab on the unsuspecting general public. Such an occurrence happened this afternoon when I purchased a train ticket, purposefully purchasing one of a lower value than was required, so that I could test out the word for ‘remaining ticket fair’. However when I went to the guard and asked to pay the ‘unchinbusoku’ he refused to take any money from me and simply waved me through the barriers with a smile and a wave. How am I supposed to practice my bleeding Japanese under such conditions!
A funny thing happened in today’s Yoga class: I went the whole hour and a half without hearing my name. In fact, aside from the fact that I was given my usual Yoga training aids, for once I actually felt on a par with the rest of the class. Given, I was still the least able student, but at least I demonstrated that there was a good reason for my continued failure (i.e. my lack of anything approaching flexibility), and that it wasn’t just because I am slightly simple. Having said that, I worry that my lack of pose, balance, flexibility and ability to breathe rhythmically, may be having a profound effect on our Sensei, as today she started telling us how important yoga was in relation to the Star Wars Universe. Perhaps I had misheard her, but rather I fear that such behaviour is indicative of my unfailing ability to wear down the mental resolve of anyone who has the misfortune of teaching me; at any rate she seemed very happy when we said goodbye to me for another week.