Friday December 2, 4:59 p.m.
Man, it must be cold today! I'm in my school and even then I've still got my coat on. That's considering the three other layers and my natural layer of fat. I just can't believe that Tokyo is supposed to hit 18 degrees this weekend.
I'm at less than 2 weeks and counting before I take that last Air Canada flight from Narita. Another sign that my adventure here is soon to end is the fact that I've been writing "FINAL" after a number of students' names when I write down their reports. I did it with The Sisters of State this week and I did it with The Bass after his lesson this morning in Funabashi. That picture is the signboard for our cafe, Grace, near the station. It was a good place to hold lessons since we often had the 2nd floor all to ourselves. Today, though, there were actually two pairs of businessmen but they were no problem. I'm gonna miss that place.
Sped cross-city to Nakano-Sakaue to Speedy's for a lesson with The Kimono Nurse. Jolly as usual, and laughs at anything I say. Heck, I just exhaled and she guffawed. She can't make it tomorrow for the annual Xmas party but she's a hopeful for my farewell party at Speedy's the following Saturday. Tomorrow's party will probably be the smallest in the history of the school. There will probably be more staff and teachers than actual students, although I know that Mrs. Thursday will be there with her daughter. Heck, even a former student, the flirty Polynesian will be there...probably to imbibe as much alcohol as possible.
I've got The Button-Down Girl for what may be either her second-last or last lesson tonight at that Cafe de Crie in the Subnade shopping complex in Shinjuku. I hope it isn't too lively there, otherwise I'm gonna have a heck of a time trying to hear her during the class.