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31 May 2010 @ 06:27 pm
So, spent the weekend in Nagoya for the 51st annual 上南戦 (the annual sports battle between Sophia University and Nanzan University). This was an away year -- it alternates between Tokyo and Nagoya -- so rode the bus with the track team to Nagoya. It was fun, there was partying and sports and stuff. This year I threw the shot put (or, rather, put the shot -- if you're motivated, you can find my results in the pictures. Also -- there's actually a picture of me this time).

(Yeah, yeah, I stuck with the intensive program, as you can probably guess by now -- for one thing, if I hadn't, I'd have had time to post once in a while. At times like last weekend, I don't regret it. At times like this morning when I got my latest test back -- some major backsliding there -- I do. But I suppose I've given up on ever being competent in Japanese by now. >_<)

Anyway, here are some pictures, including this great big sign we stumbled across when wandering through Nagoya station:

[Rumor has it, the rest of the pictures might be past the link.]

Other things to say, no time to say them, really, so... There it is. Exhausted and homework to do (soon-ish).
In the mood: tiredtired
hamanosilencehamanosilence on May 31st, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Was about time you show your face again here .. busy Doug.

Nice pictures and you did a good job hiding be hind the camera .. the only safe spot in a sport tournament :)
Fluffiest Extraodinaresweetestnothing on May 31st, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)

I am sure you will tackle Intensive 3 in the end. keep it up!
Douglas Triggs: languagedoubt72 on June 1st, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
Eh, I've halfway given up, mentally. It's such an ongoing source of depression; pretty much no matter what I do, I don't improve on the tests, I usually have no idea what's going on, I still can't talk my way out of a wet paper bag, and I get a C. I think I'm just setting myself up for disappointment by hoping I can somehow squeak out a B.

Also, as far as big dreams go... To get a B? Sad. Ambition FAIL.

Also, I may be particularly tired and grumpy today.
dr4b on May 31st, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Or shot the shot put?

I think you throw about as far as one of my 9th-grade kids did last year -- but he was a baseball player with a hell of an arm, who went on to go to a baseball high school, so that is not necessarily a bad thing :)
Douglas Triggs: beardoubt72 on May 31st, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Well, technically the ball is called a shot (like buckshot or something, it's the event that's the shot put). Putting is a specific type of throwing where you push something out from your body in a kind of lever motion instead of swinging your elbow.

Anyway Eiji-kun's best is 12m or so IIRC (he was the winner of the event) when he was in high school and this was his first event as an ichinensei, I think. I figure with better form (I never quite got it right), I might have gotten as much as another meter farther, or at the very least the extra 12cm to 7m.
dr4b on June 1st, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I actually meant that you took photos of it, thus that you shot it in that sense...
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on June 1st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
>_< I blame my comprehension fail on teh tired.

On that note, I may blow off all my homework today and just sleep instead; the homework really doesn't improve my comprehension any, and the lack of sleep certainly hurts -- I find it impossible to understand anything when I'm tired -- if I don't concentrate, I don't understand, and if I'm too tired, I can't concentrate.
Dustybigmog on June 1st, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
So which school won? Or is everyone a winner?
Douglas Triggs: totallydoubt72 on June 1st, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Everybody's a winner! ...But we got the trophy. :)