Question: What happened to my pledge to update more often?
Answer: Elementary school children, that's what happened. Hundreds of them. Each and every one of them being utterly adorable, and so smitten with me that they were compelled to invite me to play football and baseball and volleyball with them, give me tours of their schools, ask me to demonstrate my amazing strength by carrying them to and fro, and - in extreme cases - hugging me about the knees in an attempt to keep me all to themselves
Now that I've recovered from their depradations (and have 10 glorious days of junior high classes, where the kids are less genki), I shall attempt some posts. For the time being, I shall leave you with the best self-introduction speech in the world ever, as delivered by the genius sanensei girl at my mountain school. See if you can spot the part where she deviated from the standard template and improvised her own wording. For full effect, imagine it being read by a 15 year old girl with thick glasses, a wolfish grin, and a voice as deep as mine:
'My name is Yumiko. I like cats. I don't like baseball. I play the piano, but only so-so. Also, I don't like Japanese men. They have Lolita Complex, I think. It is nice to meet you.'