Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, January 30th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Saturday night I met Kimberly at 31 and we went to the Japanese restaurant on Miyuki Doori.  She told me her ideas for a new movie called "Teaching English", about the hysterics of being a foreigner in Japan.  It sounds really funny, and who else to star in it, but Whoopi Goldberg!  I wish her the best- it sounds like a great flick!

After dinner we met Akira (who was 1 hour late) at Satin Doll in the hotel near me.  Hiroko was supposed to come, but I guess had surgery on her forehead.  We watched a band called La La La, in which a friend of Hiroko's sang.  They were okay.  The band that played after them- ______ Family Band, was very good!  The lead singer was a kind of scary woman, but she was really good, and grew on us as the evening progressed.  Her English was jyoosu!

Kimberly stayed over & left early Sunday.  I went back to bed when she left & got up at 10:30.  At 12:15 was my extra class in Mizoguchi...5 of my 11 showed up.

After that I went on to Rokko.  I ate at Sun Kotobuki, then met Erin to practice a song that we are going to sing in a few weeks.

It was my first night as music leader, and I faked it pretty well, but messed up the invitational by not coming in at the right time at the beginning of the song.  No one sang to cover either, so it was really obvious that I blew it.  Oh well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad.

Today I cleaned & did laundry.  I cleaned the ofuro, which is always a major undertaking. Finally got the Rambo-like grout gook cleaned off the ofuro cover and walls.  Looks pretty good if I do say so myself!

After cleaning I went on the great spice rack hunt.  Of course there isn't a single one in the entire city of Himeji.  I went to Daiei, Yamato Yashiki, Zoo, Jusco, Seiden, Sanyo, Topos, Forus, Testa, and the china shop near Maruzen.  They had a really ugly big one at Y. Yash., and expensive wooden one at Zoo, but that was all...I guess I'll have to go to Osaka. Grr.  I'm finding that Himeji doesn't have a lot of things.  Hick city!  I bought groceries at A-Coop.

Kayo came at 5, and we had a good lesson...less book, more conversation and creativity.

This evening I'm enjoying watching television, writing letters, reading magazines, etc.

Oh, I went to the post office today to mail some packages, and said that one was air mail and the other two were surface.  My mistake- the word for surface mail is "shee-mairu", but he added it all up as air small sum!  If I'd let them go at the air mail rate, it would have been about 15,000 yen.  Luckily, by correcting the situation it was only about 8,000 yen...whew!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Saturday, January 28th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Well, it's been absolutely forever since my last entry, and I've kept putting it off and putting it off, so who knows how much I can remember to write about.

Let's see...

from looking in my datebook, it says that on December 9th I stayed over at H's in Kobe.  Nora and Erin were babysitting the H's kids and Kim & I went to stay over.  We ordered pizza and watched videos, then the next day went to the zoo.  It was fun.

Kimberly and I saw "Roger Rabbit" on December 10th.  What a great movie!  The live/animation mix was really believable.

On December 11th some of the singles from the Osaka church, Barry, Kimberly and I went to an Indian restaurant in Osaka for lunch.  After that I had keys made to my apt. and office so that my plants could be watered while I was in America, then we went to Nobuya's house & watched an Amy Grant video, then went to church.

I had dinner with Akira, Hiroko, and Koji on December 12th and changed yen to $$$$!

On Friday, December 16th we had an all day rehearsal of the Christmas pageant.  It looked like it would be a really good show.  After rehearsal, I went to the Megumi Christmas party.  They gave me a winter house jacket and a good luck picture for '89.

I had to leave suddenly, because I had to catch a shinkaisoku to Sannomiya to stay with I's.  I didn't know when the last one out of Himeji was, and looked at my train schedule about 20 minutes before the last one left.  At I's, Carol taught me how to knit (grandma slippers) and I stayed up until 1 a.m. learning how to make them.

On Saturday, December 17th Kim came over and she & Nobu dropped me off at the airport.  I met some people in line & we talked while we waited to check in.  The flight home was a total ordeal.  We were 2 hours late leaving Tokyo.  When we got to Seattle it was fogged in, so we landed in Moses Lake, Washington and refueled for 2 hours, then, we circled Seattle for 45 minutes before the pilot decided to go on to San Francisco to land.

In San Francisco all 200 of us had to go to the NW counter & get reroute tickets.  It was connecting flight left at 1 a.m.  Somehow mom & dad tracked me down.  I called them back & they had to go back to Fairfield & come back again the next day.

I slept from S.F. to Minneapolis, had a 3 hour layover there, and, walking to my departure gate, noticed that I was getting closer and closer to the end of the airport.  Finally I saw that I had to go down some stairs.  My gate was a door outside to an 18 seat plane.  Ugh!

It was a one stop to C.R. (in Waterloo).  Upon arriving in w.loo, we had to disboard because there were only 3 people working at the airport, and they were behind schedule.  Looking back at the plane, we noticed that both tires were flat...we finally arrived in C.R.  I was only 14 hours late.

I met a girl named Debra, who is studying in Kyoto, on the plane, so maybe we'll get together when she gets back...

Iowa was fabulous!  The 1st week home I had lunch w/LaDawn & Peggy, bought an outfit at Perry's, did other big time shopping and on Dec. 24th we watched the Santa parade, fondued, and opened presents (no Christmas eve service this year).  I got a subscription to Time, a fondue pot, a watercolor by Susie K., a sweatshirt, and a Calvin & Hobbes book.

On Christmas day I sang & Robin read scripture to Mannheim Steamroller's "Oh Holy Night".  After church we went to grandma & grandpa Reynolds.  Kim & John, John, Doris & Charles, came down too & we spent the afternoon & evening playing games & talking.  Kim & John left that night :-(  The next day was Reynolds Christmas & I got to see everyone else.  When we left Doug hugged me, which surprised me a little!

On Tuesday the 27th LaDawn had a welcome home party for me.  I was exhausted and ready to leave when Leon and Carmen came.  We spent the rest of the evening talking.  It was so good to see them!  Others there were Nancy W., Missy, Susan A., Steve B., Therese T., Joe F, & LaDawn's new hunny.  Interesting...

Wednesday we left for Pennsylvania.  We left at noon and stayed overnight at Red Roof Inn in Elk Heart, Indiana...scary place!

Thursday we drove on and unpacked at Days Inn, then went to M's for dinner.  They have a great house in a private land development called Treasure Lake...beautiful!

Friday we explored Brookville & had the wedding rehearsal.  The church was beautiful, and I finally got to meet Dave.  Really a nice guy!  After the rehearsal was the dinner at the Days Inn restaurant.  M & D opened some of their presents from close friends & family.  They loved the bride doll I got them.  They had a birthday cake for Brian brought out as a surprise.

Saturday was the wedding.  During most of the day, I was stranded at the hotel, but dad rescued me & we went to a really great country craft store.  I practiced with the accompanist after that, then was the wedding.  It was really beautiful!  I sang 4 songs:  "If", "The Lord's Prayer", "Honestly", and "Annie's Song".  They went well.  Before the wedding Rob, Brian, Missa, & I had a picture taken together.  Can't wait to get mine!

The reception was at the Brookville Country Club.  It was kind of one to dance with.  Melissa and Dave look great together.

We rang in the new year then went to the hotel to get a little sleep (ha ha).  We went to bed at 1, got up at 5:30, & really didn't get a lot of sleep between these times. The hotel was a zoo.  When we left the next morning, there was confetti all over the hallway.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 1989 we drove & drove & drove & drove & drove (for 14 hours).  We got home at about 6 or 7 & collapsed.  It was fun, but a little depressing since I wasn't the one marrying her...oh well.

Monday I had lunch w/Nancy at Country Kitchen.  It was fun.  Tuesday was lunch w/Jan at Pizza Hut.  We hadn't talked for ages!

Wednesday grandma & grandpa came for the night.  Dave T. came that night, too.  It was nice to talk to him!  He got engaged after coming home from Japan in August, but it was broken by the time I came home.  Of course I congratulated him heartily, then found out they broke up...

Thursday I went to C.R. with LaDawn.  I charged big time on my J.C. Penney card.  We ate lunch at Bishops.  We had a good day.  That night Edna came over for dinner.

Friday I had lunch with Peggy and we fondued for dinner.  Robin & I cried together & I went to bed.

Saturday we left at 4:30 a.m. for C.R.  I said goodbye & almost made it without crying.  I cried on the plane.

We waited on the runway for 1 1/2 hours then went back inside.  It was foggy.  Standing in line to get tickets changed I met a couple from Kobe who used the same travel agent- Amy and Willie.  We got to know each other well on this trip because we changed our tickets to a 4:00 flight (which we hurriedly changed when they announced our flight from before leaving 15 minutes later than that announcement). (I called home & they were going to come & spend the day with me, then I had to call them back & hurriedly say goodbye...).

We flew on to Seattle to get out of the foggy midwest.  It turns out we missed our connecting flight in Seattle by 30 minutes.  Actually it was on the runway when we got there.  Grrr.

So, we stayed at the Hyatt Seattle, on Northwest.  It was a nice hotel & all meals were paid..., but I didn't want to deal with all the delays again (see above).

The next day was,of course, foggy, but we got out okay.  We were delayed, but made up the time somewhere.  We were bused directly to our connecting flight and made it to Osaka pretty much on schedule.

Of course my ride was there the day before, and picked up Kim, who was supposed to be my traveling companion from Minneapolis, so I caught the bus to Kobe w/Amy & Willie, then carried my baggage 3 blocks to the train station, got it all up onto the platform, got on the super crowded train full of rude Japanese cretins, and, in Himeji caught a taxi (inhabited by one of the many asshole taxi drivers in Himeji) to my apartment.

I was supposed to teach on Tuesday but I called Carol and she called & said I wouldn't be ends the saga of my trip home...except that after Kakogawa the train emptied and a slightly drunk Japanese man bade me to sit with him & he proceeded to practice his English all the way to Himeji...just what I didn't want!

Since returning to Japan, I've not been real happy.  Things at Hinomoto are awful.  English conversation is looked upon as unnecessary.  O. sensei says he doesn't really like English conversation.  The faculty is "upset" that the conversation teachers are "not trained teachers" (I am, and Linda Lee is) and that our students aren't learning (it's our fault that they are unmotivated and stupid).  I'm back in my "rut" of lessons.  I felt excluded at church the first time back, Kimberly told me she's going home to stay in August, etc. etc.

Anyway, I'm adjusting again, now.  Saturday the 14th Kim & I went to Mike & Resa's new house...what a nice place!  We watched videos & ate gyoza & chicken.

Monday the 16th Akira, Hiroko, Kim & I went to Kobe.  We ate at Central Station, shopped at OPA, then went into Sannomiya.  I bought a hounds tooth, double-breasted suit, & some other clothes.

This was a horrible week- meeting wise.  Tues. & Thurs. English meetings at 8:15, Wednesday- faculty mtng. from 1:30 - 7, Thursday- English staff meeting from 4:15 - 9.  Of course I had E.S.S. on Thursday & had to cancel.  Same on the 25th because of a faculty meeting that "ran over".  I truly from the depths of my soul despise meetings at this school.  They are long, unnecessary, negative, boring, bitch sessions.

On Saturday I went to K's open house, had some cake & tea, got a check to send home, was insulted by Karl, then barraged with his negativity about life in general...the usual stuff.

On Sunday, January 16th, I went to Rokko and met Jim O. to practice.  We performed at a wedding reception for members of the church who got married in Hawaii Dec. 31st. (There were a lot of weddings then:  Missa & Dave, these two, Amy & Willie)...

The reception was very nice.  After that was Bible study, church, then singles fellowship.  Our lesson in singles was on forgiveness.  It was very good.  After that we bought bunches of bulk groceries from Mary & ordered more (from Dave's company)(he goes to our church).  I stayed over at I's.

Monday, Jan. 23rd it poured.  My shoes had holes in them, so my feet were cold & wet all day.  I went to Sannomiya to pick up my pants bought last Monday.  Kayo came for her 1st lesson of '89.

Tuesday was busy.  3 classes, Joyful Noise at lunch, 2 hour koto practice, Mizoguchi class.

Wednesday koto club, Joyful Noise, & "Jeff soloist" performed in chapel.  Koto was okay, Joyful noise...noise, and my solo went well.  I had my meeting (faculty) that ran over, then went to Akira's for dinner.

Thursday was E.S.S. 4th period & after school we worked hard on "Postman".

Friday- Megumi class.  I went to J's after, to copy "Postman" over & over for practice tape.

Today I cleaned, went shopping, did laundry, and wrote this book/entry.

The end (until next time)

P.S.  The emperor died on Jan. 7th- two days before I came back...I still can say I lived in Japan when the emperor died & was here when they had the funeral, but will have to say I was in America on vacation on the day he died & heard about it from Dan Rather...

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wednesday, December 7th, 1988

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Yesterday I taught my classes, then did nothing until I left for Mizoguchi.  My classes went okay.  I came home & got lots of mail (on from Stephanie, too).

Today I went in, wrote some letter, and then went to help the people in the pageant with their rehearsal.

After lunch I had a student affairs meeting.

After school was the Friendly Club Christmas party.  I drew a number between 2 non-English speakers (we drew #'s for seating), but luckily traded to sit next to Linda Lee.  Dinner was gross, but I managed to get enough.  Linda Lee & I sang & it was really fun.  Stopped at 31 (Baskin Robbins) after.

I asked Karl to water my plants during Christmas break, & he said he'd think about it...the jerk!  I teach for free at his Friday night class, and have watered his plants (ever day) when he was gone...grrr!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Monday, December 5th, 1988

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Tuesday was just like every other Tuesday.  I taught my classes, had my Japanese lesson, then went to Mizoguchi for my classes there.  I had 2 new kodomos, and their mothers "chaperoning", then had a high school boy come in.  So, I had to redo my schedule because he's nowhere near the level of Kohei & Tomoko.  So now I have 3 classes on Tuesday night.

Wednesday was my birthday.  Mom & dad & Robin called.  I was almost late to work.  It was a pretty good day.  Barrett stopped by my office with cake, Linda Lee left a present at my door...teddy bear slippers.  I didn't have any meetings, so I was able to work on my English Drama class.  Tomomi brought me socks, and Chinatsu & Michiyo gave me a Shirotopia tie pin.  I helped with the pageant rehearsal at chapel.

After school I went to Akira's with Koji-san.  Hiroko came at 7 & we had salad & Akira's curry rice. they gave me a tie, and, I guess, N. is going to be a regular Wednesday nighter.

Thursday, I taught my E.C. I class, then helped with pageant at lunch.  I had a koto lesson at 1:30.  We are playing in chapel in January- ack!  After school was an English faculty meeting.  I lasted from 4:30 to 8:30.  Needless to say I was upset when it was finally over.  To make matters worse, this was the one where we voted in the new faculty member for next year.  The vote was 5-4 in favor of Sonia.  Nobu came up to me afterwards and asked if I "went over to the other side".  I pleaded the 5th.  We had sushi for dinner.  :-(

Friday I went in and spent the whole day typing my introduction to the Greek unit in my English Drama class (which, by the way, it was decided that I couldn't hand pick my students, as they told me I could at the beginning- those stupid faculty barons)(or better yet, facist faculty members).

I helped with pageant rehearsal- again.  After school I went to Megumi Church- again- for my English lesson.  Thank God it's cancelled next week!

Saturday I cleaned, washed, vacuumed, etc.  Meg called & cancelled their lessons.  Manna's permanently, Meg's & mine until January.  Oh well...more free time!

I went to Sannomiya in the afternoon and went to Tokyu Hands.  I only made it the the 4th floor this time.  What a great place!

After that I went to Rokko, to Charles and Mary's for dinner and Trivial Pursuit (a birthday celebration for Kimberly & I).  Erin, Nora, Charles, Mary, Kimberly, & I had a great time, and I hooked some more people on Mannheim Steamroller Christmas!

I stayed over with Kimberly.

Sunday we slept through church, but got up, got around, went for okonomiyaki, then came to Himeji for Masano's family's Christmas party.

We met some of the JET teachers, and had a great time!  We danced a lot, ate a lot, and it was great!  I won a bento set, and we had our pictures taken with Miss Shirotopia(s).

Kimberly went home, and today I ran errands, and cleaned some more.

P.S. Peggy called Thursday for my b-day, Erin called & I thought it was Robin & said "what are you calling for"- kind of rude till I explained.  I got a "generic happy bday" card from Steph with your basic "Have a nice day. Love, Stephanie".

Friday, February 3, 2017

Monday, November 28th, 1988

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Friday I went to school and got lots of piddly things done- like grading papers, letters written, etc.

After school we had an English meeting to decide on the new faculty member for next year...of course we didn't decide again, and it was a total waste of an hour & a half.

I rode home with Karl.  We ate at Royal Host, then went to Megumi to teach.  For snacks they served sweet potatoes in foil baked on the room was kind of neat!

Saturday I got up and met Michiyo and Tomomi at Himeji Station.  Chinatsu was supposed to meet us too, but she got stuck in traffic, and I had to get on the shinkaisoku alone to meet Kim, who was waiting at Sannomiya.  Luckily the train was crowded & I was able to get off before she got on, to flag her down.

We met Chinatsu & the group on the next train & continued on our way to Doshisha University near Kyoto, for the speech contest.  It took 2 1/2 hours!  When we got there we went to a coffee shop for food & something to drink.  Kim & I bought.

Chinatsu did really well, but forgot what to say twice.  All of our hearts in the audience stopped!  The people who won, deserved to, but I think that if Chinatsu hadn't forgotten, that she would have gotten an honorable mention.

During the judging the Doshisha girls did scenes from "My Fair Lady".  This inspired Kimberly & I to write "My Fair Nihonjin" for Shirotopia next spring.

We didn't get out of there until almost 6, due to "closing comments", etc.  I was upset, because we were supposed to go to Mikes for Thanksgiving dinner.  We called & they said they'd wait...we got there at 9:15.  It was fun, but I was too uptight all evening.  I'm trying to "think Dave" (G. & his calmness), but it doesn't always work.

Sunday Kim & I got up & went to the Japanese restaurant on Miyuki Doori for lunch.  She left, & I came home.

I was worship leader at Megumi for English church, so I couldn't go to Rokko...  There were 5 people there...oh how I missed KIBC!!  It was a little fun, though.

After, Linda Lee said Karl wanted to see me...of course it was bad news.  The semester ends December 19th & I can't leave until then.  Well, my flight home is December 17th.  So, I wrote a letter to S., as Karl suggested, and hopefully it'll all work out.  I'm really beginning to hate Hinomoto.  The rules, people, way things are done, lack of help, backbiting, mismanagement, attitudes, etc. are really getting to me!

Today I met Mike at McDonalds & then we went to Mitsubishi to take care of my furikame for my plane ticket.  Mission finally accomplished!

I went to school for a faculty meeting to decide on flunking entrancees, then came home & cleaned & had a lesson with Kayo.

I'm going to Barrett's in a little while.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thursday, November 24th, 1988

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Friday night was English class at Megumi.

Saturday I slept in, then got ready and took the shinkaisoku to Rokko to meet Kimberly.  When she got there we took a taxi to Canadian Academy for the the KIBC Thanksgiving dinner. It was fun, and the food was great!  I had my 1st cornbread stuffing.

 Mary B. and Lynn G.

 Steve, Barry, me, Erin, Nora, and Kimberly

After dinner a bunch of us (Barry, Kimberly, Steve, Robin, Ben, Allyson, Nora, Mitsuko, Chiyoko, and I) went bowling.  On my first game I broke 100, but on the 2nd & 3rd, didn't.

 Mitsuko and Allison

 Steve, Chieko, Kimberly, Mitsuko, me, Robin, Barry, and Ben being tired...

After the crazy picture & bowling session some of us went coffee shop hopping.  After that I coaxed Barry into taking a picture of one of the barkers in Sannomiya who's tuxedo I really liked.  (I was too embarrassed to ask myself). 

After that we went shopping at Tokyu Hands (a fabulous store).  Gradually, through the evening we lost people.  Finally Kim, Chiyoko, Barry and I went to Mikage to the okonomiyaki restaurant and had great food- as if we weren't stuffed enough from the dinner earlier that day.

 the "okonomiyaki" lady at Kimberly's and my FAVORITE little grill in Rokko!!

I stayed over at Carol & Nobu's.

On Sunday I got up and went to church in Rokko.  Afterwards, Allyson, Mitsuko, Naomi and I met Kimberly in Mikage and we went back to Mukonoso for a festival that they were having.  It was really crowded, so we didn't stay long.  I, of course, managed to buy something in the short time we were there! 

After looking at the festival we went to Tsukashin.  I got some more Christmas shopping done.  I like Tsukashin a lot.  I also bought Kimberly's b-day gift there.  It's a shower head shaped like a gorilla's head.  The water shoots out of his mouth.  It's cute!

After that we went back to Rokko for Bible study and church.  I helped Paula set up to sing.  She was really nervous, and didn't do well.  She was so humiliated, she said that she would never sing again.  Kim sat on one side, and I on the other and through the rest of the service she signed & shook her head.  I felt really sorry for her.  I walked to the station with her, and she was pretty well composed, but I heard that she just sobbed all the way home on the train.

Monday I slept in, then went shopping on Miyuki Doori.  I finished my Christmas shopping.  I came home, and had a lesson with Kayo, then ran downtown to pick up my pictures from Saturday.  I got lots of great mail that day...lots of bday cards, and a Mannheim Christmas tape from Robin.  Mom sent me a sweater, some clippings, a magazine, and told me she got me 2 subscriptions to teaching magazines for my bday, too.  Unfortunately, I got a nasty letter from Stephanie that day, too.  It suffices to say that we are no longer together.  Period.  Kind of ruined the rest of the evening!

Tuesday was my busy day.  I taught my classes as usual, except that I showed a video (Sesame Street) in E.C. I.  In E.C. II we started drawing our own cartoons.

I had my Japanese lesson with Yukari.  It went pretty well.  I was kind of out of it the whole day though, because of Steph's letter.

After school I went to Mizoguchi for my kodomo & adult classes.  They went pretty well.

Wednesday I got up and went to Kimberly's for French toast. It was really good.  She's been a big help since I got Steph's letter.  After we ate and talked for awhile we went to a town near Shukugawa to buy groceries, then went to Ashiya to the singles Thanksgiving dinner.  It was fun.  There were about 40 people there.  Dave's mansion is exactly that- 3-6 mat rooms upstairs, 2-10 mat rooms down, a full size washer & dryer, sunken kitchen, yard, big genkan, 2 bathrooms, gorgeous!

  We played Pictionary, and talked...

Mitsuko acting out "witch doctor"...

me and Paula



 Dave and Mary

...and Erin (my new "girlfriend") and I went for a walk.  The food was great!

I walked to the station with Naomi, then came back to Himeji, and went to bed.

Today I had to come to school to be "on call" for entrance exams- whatever that means!  So, I'm sitting here doing nothing- all day.  What a drag.  I got a great care package from mom with a bday cake kit, and all of my back magazines in it.  What a mom!

Linda Lee asked if I always ducked into buildings to avoid my "friends", referring to Monday when I went through the post office to get to the cash machine, when Karl was a block away heading towards me.  What a paranoid guy! ( I actually did do that)(but he thinks I went through the post office & out the other door).  So, I played dumb, and said that I didn't see him!  Linda Lee said he was upset, so maybe this will penetrate his thick skull, and make him evaluate his behavior & personality, and change...naaaah.

I may be able to get an advance on my December paycheck, so that I'll have money at Christmas time...wouldn't that be nice!

I got a letter from Nancy W. yesterday.  It was nice to hear from her again!