10:00 AM, time for a break.
I tidy up my desk a little and then reach into my bag for my wallet. I slip the wallet nonchalantly into my pocket and head for the door. I scan the office as I plod along towards the door; everyone is completely fixated on their computer screens. I crack open the door to the staircase and slip out as quietly as I can. As I stealthily close the door behind me, I’m greeted by someone in the staircase.
Super Secret Person Who Crept Up On Me While I Was Trying To Leave The Office Relatively Unnoticed And Kind Of Scared Me But Not Really Because I Have An Image To Maintain: Hi Colgan.
Me: Oh, hi Pirate.
Pirate and I make small talk for a bit until we eventually hit on the subject of English and English related activities.
Pirate: Yeah, there used to be a lot more foreigners in this area. Most of them were employed by a big English language school near the train station.
Me: Oh really? I didn’t think that many foreigners would come out here to the country.
Pirate: There were a lot, and they came from a lot of places. The school was really popular too, until it was shutdown.
Me: Shutdown? What happened?
Pirate: The president of the company was involved in some…shady things.
Pirate: Anyways, I have some friends who get together and practice English every once in awhile. Would you be interested in joining us?
Me: Yeah, that sounds fun.
Pirate: Alright, I’ll call your cell phone next time.
Ah crap…where did I put that thing
Me: Ah OK, but I’m not really good about answering my cell phone.
Is it in my bag? Maybe I left it in the dorm?
Pirate: That’s no good! You have to answer if I call.
Me: I’ll try my best…
Isn’t even charged? Where did I put the charger…
Putting aside my myriad worries concerning my cell phone I bid goodbye to Pirate after promising one more time to answer my cell phone. I then made my way up the staircase to the building’s break room. I stumbled inside to find Mint.
Mint: Having an English conversation seems fun.
Me: Ah, yes. (He walked by while I was talking to Pirate) But it’s kind of normal for me…
Mint: That’s true. Maybe I should try speaking more English too, but Japanese people are pretty bad at it right?
Me: Well, the people I’ve met are really good at grammar and writing, but not so good with conversations.
Mint: Yeah, we all speak really choppy right?
Me: Choppy? (This was a Japanese word I didn’t know)
Mint: Yeah, it originally came from a word that referred to chopping things up.
I finished up my conversation with Mint and headed back down to the office. After settling into my desk, Captain Crunch came by to talk to me.
Captain Crunch: Chan-san, have you heard of the movie ビイオハザード?
Me: Sorry? Baia-wha?
Captain Crunch: ビイオハザード. Ah, it has a different name in the US huh?
バイオハザード = Biohazard = Resident Evil