Author Archives: Anthony

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.

The Future of ESL Teaching

What do you do with a room of about 30 unemployed ESL teachers and the managers who had to deliver the bad news? Sounds like the opening of a good joke….if only I knew the punchline. My colleagues and I … Continue reading

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When There’s Nothing to Write About

Having no thoughts on where or how to start and stop this thing, you can expect a bit of a ramble. I haven’t been writing much.  This is probably due to the mourning of my cat and the heaviness I … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Cat

My ex-wife really wanted a cat.  I was concerned that it would affect our traveling and I wasn’t really ready for the responsibility.  I managed to put her off for a little while, but one day, while I was running … Continue reading

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From the Mailbox

The mail carrier/postal worker arrived rather late today.  This didn’t bother me, but it did make for a good starting sentence to this post. Long after work was done, I made the short pilgrimage to the mailbox.  When I got … Continue reading

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Being Bad

I have a short story to tell.  It feels like a confession, even though it isn’t. My girlfriend is rather neat.  I don’t mean that she is a neat freak or anything like my third roommate in Japan.  She just … Continue reading

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Saturday Struggles

I don’t know if this is true for everyone, but I have come to believe it’s true for me.  Some days, you just don’t have it on the bike.  You might have been decent the week before, but on this … Continue reading

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The Pieces Fall into Place

Throughout this pandemic, several things have gone through periodic shortages.  We all read about or experienced the toilet paper shortage.  I reported in a previous blog that bike stores didn’t have many low or mid priced bikes.  I still don’t … Continue reading

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Club Rides in the Covid 19 Era

Of course, on my first official club ride of the season, I was running late.  I don’t know why.  I had actually tried to put a lot of organizational effort into the ride.  I printed up my club membership, and … Continue reading

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Cycling News

I got a great email in my inbox earlier this week.  My cycling club is now able to operate.  Of course, we have to have smaller groups, staggered starting times (and actually staggered, not leaving a couple of minutes later) … Continue reading

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Finally

I last got a haircut before my trip to Colombia.  I expected the temperature to be warmer there and despite the minimal protection my hair gives me from the sun, I was hoping it would be cooler. The week that … Continue reading

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