Inappropriate Coincidence

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Currently, I have only one Brazilian student, which is rare at my school.  She lamented to me yesterday that she really wanted to wear her flip-flops, which are the typical footwear of Brazilians.  She seemed rather pained to have to wear boots.  The weather has been colder than usual, but even if things were “normal” it would still be too cold to wear flip-flops…..or so I thought.

This belief is at the heart of Today’s Perfect Moment.  As I approached the bus stop this morning, I spotted a figure crossing the street and seemingly headed for the same place I was.  As I got closer, I discerned that it was a woman.  I watched her clutching her parka around her body and felt a bit of sympathy as she trudged toward the gas station rather than the bus stop.  It snowed today, and the temperature was below zero.

Upon second look, I was shocked to discover that she was wearing those very flip-flops that my student wishes she could wear, but because of the weather has declined to do so.  As an adult, I can’t but help to think that this was the dumbest thing I have ever seen.  I mean, this isn’t a case of freezing for fashion.  These weren’t high-end, designer flip-flops.  I would hate for her to lose a digit to frostbite.

As a blogger, could probably look at this another way.  It has provided an interesting thing to write about.  And, thanks to an odd coincidence of topic, definitely deserves to be Today’s Perfect Moment.  However, the blogger in me thinks this is the stupidest thing I have ever seen–well maybe that guy marrying the hologram is the stupidest, but I didn’t actually see that.

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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.
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11 Responses to Inappropriate Coincidence

  1. blossomkitty says:

    Flip flops are definitely above 20 degrees Celsius footwear!! 😂

  2. leggypeggy says:

    In Australia we still call them thongs. And we’re back in thong weather.

  3. bgddyjim says:

    What? A guy married a hologram?! Seriously?

    Ah well, we get to choose which gender we are based in emotion and desire nowadays, may as well just roll with that, too.

  4. Perhaps this’ll leave you feeling you were a little more there, cross-dimensionally of course:
    https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/crazy-in-love-the-japanese-man-'married'-to-a-hologram

  5. Curious how many teachers were fully informed of the story during their commenting …

    • Anthony says:

      I am of the most ardent belief that nobody is “fully informed”. We live in an age of both bias and rapid conclusions. Most information comes across as sound bites. In this case, the information has to be mingled with knowledge of both Japanese peculiarities as well as a dose of skepticism with an eye toward marketing.
      In this case, people saw it and drew some quick, and admittedly harsh, conclusions.
      I only contributed a “huh”—kind of a Japanese “I see.”

      • Being informed is quite doable; requires only discerning respectable sorces, making time and commitment to read and self-educate and above all practice critical thought. The rest of the world then gets its “news” in crap soundbites. Sad and telling statement. The Japan marriage story, simple example. All it takes is a quick sussing out of sites with the story, reading one or two reputable articles to get the gist. Not rocket science or big time commitment, just a desire to learn and be smart and aware.

      • That’s “sources” — dang typo while two-thumbing tiiiiny screen.

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