Happy Lupercalia!

Since no one wants to see pictures of me running around nekkid wearing my Wolf's head for Lupercalia, I'll show some Valentines instead.


 And my personal favourite:

This is my new avatar for Facebook and if I had the Photoshop skills, I'd add the byline, "I chew, chew, chews you!"

No big Valentine news though I did have dinner with my part-time paramour last Monday. We had Indian food at Namaskar and there's nothing like naan for showing off my impeccable table manners.

I initially considered "Elephant" but on second thought, I prefer that long-faced guy from Beetlejuice.

I gave Hisako a trio of planetary chocolates and a quintet of strawberry terriers. I was disappointed to learn later that her son consumed all of the dogs! At least he didn't go all Galactus on the Earth and Venus.

I didn't receive anything from her though she has a second chance when I see her tomorrow. I'll be in the company of several other friends so I don't think I'll get the chance to model these Kumamon boxers that I picked up.

Thanks to influenza, my classes were cancelled today so I'll never know whether I would have been a recipient of any chocos. Fortunately buddy Alex came through with some leftovers that he landed from his students including a  hedgehog cookie and a Darth-dollar!

How was YOUR Valentine's/ Lupercalia?


Momo Better Blues.

My Grade Sixers are learning the tale of Momotaro in English right now. The story in the text is INCREDIBLY lame but I've split them into groups and they're in the process of performing it in front of their classmates. Unfortunately due to an influenza outbreak, several performances have been postponed because few of the groups have a full cast.

I recommend you watch Samurai Jack talk about the tale in order to get yourselves into the mood. (Apologies for the dopey game Tales Runner's beginning. FF about 30 seconds.)

The kids all drew masks of the leads, Momotaro, Grandma, Grandpa, a dog, a monkey, a pheasant and a pair of Oni. Here is one class's interpretation of the characters.

First up, some Momotaros. The first few are more standard, then there's a less traditional version and a Momotarette.

The grandparents:

That last one is quite the GILF. (Grandmother I'd Like To F...)

The troops. Note, I gave them free rein here and allowed them to choose their own animals. Most chose the traditional allies, some went off-model.

And their nemeses, the Oni!

I love the Zippy-look of the last one.

Out of 30 potential performances, so far I've only seen two! It'll be a long two weeks (or six weeks depending on how many absentees we have.)

Mo' Momo Tomorrow!


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