This is how someone in the video describes Camphill:
The idea of Camphill is to really create intentional communities with and for people who are developmentally disabled. Don’t be taken aback by the word disabled. Everybody has abilities and those abilities can create a very strong and viable and vital community.
In the Acadia Report today, more comparisons of living on and off campus.
This student said she prefers living off campus. Why?
Because you’re not stuck with Sedexalls (?) /Chartwells and their food.
You get to decorate your room how you want to.
I’ve found it’s cheaper. It’s definitely cheaper.
You can have parties at your house.
You can sleep in late. And you’re not bugged by fire alarms going off at 2 am in the morning.
You’re not at the beck and call of RAsand SRAsif they want to have a meeting or some form of get-together in the lounge area in the middle of the week.
If you can come home late, there’s no problem for you to walk in and put loud music on because you probably don’t have roommates … if you’re living off campus in a one bedroom, in a bachelor. If you do have roommates you’re probably friends with the person, so you know who you’re living with, you’re not with a total stranger.
Living off campus also gives you the opportunity to cook your own food so you don’t have to be subjected to, well, what meal hall considers edible.
You can buy lots of stuff and put it in the apartment to decorate it to make it look homey just like how you would at home, back in your own place, wherever you came from. You can take all that stuff with you when you leave. You’re not subject to have the place looking exactly how you had it when you left.
If damage happens you do have someone you can call and they have to fix it right away. You’re protected by the tenancy act so if your landlord’s being an idiot you just have to call them up and they deal with them for you. I don’t know I just like living off campus better.
Kia Ora in Stick News today a fire broke out in a fire station in Nagoya, Japan.
Yesterday a firefighter was cooking dinner for the crew at a fire station. His coworkers were out on a call so he was at the station alone. Then he was called out. A fire department official said in his haste to respond to the call, he forgot to turn the stove off. Ten fire trucks from other stations put the fire out.
And that was Stick News for Thursday 29th of January. Kia Ora.
How many seasons have you had in Niseko? ニセコは何シーズン目ですか？
This is my third winter in a row here in Niseko. 今回でニセコは３シーズン目です。
How have the conditions been recently? 最近のコンディションはどうですか？
Recently? Ahhhhh it’s been epic. Epic. Epic. Unbelievable. In my three years here I … last week, I think on Wednesday, I’ve never seen an, a one day, overnight dump of snowfall like that before and it’s just, the past few days I’ve had my best days ever here in Niseko. Just amazing. 最近？ あー、信じられないくらいメチャスゲー。 先週水曜は今まで見たことがないようなドカ雪が一晩中降り続けて、その後の数日はこれまでのベストなニセコだった。 とにかくすごかったよ。
How does Niseko compare to the mountains in California? カリフォルニアの山と比べてニセコはどうですか？
The mountains there, it’s more of a, a typical mountain range that you see and so the elevation is higher and it’s steeper. Um, and there’s a little more terrain. But the snow is a little bit heavier, a bit wetter, and a little less reliable. They don’t get as much snow, but sometimes they get big dumps. Whereas here it’s … the mountain’s pretty mellow, but the powder’s real deep and dry. カリフォルニアの山は典型的な山並みが続くのが見えて、標高が高く険しい地形が特徴。 雪はやや重でウエットで安定しない。 普段、雪はあまり降らないけど、たまにドカ雪が降る。 それと比べるとニセコはメローな地形で、とても深くてドライなパウダーです。
Word of the Day
Today’s word is viable.
adj. that can be done; that will be successful
People often talk about viable options.
If something is not a viable option it means that, yes, it’s an option – we could do it, but if we did it we wouldn’t be successful.
I found this example online: An E-tagging system is not a viable option for the monitoring of asylum seekers.
That was in a letter to the editor of an Australian newspaper and the letter explains why they think that option wouldn’t be successful.
conversations with sarah
George Has the economy affected business in Niseko? ニセコに金融危機の影響はある？
Sarah Yeah, I think it has. Apparently lots of Australians cancelled their trips this year. あると思うよ。 今シーズン多くのオージーが旅行をキャンセルしてるって言うし。
George Have lots of companies gone bankrupt? 倒産した会社、たくさんある？
Sarah I don’t think lots have … but maybe a couple. I’m not really sure. たくさんは無いと思うけど、いくつかあったんじゃないかな。 よく分からないけど。
George Is it really expensive for Australians to come to Niseko now? 今のニセコはオージーにとって高いのかな？
Sarah Well, it’s almost double what it was last year. 先シーズンと比べて約２倍。
George Almost double! 約２倍！
Sarah Yeah, so, for example a glass of beer is usually around 500 yen. So Australians used to say: Oh, it’s only about 5 dollars, that’s really cheap. But now, they’re like: Oh, 10 dollars for a beer … うん、例えば普段ビール１杯５００円なんだけど、以前オージーは「たったの５ドルかい。 すごく安いな。」って言っていたけど今は「ビール１杯が１０ドルじゃあね・・・」
George Yeah, that sounds like a lot more. 割高感が強いな。
Sarah Then again, I think some people who go on holidays to ski resorts have so much money they might not care if the prices doubled or tripled. その反面、金持ちはスキーリゾートに旅行しにきて、その費用が２倍だろうが３倍だろうが関係ないと思うけどね。