Today, for lunch, Sakai-san and Suwa-san took me to a Chinese restaurant. I ordered the Mapo Tofu and it tasted just like the Mapo Tofu I've eaten in Japan and not like the Chinese Mapo Tofu that I eat elsewhere (i.e. Taiwan, Taiwanese owned restaurants).
Me: So, that restaurant was owned by Japanese people?
Suwa-san: Yes, of course.
Me: Ahhh...Did you know that in America, a lot of Japanese restaurants are run by Chinese people? I was trying to think of where I could get good authentic Japanese food in Charlottesville and all the places I could think of were owned by Chinese people.
Suwa-san: But how can that be?! Chinese food is nothing like Japanese food. How can they cook it right?
Me: <thinking to myself> And now we understand my experience at your Chinese restaurant today.
Suwa-san: Who is your favorite soccer player?
Me: Hasebe Makoto.
Suwa-san: Hahaha. Why do you like him? Because he's handsome?
Me: I don't actually know why I like him. Maybe it's because he plays fair.
Suwa-san: Ah yes. He is truly a gentleman.
Sakai-san: American's women's national team is very good.
Me: Yes, they are.
Me: Yes, I certainly love Abby Wambach. Hope Solo - a lot of guys in the US like her because she's pretty.
Sakai-san: Yes, I know that...
Me: <thinking to myself> Man, that Hope Solo is just absolutely gorgeous.
Sakai-san: ...But I don't think so.
Me: You don't think she's pretty?
Sakai-san: To me, no.
They asked me about part-time jobs in America and I asked them about part-time jobs in Japan. It seems we've all had our share of work at menial labor jobs for little pay. However, my $6/hr job at Pizza Hut was the lowest paying job among any of us.
Sakai-san: I worked at a cafe - Starbucks. Have you heard of it?
Me: <laughing> Yes, I think I have. So, you know how to make all the different kinds of coffee?
Sakai-san: Yes, and I can even make a heart and a rabbit in the foam.
Me: Really? Sugoi!
It turns out that our wind tunnel building is haunted by ghosts.
Me: Really? Ghosts?
Sakai-san: I have never seen them but I have definitely felt their presence.
Me: <thinking to myself> Wow, between your lab and mine, I think we have a real horror movie on our hands.