We’re back with a new episode!
In this episode:
- Interview with Will
- Quotations: about healing
- The new Offcue Show
- see episode transcript below
== FULL TRANSCRIPT for English Teacher John Show 67 ==
Welcome everyone to the English Teacher John Show. Our show is for English learners of all abilities. We tried to use clear and difficult-to-understand English. No, no, no we try to use clear and easy-to-understand English. Our podcast is recorded, edited and produced right here in our studio in Matsumoto, Japan. My name is John Koons and I am your host. Alright, let’s see.
Today’s show, we have two segments. In our first segment, it’s an exciting interview with Will, who lives here in Matsumoto. Our theme today is healing so you’ll hear something about healing in this interview with Will.
[promo: interview audio clip]
John: Will, can you give us a little summary of what happened recently.
Will: I was snowboarding at Hakuba 47…
Then, we’ll have a couple of quotations in our second segment. Alright, let’s do it.
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We’ll start off with the interview.
John: Alright, well we’ve got a special interview today. Our guest is Will. How you doing Will?
Will: Doing okay.
John: Welcome to the English Teacher John Show.
Will: Good to be here.
John: Yeah, why don’t you just tell us a little bit about yourself. I know a lot about you but our listeners don’t.
Will: Okay. My name is Will and I’m from America, Salt Lake City, Utah and I’m an English teacher here in Matsumoto and I like to play music. I play the guitar and I like skiing and snowboarding and yeah, that’s about it.
John: Well, Will is under special care right now, he had a little accident. Now, I don’t know if he wants to get it too much but Will, can you give us a little summary of what happened recently?
Will: Yeah, well on March 1, 2009, I was snowboarding at Hakuba 47.
John: [Whispering] Will is a very good snowboarder and skier, by the way. He comes from Utah.
Will: And it was the end of the day and I was snowboarding in the trees and I unfortunately hit the tree with my left leg.
John: Did you hit the tree or did the tree hit you?
Will: I think I hit the tree. It wasn’t the tree’s fault. It was my fault.
John: Trees are very slow to move out of the way, aren’t they?
Will: Yeah, it didn’t really get up and ran away or anything like that. No, it was my fault. Yeah, so I hurt really bad. I knew it was really bad when it happened and it hurt a lot and I had to yell for help and someone finally came.
John: And you ended up getting to the hospital.
John: Then, what’s the diagnosis?
Will: Well, I broke my tibia in my left leg near the joint and I had surgery and they put a metal plate and nine screws or bolts into my knee bone and I can’t walk, I can’t put any weight on my leg and I was in the hospital for 12 days but now I’m home and it’s nicer to be home but I can’t do anything right now.
John: Now, well you’re a pretty active guy.
John: What’s the hardest part about being injured and in a third floor apartment? What’s the hardest part about it?
Will: I miss independence being able to ride my bike to go somewhere.
I miss being outside. I can go outside but I can’t. I need to stay near my bed just to lay down and to make my knee feel better and I miss walking around normally which is hard; everyone takes that for granted but now I’m starting to feel like I miss that and it’s kind of crazy to watch my leg gets skinnier and skinnier. It’s already happening.
John: You can notice the muscles?
Will: Yeah, the muscles are getting smaller, atrophy. Yes, already, I can feel it. It’s crazy.
John: And we have an expression “blessing in disguise“ to mean you know something bad happens but then there’s something good that comes from it. Maybe something you don’t realize immediately. Right now, anything good maybe that’s come from this period of being injured and being a little bit immobile?
Will: Well, I have been able to see a lot of my friends, a lot more than I might have which is nice. Everyone came to the hospital and which is really great and a lot of people who have helped me out which is great and I have time to relax. Not that I was really stress-prone guy before but now I’ve getting a lot of sleep, catching up on years of sleep and my mom sent me some delicious potato chips that I have been enjoying.
John: [Whispering] I’ve tried a few of those.
Will: And they are my favorite.
John: I have tell they’re not some kind of potato chips, absolutely wonderful greasy, salty, love it, excellent potato chips.
Will: They’re the best. That’s from America.
John: Thanks to the Springmeyer family.
Will: Yes. Well, I do have more time to play some music though it’s kind of hard to get around and get the guitar opened but I was having good time yesterday at John’s house. We had a good jam.
John: It’s quite nice. Any particular things you’re working on? Well, tell us about what do you play? What instruments and what kind of music?
Will: Well, I started playing guitar when I was 12 and I have started playing bass when I was 14 and I played the banjo and the mandolin also but I mostly play the guitar and the bass and my styles range from bluegrass, rock, country, reggae, funk, and latin. A lot of different styles. I like a lot of different kinds of music but I think the songs I write personally are more kind of rock, country style, I guess. And I just wrote a pirate song and I wrote a song that kind of sounds like maybe Credence or Eagles or something.
And yes kind of my artistic outlet. My sister is a painter and I’m a musician but there are no other musicians in the family really so we just popped up randomly.
John: And the injury, will it affect anything related to playing music, any songs we should look forward to about your injury or your period of rehabilitation?
Will: There might be a few more bluesy songs coming out. It’s not the happiest guy but I’m certainly doing alright but maybe I write song kind of the swollen leg blues or the third floor crutches blues or something like that. Yeah, let’s see. I haven’t written anything specifically for it yet but well I have time to so…
John: When do you expect to be fully back in action?
Will: Well, I think how about five months that’s what the doctors are saying. It seems like a really long time and I’m hoping that that’s the maximum length at full but two months with no weight on my left leg and then I think after three months can start putting full weight and then…
John: So rock climbing is out of the question.
Will: For a while yeah and bicycling is out of the question which is a major that’s hard because that was my former transportation in Matsumoto so I’m going to have to mooch rides off of people to ride some or take the bus.
John: I can strap you on my bicycle.
Will: I don’t think so.
John: Alright Will, well good luck in your rehabilitation.
John: Yeah thanks for joining us on the English Teacher John Show.
Will: Good to be here.
John: And my last question.
John: Is it time to eat the ice cream?
Will: I think so. Lady Borden here we come.
John: Alright. Let’s go.
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Alright well, we’ve got a few quotations for you today. The first one is from Hippocrates, the wise Greek physician of the couple thousand years ago. He said,
“Healing is a matter of time but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
Healing is a matter of time but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
And we have an Ethiopian proverb,
“A person who hides the truth that he or she is sick cannot expect to be cured.”
– Ethiopian proverb
A person who hides the truth that he or she is sick cannot expect to be cured.”
Alright have to tell your friends, your family, let people know you’re not doing so well.
And finally, our next quote is from Sai Baba, the Indian guru and in fact there are two indian gurus known as Sai Baba, one is still alive and one who passed away in 1918. I think I will leave it to you guys to research which Sai Baba we’re quoting here.
Sai Baba said,
“Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
– Sai Baba
Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy.”
Okay, well our quotations today are from dailycelebrations.com, livingfully.com and brainyquote.com. Alright, that’s it for quotations.
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Okay, that brings us to the end of Show Number 67. You can find our blog, all of our video and audio podcasts, some transcripts, not all transcripts, other language help and more at our website, englishteacherjohn.com. Our e-mail address is p o d c a s t -at- englishteacherjohn –dot- com.
Thanks for listening. We will catch you next time and if you’re a little under the weather, under the weather means you’re not feeling so well, you’re not quite 100% in health. So if you’re a little under the weather in body or mind, well happy healing!
Our music man is Martin Chenhall. You can catch him on MySpace. Thanks, Martin.