School life...

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was nice, wasn't it? And today is supposed to be pretty much the same. There might be a chance of a passing shower in the afternoon, but it's a small chance. Basically, it should be mostly sunny today with some cloudy periods and a high of around 26C and tomorrow will be the same. Clouds will roll in on Thursday and it's looking like we can expect mostly cloudy or rainy weather from Thursday all the way through the weekend...

I was surfing the net the other day and came across the news that the University of Guelph (my alma mater) had built a new statue.

It's a Gryphon, that mythical creature with the head, wings and talons of an eagle and the body and tail of a lion. "Why the heck would they build that statue?", you ask. Well the Gryphon is the name of the athletic teams that represent our school.
school-gryphon statue
The statue was built at a cost $300,000 (no wonder why there aren't many statues built these days) and the cost was completely covered by donations. I'm going to see if I can find one of my (many, many, many...ok...a few...well, two...actually, there's just the one...) exes from university while I'm back home and ask her if she'll meet me there for a picture! Ha ha!

I was surprised to hear that Japanese schools don't have team names or colours...you have a school song, I've heard that before, but no team names! Why not? With all the fuzzy cute characters representing every town, prefecture and hamlet in Japan, I would have thought that there would be some desire for schools to have them too. And I've heard that private schools are trying to attract potential students and parents by offering school uniforms in famous brand names, so why not cool teams and colours?

Admittedly, when I was growing up my elementary and high school teams (there aren't junior high schools) didn't have the coolest colours...

My elementary school colours were green and gold. Who chose those colours? I'm guessing it was Mr. Benham-I think he was colour-blind! Ha ha!  Our team name was cool though. We were called the 'Huskies'. In case you don't know what a husky is, it's that breed of dog that is often seen pulling dog sleds. They are famous for their strength, endurance and ability to work as a team-all qualities that we want our teams to have.
school-centennial huskies


My high school colours weren't much better-purple and white with gold highlights. And our team was called the 'Royals' (purple and gold are associated with royalty). I don't know about now, but a 'royal' was supposed to act in a manner respecting fair play, and to be dignified and good sports even in defeat-again important qualities for young people to learn.
school-cddhs royals


As you know, my university had the Gryphon as its team name and the colours were red and yellow with black and white highlights. It doesn't sound very cool, but they looked pretty good actually. Why did we come up with a 'gryphon'? Well, I guess when your city name is Guelph, it's tough to find a word that goes with it, eh? Ha ha! Besides that, gryphons are a mix of a lion and an eagle and the lion is the king of the beasts and an eagle the king of birds so the 'gryphon' is thought to be the king of all animals. I'm not sure about the characteristics (it's a mythical creature, after all), but it's a strong and intimidating sound, don't you think?
school-guelph gryphons


If I were a school principal in Koi, I'd suggest calling our team the Koi Kois. Ha ha! What do you think? (for those of you back home, a koi is a carp, which is the same name as Hiroshima's baseball team and the area I live in is called Koi, but no relation to the fish)...so Koi Koi...ha ha! Ok...seriously though, how about the Koi Komodo Dragons or the Koi Killer Whales?

Hmmm...maybe that's why I'm not a school principal...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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