Karl cannot control his laughter in FCS496 because of the music Sato Sensei plays while he's speaking to the class. You might think this one is from my silly imagination. I am embarrassed to say, this comic strip is based on truth!
That's right, this one really happened. The Japanese teacher of English I was working with at the time thought it would be so nice to play the song, Let It Be by the BEATLES, while I talk to the class about vocabulary words for success. In my head, this sounded a bit cheezy and I was afraid the class would laugh at me. If we were in the U.S., they definitely would have! But, since we were in a Japanese Middle School, I figured the students would be busy listening for the vocab words they recognized and not even notice the comedy. Fortunately, I was right! Unfortunately, I didn't expect to start laughing...
Not only did I laugh, I was the ONLY ONE LAUGHING! Everyone, even my co-English teacher, could not understand why. The sad sound of the music together with my attempt at motivational speaking was a hilarious contrast. To me, at least. Several times I tried to get it together and finish but I just had to end it and apologize. I was laughing so much, a few tears came out of my eyes.
I felt bad for ruining the presentation for the students and my co-teacher but I had to think about it as just one humorous screw up. My co-teacher was upset a little I think, it's hard to tell with Japanese people sometimes, but my cartoonist way of looking at the world with humor could not be contained.
That presentation did not go the way I hoped it would but now I can look back and laugh. Sometimes you will mess things up but you have to learn to laugh and just let it be.