Chapter Nineteen: Another day
Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
36Trip End Feb 09, 2007
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I just got out of a test, and I am so glad THAT is over. I am pretty sure I did pretty averagely, I havent been studying as much as I should be lately.
By the way, I now have five jobs. I feel that this is slightly excessive, dont you? But I gotta pay the bills, and my scholarship isnt that fantastic.
I teach a class of adults at the tearooms down by the park on a Monday afternoon, a Japanese Art teacher here at the University on Monday and Thursday nights, two medical students at my apartment on Tuesday nights, a class of teenagers at a business college in Hirosakishi on Thursday afternoon, and On Sunday night I take the train out to a place called Owani, where I teach a 13 year old boy for an hour and then train back with enough time to review my kanji for the test on Monday. What is going on??
Yesterday I finally got a shelf cupboard thingee for my TV, it looks wicked cool. I put all my crap in it so now I dont have random piles of stuff taking up space.
Andy has been sick lately so Ive spent alot of time over at her place, we acquired both versions of Pride and Prejudice and I may have converted her. That is so awesome. She still has alot of pain in her back so if anyone knows any magical cures, its about midway down on the left side. (No more stomach pain dad.Thanks for the ginger advice I went out and got some!) We dont really know what is going on with it but the doctor gave her some *pain relief ointment* and it is my opinion that this is similar to hand lotion in other countries for all the good it does. Jeez Japan....
Anyway we didnt go to the waterfall again....its beginning to be something of a joke among us. Speaking of jokes, I have a quote board on my wall and it is hilarious...
After Thoms party, which he had a great time at, thanks Maribel for doing your job and bringing him late...we went to Skylark Gusto which is about the only 24 hour place here, and we ate pizza and fries and sat there until about four am. The highlight of the night for me was that I finally got to drive in Japan, as our Japanese friend with a car was shall we say unable to drive. So I got to cruise around Hirosaki with a bunch of people in the car commenting on how weird it was to be driving with me (Thanks Michael) and saying how good a driver I am. (Thanks Thom!) Mariko and I talked while the boys fell asleep on the table at the restaurant. Come to think of it, there were alot of people asleep on tables there. Actually the events of that night are quite common, but we dont usually have a car so it made it memorable.
Anyways suddenly this week is almost over again and I am mystified as to how time flies so fast here. At this rate I will be home again in no time. Thom and Al have only six weeks left until they go back to Canada!
There is a weird smell in my kitchen all the time and I have no idea why. if I spray stuff every second day its ok but its just in the doorway and I am so confused. I have the sneaking suspicion it might have something to do with my rubbish which I have been known to forget about.
Last night Thom and I went to take Purikura again at Joppal, a local department store thing, and we stopped off at a game store. I bought three games for the playstation, did I tell you, me and Michael went in on one and it lives in my apartment. Anyway, I bought one which was supposed to be so scary but its ridiculous and not even worth laughing at. I got one snowboarding one which is really cool, and one Anime one, Naruto 2, which we were so excited about but the guy put the wrong CD in it so now we actually have Naruto 1, and that is just not good enough. I will go back tomorrow I guess. We have a day at the park planned, but it might rain and in that case I am going to play games all day. And not stop.
Japanese karaoke is hilarious. The first time I went I was with Yukiko and her family in Shizuoka and there were 4 of us. Here you rent a room and depending on the place you can bring in food and drink and they give you a basket with the books of songs, an electronic song finder, a remote control and if youre lucky, you can get s tambourine and some shaker things so you can groove. It is so funny.
We are going again on Saturday night because some guy from Costa Rica is coming to see Maribel, so we have to take him out. I imagine it will be just as hilarious as it always is.