Wedding pics and Road Rules

Trip Start Sep 18, 2006
Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Sunday, October 1, 2006

Today, Andy and I had our fittings for the wedding shoot. *Fitting* isn:t quite the word for what it really was. There was no measuring, therefore no fitting, just me being stuffed...literally stuffed...into size zero dresses. If you:re living in Japan, decide to get married and to wear a wedding dress and you:re my can do it...if you hold your breath throughout the ceremony and don:t mind that a few of your ribs were broken in the stuffing process. If you:re my height in Japan and decide to get married...your chances of find a floor length gown are slim. And if you have feet my size, forget about the glass slippers for your wedding day; bowling shoes are about the only thing you:ll find to wear with that horrible suffocating dress. I:ve never felt so fat and so skinny, so hideous and so pretty all at once.

At one point, I got to try on an Emerald green dress with a huge hoop skirt. I felt like I was wearing Scarlet O:Hara:s lovely green curtains. I liked it a lot...but Masami (the guy doing all this) preferred the 1980:s prom dress look instead. Andy and I agreed that it was hideous but masami and the bridal shop lady kept saying *oooh...kirei* (pretty).

Masami then drove us home which made more aware of the driving patterns of these Nagasakians. They don:t suffer from the same anxiety that I do that is brought on by drivers who are slow to react when the light turns green or by long lines of cars.

Lessons from Rebecca:s Driving School of Nagasaki:

1. If the light you:re approaching turns yellow and then red--run it.
2. If the light you:re approaching is already red--run it.
3. If the car in front of you is stopped or moving slow--pass it, afterall, isn]t that what the sidewalk:s for?!?
4. If, in a block and a half, you need to make a right turn and the lane you:re in is at a standstill or even just moving slow, pull into the oncoming lane and drive past the line of cars and make your turn
5. If you need to run into the store, into a house, into anywhere, don:t bother parking, just turn off the engine and leave teh car in the middle of the street until you return.
6. If you must park, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS reverse into the spot
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