Saturday, February 18, 2006

I am NOT paranoid! Really!

OK, I know most of you probably will respond to this by thinking, "He is really paranoid.." but I swear it is true....

Everytime I get in my car and pull out, back out, make a turn onto any street, stop at a an intersection, at any hour of the day or night, no matter what kind of weather, there is ALWAYS someone there, stepping RIGHT in front of my vehicle!!!!!!

I swear it is true.
There is always someone directly in the path of me at the EXACT moment I am making the aforementioned movement.

At first, I thought I WAS paranoid!

Then I got my wife to notice it.

The population density here is so incredibly high that you literally will run into people everywhere, all the time.


About 20 years ago I visited a buddy's place (in Kurume Japan) and I had to go to the toilet while there. As I sat down on the throne, at eye level, pinned to the door of the loo was a clipped headline from the Japan Times.

It read, "The Only Place in Japan You can Be Alone"

No truer words....

And even more strange to this interloper is the FACT that Japanese people WANT to be in close proximity to one another, preferrably when the temperature reaches 27 degrees (celcius) and higher. They WANT to cram together into a small space and sweat together. there is a mass psychosis here that compells every last Japanese person to hurl themself into the biggest, stinkiest, sweatiest, most crowded possible situation in order to relax" and "enjoy" their day off or holiday.

As a matter of fact, the average Japanese response to wide open quiet spaces (like countryside), especially at night , is "kowai!" or "scary!"

Makes me realize that east is east and west is west....

Monday, February 06, 2006

All roads lead to Rome....and thanks for waiting.....

It has truly been too long since I wrote. Thanks for all your compliments on the blog and emails.
It is encouraging for me and I hope that you continue to drop in and read from time to time.

About 12 days ago my life changed.

My wife and her sister headed off for an 8 day trip to Rome, hereafter to always be referred to as "Waka's Roman Holiday".. That left me with the task of preparing all meals, shopping, washing all dishes, getting the kids ready for everything, working with them on homework, shuttling them to ballet and swimming and grandmas. Plus I still had to go to work too....

To say that I have a newfound appreciation for my wife, is more than an understatement!!

I have decided to from now on, always be more helpful and sympathetic to her cause. She has far too much to do. and I need to do more.

The Bible says a good woman is more precious that jewels. I truly believe I am sitting next to a treasure chest.