Monday, June 12, 2006

I Did Nothing and It Was Everything I Hoped It Could Be

That is one of the better quotes from Office Space, one of my all time favorite movies. It also sums up what I have done the past four days, almost absolutely nothing. When I said I was getting four days of relaxation a few days ago, what I actually meant was that I was in for four days of sheer boredom.

Japan is a great place, when you have something you want to do or somewhere you want to go. Or if you have a couple of friends that live in the town you do, that also helps. Seeing that I had none of the above, I have pretty much sat around on my kiester the entire time I have been off. I feel lazy but honestly, there was not a lot I could have done. I cleaned my apartment a bit, I did dishes a couple of times, but that was it.

Oh, I have been very good about running everyday, I have been doing that. Though I am not going to tonight. My knees felt kind of odd yesterday and though I think its probably because they are mad at me for running on concrete and not a machine, I figured I would let them rest today. Over the past five days, I have been running three times and each time has been a little more than three miles. Not a bad way to ease back into the habit if I do say so myself. I have found a really cool route that takes me through the whoring district of Fukuchiyama (yup, there's a red light area) and then through a covered strip mall that is closed at night and stretches the better part of half a mile. I like running through there because of the way it is dimly lit at night and kind of creepy. To add to the ambiance, last night when I was going through that area, someone was practicing on their koto. They were playing a tune called Sakura. Think night time, ninjas, and cherry blossoms, and you pretty much have the atmosphere in which a ran last night. The funny part is, when I was looking to see what the instrument was that I heard exactly, I came across this page that actually has the tune that I heard last night as the example of what a koto sounds like. Check it out:

In other news, about the only other mentionable event that has happened lately was another pair of earthquakes that woke me this morning. To be more accurate, I woke up about one second before the quakes started. I think I have dog senses or something, it was odd. Either way, these quakes came back to back. The first one, was a four magnitude and the second was a three. The keep getting stronger and lasting longer. Its like they are on viagra. :) Sorry, I had to, I just read that last sentence and it sounded so wrong I knew it had to be right. :)

Tomorrow, I start back to class and I must say I am happy to be going. It at least gives me something to do. That and the shopping area next to the class has a little shop that sells really tasty curry ramen. Mmmm....curry ramen....ahhh. Anywho, this week should not be horribly eventful. I will have my language exchange with Mari on Thursday, so I am looking forward to that. My family will be here in two weeks as of yesterday so I am getting excited for that too. I am mildly intrigued to see how they will take everything in. It will be nice being able to show them everything I have told them about, I am looking forward to their visit.

Well, that about does it for now. If something nifty happens tomorrow, I will let y'all know. Later!


At 1:32 PM, Anonymous "I Believe You Have My Stapler" Steph said...

Ah Office Space, one of the greatest movies ever made.

Guns, now running, are you in basic or something?

Glad to hear you're ok, altho the quake frequency is concerning. Play it down or your mom will force you into the luggage and drag you back to the States (not like she won't try anyway).

Have a good week running off the curry!

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Maharet said...

great movie. :)

sorry to hear your so bored.... i guess there's only so much you could write. it's true. you should try some sort of volunteer work or...something fun. like a gaming comunity or something. go pretend to be a nerd and join one. at least you'll find some like minded people....if your lucky. lol

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Karie and Reid said...

Another earthquake?! We, up here in Takaoka, are very jealous of you! Not that we want to be in the middle of a huge, devastating quake or anything, but a small one would be kinda cool...oh well!

PS - Office Space, what a great movie! That was my life before I came here! :)

At 1:15 AM, Anonymous Tony said...

Must submit curry ramen recipe.


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