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Well, I can't deny it any longer. Summer is here, with all the loathsome heat and humidity it brings to this region of Japan. As I have mentioned numerous times, I absolutely HATE summer. and yet I keep moving to hot places. I went to colleg in Charleston, SC. When I was in England, they had their hottest summer on record. Now I'm here, veeeery close to the cities which normally have the highest summer temps in all of Japan (Kumagaya and either Isesaki, Takasaki, or Tatebayashi... can't remember which one, as they all sound similar, heh.)

I very much want to avoid a repeat of last summer. I found myself in a horrible depressive funk from June until October, when it finally started cooling down. I blamed it on the heat at the time. Truthfully, the heat WAS the biggest part of it. Feeling like you are literally going to die any time you leave your apartment will do that to you. With the sun beating down on me, burning my skin within 5 minutes, and the heat and humidity of DOOM making me feel like I can't breathe, I felt thisclose to fainting nearly every day. I do NOT take heat well. Simply eating a bowl of ramen in a stuffy restaurant was enough to make me pass out back in, oh what was that, Feb, March? I woke up face down on the pavement, with a mouth full of dirt. So Japanese summer and I do not mix very well.

However, I was also working a very high-stress job last summer. I'd been there for three years and was just DONE. Then I switched jobs, and found myself VERY broke for a few months.

This year, I'm in a much better job, with a MUCH lighter work schedule. I've since re-discovered my old hobbies (crafting, sewing, embroidery, etc.) My financial status is pretty stable, even if I'm not exactly flush. I've joined a gym and can now go swimming any time I want. :D Liam and I are doing great. It's now been a total of 4.5 years (WOW!) and we've actually lived in the same country for the last 1.5 years, lol. We have our squabbles, but overall things are pretty smooth. I'm eating better (or trying to, at least!) and getting more exercise. I'm going up to Ishinomaki with my friends when I can, doing volunteer work that makes me feel like I'm actually being useful as a human, for once.

So, if I can just try to not let the heat and humidity get to me, I'll hopefully avoid a repeat of last summer. I live in JAPAN, for Pete's sake! I should be enjoying it more than I have been recently.

So, がんばります。

I'd also like to exhume my journal from the dead. Post more often. More pics and stories from Japan. Maybe something about my misadventures in cooking. Maybe about my rediscovered crafting hobbies? So tell me, how would you feel if I sometimes posted about my crafting or cooking? Not all the time, not every day, not even every week. I don't have the time or motivation to craft THAT prolifically, ha ha. Hopefully, posting that stuff occasionally wouldn't bore you all to tears. What say ye?




After a long, arduous search, we discovered at last the elusive Panty Vending Machine...

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Porn Shack, baby Porn Shack! (Porn, baby, that's where it's at, yeah!)



The Porn Shack is located along Route 2, a long stretch of road lined with restaurants, offices, and factories, scattered among lots of rice paddies.

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If you could hear and smell this post, it would smell like sewage (fertilizer) and sound like a thousand ribbiting frogs.

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One of my Japanese co-workers made this to entice our class into behaving. It says, "If the teacher warns you three times about bad behavior, you must give a speech by Obama in front of the class. If you can't read it, that's okay; I'll read it and you can repeat" or something like that. LOL! It really works, too. When the kids are rowdy, I just hold it up and say, "Obama time?" They settle right down!

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And my buddy Yoshi, at my friend Madoka's bar. Yoshi is my tequila and pool buddy. He's taught himself pretty good basic English just by hanging around foreigners. When it's time for his winning shot (and he always wins against me, though I don't usually play him,) he asks, "How do you want to die?" LOL. He's a fun guy. My friend Charlotte and I once did karaoke with him, just the three of us. He paid for it, so we sang whatever he requested, which turned out to be Christina Aguilera's (sp?) "Dirty," and that song about the girl at the club who gets "low, low, low, low, low." Pretty epic karaoke night. :D

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