Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, February 17th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Today was a pretty good day.  It was rainy, and yukky outside so I holed myself up in my apartment and cleaned out drawers, wrote 9 letters, and played my new CD player all day.

I did go to the post office to pay my 2 phone bills, and had a terrible time with my umbrella and the wind.  I also went to A-Coop and bought stuff for french toast. It wasn't as good as Kimberly's, but it was okay.

Tonight I taught my class at Megumi then came back here.  Now I'm going to tape my food stamps onto the sheets, and maybe watch a movie.

Not a terribly exciting entry (or day) but I really enjoyed just doing 1 thing (writing letters).  I was alone, and it was a pretty stress free day.

I noticed that new nameplates were put on the mailboxes today.  Here is the old one:


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday, February 16th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Today I got up, and went to school for E.S.S. Shirotopia practice.  We practiced from 11- 2:30.  We got a lot done, but there is still a lot to do.  Tomomi was in a bad mood, but did all right.

After rehearsal Chinatsu & Michiyo came to my office for awhile (to fill out Shirotopia forms), but didn't stay long.

Michiyo gave me a ride downtown, and I bought the CD player I'd been looking at.  I also bought the Kylie Minogue CD.  The sound on the CD player is great, but it doesn't take batteries, as I thought it did.  Oh well...I'll have to get a converter in the states when I get back...joy.

Tonight I finished the slippers I was knitting, and watched t.v.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Today was frustrating, but no more so than usual, except that they voted to add a 5th period next year.  School will go until 5:40, throwing my evening schedule into utter chaos.  I'm going to have to cancel my Tuesday night, as well as my Friday night, and I'm not doing E.S.S. next year.  I felt like saying "why don't we just build a dormitory for all the teachers to live in, since we're at the frigging school all the time anyway?", but, of course, didn't.


They also scheduled a meeting for Monday the 27th...the day Mike and I teach the business class, so I'll have to leave the faculty meeting early...yet adding more stress to my already stress-filled life with each passing day. I despise Hinomoto more and more...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Today was basically a good day.  I got up at 10:15, got around, and went downtown.  I went to Topos, they were really empty...I don't know if it's inventory time, or if they're remodeling, or if they're closing.  I hope not the last one!  I also went to Zoo and finally bought the music staff coat hook.  It looks great in my hallway!

 I still have it...although it's now in a "less prime" location...the garage...

I went to Daiei and Maruzen too.  I found a CD player at Daiei that I think I'm going to buy Thursday.  It's got a remote control, and everything.

When I got home, I ate a pizza, glued the tear on my leather coat, scraped two glue spots on my genkan and wash room walls, hung my coat hook, knitted, and enjoyed doing nothing.

Tonight I taught my Mizoguchi class.  We started our dictionaries tonight (in the kodomo class).

When I got home I called Dave to see which kind of CD player was best, ate pizza, watched the end of a "Dirty Harry" movie, knitted, and am now going to goo to bed because tomorrow I have meetings all day at school...God help me survive them!!  So, until tomorrow night or later, since I'll probably be too tired and much too frustrated to take pen to hand...sayoonara.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday, February 12th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Saturday morning I got up at 6:30, got ready, and caught the train to Rokko (actually Mikage).  I went to Kimberly's and we talked and she made french toast.  She gave me a valentine.  We had a nice chat.

At 12:30 I went to Ashiya-gawa to help Dave get ready for the super bowl party.  We had a really great talk and got to know each other a little better.  What a great guy!

People arrived around 3:30 and we watched a couple of videos.  We ordered pizza, and never got around to watching the super bowl.  There were a lot of people there and it was great!

We left around 11, and I stayed over with Kimberly.

Sunday I got up and around and went to morning church in Rokko.  Paula was on a trip, so I substitute music directed.  It went all right, but I've never worked with Ben (the pianist) before, so the starts of a few songs were a little rough, but it went okay.

After church I went with Sandy to Sannomiya to meet Erin.  We had a great chat on the way to Sannomiya.  Sandy is great!

For lunch we went to Gaylord's, an Indian restaurant.  The food was expensive, but really good.  Erin is a stitch.  After lunch, and a leer from the owner (when Erin said that the fur hanging on the coat rack must be hers), we went downtown.

We went to a game room and "soft gambled" as Erin put it.  We played slot machines, and rolled coins down a chute to try to push other coins off a ledge to increase our tokens.  I was sad to find out that they couldn't be turned in at the end of the time for cash...Erin forgot to mention that.  As we left we played the crane booths out front (claw a prize).



We went to Tokyu Hands for a little while, but it was really crowded, due to the holiday weekend.  Before I forget...the train was really crowded on Saturday, but I happened to get on at the door that Hiroko was standing by.  She was on her way to Kobe to see some school friends, so we rode to Sannomiya together.

Sunday I met Kimberly and we went to a coffee shop, then back to Rokko (after looking in a few yarn shops). It was the first choir practice.  I was nervous, but it went well.  They're a good group and pick things up easily.  Rehearsals are really short though...too short!

I music led at church.  It went fine.  Erin and I sang "There Will Never Be Another".  I thought it went well, but Erin was convinced it was terrible.  Guess that's how I used to be...bummer.

I caught the train back to Himeji, and spent most of the walk to my apartment trying to get rid of an old man who kept striking up conversation with me.  Criminy, I couldn't ditch the guy. He tried to get me to go to his house for coffee, and I had to say no thanks about 10 times.  He seemed nice, though, and lives right in my very own neighborhood :-(.  So, I'm sure we'll meet again...joy.

Today I got up and cleaned, washed, etc.  Mike came at 1:00, and we went to school to turn in our grades.  After that we stopped in Nozato at the Italian Pizza Company for take out pizza.  It's really good, and I'm sure I'll be calling them again soon!

I went to A-Coop and bought a few things.

Kayo came at 5.  When she left, she gave me a chocolate necklace for Valentine's.  She's such a sweetie!

Tonight I watched "V: The Final Battle". 




I went out to take my trash to the curb and discovered that some of the little brats that live in the building opened all the mailboxes and removed all of the name plates.  I think all Japanese under the age of 12 should be deported to Antarctica until they reach 17, then brought back then.  The little brats!

Anyway...Kimberly called today.  She said she broke up with Jimmy because of an incident involving tobacco for Nobu, and Jimmy's questioning her about Gary and if he smokes a pipe and whether some of the tobacco was for him too.  Sounds really insecure.

So, I guess she really can be my Valentine now.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, February 10th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Wednesday night I waited at school until 6:30, and rode with Koji to Akira's apartment.  We had a good time, as usual.  Next week we're going to go downtown to the entertainment district for dinner.  Should be a great time.  Koji took me home afterwards.

Thursday I came to school and rewrote the script for Shirotopia, and typed it up.  After lunch we had E.S.S. practice.  Michiyo "forgot" we had rehearsal...again.  I'm ready to drop her from the show if she doesn't shape up soon.


Last night I went home, ate dinner, watched videos (Pop Betty House), news, and Tunnels.  I also got my videos labeled.

Today, I've been here for 20 minutes and Karl had bothered me twice.  He wants me to monitor his Bible Test. The absolute gall of this insensitive boor amazes me!  God, is June still 4 months away?!

Caught 4 girls cheating.  Rather severe consequences...flunk the class, have to take next year, and thusly may not have enough credits to graduate on time.

Taught at Megumi.  They gave me a big box of chocolates for Valentine's Day...how nice!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 8th, 1989

Note:  This is a series of journal entries from my two years living in Himeji, Japan (1988-1990).  I'm archiving them electronically through my blog.  Last names have been deleted and replaced with first initial only.  For details on this series of blog entries, see this post.

Yesterday I came to school and we gave our 1st year final exams.  No major happenings.  During the 2nd year exam, however, several girls were caught cheating.  One was mine.  Another had to be frisked by Linda Lee to get the notes out of her sleeve.  So, after that pencil boxes were checked, sleeves were rolled up, and I offered to secure the perimeter with barbed wire, but no one took me up on it.  They were reprimanded by Mr. S. & talked to- big whoop.

After this we (the gaizin staff) went to the Herb Garden for lunch.  Mike somehow managed to leave his briefcase sitting in the Hinomoto parking lot, and called later and I got it & took it to my apartment.

The afternoon was spent grading papers.  After school, I taught my class at Mizoguchi (one of those when will this class end?! nights).  I went home and jumped in the shower before Mike, who was supposed to come around 9:30 or 10:00, came.  Well, he was early & I had the wonderful privilege of answering the door in a towel.  He came to get is briefcase.  Went to bed at 10.

Today I came to school, and went home, and came back to school, and soon will leave again for the day.  Karl tried to call me this morning, but my phone was unplugged, for just such a reason.  Anyway he's having problems with M's visas & wanted my visa number.  So, of course I had to go home and get my passport.  It's funny how the old fart doesn't do diddly shit for me, but my life is continually inconvenienced and annoying-ful because of what I'm forced to do for him.  That absolute bloody jerk!!  June can't be too near for me.  grrrrrrr.  I can truly say that I've never been so continually annoyed by someone in my entire life.

Anyway, I don't think he really needed it after I went to all the trouble.  If he would just wait, be patient, and talk to the people he needs to talk to, before bothering others with his problems, he'd (and we'd) get along a lot better.  So far he's been in my office 3 times giving me updates, and I don't give a shit!!

Spent the rest of my short time at school correcting papers giving final grades, writing letters, reading, etc.

This is the 1st day of "water week".  I'm trying to cut down on sugar & caffeine to see if that's what's making my stomach queasy so often.  It's rainy outside today, so what better time to begin "water week"??!!