Friday, September 30, 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 1988

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.

I'm going to write this entry looking over my shoulder, becasue I swear to God there's a cobra outside my window...okay maybe it's not a cobra, but its at least 25 ft. long...okay, maybe 2 feet, but I just know it's poisonous.  I called Karl, and he said it's poisonous if it's head is triangular.  I'm not getting close enough to find out!  From a distance it certainly looks triangular.


Today has basically been uneventful (till now).  I cleaned, read, did laundry, dishes, etc.  I also played social director for caravan in regards to the day at Central Park on Saturday, and the party after.  I was also Mr. Phone Call today.  The phone has run a lot today.  I got 2 prank calls that I think are from the Kazuko I./Mari K. crowd.  I don't really like them.

I ran downtown after wrestling with myself whether to go or not, at about 6, to take in some negatives of Brenda's for reprints.

I wrote a couple of letters.  Otherwise it's been a nice, slow, uneventful day.  It poured this afternoon, so I stood on my back patio and held all of my plants over the rail for a nice misting.  Pretty stupid look if anyone saw me!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wednesday, July 13th, 1988

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.

I went in to school around 12, after a frustrating morning at the camera shop, and not having my stuff ready when they said they would.

Kidsland had a barbeque for caravan & me.  It was really fun.  Kim made a tape to send back to her choir, complaining that they hadn't written.  It was a riot. 


I BELIEVE this was "Snarky Sound of Music"...DOE A DEEEEER...




After the bbq we all went shopping in Himeji and ate at McDonalds.  We finished the adventure with a stop at Baskin Robbins.  I had caramel ribbon- YUM!!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, July 12th, 1988

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.

I went to school around 11:30.  Mr. M. was there and invited me to go with Kidsland to Herb Garden for lunch, it was good.  Caravan (actually David) came over & stayed till about 3 or 4.  9 or 10 high school girls came too.  What a giggly shy crowd!  Each night I either get a call from Brenda or David, and sometimes Sam...good to hear from them!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, July 11th, 1988

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.

I don't remember a thing about Monday- must have been a real thrill...Kayo came for her lesson, and maybe I cleaned, etc.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Sunday, July 10th, 1988

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 has been quite depressing.  David & I got up at 7, got ready, & David packed up to move back to the ryokan in Koro.  We left at 8:00 in case we couldn't get a taxi, but we did, so we got to church 45 minutes too early.  Sunday school started late, at 9:15, so it was a long wait...but better than a long walk.

Sam was at Megumi today, too.  The three of us sang "Pass It On" as a trio- it sounded pretty good.

We had hamburgers at J's after, and then at 2:30, the fated moment came & they left.  I walked home & immediately started cleaning, doing laundry, etc.- to keep busy.  I busied myself until about 7, then called L. Lee to see if I could return the futon she lent me (and get out of the apt. for awhile).  I went over & watched an episode of "Murder, She Wrote", got some lotion for my sunburn & came home.  The phone was ringing as I got home & it was Dave- to set up when to go to Mike's for the party.

I cleaned out my desk, and then mom & dad called.  It was good to talk to them, but they were so "parentish".  I find my relationship changing & I don't like the morale talks- not that I ever did, but they mean well, and my past experiences deem that they speak that way because that's how my depressions always ended- with a "pick your butt up off the floor" speech...maybe now I'm becoming more centered in God, and don't need those "electric shock" speeches?!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Saturday, July 9th, 1988

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.

Well, I'm going to try and "get back on the stick" as we say in America.  Kim called at 9:30, and said she and Sachiko were at Kyoguchi Station.  I gave them directions, and woke David up to get ready.  While he ran to the shower, I threw stuff in various closets, and we were actually ready when they got here.  I fixed tacos for lunch, and we had a nice time talking.

We left at 12 & went shopping for a little while, then met a rather large group of 14 (it started out to be 5) at the castle gate.  It was fun, though.  We walked all over the castle and grounds, saw many gaijin and had a great time. 




 


After the castle we went to the historical museum, which was really interesting.  I must go back!




After the history museum, we went back to Miyuki Dori, in a somewhat smaller group of 8, and shopped some more.

David & I got home around 7, and I fixed pizza for dinner.  I gave him the bean bags I bought at the tourist shop, and my Himeji Castle door hanging as gifts. (I felt bad because other hosts were giving yukatas, Japanese dolls, etc.).

I did his laundry, taped his Bill Cosby tape and his Billy Joel tape, and we talked for a little while.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We Interrupt 1988 For This Post About the WCT 40th Anniversary Gala

This past weekend Duane, my BFF Lynn, and I drove down to Washington, Iowa to attend the 40th anniversary gala for the Washington Community Theater.  I did several shows there in the mid 80's and mid 90's, and wanted to reconnect with some of the amazing people I worked with during that time.


It was a busy, crazy, whirlwind trip!  We left Saturday morning at 8:00, and were back in the cities by 6:00 on Sunday night (a 5 1/2 hour drive, each way).

On the way down, we stopped in Pella, Iowa to be tourists...eat lunch at the Windmill Cafe...and buy pastries at Jaarsma Bakery...






...then continued on to Fairfield, where we dropped our luggage at the hotel (Lynn), and Tena and Andrew's (Duane and me).  We made a quick change into our formal wear for the evening, then headed to Washington.

Our first destination was for wine and cheese on the porch at our friend Dan's house.  Lynn used to work with Dan, and, through their Facebook "relationship" I got to know him too!  I eventually "friended" him, and we got to know each other online.  It was GREAT to finally meet him in person!

Dan has also worked with the Washington Community Theater, so Lynn was going to be his "date" for the gala.  We were supposed to arrive in Washington at 2:30, but the stop in Pella threw off our schedule, so we didn't have much time to socialize before it was time to head to Cafe Dodici!

What an amazing place!  Having just been to Italy, we were THRILLED to experience the delicious cuisine.  Lynn and Dan met another "old" friend of mine and theirs...John, who Dan still works with, and Lynn used to work with, and who I knew from a theatrical production 30 years ago...small world!

Unfortunately, the restaurant seated their group of four (John's wife Nancy was there too!) and OUR group of four too far apart to actually interact (dispersal of tables to servers, I suppose), but Duane and I had an AWESOME time catching up with Tena and Andrew!!




After dinner, Dan and Lynn, John and Nancy, and Duane and I headed to the theater for the 40th anniversary gala.  What a HOOT to go back to the theater after twenty one years!  It was cool that the place hadn't changed much, but BOY had the people!  I had a hard time recognizing some of the people I had worked with, but it was AWESOME to reconnect with some dear, dear friends!



 Linda, who was Wendy to my Peter in "Peter Pan"...


 John (one of the brothers in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"), Peg (backstage for "Joseph"), and Linda

 Greg, who directed me as Seymour in "Little Shop of Horrors"

 My coat of many colors from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (second production)


Carmen...narrator to my Joseph in TWO productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

One of the highlights of the evening was when the theater recognized Leon Hilfman, who has done so much for the Washington Community Theater, and with whom I was fortunate to be directed in THREE of my four shows there (in addition to also working with him on a show in Iowa City).

After a lovely evening enjoying show tunes performed by the Southeast Iowa Symphony, directed by Robert McConnell, who conducted the pit for (I think) all of the productions in which I performed, we headed back to Fairfield, and collapsed EXHAUSTEDLY into bed!!

On Sunday, Lynn went to Washington to have brunch with Dan and John and Nancy, and Duane and I had PLANNED to have brunch at Ila with Tena and Andrew, but...AGAIN...Ila was closed...boo!!!  They were closed last time we were in town and wanted to go there for dinner too.  BOO!!!

We ended up at George's Pizza for an "adequate" breakfast, walked around the square for a bit to look at the vintage cars in the car show being held there...




,,,then went back to Tena and Andrew's and packed, and headed to Washington to pick Lynn up at Cafe Dodici (which, apparently, has a really good brunch too!), then headed north.

OF COURSE we found a "photo op" on the way back in New Hampton...




A super fun trip, with super fun people...super fun!!

Here's hoping YOU were able to reconnect with "long lost friends" recently too!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Friday, July 8th, 1988

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 we had a "puky" breakfast, and lunch.  We practiced for 45 minutes in our groups & did the musical "Music Machine".  It went pretty well, and was great!


Mr. M

Akira

 Sam and President S.

We had closing worship, pictures, then boarded the bus.  The movie on the way home was "Gremlins" in Japanese.

 A cool "upside down" coffee shop on the trip home!

David & I laid around tonight, looked at pictures, etc.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 1988

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.

We did aerobics, ate a Japanese breakfast, and worked for 3 hours in our groups.  We got our banner made, our skit written & practiced, & our song & actions learned.  Our theme was GOODNESS and we really got a lot done, and my discouragement from the lack of motivation, concern, etc. was lessened.  They worked pretty hard.





We had a good lunch (beef bourguignon), then had free time.  I spent about 4 hours out at the pool & definitely feel it now.  I'm burnt beyond "to a crisp".  The tops of my feet are even tomato red.  I'm still in pain.



After free time was dinner, an extra hour to practice, then campfire- where we played a variety of boring games, sang camp songs, and, yet again, did fireworks.  Caravan had another party.

Mike & I had several good talks during the day (mainly about Karl).  It was good to unload, but not very nice, I guess.  It's nice to know I'm not along in my feelings!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Wednesday, July 6th, 1988

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.

David & I got up at 6:30, got ready, and went to Kyoguchi Station with our luggage to meet everyone on the shinkansen side of Himeji Station to go to the 2nd year retreat.

We gaizin took over the back of bus #1, and rode the 3 hours chatting and laughing.

Upon arrival in Okayama, we had lunch and moved into our rooms.  We also had chapel, and recreation time.  We got a little swim time at the terrific pool complex, but only for 8 minutes, because I had to practice with the actors & actresses for the "back bone" of the music machine play.

The pool complex was fabulous!  A pool, a shallow pool at the bottom of a wonderfully tame waterslide, a shallow pool at the bottom of a not so tame curly waterslide, and a river around the not so tame slide with an actual current.  What fun.  We had a "French dinner", evening study group, then bed.  Mike B. (my roomie) & I went to the caravan's room for a little party & listened to Bill Cosby, Himself...how hilarious!