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.
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