Nar3: Japan

Posted on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 9:35am by Brett.
(Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 11:35pm Japanese Standard Time)

I'll be home for Christmas,
You can count on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love-light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

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Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2003 at 6:58am by Brett.
(Sunday, December 21st, 2003 at 8:58pm Japanese Standard Time)


It's 5 days from Christmas. I have over 20 pages of homework due tomorrow,
a speech to prepare, and a kanji test to study for...I am, if it is possible, anti-inspired to do any of that work right now.

It's not even that I don't want to do the work, or that I don't care. While both statements are true, it goes beyond that. It reaches into a realm that can't be explained. I have been, if you will, inspired to not do the homework.

Let's take a look at the benefits of this decision.
1. Sanity saving fun.
Have you ever had to study for kanji? Here's a little hint...they all look the same. All you have to do is remember that hint, and you'll be reading kanji in no time.

2. Other stuff to do.
I've got stuff to do that isn't homework. I can be..uh..playing..Zelda. Or...uh...buying stuff online or ...(More)

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Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2003 at 6:13am by Brett.
(Saturday, December 20th, 2003 at 8:13pm Japanese Standard Time)

Today, for the first time that I've been in Japan, we had snow!

Uh...that's all. Just...the snow. Yay!....*ahem*

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New pics
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2003 at 3:52am by Brett.
(Thursday, December 18th, 2003 at 5:52pm Japanese Standard Time)

There are new pictures in my gallery.

The long awaited pics from Kyoto and some random ones of my room.


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Posted on Sunday, December 14th, 2003 at 2:05am by Brett.
(Sunday, December 14th, 2003 at 4:05pm Japanese Standard Time)

Alright everyone (read: "Mom"), I got my webcam going. Check out the link to the left and start your viewing fun.

Also, for a bit of extra fun, check out the webcam stats.

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A test....it's a test...
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 10:35pm by Brett.
(Friday, December 12th, 2003 at 12:35pm Japanese Standard Time)

I have, in my hands right now, a package slip that says I have a package (my power converter) in the dorm office. The dorm office is closed right now for the lunch break.

It's a test....they're testing me....that's all...I can win...yeah.


Yeah. Got it...Yay!!!! My music, my...everything at all....
*sigh* mmmm...yum.

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Christmas and Cell Phones
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 3:16am by Brett.
(Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 5:16pm Japanese Standard Time)

I received in the mail yesterday a Christmas package from my family in the States. I'm not allowed to open it until Christmas Eve while my mom is on the phone with me. Not a problem...

Also, I got an email from Yuki, who is going to graduate on Sunday. Way to go Yuki! She'll be coming back to Japan for an interview at IBM Japan in Tokyo, and wants to meet up again, so we're trying to work out a good day right now. It will be nice to see her again. Last time I saw her was right after I got here...I remember very well getting off the plane and her saying "Welcome to my country!"

Following the trend of life hating me, my cell phone has decided to join in the efforts.

You seldom call people in Japan. Most communication is done via email or SMS on cell phones. The phone I used is a pre-paid plan. You have to recharge it so often or else you lose the phone number. It's not that much of a problem, really. I had been getting many Japanese emails from the central ...(More)

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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 at 8:22am by Brett.
(Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 at 10:22pm Japanese Standard Time)

The elusive power converter that holds the key to my sanity is now in the limbo know simply as "the post".

Classes have started back up, and that makes NOTHING AT ALL better.

My computer had my music on it...my TV was built into it...my school schedule was on it. I've lost my primary source of news, entertainment, communication, and organization. Imagine if a normal person (yes, I'm aware of the distiction I just made) were to lose his telephone, newspapers, TV, and daily planner. Why, madness and general panic would ensue. Not to mention extreme disorganization.

I've started having very inappropriate dreams about my laptop working. Sometimes, I'll grab the old power supply, and plug it in really quickly...ya know...to try to catch it off guard. Never works...grr.

With any luck, my new power supply will be here within a week. This is probably the worst time to try to send something because of all the Christmas mail going around.

The sanity is leaking away...

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The Hirasuna Ofuro Adventure
Posted on Sunday, December 7th, 2003 at 7:24am by Brett.
(Sunday, December 7th, 2003 at 9:24pm Japanese Standard Time)

Every other Sunday, the showers in my dorm are closed. On these days, the options are a sink bath, or going to the nearby Hirasuna showers. Tonight, as I normally do, I opted for going to Hirasuna.

Going to the Hirasuna showers is always a gamble. The individual showers aren't always unlocked, and if they are, there is usually a wait. Last time, I waited over half an hour just for the private showers. I decided that was a stupid thing to do, and that I would be a man about it and use the (overly crowded) public Japanese style Ofuro this time if there was a wait for the private showers. If you're counting, this makes the second time I've used the ofuro here at Tsukuba. I used them also when I went to Kyoto, but then I didn't have a choice...

So I got into the dreaded Changing Room of Nakedness and as suspected the private showers were full. Sundays are always horrible a day to shower because it's just so crowded...more so than normal. I moseyed on over to find an empty basket to hold my clothes while I'm doing the showering thing. After dodging many nakies, my clothes found a home in a nice basket in the corner. I gathered up my shower gear and started to head ...(More)

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Important Notice
Posted on Saturday, December 6th, 2003 at 7:12am by Brett.
(Saturday, December 6th, 2003 at 9:12pm Japanese Standard Time)

If I.....don't have....a real computer...within a week...

I WILL GO COMPLETELY MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all. Return to your lives citizens.

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