Well, I was going to treat you to a nice rollicking whine, but then I met a zillion of my students when I went out to get something to eat. They were in a happy kind of Friday mood, and put me in one as well. So, behold...the edited rant and whine.
Please have a look at the section of the ferry where I sat today...
You may think it resembles a corridor. This would be because it was a corridor.
How did this all transpire? Well, by the time I got to the ferry terminal after leaving school, a ton of people were already in line for the ferry. As one of the last to board, all the spots inside were taken. So, those of us left over started looking for nooks and crannies to fit ourselves into. On a balmy day, I might have headed outside, but this was a chilly evening with a strong wind blowing.
I found this little spot (it's pretty much a mirror image of the area where the legs are in the above pic). Another girl also came and settled down across from me and closer to the door. It was nice to have some company in the overflow hallway. All in all, it wasn't a bad spot. I figured I'd enjoy my music and my book, and be back in Wakkanai before I knew it. We hallway people got a few double takes, but I'm getting pretty used to those. ;-)
As the ferry started off, I opened my book and soon found myself absorbed in the story. Do you remember the wind I briefly mentioned earlier? Well, I realized that my old friend from the winter was back. Foolishly, I tried to fight back. I continued reading until it became impossible. While my earlier snack decided to have an internal dance party, I decided to try to close my eyes. I dozed off sitting up with my face buried in my backpack. That was a mistake, so I tried drawing my knees up and resting my head on my knees. This was a little better.
Exhausted from attempting to nap, I took a look at my watch. Oh, sweet victory! The ferry would be landing any second! I had slept much longer than I thought! Oh, Happy Da....waitaminit... ARGH! That was the second hand! I still had a good 45 minutes left to go and no reading or napping to do.
Usually, when it's time to leave the ferry, I linger until the end. I generally don't see any reason to stand in a line to be one of the first off the ferry.
That was not the case this time.
But, I have to report that I am much happier now - it's amazing what students and a bit of ice cream can do for one's outlook on life.