Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
…to the distant トイレ (toire). First, though, I can’t figure out what to call the room that houses only my toilet. The Toilet Room doesn’t sound very delicate. How about The TP Storage Area? That’s a bit long, isn’t it. Oh, well.
Anyway, a brief primer on this room. It is really distant from the main part of my house. It’s not an outhouse, but…
When you walk through my bright blue metal front door, you are standing on the cold concrete floor of my genkan. This is where you dump your shoes. Once out of your shoes, you step up onto a wood floor. There are some hooks where you can hang your coat (but let me know if you are coming first, because right now, all the hooks are taken up with my plethora of coats and jackets). Right to the left of the coat hooks is my tiny TP Storage Area. If you turn right, you can go through another door and into the main part of my house. The part where the heater is. I don’t heat the genkan. It’s just not practical for many reasons.
Unfortunately, this means that the TP Storage Area gets a teeny bit chilly in the winter. It was typically between the mid 30’s to mid 40’s.
But all that has changed now! It turns out that I had a mysterious device in my house that solved this minor annoyance. A friend with a wealth of experience here in the frozen tundra showed me something in the TPSA of her house that kept it warm. All of a sudden, realization set in and I realized that I had one in my house! I thought it was just some kind of weird heater that didn’t work well.
Well, it is now fulfilling it’s intended purpose and my TPSA is now a balmy 55 degrees or so! Happiness!
Is there a lesson here for all of us about thriving in our intended purposes? I don’t know, but I’ll be basking in my tropical トイレ!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Gentlemen, let’s say that a lady or two has captured your fancy. Here are some things you will want to avoid when you make your move. Consider this free advice.
Situation: You are having dinner with your buddies. You see two chicks paying for their meals and getting ready to leave. Deciding you want to meet them, you saunter over and strike up a conversation. They chat for a few minutes (well, they listen to you chat), then mention they have to go. Being stunned by their beauty, you and your two buddies (who have wandered over) invite them to sing karaoke. They politely decline, and reiterate the fact that they really have to go. They leave the restaurant.
Now, you have two choices. You can let them go and move on with your life, or you can chase after them. If you are tempted by the second option, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are not currently starring in a romantic comedy.
Do not charge across the parking lot.
Do not open the car door before they have a chance to lock it from the inside.
Do not lean between the door and the car and repeatedly beg them to go to karaoke.
Do not ignore them as they continue to say no and give you big batsus (Japanese crossed arms signifying no or false).
If, somehow, you continue to pester them and you see their faces change from pleasantly smiling as they say no to drop dead seriously saying no – TAKE THE HINT!
Do not declare your love for them.
Before demanding to know why they don’t want to go with you, stop and ask yourself two questions. 1. Have they already told me? 2. Do I really want to know the answer?
If they finally manage to get you out of their door, close the door, and drive away, leave it.
Do not notice them making a u-turn and then decide to charge across the intersection. You will probably not win their affections in this way.
Good luck staying out of creeperland, everyone!