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23 April 2009 @ 09:24 pm
The Studying Life  
Various notes from the last week or two (no pictures, haven't really taken much worth posting, too busy):

You know that really sappy song from the opening of Enterprise? Heard it being played in the Seibu department store. That was a bit weird -- almost as weird as hearing Utada Hikaru in an Albertson's in Denver last year.

Had a kidney stone (did I mention this? I can't recall). I thought it was a fragment of the old one, but when it popped out, it was a good 5 or 6mm. The part I found especially strange was how I never even felt it until it was post-bladder. Ah, well, it's nice that they're (mostly) not too bad for me.

I think I've decided (now that I live here, which changes things a bit) I actually like Wendy's better than Lotteria. Sometimes. :) And you know, the tiny frosty really is perfect for fry-dipping.

Japanese dryers are the most amazingly useless devices ever made. I mean, wow. Why do they bother building them? Hanging things on the line is mostly just making them wrinkly. Also, air dryers in the bathroom seem particularly ineffective here. :(

I love the daily 5:30 announcement (that seems to come from the local middle school here). I haven't been quite able to make it out when I've heard it, but it's no doubt something about how the kids are going home, so be extra careful on the streets. Ah, what a loudspeaker culture Japan is. It's like nobody knows how to do anything unless a loudspeaker tells them. :|

Japanese dentistry is... Weird. Not sure how the whole surgery thing is going to go, though. I seem to have found a good surgeon, but they're quite expensive. And they want to do additional work I wasn't originally planning on.

Boy, you can collect an awful lot of points on your Yodobashi camera card over a couple years. It might be a while before I have to spend actual money there again.

Also -- there are an awful lot more "accidents" than there used to be. :(

Ibuprofen is a lot easier to find when you figure out how they actually pronounce it here.

Finally saw the Imperial Palace grounds for the first time today -- running by with the 上智大学 track team. Yeah, I've picked up some strange hobbies, I guess.
In the mood: soresore
hamanosilencehamanosilence on April 23rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you started living there rather than beeing a tourist :)

Be carefully not to forget the messages from the loudspeakers :)
Douglas Triggs: akan-kodoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Well... Yeah.
asakiyume: daffodilsasakiyume on April 23rd, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Great that you're running.

Non sequitur-ially, have you seen any of the complex cityscapes, Japanese, drawn by the guy who goes under the moniker "Imperial Boy"? (Warning, he or some other guy by the same name also does some sex pictures, but the landscapes are awesome: http://www.otakuwiki.com/index.php/Imperial_Boy)
Douglas Triggs: beardoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Wow... Are those drawn, or computer generated?

As for the running... The thing that really surprises me is that my ankles haven't fallen off yet. Usually I have tons of trouble with them. Although my knees are pretty sore, partly because it got cold(-ish) today and that makes them hurt more.
asakiyumeasakiyume on April 24th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
Maybe you're doing better warmups now? Or the running surface is better? Hmm, or your ankles have gotten stronger?

I think that guy's stuff is hand drawn, but that's just an uninformed guess.
Douglas Triggs: gardendoubt72 on April 25th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Some obviously are, others... I'm not sure about.

And my ankles are the likely answer, the warmups don't have any effect on that, and it's still concrete.
Aifebruaryfour on April 23rd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
the tiny frosty really is perfect for fry-dipping.
*groans* I only just realized that you're the first person I've met who does this, besides me! O_o
Douglas Triggs: snowbird root beerdoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Then why haven't you joined the FB group yet?

I've met a couple other people that, do, though. Tomoki constantly brings up my weird fry dipping habits, though, those guys thought I was completely bonkers when I did it.
Aifebruaryfour on April 24th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
There's a Facebook book group for people who like fry-dipping? O_o

♥ Next time!
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on April 25th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Next time?

Pffft, I invited you, go join. :-P
thjazithjazi on April 25th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
I know at least four people who dip fries into Frostys. I didn't think it was that rare. Maybe I just know odd people then.

No, that's not true. Two of them are as normal as could be. The other ones though...
Aifebruaryfour on April 25th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Next time I'm at a PC. ^_^ Can't get to it from Facebook Mobile, apparently...
Dustybigmog on April 23rd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I like the Japanese hand driers that you "dip" your hands into. You get a rush of concentrated air on both sides and the water just drips off. Small, powerful and effective. Not at all like the hand driers in the USA.
Douglas Triggs: stormtrooperdoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Those are the ones I'm talking about. It's been humid, though, and they don't really seem to do anything.
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on April 24th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
got home from the hospital, had a freaking kidney stone. I'm blaming you....
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Not my fault! It was my minions.
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on April 24th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Well tell your minions to come get the freaking rest of them that they left. it seems i have a few stones in each kidney, but they are just sitting there.
thjazithjazi on April 24th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
To prevent future kidney stones, drink at least 1 large bottle of San Pellegrino every week. When my dad had them in the 1970s that was how the Italian doctors treated it. Apparently the minerals in SP will dissolve the kidney stones making them easier to pass out of your system. I've never gotten kidney stones, but then, except for college, I've been having at least 1 (at least a 1L) bottle every week my whole life.

My dad hasn't had a repeat either...

Be wary of dentists wanting to do additional work.

Out of morbid curiousity, how much do "accidents" cost in Japan these days?
Douglas Triggs: paintbrushdoubt72 on April 24th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Cost? Not quite sure what you mean. Or do you know what I mean when I say "accident"?

Well, in my case, they suggested lemonade. Which I drank a lot more of at home, I don't see it all that often here. Although, I'm doing kind of a weak job of staying hydrated, I really need to work on that -- it's just going to get more difficult come summer.
thjazithjazi on April 25th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
I assumed you were talking about the kind they have in China where a person leaps in front of a vehicle and claims it tried to run him/her over.

Of course, I'd be equally interested in other definitions of "accidents", unless you are referring to the child and pants variety, in which case, I'll pass.
Douglas Triggs: blackdoubt72 on April 25th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
No, this is Japan. They aren't in any position to claim anything afterwards.

That's why when talking about the shinkansen, they always exclude people jumping in front of the trains when they talk about how they've never had any fatalities from an accident.
Douglas Triggs: blackdoubt72 on April 26th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
And more on that -- it shuts down parts of the Tokyo train network on a regular basis.
thjazithjazi on April 27th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
In China, they wait until you stop then fall in front of you. You hit me... these people are my witnesses. Give me money...
Douglas Triggs: beardoubt72 on April 30th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that would never fly here.