February 19, 2001
now I'm feeling: Like exploding
now I'm listening to: Do As Infinity
As Infinity -- We Are
folks! I gots to let it out sometimes, and this is just as
good a time as any. The clothes not drying was the last straw!!)
in the name of all that is good and holy is wrong with everyone
can't get root beer. My friends and I just paid $27 for a
single medium (here they call it "large")
pizza, and I am STILL freezing under this kotatsu!!
root beer thing. I understand. Most people here think it tastes
like medicine, toothpaste, or some other hygine product. The
pizza thing I couldn't believe. But let me tell you about
this kotatsu concept because I believe it to be one
of the silliest things I have ever seen in an attempt
to stay warm. The kotatsu is a low-lying table with
a large coil underneath the table-top. You are supposed to
drape a blanket over the table and sit with your legs underneath.
You'll be all nice and toasty right? Wrong!! If you have to
use this contraption to stay warm, odds are your arms and
torso aren't warm enough either. So, if you're doing anything
else other than sticking your hands under the blanket, your
fingers will freeze. And, if you want to stay warm at all,
you can't move from the spot.
yes, yes, I am thankful I have it sometimes, but it would
be a huge step forward for the Japanese if they would routinely
install insulation in any apartment building or house they
constructed. Yes, that's right, true believers. If you haven't
heard it before, you're hearing it now. There's no insulation
whatsoever in my walls. My walls are probably constructed
out of a mix of concrete and asbestos. It's impossible to
stay warm or cool in any building without the use of central
air or heating, which is also not installed in housing.
apologize to all the Japan-lovers out there. (I am also, usually
a Japan-lover, but today go the better of me.) You see, I
have just come from outside where my clothes have been attempting
to dry for the past three days. Yes, that's right. My clothes
have been outside for three days and are not dry yet.
I think that's it for the rant. My fingers are going numb
from typing. I'm going back into my living room to watch videos
and hide under my kotatsu.