September 12, 2000
now I'm feeling: pretty good
now I'm listening to: Olivia
-- Pass Me the Sugar
I found out only recently that this J-Pop star is
only half Japanese. She sang with a group called D&D
for a while, but now she's gone solo. Perfect English,
I think her Japanese has a slight accent to it!
have been having a problem with spiders lately. They
found two of these bad boys in their bathroom. No, the
size of the monster is no illusion.. that's the pipe
underneath their sink.
Can you say, "Aquired Arachnophobia"?
night I dreamt: One of the only two recurring dreams
I have. It starts off that I'm in a small glass enclosure
and the ground is covered in sand. Outside the enclosure...
it's just blackness. The glass walls are curved so the
bottom of the enclosure is much smaller than the top.
The sand begins to run, like the ground sprang a leak
or something. The sand slips through this hole in the
ground. I begin to slide through the hole along with the
sand and I'm trying to get a palm-grip on the walls, but
it's no use. The struggle gets really frantic and I'm
in a panic by the time I'm waist-deep in the sand and
I slip through the hole. Then I fall. Far. I hit the bottom
hard and lose consciousness. Then, the view kind of pans
out away from the enclosure and I see that I'm trapped
inside a large hourglass. That's where the dream ends.
How's that for your distorted dream imagery, huh? haha
Not a hard one to analyze, I don't think. Yes, I've got
major issues with time, I know. "Time is the fire
in which we burn..."
Japanese sure love their half days.
Check this out.
So, last Saturday there was a typhoon warning in the morning.
Usually on Saturdays, they have three classes. The typhoon
warning lifted, after it had been sunny and warm for four
hours, so they called everyone to class for one period.
On Monday, because they had missed out on two classes on
Saturday, they had to make them up.
enough, though, this entailed having a half-day on Monday,
which then had four classes instead of six. Two of those
classes were homeroom (read 'homeroom' as: they sit in
their class and listen to whatever their homeroom teacher
feels like telling them for that day, something probably
along the lines of giving it all they have and trying hard
and good luck to us all… something vaguely inspiring in
that Japanese sort of way.)
in total, they missed out
on four classes to make up two.
Like I said, any chance they get to have a half-day.
not that I'm complaining about this change of schedule.
I think it's great (naturally, who doesn't love a half-day?)!
But the funny thing is, is that they don't know HOW
to enjoy their half-day. Any normal teacher (read 'normal
teacher' as: western teacher) would pack up their things
immediately after their last class and high-tail it home
to spend the rest of the day lounging around their house
or spending some quality, or not so quality time with their
the Japanese teachers can look forward to meetings for the
rest of the day. What do they discuss during these meetings,
you ask? Good question. I don't know, seeing how I avoid
every single one I can. Like today.
the rain is pelting Wakayama-ken, Japan in a fierce, vengeful
way. The earth has something to prove; the weather has to
make it clear to man who's boss. The world stops when it
says so and that's that. Well, it does, and it doesn't.
They're closing roads, some shops, and people are not going
places that were on their daily schedules. My neighbor's
classes are getting cancelled. There are flood warnings
all over the news. But the teachers are at school having
their meetings. Damn!
weather has been really bad lately. Humid and pouring rain.
A bad combination. Very bad.
home in So. Cal, if it rains, that means that it's cold.
It doesn't mean that you can't put on a jacket to protect
your clothes from the rain because you'd sweat like a pig
if you did. If you don't put on a jacket you get drenched
from the rain. You're damned if you do and you're damned
if you don't. But there are occasional cool drafts
of wind that the rain brings and for that I am thankful.
Unlike the relentless heat of summer or the icy air of winter.
Variation is the word for today.
Humidity is the devil.
The teacher who gives me a ride to one of my schools is
pregnant and she's taking her maternity leave starting next
month. I can't remember how long it is in the States or
elsewhere, but here in Japan it's an entire year. The school
needs a replacement teacher.
is, is that they don't think they can find an English teacher
to replace her.
that's gonna suck big time if they get sum funked-out teachah
who don't speak no good English likes I do.
crashes a lot. A lot of those goddam "kernel32.dll" errors
(if you know what I'm talking about, you have my sympathies)
and general page faults and other miscellaneous errors that
dump my entire system tray, but more often than not freeze
up my computer and won't respond to ctrl-alt-del. Windowstrouble.com
and some other sites I've seen said that it could be that
my processor has been overheated by a malfunctioning fan,
and if the processor overheats, it's not simply a matter
of cooling it down again, it's a piece of junk after that.
It's been struggling along for the past few months, getting
worse and so I've been shopping online
for a processor/fan/motherboard replacement under 200. Strangely,
for the past week or so it has only crashed once. I think
it knows that it has angered the powers that be (namely
me) and it has to shape up or I'm going to toss it's ass
onto my hardware graveyard. Or it could also be that it's
giving all it has, in one strong burst, just before it completely
burns itself out (that would be bad).
I don't want
to upgrade this thing just before I leave, but I might have
no choice… I can't be without the computer. I just can't.
I also hate being dependent on one thing for so many things.
Working on schoolwork, writing, communication (email and
PC to Phone stuff), and certainly not least, my web
stuff. I wouldn't be able to maintain the page if I didn't
have my own computer. How can an item we depend on so much
be the source of so much frustration and woe?
Brokerage Firm: Outhouse
was on trading stocks last week (which I also need the computer
for) and my fucking
brokerage firm's site is so goddam slow that it cost
me over five hundred dollars because the trade took so much
time. I hate that. When I get back, I'm afraid of heading
into a Waterhouse
branch and just going postal on everyone for all the money
they've cost me. I'm in the process of switching brokerage
firms, but it takes time.