Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Of all the teachers at my school, only three ran, the other two female English teachers and me. The other teachers either said they were too old to run or were running checkpoints. I was running just for the heck of it and to better connect with the students anyway, so I really didn't care if all the teachers did it or not.
As with all informal school events, I came in a t-shirt and sweatpants. I seem to be building a strong reputation in the school as the guy who has friggin cool t-shirts. Today I wore my blue "game over" t-shirt which has a silhouette of two guys sword fighting and one about to get cut in half. The students thought it was pretty funny and were just as interested in it as my "exit" shirt I wore during the school festival.
I decided to run the full-course 8.679 Kilometer course with the boys because I didn't know better. What would normally be easily doable for me if I were back in San Diego, turned into a hellish beating of my legs and poor lung capacity. The boys started 10 minutes after the girls started but I really didn't see any girls until the end of the race. What I overlooked before agreeing to join the race was that most of the course was UPHILL at about a 6% grade. For the first three or so kilometers, I was doing fine but my legs started to give out on me and I had to slow my pace down to a really slow jog. Just about every boy passed me except for three which I made sure not to pass me up. Another thing that kept me moving was that I wasn't going to loose to a couple of the heavier girls who seemed to loose all energy about 3/4th into it.I am glad I caught up with the girls at least or I really would be pathetic.
I ended up finishing the race in a dismal one hour and four minutes. Most of the students charged through the whole race and ended up finishing in half that time. One thing I realised after the race is that I am horribly out of shape and I might just be getting too old for this stuff. I now see kids half my age with twice the energy and stamina I have. I think its time I look over my lifestyle and see if I can change a couple things to get me back into better shape. Hopefully I'll still be working here next year and I'll be able to put in a better time next year. I guess it wouldn't hurt to train myself (punish my body more) to get a better time and shed a couple of pounds while I'm at it.
After the race was done, I was allowed to go home early for the day. I ended up crawling into bed and sleeping for about four hours until sunset. I was really wiped out after that race and even more sore than I remembered before I took a nap. Stupid old body, why won't you work like you used to? Anyway, thanks to my car, I decided to treat myself to a sushi dinner. It was nice to just drive down at my leisure and have dinner where I wanted. After dinner I decided to drive out to Kaimasu to look at the figures and see if there were any more cheap posters I could snatch up. I spent a good hour and a half just rummaging through aisle upon aisle of anime figures and merchandise. I ended up buying a Bright figure from Gunam 0079(modeled in the top picture) for about 400 yen, a Yuki Nagato figure, and a limited edition manga pack-in figure Misaki from Welcome to NHK.
Yup, I'm an otaku. Its hard to resist buying nicknacks and posters for me. Maybe things will change when I meet a girl... Nah, I'll probably keep my hobbies if she really is the girl for me...maybe she'll even like playing a game once in a while.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
So I ended up doing a little winter clothes shopping last night after work despite feeling very tired and weak. I bought another pair of work slacks and a couple of shirts to add to my bland collection. I came with business suits but I don’t have to wear them at school, so I’ve been slowly rebuilding my work wardrobe to better match what the other teachers wear at my school. Some casual slacks, a belt and a collared shirt tucked in. Personally, I don’t really like tucking my shirts into my pants but it’s a job I guess…
I also was getting pretty tired of shedding my long, shaggy hair everywhere so I decided to go to a local salon near my apartment. For 3000 yen (about 28 bucks) I got the works, an hour’s worth of meticulous styling and cutting followed up with a relaxing shampoo and hot towel on my face. It felt good and my head literally feels a pound or so lighter. I was surprised how much hair I had on my head when I saw most of it on the ground below me. I had a pretty good conversation with the lady hair stylist who worked on my hair. I guess her husband and her own the salon that is attached to their new house. It is a nice place and I’ll probably go back again despite not really being too keen on paying 18 dollars more for a haircut. But the service is so good, I kind of forget about the price. It’s only once a month, I’ll keep going there I guess. I got to start some kind of regular routine and keep my appearances up.
One last thing that’s happened recently is that a couple of Japanese people have replied to my friendship email ad on a Japanese friend making website. I have been talking to them for about a week and it is looking pretty good. They live locally and we might end up meeting if I play my cards right. I need some more friends my age, and this is the best way to do it. Thank you internet!
That’s it for today. I probably won’t end up doing much this weekend. I’ll probably stay home and play Halo3 and PGR4 with my friends on XBOX Live. I’ve had plenty of exercise lately and I think my body is telling me to take a break and relax. So that’s what I’ll do.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
So that's about it for today. I'm hoping that I can do something with one of the English teachers this weekend or something. I'll try to push for dinner or something just so I can hang out with somebody besides Maki. It's not that I don't like being around Maki but I don't want to get bored of her or snap at her. I've felt a little agitated around her lately probably because I've seen her too much. It's just like seeing your friends every day, sometimes you just need some change. Enjoy the weird pictures I snapped with my camera phone at a local anime/game goods shop? My favorite is Pikachu getting taken out by a pokeball. That is exactly what I expect to happen to those poor creatures when you throw plastic capsules at them...