Two weekends, ago, nothing overly exciting happened so I skipped writing about it. I went to Isesaki (another part of Gunma) and drank there with Emmet. We drank at this place called London Bus which is actually a real British double decker bus which was converted into a bar. They had an all you can eat and drink deal for only 3000 yen so it was pretty worth it. We went to another all you can drink place after that and I did a lot of karaoke which was fun.
Last week was a pretty
standard week, aside from one thing that happened. On Wednesday, I was
gonna go get dinner with some of the other local ALTs. Since we were
going to a place where Kelly and Michelle (the newest ALTs in our area)
didn't know how to get to, I just offered to pick them up since it was
pretty much on my way anyway. They were both at Michelle's place. For
whatever reason, the entrance to her building's parking lot was roped
off. So, I parked in a small lot right in front of the small shop next
to her building.
I waited for the girls for a bit, and then they
eventually came out and got in the car. As I turned left onto the road,
suddenly there was this huge crunching sound as the car came to a
sudden stop. I ended up running right into this big tall concrete slab
that acts as a divider between the sidewalk and the road. Sort of like a
curb but its probably about almost nearly a foot off the ground. The
position of this thing was pretty poorly thought out. I seriously just
turned onto the road like anyone normally would, but it was dark and
really hard to see this thing so I guess I just failed to notice it.
tried to back up but the card wouldnt move at all. I got out to
inspect the damage and realized that the front left of the car was being
propped up by the concrete slab, and the car was completely wedged in
there. The front left tire was no longer touching the ground, so I
couldnt back up. I tried to push it off while Michelle sat in the car
and hit the gas, but it wouldnt budge.
After trying that and
failing for a bit, I decided I was going to need more help if I was
gonna get this to move. So, I knocked on the door of the building we
were in front of. There was an older man probably in his 50s or so. I
told him what happened and showed him my car. Luckily he was very
friendly and helpful. We tried a few things and eventually we carried
over a giant jack and some big wooden planks. We propped the car up
with the jack, slid the wood under the tires. Once we put the car back
down, we were now able to get traction from the tire on the wood and I
was able to back the car out.
Unfortunately, we noticed that
the car was now leaking oil front where the impact had occurred. The
man said he had a friend who was a mechanic a few buildings down the
street, so I drove over there and he got his friend to come out and look
real fast. He said that the car would be safe to drive as long as the
warning light didnt go on. He said I could probably make it home but
that I should watch the light and avoid driving beyond that. I tried to
call my supervisor (since my car belongs to the board of education) to
see what she wanted me to do, but there was no answer. I decided it
would be best to just get home and not drive after that. I apologized
to Kelly and Michelle for pretty much ruining tonight's plans but they
were very helpful and not angry. I ended up making it home fine.
had to walk to work for the rest of the week. Fortunately Thursday and
Friday were just days at my main school which is only about a 15 minute
walk. I called my supervisor again Thursday morning and she came with
someone from the board of education. I told her what happened and
apologized. She didnt seem very angry or anything and said that
insurance should pay for it. She said it might be over a week until I
get the car back, though. So, aside from not having a car for a while, I
guess it turned out better than I originally had thought.
And so, moving on to the most recent weekend...
was a 3 day weekend since Monday was a national holiday. On Friday, I
drank with Emmet for a bit at Joyfull (a family restaurant, sorta like
Denny's or IHOP, except they serve alcohol, too.) We drank there for a
few hours cuz Emmet wanted to see how it was on a Friday night in hopes
there would be some cute girls or something lol. It ended up not being
very packed but we drank for cheap and had a good meal. After that,
Ryoko picked me up from there and we went back to my place to drink some
more and watch The Two Towers (this was her first time to see it).
I got woken up by Ryoko at about 10:00 am. I was sorta hungover so I
started the day with a shot of whiskey to perk me up a bit. Today,
Ryoko had plans to go with her friends Eri and Remi and Remi's 2 year
old daughter to a small amusement park in Gunma which is mostly for kids
called Shibukawa Skyland Park. I had other plans with Ryoko later in
the day but nothing to do until then so I said I would tag along. I was
sorta 50/50 on going since I wasnt feeling so good in the morning but
the 2 year old girl (her name is Au-chan) really likes me, so I didnt
wanna disappoint her after she was told I would come, too.
going to the park, we got Udon at this restaurant that Ryoko told me
has one of the 3 top most famous kinds of Udon in all of Japan. I
forget exactly what its called but it was pretty good.
never been to this park before. They had several rides but they were
all pretty mild. They had like a tea cups ride and a very small roller
coaster. They also had a bunch of ticket redemption sorta games. Ryoko
and I played one where you throw balls into a giant plastic hippos
mouth with a moving jaw (it totally reminded me of Hungry Hungry Hippos)
and we won Au-chan a little stuffed rabbit toy.
this park sold beer, so I had one or 2 cans of beer which made it a
little more enjoyable. There were go-karts, too, which I rode with
Ryoko and Eri, but unfortunately they were really slow.
the best things about the park was the haunted house. I was expecting
it to be EXTREMELY lame since this was just a kiddy park, but it
actually was pretty cool. It was hard to see anything in there. I went
in with Ryoko who followed behind tugging my shirt the whole time.
There were no actors but they had a lot of mechanical stuff that popped
out at you and some other stuff like a moving floor and what not. I
ended up going through a 2nd time with Eri and Remi while Ryoko stayed
with Au-chan. They insisted I go first and did the same thing as Ryo.
Since I knew what to expect this time, I made sure they went in front of
me during some key parts to scare them more. I don't really think most
little kids could handle that haunted house. If Au-chan went in there
she would probably have nightmares for a long time.
Overall, it wasnt all that exciting but Au-chan really enjoyed herself so I didnt mind going along.
it was over, we headed back and part ways. The plan for the evening
was to go to Ryoko's aunt's 60th birthday party. In Japan, people's
60th birthday party is considered to be extremely important. Since I
have officially asked for Ryoko's hand in marriage and have been
accepted as part of the family, they wanted me to be there, too.
Ryoko's father knows the owner of the small izakaya where it was at, so
we had the whole place to ourselves. There were about 14 people total.
Ryoko, her sisters, her parents, me, her Aunt, her Aunt's friend, and
her other Aunt, Uncle, and their daughter. It pretty much reminded me
of the enkais we have for work, except for family. The party lasted for
4 hours and there was so much good food and unlimited drinks. Everyone
drank a lot and had a lot of fun.
After it was over, Ryoko
couldn't stay out late because she had to work the next morning. So, I
spent the rest of the night drinking with Emmet in Numata. I crashed at
his place afterwords.
Then next day, we heaeded to Maebashi.
Today was Maebashi matsuri. Emmet had plans to meet up with a girl and
go see Rise of the Planet of the Apes at the theater and would meet up
with me later. I spent about the first hour at the festival by myself
but then eventually Andy came and we hung out for a while. This was my
first time at this specific Maebashi matsuri (there are a few each
year). There was TONS of good food stands. There was also a section
where the entire main street was blocked off and tons of people were
dancing in the middle. Unfortunately they kept playing the same song
over and over but their outfits were cool.
Andy had a concert
to go to so he left after a while. Around that time, Emmet and the girl
came. We walked around a bit more, took some photos. Shortly after,
we ran into the bartender from Propeller, the place where we often play
poker. He was working at Dickens (another pub which is also owned by
Master). He said Master was around so we went and had a beer at Dickens
and talked with Master for a bit. One of the other guys we played with
was there, too. He owns a snack bar called Chicago right across the
street. We all decided that the next poker game would be on the 16th,
so that should be fun.
After finishing our beers, it was time to head to Tokyo.
was Mogi and Masami's birthday party. Since neither of them work at
Current anymore, the party was held at Big Time, which is the bar where
Piko works now. This was my 2nd time to go there. Its a pretty small
bar, but pretty nice. There was a good turn out and mostly all the
people there were regulars from Current. I had a birthday shot with
both Mogi and Masami.
The bar is sorta separated into 3 sections.
When you walk in theres a small section with just one table by the
stairs. You can go left where theres a little DJ area and you can go
right where the main bar and tables are. At some point in the night, I
was sitting at the table in the middle section by the stairs. Suddenly,
this huge cloud of pinkish smoke just poors into the rest of the bar
from inside the main bar area. I didnt know WTF was going on and was
already drunk by then. I went inside there to check it out and to get
my backpack, since everyone was starting to evacuate to the outside. It
turns out someone had messed with a fire extinguisher devise.
I was going up the steps, I asked this one dude what happened. He said
something how his friend was holding the extinguisher. I really didn't
know anything or even who he was talking about. I was outside talking
with someone else and I said something how I heard that someone said
their friend did something. Some crazy drunk white chick that was there
suddenly over hears me and shes like "What!? You know who did this!?
Come here!" She like grabs my arm and brings me over to where Piko and
the other guy who work there are and shes all like screaming
frantically, "This guy knows something!" and I explained the little bit I
knew (which was really nothing) and then they just said thanks and
asked the dude who told me his friend had it. There was talks about
having to call the police or something but after a while. People were
just sorta standing outside confused. Then this one guy left in a cab.
This one other guy was all fucked up looking (maybe over exposure to
the chemical, I dont know). I guess it was that crazy white chick's
friend. She just started going off on everyone pointing at them and
yelling shit about how its each persons fault for various reasons. She
pointed at me and said "Fuck you for holding back information!" I was
like "WTF I didn't even know anything!" She stormed off and wasn't seen
again after that. I mean... I understand she was upset cuz her friend
wasnt doing so well. I was also a bit upset since whoever did that
fucked the bar up and put the party on hold and Piko is my friend, but
id say pretty much screaming fuck you at everyone was a bit out of hand.
a bit more waiting, eventually the smoke cleared and Piko just said it
was OK to go back inside. Everyone continued to drink and people helped
to clean up the mess afterwords as well. The rest of the night was
fine aside from that residue being everywhere, It had a sour taste to
The party ended at around 5 and then tons of people headed
to PSY. I drank there for a like over 2 hours maybe cuz I think I went
to bed at around 7;30 am.
The next day I was a bit hungover. I
mailed Ryoko and she said she was cool to hang out tonight but she had
work till 8:30, so I had some time to kill before leaving Tokyo for my 3
hour train ride home.
I got some ramen in Shinjuku and then I
stopped over at Mikado to play some GG. It was pretty much dead with
like one single Millia player playing the computer. I never walked
around to see who it as but he had 10 wins. I played him and won the
first game but he was really good. We played about seven games. I dont
remember but I think it was final score 4-3 in his favor. I then went
to play some SSFIVAE. I played the same guy the whole time. He was
using Ryu for the first match and I won, and then he switched to Ken and
we played a few more. I won a few but he had more wins than I did.
that, it was time to start heading out. On my way out, I ran into
Satoshi who was just coming in. I told him I had to go back to Gunma
and id see him next time. I walked to the station and then after I
bought my ticket, I turned around and Satoshi was there, lol. He said
it was dead so he decided to leave. I said bye to him and we got on
separate trains. After I got home about 3 hours later, I spent the
evening with Ryoko.
I still don't have my car back yet, but hopefully I will soon. Next weekend is another Final Roundbats and more poker!