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Much to my combined shock/horror and snort-soda-up-my nose laughter...

My friends and I (mixed group of Japanese and Americans) went to karaoke tonight. Imagine our surprise when we realized that Randy Newman's "Short People," the song that goes "Short people got no reason to live" was on the song list.

That's a funny-in-an-evil-way sort of song at the best of times, but who the hell brought it to JAPAN and translated it into Japanese?!

In spite of her amusement, my 5-foot Japanese (...)

I have been reading, among other things, a book by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami, called Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World. In Murakami's book, the protagonist and his 'shadow'(much like the shadow in George MacDonald's Fantastes)come to visit a Town/a Utopia where on the surface it appears that no one has any problems, no sadness, no pain, no misery; but also no happiness, no joy, and no good fortune. The weak and expendable are sent to live in the forest (...)

Who would you prefer to be the next/same president of our country?

Personally I would prefer Bush. He seems to know what he is doing... and the war on terrorism isnt such a bad idea. He has alot of great things he wishes to do with the country... and I presume it would be a good idea to give him another 4 years to start new programs and other ideas hes been wanting to implement.

Kerry... although I dont agree with his flip flopping and liberal ideas, he does have some minor ideas that (...)

Why does it take this unconspicious, Lost-in-Translationesque movie called Code 46 to finally deliver a vision of the future that doesn't hurt my head when I try to believe in it?

Code 46 has no robots or flying cars. Eventually you will begin to wonder why citizens in Code 46 work at night and sleep at day, or why you need a residence permit to live in cities that otherwise look very much like the present-day Shang Hai. Code 46 is a miracle of submarine (...)

I was just chatting with Aynjell, and mentioning how messy my apartment is... when he asked what I was doing. I said that I was painting the apartment; painting a mural in the hallway between the bedrooms,actually. You see, I moved a while back because the person above me was continuously flooding my place with dirty sink water, probably because he kept putting bacon grease, or something or other, down there in that spiraling drain of his...that drain that seemed to constantly spiral into my (...)

And finally, at long last, I've come to one and made the other.

On October 29, I'm leaving Japan. Six months earlier than expected, but so it goes. My employer can't afford to pay me what I'm worth, I'd like to avoid the hassle of renewing my visa, and frankly, I've almost forgotten why I wanted to be in Japan in the first place.

All that said, though, it's still hard. Now that I've got just over a month left, every place I go, everytime I do something, everytime I see a friend it's: (...)


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