Not much, but still here.
I seem to be filling my life with bits of useless nothingness. Like this for example.
I read in the Sydney Morning Herald recently a good article about how America is now a religion, not a country. Makes this comic seem all the better. Then there is the occasional interesting thing that comes along, like this article which I quite like, same topic – different perspective.
It is, as you might see on the right hand side, gobsmackingly hot at the moment. Although 30+ degress may not seem hot, it is also fairly humid.
When it rains here, the humidity doesn’t let up. It sometimes gets worse as all the mositure evaporates from the ground. Some days it is like swimming through porridge.
I had been going through a minor crisis recently, but it is mostly over now. I keep meeting people (okay, Japanese girls,) and they use me for my English language skills and then suddenly become very, very busy and never get back to me. I keep being told that Japanese people are very shy and introverted (well, most are) and that it can take a long time to really make good, strong friendships. I am beginning to believe this but it is also to the disadvantage of the Japanese who want to meet Gaijin (foreigners.) I would say I have two or three friends that I trust, and can talk to openly. For the rest it just becomes a game of guessing their level of English and trying to pitch my conversation at a level they can understand.
As such, it has been a boring and lonely few weeks. I had been doing a lot of overtime at work, in order to fill the cash reserves because they have been running a bit dry lately. So, overtime did fill the gaps in time that I had. But now that I have stopped that, life needs to be filled again. But it is so hot that most people just wilt during the day or go and look for air conditioned shops.
However, my Japanese is slowly getting better. Slowly. It is hard when everyone wants to speak English with you. I sometimes now say that I don’t understand any English at all, but if they buy me a beer then I will.
Things will get better, slowly. It sometimes feels as though I have to make new friends every month or so. Such is life.