DON'T RUIN A GOOD THING
I think I've reached that special point in my life. I'm almost 25.
I'm at the point where I start taking stock of all the good things I have, and consequentially, appreciating them more. For example, in high school I used to have unrealistically nice nails. If I clipped and cleaned them properly, they looked like acrylics. Then I had to get f*cking creative one day and put fake ones on- this somehow ruined the natural order of things. It now looks like I have a daily habit of allowing dogs to chew on them. Fake nails are a pain in the ass to maintain, especially if you're like me and just a tad afraid of someone else doing them for you and totally screwing them up.
As a result, I am terrified of any semi-permanent make-up, especially fake eyelashes, also known as the crack cocaine for teenage girls in Japan.
Also, I have started using skin cream on a regular basis. I've been a smoker for (ew) over ten years now and I'm terrified that I'm going to wake up to a million wrinkles any day now. The drinking and irregular sleeping patterns also don't help.
Japanese people seem to have impeccable skin- right up until they hit 65- and then they all seem to suddenly turn into a great-grandfather. I realize how generalized that sounds, but there is a reason the stereotype exists! This statement mostly stems from jealousy on my part.
GOOD FRIENDS ARE PRECIOUS
A really good friend should not be wasted, through neglect or otherwise. Another thing that shouldn't be wasted- really good cheese. You are committing a moderate grievance against nature if you let any expensive food spoil in the back of your fridge. African babies could be eating that Camembert- how could you???
MOTION SENSORS ARE THE FUTURE
Japan has this sh*t DOWN. Lights in public bathrooms? Motion sensored. Most people don't actually even notice this fact because
a: there is always someone else in a public restroom in Japan, and
b: the sensors are set outside the entrance so
YOU DONT EVEN KNOW THEY'RE OFF. Genius.
Also most doors, train turnstiles, escalators, and (I swear to jebus) toilets. MOTION SENSORED. Pretty much everything in the bathroom is motion sensored. I've been told (although I don't actually believe this) that some entire train lines are entirely automatic and run BY SENSORS. I openly invite anyone to point out something motion sensored in Japan that I've missed.* In fact, I will award gold stars to anyone that can find something interesting that's run on motion sensors.
ALL DENTISTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
Now, I kind of knew this before coming here, but some of the dental work I've seen makes me... Nauseous. I've seen so many kids with unkept smiles that it's starting to haunt my nightmares. I've also heard horror stories of the terrible things that can happen at the dentist here. I never realized how lucky I was to have a good dentist growing up. That being said, I really don't like the concept. I mean, what kind of person wants to root around in someone else's mouth for a living? Dentists are a necessary evil, I know. But all I can think about is THIS
Thank you, Steve Martin for personifying my nightmares.
Moving along... THINGS have been happening in my life lately. And if they're not currently happening, they're up-and-coming. I finally nailed down an apartment (more on that later). I'm enrolling in a masters program to get my teaching degree- starting in April. And the closer I get to leaving this town, the more I seem to discover...
More on that black and white party- I took the rare opportunity to actually dress up for the occasion. I also met some pretty nifty people.
健康 (healthy). And awesome :)
*pointing out that "sensored" is not a word will get you a score of zero.