Another Evening Stroll

It’s continued to be extremely hot here in Nagoya. So much so, I spent almost all of my Summer Break in my room. With the exception of going to the Aquarium with V, I spent my waking hours watching DVDs or playing video games.

Any time spent outdoors (again save for the aquarium) has been after 6 or 7 pm. Even then it’s been pretty hot and muggy. Some nights, it was a trip to the nearest convenience store, while others was to the video shop.

Work starts again on Thursday, though this week will only be a three day one.

It’s kind of funny though: I looked forward to spending time outdoors this summer for the entirety of the winter and spring.


Choppy Seas

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So much is constantly changing. It’s making me pretty dizzy, to be honest. One moment I think my world is one way, but the next it’s the complete opposite.

Work, for example, has been all over the place. For the past few months, I’ve been assigned to one type of assignment, but no I find out that I’m not needed for that anymore. They’ve been automating a lot of procedures over the past few weeks, so while I wasn’t obsolete before, I’m getting closer and closer to being so.

So, one of my managers has been trying to teach me aspects of his job, so that he has less work, and I still have a reason to be part of this department. Unfortunately, I have never been given admin access to most of the databases I would need to use for these assignments,  and the higher ups are reluctant to give me said access.

I fear my time here might be drawing to an end…

A frightful wind

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Today was a terribly cold day. This morning the temperature was a balmy 18° F, with a windchill factor of -2° F! That’s the coldest we’ve been in a long time.

We were spoiled until now with all the nice weather we had. In December the temperature never fell below 25° F. Most days it was actually above 50°.

The forecasts call for a cool start of the week (though not as bad as this morning), a pleasant middle/weekend,  followed by another cold spell next week. However, that is to be expected in January, I suppose.

Mornings Really aren’t my Thing

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So, I meant to wake up a but earlier this morning to meet some friends down in the city. Before going to bed, I chose and laid out my clothes, packed my bag with everything I thought I could need, charged my phone, set two alarms, and packed some pears into a little plastic bag for a quick breakfast. I shut my eyes thinking “no problem”.

I still managed to oversleep.

I awoke wondering why I wasn’t hearing the annoying melody I’m so used to. I should have been up around 8, but the clock read 8:40. My train left at 9:30. I scrambled to get ready. I was out the door around 9:10.

The station is only about 5 minutes away, but I got side tracked in the stairwell  (forget about the elevator in my building, it’s slower than molasses) and again in the lobby. I rushed out the doors hoping I could make my train.

I watched it pull away as I stood on the crest of the hill, connecting Yonkers to the Bronx. I asked myself, “What now?”

There are two other ways to get to where I need to be in the city. I can chance the 2 train to East 180th, connect to the 5, take it to Grand Central, then walk. However, there’s always a lot of work being done on those two trains on the weekends. Sometimes the 2 turns express or terminates mid-Bronx, leaving passengers to transfer to a shuttle bus running through a truly unsavory part of New York.

The other way is to hope the BX16 bus is running and take that to the 4 train. The ride is shorter, but the walk to the bus is about 20 minutes and the bus ride another 20. I would also have to wait for the next bus, as buses have cap schedules on Sundays.

I chose to catch the 4.

As of the time I am writing this, I am on the L (shirt for elevated) portion of the 4 route. I called my friends to tell them I would probably not make our appointment.

I still have a little over an hour until I make it into the city.



A Little Peace & Quiet


Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about why silence is seen as a thing to be avoided, here in the States. People here seem so uncomfortable to let a conversation lapse for any period of time. Most people I know need to keep some sort of background noise going at all times of the day and night. But for the life of me, I am finding it hard to understand it.

I admit that I love to listen to music and audio books (especially at work– if only to keep me awake & working) but there are plenty of times where I just need to disconnect. That means, no headphones, no talking, no nothing. Not even an internal monologue…

People have taken to asking me if I’m alright. While I do have somethings on my mind, I have taken a greater liking to silence since starting a full time job.

  1. I try to take a minute or two after I wake up, a bit of time after I get to work (but before I enter the office) and once I get home for the day. I sit quietly, sipping a beverage or eating a snack, and enjoying life. I get very irritable should I not get these moments.