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January 05, 2009

Inauspicious beginning

Today is the first "business" day of the new year. Not that it matters to me, heh heh, but does mark a return to normalcy after the long new year's holiday.

I prepared for today by doing something nasty to my ankle while playing softball yesterday. Besides being extremely painful at first, it was incredibly frustrating because I had been looking forward to playing all weekend and we had reserved the field for SIX hours. I made it through two and spent the rest of the time with my foot up on a bench watching everyone else have fun. Anyway, the ankle is bruised and swollen up like a balloon, but it does not hurt so much anymore and I think a couple of days on the couch with it elevated, iced and wrapped should put me back on track.

My ugly foot

And if not, well, I noticed this morning that the slow, stumbling pace (kind of a hopping, foot-dragging walking style) while taking my garbage to the bins is STILL faster than some of my neighbours'.

Which illustrates just how clever I was to leave big, busy Tokyo for the countryside. Living on your savings and needing an hour to walk the 500m to the grocery store is normal here.

Posted by Kirk on January 5, 2009 08:45 AM