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April 29, 2009

Spring is here!

Today is the first day of the Golden Week holiday. It is always difficult for me to figure this out because there are four days off, but they are not always consecutive. This year, the first three days of next week are holidays also...so if someone takes Thursday and Friday off, then they have eights days away from work. Confusing, right? Of course, I do not need to worry about it!

I have been quite busy recently. First of all, I have been going surfing a lot (I am still crap). So, that is one thing. In addition, I finally went to Atami and picked up the mobile phone I lost last month. The woman I talked to at the police station was surprised that it ended up there considering I live in Zushi. Well, she was not half as surprised as I was. It was a pretty strange journey. It takes about 90 minutes on the train and I was in the police station for five minutes before getting right back on a train and returning. I wouldn't mind going back and spending some time in the area, but yesterday was just not good for me. I also had to go to the bank, the city office, the tax office and the post office. I think that covers pretty much every civic institution in the area. I really was busy!

I stopped by the city office because I needed to change my pension payments to automatic withdrawl and while I was there, I filled in my application for the stimulus payment. I will get 12,000 yen!! Woo hoo. It seemed less exciting, after I compared that to the monthly 14,000 yen pension payment I had signed up for. As for the tax office, there was a mistake on my tax form and they could not automatically deposit my refund. The mistake being that on my tax form, my last name comes first, while at the bank my first name is my first name. Hopefully that is sorted out.

Here are a picture of the surfing conditions on Sunday at Shichirigahama. It was not really that good for someone like me. I was out for thirty minutes before I gave up.

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I would post a few more pictures, but I haven't quite got the hang of resizing these using Microsoft. At least there is one picture this time!

Posted by Kirk on April 29, 2009 12:31 PM