Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thanksgiving in Japan

Ashley and I experienced another first this year in Japan and that is experiencing Thanksgiving in Japan. Actually, Kendall came in and was with us during Thanksgiving which was truely a blessing as it let us keep a little piece of home and have family present during this holiday. On Thanksgiving Day we (Ashley, Kendall, and I) had our version of a Japanese Thanksgiving ... actually we just went to a really nice Yakiniku restaurant in Toyota City called Hanabi. Yakiniku is grilled meat, you can see our main course in the picture below. It was a nice meal with very good meat and salad.

Our traditional Western Thanksgiving dinner was held on Saturday at our friend Lynn's house. Originally Ashley and I were going to host, but plans changed and Lynn offered to host so Ashley and I could spend more time with Kendall and less time worrying about the Thanksgiving meal. That was a very kind and generous offer and I think if we have told her once we have told her a 100 times thank you. We had dinner with Mike (we went hiking with him), James and Lindsay, Lynn, and Mas & Christine. Christine, Lindsay (& James?), and Lynn all did a majority of the cooking. The meal was delicious, we had Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, oriental salad, sweet yams, gravy, and green bean casserole. It was simply one of the best (Top 3 hands down) meals I have had in the past 3.5 months! After dinner Kendall, Ashley, and I went to Gifu to watch the sunset, but by the time we made it, all of the parking lots were closing and the sun had basically set so we went to Nagoya to do a little shopping.

Friday, November 24, 2006

My Car Accident, Part III

Today marks the final chapter of my saga ... My Car Accident. Today I went to the police station to meet with the police where he seemed to ask me all of the same questions they have asked me the previous 2 times. After the questions were over, Ochiai-san read over everything and then I printed my name on the paper and stamped it with my inkan and it was complete! They said I should get some money from insurance, but I'm not sure about that so I guess I'll just wait and see. As far as this last chapter goes, it wasn't very eventful, just paperwork! I will say that the police station looked like something right out of Drag net though! It was very old with a yellow tint from years of fluorescent lights and actually the floors were pretty dirty (that was the office area). I guess that's all .... The End.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Christmas in November at Kamigo

Christmas came early this year at work. Since I started working at Kamigo, I have been using the laptop that the previous ICT had, he got it used at the beginning of his ICT as well. That laptop was commissioned on November of 2001! Talk about slow, it took 15 minutes to boot up to where I could use it ... ok, ok, 15 minutes may be long, but when I did time it with a stop watch one time it took 12' 47". That's slow! It was a Pentium III with not even 1 GHz processor and 128 whopping MB of RAM.

Today I got a new laptop yesterday! I guess their life is 5 years so my new laptop is a Pentium IV with 1.4GHz and 256MB RAM. Still not top-of-the-line, but plenty quick for what I do at work! It is like I got to come into the 21st Century. I asked my manager if I could use the old one for a boat anchor, he just laughed and explained that they had to give it back to I/S ... I guess it went over his head. Anyways, it was a good day.

Monday, November 13, 2006

My Car Accident, Part II

I had an appointment with the police today at the accident site to talk about the accident. Apparently you have to go and get paperwork from the police stating everything that happened, get cleared, or something so you can submit that to your insurance so everything is taken care of ... I still don't understand the process.

Anyway, we (Mayumi, Ochiai-san, and myself) arrived and met the lady who hit me along with 2 policemen. They proceeded with some name formalities, because they didn't know if my name was Gagel Jonathan Lee or Jonathan Lee Gagel or what, so we finally got that cleared up. Then they proceeded to talk to me about what happened again. They marked places on the road with chalk of where I was, where the other cars were ... they even broke out some matchbox cars to reinact what happened! I really wanted to take a picture, but didn't. Then they started to ask me the details of the wreck, how far was I stopped form the person in front of me, how far did my car move when I was hit, how far did the car and the one I hit travel together, how far did the car I hit move after I stopped moving. I told them I honestly couldn't remember, but since they kept asking me and wanted numbers from me I told them some estimates. Later I told Mayumi that I didn't know I should have been paying attention to how far we moved when I was hit and all this stuff, I was just thinking, dangit, I just got hit!

Anyway, I have another date with the police at the police station on November 24th at 2:00 p.m. for something else, I guess to get the final paperwork to give to insurance. Stay tuned for "My Car Accident, Part III."