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On Falling Into Holes [May. 3rd, 2003|04:27 am]
susan smitten
The unfortunate thing is, Don fell in a hole the other night and busted his lip. Narrowly missed knocking out a few teeth. On his way to 7-11. Our second night in Nishinomiya. Seriously, you'd never see a 3-foot-deep hole in the street back home.. potential death trap and all.

The good thing is that he gets to have a few days off with me. I'm on vacation for 9 days as per my employment agreement, but Don had to fall in a hole to have that luxury.

The other good thing is that an omoshiroi hito drove us to the ER at 1:00 in the morning: a jazz songwriter of indeterminate age with red hair. He told us his name was Sanshiro Fushimi. Later I asked for his meishi, which indicated that his real name was Kosei something.

When I called him on it, he explained that Sanshiro Fushimi (SunSeaLaw WhoSeeMe) was his stage name, and that he'd been on his way to buy black hair spray for his daytime identity as a Fujitsu consultant, when we asked him if he knew a 24-hour clinic.

Jazz seems to follow me wherever I go (or I follow it). Born in New Orleans, relocated to Denton where countless great musicians trained, brought to Kobe (Japan's jazz capital) by Mafumi's jazzy ex. My landlord listens to Miles Davis records in his office. I even hear jazz where it isn't there (i.e. in the buzz of a fly).

It's nearly 5am, and I don't know what I'm talking about. Sorry about that. Three days remain of my vacation. We watched "Kung Pow" this evening with Jason, and "The Man Who Wasn't There" last night. We haven't seen Zorro in a while, but someone has been eating the cat food on the veranda. I have yet to send Peter's CDs to Himeji, and I think he's leaving the country tomorrow. Oops, I suck. I took some pictures of Don in his bandages, which I may post tomorrow with his permission.


[User Picture]From: amandasan
2003-05-02 06:46 pm (UTC)

gaijin traps (those random holes and ditches) are very dangerous indeed! i was warned about them when i first arrived in my ken.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-05-02 09:45 pm (UTC)
"Gaijin trap," heehee! I've never fallen in one, but Don did it during his first week in Kobe, too. But this one was DEEP! And from the direction he was coming (he was rounding a corner), you can't see it at all. Grrr... On the opposite corner is a clinic, so we theorized the doctor removed the covers from the ditches, to lure in patients.
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[User Picture]From: frootijen
2003-05-03 12:35 am (UTC)
I am so glad that I never fell in a hole. I hope Don is Okay. WTF was there a 3 foot deep hole there for? *puzzled*
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-05-03 03:49 am (UTC)
Uncovered drainage ditch. *siGh*
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2003-05-04 08:51 am (UTC)
My mom's done that in Arlington before... I get home from work and she's calling me from the hospital. At this time she didn't have a car so she walked everywhere, so she was walking in Arlington on a nice spring day and underneath some grass was a water utility hole that was uncovered and well.. hidden.. no one who even worked in that area knew it was there but they took her to the hospital.. when I go to pick her up she comes out in a wheelchair with two seriously banged up knees and a sprained wrist (her left knee had swollen up because of fluid accumulating under the kneecap). She couldn't walk that well for about a month. I kept telling her she should've let the city of Arlington know because there wasn't any signage around the hole, nor was it covered up in any fashion, but she never did.

I remember stepping in holes all the time when I was a kid (I think I had the record for the most sprained ankles because of soccer) but never a 3-foot hole or one like my mom stepped into. That hasta suck.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-05-05 04:38 am (UTC)
Argh, that's terrible! Poor Kay! Good thing she didn't break anything.

Don's face is healing up nicely, I'm happy to say =)
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