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February 1st, 2009

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05:26 pm - I know, right?
So here I am. They unlocked the restricted wifi in the hotel since they're planning on putting in an ethernet jack in each room. (Or at least, that's what I'm telling myself)

So many pictures to upload, so much stuff to do. I've extended my reservation in the hotel until the 20th at least, so that's almost another month. That's the date lodging(the hotel) gave me after the called housing. That still isn't set in stone however. Argh!

I attend the range on the 10th, I have a PT test on the 4th, and sometime next month our office at work is going to be demolished and we're going to get the "pleasure" of working out of a boxcar next to the clinic. I'm determining the pathway I'll need (or want) to take for medical school. I've played Private, now I want an upgrade.

Japan is an alien place. Not in the forbidding, tentacled demon, ninjas attacking that manga or anime portray (sadly), instead of the insanity of through the looking-glass, it's like I was through the mirror, now it's more straight laced. The language is fluid and fast, without the glottals of arabic (thank goodness!), sadly however, it lacks the consonant rich sound of spanish, resulting in WAY too many words that sound the same. To compensate the Japanese use Kanji written on the hand to distinguish between similar words. They have game shows where they try to guess Kanji! It'd be like a spelling bee instead of who wants to be a millionaire. I'm good enough at charades (thank you Mr. Mohammed) to be able to gist the majority of conversations, and the people here are polite enough to my face to help me think I'm doing well. As for functional ability, I'm in Nephi 1 1:12. 0% comprehension. I know, I know, it isn't that impressive. If you think that, grab yourself a copy and start sounding out the words. We'll see how long you last.

I'm driven and I'm smart. I flat our *refuse* to remain a functional illiterate. The menus have nice colored pictures to assist with ordering. Point, gesture, nod. I despise not knowing what's going on around me. I'm not to the level of frustration I was ever at on my mission, because Annette is right here, keeping me tuned into english. Now to post my pictures.
Current Location: Lodging! Still!

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