Once again I’m going to write a blog on why I haven’t written a post in a long time, and the excuses this time is the same; busy, busy, busy…….
What a hell of a week I have had and the worse part of it was that I ended up paying over 2 and a half grand on a broken toe.
You might be wondering why I’m up and about at 4am whilst the majority of the Japanese are still sleeping and why I’m cycling in this deadly cold weather as well.
Living in Japan for almost nine years you would expect my Japanese to be relatively close to native level or perhaps you would think it’s at a decent level to do business and have daily conversations with my fellow Japanese friends without any worries.
These last few days have been so trying that I have given myself a mental headache.
Over a year ago my wife and I made the decision to move my English Language School from its current location to a new. Everything was put into place to make it that a year from that time we would have enough money to finance the move.
As the title reads do you ever get the itch to play games?
When I was young I used to play games all the time and I would put games above my social life by spending hours on my computer losing time so quickly that I would forget what day it was.
Now I have a family and business that my time is more needed in other places but I do get that itch where I want to load up that old game, ie; Theme Hospital, Constructor or even Half-Life, but I can’t and I won’t because I know that if I do I will spend more hours on the computer playing those games than doing anything else and I would have arguments with my wife as I wouldn’t help with the housework or the childrearing.
So as a compromise I have started to watch a few YouTube Gamers play the games that I have loved and to be honest I have wondered if I could be a YouTube Gamer. Well that’s impossible as the some of these gamers put videos on their channels every three hours and most of the games they play are the state of the art just released games.
To do that I would need a new computer and a number of purchased games, so that little pie in the sky idea has been squashed.
Well anyway I thought I would share something different and off topic from my Life in Japan and Creative Writing blogs that I usually write.
I was thinking about the differences between UK and the Japanese traffic wardens and the biggest difference I could think of was how relaxed the Japanese wardens could be.
In the eight years that I have been living and the six years that I have been driving I have never gotten a parking ticket even though I sometimes park in non-parking zones.
In Japan traffic wardens ride around on bicycles and look for cars that are illegally parked on yellow zones/lines. Mostly the zones in Japan are strips of yellow paint that runs up the side off the road. As Japan doesn’t have as many pavements as the UK most of the designated walk lines are painted white lines with a sign posted up for drivers to see if it is a parking area or not. If there is a pavement then the pavement step is coloured yellow and sometimes the paint is so faded or even worn away that you can’t work out of it’s a non-parking area.
Outside my school has a non-parking zone with faded and cracked yellow paint painted to the steps of the pavement. I have parked my car outside for a few hours and now and again the traffic wardens come around and sign me up. But what I have noticed is if I go and say “hey this is my car” they will say “hello” and then ride on and they have returned fifteen minutes later and repeated the hello and goodbye again. Of all the times I have done this I have never received a parking ticket and sometimes the wardens have been writing my car up for more than five minutes before I go down and do my hey thing.
When I first got my car and parked on a non-parking zone and saw a traffic warden coming my way I drove off and tried to find another area to wait for my wife but after learning that if the traffic warden sees you in your car they will just move on and not bother you. This I have tested hundreds of times and it works.
Now If I was to do this in the UK the warden would just write me up a ticket and slap it on my windscreen (I believe it’s electronically done now?). I have known traffic wardens to hide and then pounce when the drive leaves the car and I have seen verbal and fist fights a lot.
As for towing I have only witness the Japanese authorities do this once and the funny thing was the police officer organizing the towing knocked on all the car windows that had occupants in them to say for the inconvenience and that they were toing the car in front. When the copper knocked on my window I jumped and wondered what the hell he wanted. Again if a car was being towed in the UK they would just clamp it and tow it without caring about who is around them.