Have you ever said anything really stupid? I mean really stupid. Then there's that reaction where the person's face that you are talking to glazes over in a stupor trying to process the nonsensical information that has just been presented to him/her.
My initial plan was to attend graduate school immediately after my undergraduate studies. Things worked out a little different, and I ended up moving to France with my wife. At the end of our stay in France, my wife and I decided that we would move to Korea (my wife had been to Korea before to visit a friend and had really liked it).
Me being me, she was incessantly bombarded with questions over the next month and a half ranging from the mundane to the utterly ridiculous. The best being, "Is there a subway system in Busan? Yes. Wow, so if like we're on the subway will everyone be Korean"?
This was my fourth trip to Japan since I've lived in Asia and the thrill of being around real live Japanese people still hasn't worn off (remember, I'm stupid).
I can't say that I've ever traveled to a friendlier, cleaner, or safer country in the world. Also, Fukouka (my destination for five days) is an absolutely wonderful city. I departed on Friday morning from Busan heading to Fukouka. I was taking a high speed hydrofoil ferry that would get me to Japan in a little under three hours.
I checked the weather for the time I would be staying in Fukouka, and it said that the temperature would be in the lower fifties, sunny and partly cloudy. Imagine my surprise when I arrived in Fukouka and it was snowing! Not just light snow. I'm talking big huge snow flakes coming down in droves. This picture doesn't do it justice. Anyway, it was freezing cold.
Arriving at my hotel, imagine my second surprise as less than two steps away was an Isami shop! I had no idea that there was even an Isami shop in Fukouka. Before I even checked into the hotel I dragged my poor unsuspecting wife into the store, so that I could drool all over everything. Unfortunately, everything was too damn expensive and besides I can get the same Isami/RVDDW stuff in Korea for a fraction of the price. They did have a few things that I haven't seen in Korea. In particular a few really cool shirts, but none of them were in my size.
On Sunday, I went to train at Axis Fukouka headed by Axis black belt Takeshi Kanda.
The last time I had trained with Mr. Kanda was about a year and a half ago when I was a blue belt. I arrived for the 2:00 p.m. class and saw a few guys already on the mat.
"The Man"-Mr. Kanda and I
As I write this, my lazy butt is still contemplating on whether or not to wake up and catch the 11:00 a.m. class before I head back to Busan.
Someone's house-I love the houses dammit!