Monday, July 30, 2007

Thunder and Lightning and Rain...Oh my!



When they refer to the typhoon season being nasty in Japan, they're not kidding. Living in Los Angeles for the past four years, we became well acclimated to one type of weather, sunny-warm and perfect. In the four days we have been here we have experienced sticky-hot, sweaty-hot, soaking-hot and torrential downpours with the most amazing thunder and lightening. The one nice thing about the rain is that it cools the temp down, it's downside is that it cranks up the humidity as soon as it ends. Other than the "fantastic" weather, we are working towards securing a house, buying a car and getting through the next four days of AOBICR (Area Orientation Brief Inter-Cultural Relations). Sounds to me like a lot of blah blah blah in conjunction with redneck sailors from Mississippi asking "where's the Walmart?".

We love the house pictured above. Our hesitation is that it's the only one we've looked at. It is in a good neighborhood, only fifteen minutes from base by car and a fifteen minute walk to the train station. The house is just under 1300 sq ft and has four bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths. I was really surprised how clean and tidy it was for a house built in '89 and rented several times over. The biggest bonus is that the owner will allow Winnie, even though they have a no pet rule and there is an actual oven and not just a Japanese fish grill. It is not the type of oven we are used to but it is very similar to the RV oven we had in the trailer. The agent is nice enough to hold it until tomorrow evening so that we can take a look at a few more before we make a final decision. So, one more appointment to look at some others, but we are having a hard time finding any faults with this one.

So by Friday our hope is to have Japanese driver's licenses, a deal in the works for a car and a contract signed for a house. In the spirit of Bob the Builder..."can we do it...yes we can!"

4 comments:

  1. Good work kidlets! No slacking for you two. Just imagine you can be sleeping in your own bed very soon.And before you know it you'll have us and Jack to contend with. Can't wait!!! Love you lots.

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  2. What a pretty house. It even has a room for Winnie or your sewing machine.

    Good luck with the licences & car.

    We love you.

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  3. Hi Jenn, Hi Keith -

    How cute the house is! I can see that window upstairs you were talking about. I can't believe how much you have done already....yes I can - it's natural for you as well as your husband to get things done. Take care and we love you!

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  4. How cute the house is! I can see that window upstairs you were talking about. I can't believe how much you have done already....yes I can - it's natural for you as well as your husband to get things done. Take care and we love you!

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