Saturday, February 18, 2006


I am not careless and unreliable person as Ookura-sensei said to me after exam!!!

Why was I late so often? 色々ありますよ! Just one of the cases…
Funabashi Tuesday morning. Stupid girl at the platform puts her paper bag between the closing doors of my Chiba行き rapid. The bag is too thin so door sensors can not recognize it, they shut up and the train starts, but the girl keeps holding the handles even when the train pulls out of the station. More surprising, other guys on the platform are trying to help her, so they all are hanging on the paper bag handles. The train stops after moving like 20 meters, paper bag still between closed doors. Nobody knows what to do until one smart guy inside the train stands up, tears off the part of the bag with the contents and gives it to the girl through the window.
After that staff guy walks along the train and checks all doors of all cars and only then the train starts. As rapid is late for Inage 7 minutes I miss the 7.31 local for Nishichiba and have to wait 15 minutes for the next 7.46 one. So I am definitely late. The good thing is I`m not going to have such sort of problem for more than 1 month!

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Tokyo – Chiba – Tokyo / The 7 fears of the Commuter

1. You wake up at 7.00 instead of 6.45 and miss your morning coffee

2. When getting out the turnstile machine screams *Don`t cheat GO and PAY the full price!* although it usually says just *Thank you!*

3. You are caught by the station guy at Nishichiba with the suspicious 130y ticket from Shinjuku

4. You lose the battle race against other commuters

5. You forget your last-night-written report back in Tokyo when it’s a deadline day for handing it in to the teacher

6. MD-player`s battery runs out of charge

7. Cell phone starts and keeps vibrating in your pocket when you are pressed from all sides and can`t even move your hands inside the overcrowded rapid

* the last one might be pleasant for some people though!

somewhere between Yotsuya and Ochanomizu

Monday, February 06, 2006


TransSiberian Railway

9725 kilometers of Russian Miracle

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