and when the missus journeys there on business for nine days, she may as well be on the moon.
recent discoveries about japan:
- text messages must swim to get there; it can take days for them to arrive
- an 18-hour time difference (plus two busy schedules) makes phone contact nigh impossible
- there are beer vending machines in japan. beer vending machines!
- at the monkey park it's the people who are caged
|"aww, look at the cute human. she's almost simian!"|
other things i know about japan:
when the missus is there, i sleep a lot less. i go to bed later and get up earlier, trying to keep the wheels on our life.
when the missus is there, getting a mortgage refinanced is a lot more complicated.
when the missus is there, completing a tax return takes much longer than the CPA (who is heading to fiji) has time for.
when the missus is there, i have to clean out the litter box.
it's that last one i enjoy the least.
no matter which of us is gone, nine days is a long time ~ especially to be unreachable halfway around the world. but, this is what we've signed up for, what with our corporate careers (such as they are) and our insatiable expenditures.
and by that i mean, the children.
mid-meeting call from loving daughter: "can you sign me up for ski bus, because sign-ups have started and it's really filling up fast."
me: "not right this second, i'm in a meeting."
ld: "oh, and can we get mexi food for dinner?"
text to loving son: "do you want me to sign you up for ski bus this year?"
ls: "yeah, but only if i get new skis to go along with it."
i'm not sure i could survive a tenth day. hurry home, loving wife.