2009年8月12日水曜日

a telephone call

Hey. Where are you? (No hello or the like...)
Lake Nojiri. I told you I was coming here.
But your Wagon R and your van are both here? (Nancy Drew??)
Yeah. Ken drove us up and I guess he's gone to work in the k-truck.
Oh. You didn't ask me to feed your chooks.
No. K's still there. He's doing them.
I was just out there (it's nowhere near on her way to anywhere) and they looked hungry so I fed them. (they're chooks, the only thing they do is look hungry when someone approaches their cage.)
Thank you, but really K has it in hand.
So, you won't be able to make sauce tomorrow then?
Ahh... No. Like I said I'm up here at the lake.
Could you come back?
No. I have M and A with me and I don't have a car and K is working.
Oh. You realise noone goes on holiday in August. It's the peak of the busy season.
Hmmm (looking around me at dozens of whole families- shock dad's included- doing just that)
Sorry, I'll be back Friday.
Well, enjoy yourself and make sure the kid's have fun.
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Seriously, the people in my neighbourhood never go on holiday. Honeymoon, JA sponsored research tour and relative's funeral and that's it. They don't even go away for Obon or New Year as they all live where they grew up so they're already there.

In many ways I have made efforts to fit in with my neighbourhood but this is one area we're going to have to agree to disagree.

Holidays are good.

A few days complete R&R is worth a few tomatoes rotting on the vine.

Especially when you have another 240 odd plants worth to harvest when you get back anyway.



5 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

ain't it the truth!

anchan さんのコメント...

Unfortunately, my DH is of the same mentality as your neighbours. We've never been on holiday other than the compulsory visiting of rellies (hardly a holiday!), never even had a honeymoon! But credit is due, he does let me go without him! Have a fab time xxx

Rachel さんのコメント...

What a shocker of a phone call! The down-side of 'community' I suppose.

I've decided the Japanese main rule for life is 'thou shalt not have fun'. At least my dh has a wondeful lazy streak that makes him want to get out of work and just come home and hang with us, or sneak off for a holiday without telling his Dad!

Kim さんのコメント...

I've stayed at NOJIRIKO twice!!! Not in the summer, but...I LOVE it there!!! Oh, I'm so glad you got to go play there! And, YES to summer vacations!!! Loved the Nojiri pics too!

BTW, we JUSt got back from our family vacation to ... Yokohama - and had WONDERFUL time!!! Hope Ken makes it up to you guys soon!

Midori さんのコメント...

Hilarious. The wonders of living in a small community! LOL! ;-) Glad you are having a good holiday- it looks like alot of fun!