I already ran to the PX and stocked up on a few things that I can't get where I live, although I have to admit, it's not as great as I remember it. The base is pretty small, and it makes me feel kind of grateful for mine. I also made a quick stop at Cinnabon for breakfast tomorrow. Can't leave out Cinnabon.
I was really tired tonight after I got settled into billeting, but I decided to be adventurous and go into the city a little. I ended up spending two or three hours in Tachikawa, which is an awesome area. I really like
On the way back to base, I saw a blonde kid on the train and asked if he was going where I was. He looked a little nervous, and I heard him counting the number of stops outloud to make sure he would get off at the right place, so I figured he could use some help. He was, of course, headed to base, and so I asked him if he wanted to split a cab. That's pretty common in foreign cities with American bases -- I never go anywhere without someone approaching me. Anyway, he agreed, and we came out of the train station and got in the cab and he said suddenly, "I have a Japanese girlfriend." He was an Airman, so I guess that means 18 or 20, but he looked about twelve, and I wished I had the guts to say, "Darn. I was about to ask you to marry me." Ku-ku-ku-choo, Mrs. Robinson. I could have been his mother.
System training starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM. I think it's going to be a long week. I'm still struggling with my job and my contract, so I feel kind of on the edge right now. I'm going to try to chill. It's not easy for me.
I have lots of fun pictures from my birthday celebration with friends, and more Japanese stories, so I'll try to get those up soon. Sayonara!