I cooked breakfast this morning – Liza’s last day here in Aizu. It was a sad day for me. We walked to the station and took some pictures next to the red cow – Aizu’s mascot. I cannot believe that she and Steve have been in Japan for three weeks! Time flew when we were having fun.
When I got back to the apartment, I changed into ski pants and Ski jacket, and got on my bicycle to run my errands – post office, city hall to get our Japanese green cards, and the cell phone shop. It was very cold out on my bike and I had to dodge snow piles and I kept thinking I shd have my helmet on in case I fell.
At the city hall, I got our green cards which now meant that Dave can work here legally and I think I can get a job here too but who will hire a non Japanese speaker? It also meant that I can change my cell phone from Pre Pay to Post Pay phone, which will be way cheaper. From the city hall back to the main road, I had to ride through this alleyway past this little shop selling fish shaped dessert. Liza and I went there a few days ago but it was closed, so I went there today to eat some fish keki for Liza and I. I bought three of them and I told the lady that I would like to eat one in the shop – “Ima kokono.” So, she immediately brought out a cup of tea for me. I was amazed at myself that I could carry on a conversation with this lady with the little Japanese that I know! She told me that there were 5 fillings for this dessert – I could only grasp three, which was red beans, cheese and curry. She said the curry was popular and that she wanted me to try one for free. Now how did I know all these? Amazing! I tried the hot filling and it was really spicy, so she brought out a cup of water for me. While chomping, we chatted some more – asked me where I was from, how long would I be in Aizu… she said she was 55 and I told her so was I and she thought I was 30 which was lovely of her. I told her that I have 4 kids and she said so did she! Her oldest was 30 and all four are boys and I told her my kids’ ages. It was so fun. I just loved it. I am sure I only understood a portion of what she said and guessed the rest but I must have said the correct words cos she understood me. Before I left, I bought one hot spicy fish for Dave.
The cell phone shop was a disaster – A couple of weeks ago I had filled the application form with Lucy’s phone no. on it thinking we could do hers first – changing it from pre pay to a monthly payment. We could not do it then because I did not have the green card. So, today, I handed the form and my phone and she told me to come back in an hour. I pedalled to Saty – a department store to while away the hour. When I got back she told me the bad news – they had changed Lucy’s instead of mine. The silly cow did not check my cell phone against the form and I forgot that Lucy’s number was on that form!! SO now Lucy’s phone is dead and I had to do mine which would take another hour. It was so exhausting – she said to call Lucy… and tell her what? I could not understand her! After an hour or so an English speaker from the service center told me that poor Lucy has to go in search of a Softbank shop in Sapporo to reactivate her phone. I was mad cos Lucy still had lots of pre paid money on her phone and now it was all cancelled. Anyway, I told the silly cow that I would collect my phone tomorrow morning cos it was getting dark and I was not willing to ride my bicycle in the cold and dark icy pavements.