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It can’t get much worse, right?

The JLPT is this weekend, and I’ve been studying for it since summer.

It’s part of the reason I put Crazy Sunshine on hold!

The other half was because I almost died.

No, really!

My poor car’s rusted front axle snapped in half in the middle of a busy intersection!

It took hours for the Japanese Automobile Federation to arrive at the scene and, naturally, the police also came to avert traffic away from the crash site.

Well, I say crash, but I was told by the cops it was the neatest and most compact accident they had ever seen.

Thanks for the compliment!

Since no other drivers or objects were damaged in the process, I wasn’t charged with anything, but the towing and repair bill made my wallet weep.

Therefore, I had to take some time off and work on commissions to raise enough money for the repairs.


In other news, Winter is here!

You know what that means!

Snowstorms, hailstorms, and mountains of white, fluffy bullshit.

I have turned into such a sloth that even getting up and going to work makes me want to just curl up in a ball and hibernate the moment I step outside.

Despite my car being fixed and outfitted with special winter tyres, it’s still making an awfully scary rattling noise near the front wheels.

My gas stove is also on the brink, despite it just being fixed.

Oh, and who could forget the time I had to call into work with the phrase

Sorry, I’m going to be late. My shower is covered in ice.

Despite all of this frozen hell, I put up my Christmas tree over the weekend for my third Christmas in Japan, and last Christmas up in the north.

It wasn’t all tinsel and glitter though, as some sort of bug bite, dust allergy, or maybe even a Yuletide poison swept through the room and I wound up with giant lumps all over my face for the next few days.

It turns out that after five years of living in this run-down shack I have finally caught a rare skin infection that only affects people living in, well, run-down shacks.


So there’s that.


I am on antibiotics and currently spring cleaning the entire house in the middle of winter.

My butt is literally frozen as I type this.

Despite it all, I’m holding my head high for the JLPT on Sunday!

Wish me luck and thanks for reading!

14 thoughts on “It can’t get much worse, right?

  1. Wow, all of that misfortune and you still have a test to prepare for.

    All the best to you and hope things’ll get better. (They have to.) *crosses fingers*

  2. Dem driving skills tho. That could’ve been much worse, you could’ve been paying hospital bills. (if you get charged for it there)

    Best of luck on that test, though I’m sure you won’t need it 😉

    Also I really want a Christmas tree with Shelbie on it too, she could be the angel on top haha

    1. Shelbie on top of a tree would be pretty cool.

      For some reason, though, the parody son “Who Put The Stump?” (about the tree-angel complaining about the tree up it’s bum) immediately came to mind as both appropriate to the theme of the comic and rather amusing.

  3. Gosh…
    So from now on,it can only get better right?
    Fluffy bullshit. Haha!

    Good luck for your test mate, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  4. Science Teacher mode on
    Hailstorms do not occur in the winter. They are generally associated with mid-latitude summer thunderstorms, involving updrafts with a freezing transition in the middle somewhere. During the winter, we can get sleet and ice storms, where cold rain falls and freezes when it hits cold stuff on the ground, like trees and roads. That was nasty here in the Toronto area last year.
    Science Teacher mode off

    I had the right-front CV break on me as I turned a corner onto a side-street about a decade ago with a Chrysler Intrepid. Again, skid to the shoulder, but not blocking traffic, so no police involved, just an expensive tow and even more expensive repair. And I missed work for the day. My condolences to your financial situation.

    1. I’m afraid I have to call bullsh!t on that.

      Particularly as it has been hailing, snowing and oh yeah, thunder and lightnng today, here where I live…
      (Norway, just a couple of hundred Km shy of the polar circle)

      What matters in creating hail is layers of hot and cold air in the atmosphere that the hail can travel through and collect moisture. Of course, it generally doesn’t get larger than maybe 1/4″ here when this happens, but still… They bl**dy well hurt when you get caught out in it.

  5. What kind of car is that, by the way? (It looks like a kei car to me, but that’s all I know).

    Good thing about the front axle breaking: someday it will be a funny story 🙂

  6. “Mountains of white, fluffy bullshit.”

    I have to say this post is really entertaining. It’s not that I’m laughing at your misfortune, it’s just well written. I hope you’re savouring all this, these seem like great memories. Best of luck on the test 🙂

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