Monday, December 17th, 2001

B and I have been trying for weeks to put up some shelves in the storage shed. It’s not actually a shed; it’s a little concrete blockhouse just off the patio that’s about five and one-half feet square and ten feet high. We’d like to park our bikes in it, but that takes up the whole space, unless we dump everything else on top of the bikes, and we can’t ride the bikes very easily when there’s a ton of crap piled on top of them in the storage shed. (This is getting way more complicated than it has to be, right?)

I’ve been checking out shelves, and they’re stupidly expensive. Almost every storage option is. When I took Barb to the store to show her what I wanted to do, her eye fell on a plastic storage thing-o with sliding doors that we could park on the patio and lock everything but the bikes in. I didn’t have to build or install shelves, so it sounded great to me, but when we went to buy it, we ran up against that language barrier. It’s hard to be sure, but the explanation we got was that they were either out of stock, or we weren’t allowed to buy one.

On sort of a related note, one of our neighbors keeps his bike on his back porch, where dripping water from the eaves overhead have turned it into a lump of ice that’s frozen solid to the ground, so he won’t be riding that sucker until April or May.

Did I mention that Sean quit the wrestling team? He’s been putting in all his evenings at practice, and he’s been to two meets in Yakota, and he feels it’s eating up way too much of his time. I can see that; practice alone eats up all his time until seven or eight o’clock in the evening, and the trips to Yakota, a base in Tokyo, left here on Thursday night and didn’t come back until Sunday morning. And he went all the way to Tokyo but never got time off to see anything in the city. (Last time they went, they did head into Tokyo – to eat at McDonald’s! Now there’s a cultural experience you wouldn’t want to miss when visiting a foreign country!) So last week he told Coach April that he wanted to spend more time with his family and couldn’t see how to do that and keep on wrestling, so he was quitting the team. And he stuck to his guns, didn’t let the coach out-argue him.

B’s soccer kids played their last game tonight, and it’s a good thing, too, because the coaches and parents were starting to get pretty ugly.

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