Well, I still have a cold, but it's a little better. It started out with just a sore throat, but that has cleared up and now I just have massive congestion. I have to take it easy because I have a full week of getting shown around by the fire bureau. I went in this morning for introductions and a brief overview. This afternoon, they are going to give me an introduction into their organization and facilities. I get to tour the building and see this 'earthquake proof foundation' everyone keeps talking about. This is great timing, since there was an earthquake last night at about 1:15 in the morning. It was a 3 here in Yokosuka, but I think it was like a 4 in Chiba prefecture (northeast of Tokyo). It wasn't too strong, but it seemed to last a while. I am normally asleep at that time, but I took a 3 hour nap on Sunday. Since I've been here, I've been running around like crazy, so I haven't had time to take it easy and relax. Sunday was the first day I could 'goro goro' (lay around and do nothing) all day. It was pure bliss.
But I did remember to call my dad on Father's Day! I hope everyone else did, as well!
I will try to make time to post again later this week. I have a ton of pictures from this weekend and I'm sure I will have more later in the week. I still haven't figured out how to get the pictures of the camera I borrowed from the International Affairs Division, but I should be able to get those loaded by the end of the week.
I probably won't be able to answer e-mails for a few days. They are talking about letting me leave like 3o minutes early today, so I will take advantage of that and go straight home for dinner, a bath, and bed.