Back in Arizona

I got back to Arizona yesterday afternoon. While I was waiting for my connecting flight in San Francisco, I noticed two things about the U.S. that hit me right away as being a big contrast from Japan. First of all, the airport was dirty. There was trash all over the floors of the airport. And second, people are FAT. There are so many more obese people here than in Japan. Plus, it seemed to smell like hamburgers everywhere in the terminal because so many people were eating fast food to-go.

I went with my parents to the grocery store on the way home to pick up some food for dinner. Despite the fact that they shop at Whole Foods, a rather bo-bo (bourgeois-boheme) up-market grocery store, there were no crazy 100 dollar melons in sight anywhere, unlike Japan. And there was a HUGE selection of cheap and attractive fruits and vegetable. Mind blowing. There is so much consumer choice in America.

Last night, I went with my sister to her church worship team music group rehearsal. They asked me to sing with them during the rehearsal, just for fun, and because I was on the worship team way back in the day. I didn’t really know most of the songs, but I muddled my way through them OK. I guess it’s my 3 years of advanced karaoke training in Japan that has prepared me for anything. Christian rock is easy compared to trying to imitate Freddy Mercury in a Queen cover.

Today, not much. I slept in. No jet lag. I went to the bank for some errands. And cooked a bunch of stuff at home for my mom. I also began the long process of cleaning out my room. My family has lived in this house since I was in junior high school, which was over 10 years ago. We are all big obsessive hoarders. I have so much stuff, dating back to childhood even. I threw out 4 big trash bags worth of stuff today and you can’t even tell that I have cleaned. And I haven’t even unpacked my suitcases yet.

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