Thursday, January 21, 2010

If I Fed a Pet as Often as I Post Here, I'd Have A LOT of Dead Animals

Lovely title right? I made it with the visual people in mind :D

You must think I'm dead right now since I haven't posted in so long. And you'd BE RIGHT!! Click now to receive your free BS prize!!

The truth is much more simple, blog posts take time. Something of which I don't have a lot of - specifically my internet time is way way 少ない.

Gotta love that I now have 5 months worth of blog content and 35 minutes to post something.

My current life set up:

Living at 2nd host family's place. The dad is really awesome! He loves to try and repeat any English words I use or teach him. Example: *Dinner time* "Do-nt ureeabe uwauwanyshing"

Translation: Don't leave anything.

He repeats what I say because he knows he sounds funny.

It's a really funny contrast because I've got my host dad, my host mom, and a younger host sister (11 I think...) and my host dad's daily antics are barely even recognized by my host mom and sister. My host mom is a really 冷たい人...She only talks to me when she wants to point out something I did "wrong" or something that she wants me to do, always ending it with the most soul piercing "Wakatta?" I've ever heard. I won't use this blog to complain a lot since that's no fun to read (although some topics I could probably make interesting) - it also wouldn't give you a full picture on the awesome times I have here too.
I will say that I think my host dad is an incredibly awesome person for still being able to be so zany. My host 11 so just think of an 11 year old girl who likes to read books and does ballet. I'm not really sure how to describe her other than that.

I get up every morning around 6:20, take a shower (being the crazy gaijin I am I bathe myself in the morning), eat some breakfast (sometimes cereal, sometimes miso soup and onigiri) and then head off to the bus stop to wait for the bus that will take me to school. I could make an entire blog post about the FUN of riding busses to and from school with all the other students on the bus but for now I'll leave it be. Next is school, I've gone through that before so I won't repeat myself.

Now here's the new stuff, Tuesdays and Thursdays after school I have Japanese class at a local building called Rifare. It's me and a bunch of ALTs (Foreign English Assistants) learning intermediate Japanese grammar. We've gotten into stuff that's new to me now and I find that...exciting? I don't know, I guess I find it cool to go to class and then hear "Today we're learning THIS GRAMMAR" and then you realize you've heard that everywhere but never knew the meaning so it's kinda like I'm hearing "Remember those government fat cats who were talking in that secret code? WELL HERE'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY MEANT!!!"
Yes I just vaguely compared learning Japanese to being a spy of some sort.

Alright Agent Stryker, you've infiltrated their base...
Copy that Command
Now all you need to do is take down their top grammar particle agents ONE BY ONE
Agent Wo and Wa should be easy but don't take Agent Ni or Ga to lightly ok? You still need to be focused enough to take on Commander Keigo and those two guys are hiding all sorts of grammatical weapons
(If it were my host mom then it would be わかった

On other days, I go to Track and Field Club. See, my interests are things like playing guitar and writing comedy or making small movies and such. So...I though the BEST club to fit my strengths would be TRACK AND FIELD!!!!
It was more of a decision that I though I would try and branch out to something else (plus, Japanese conbini bread doesn't exactly make you more fit and muscular).
Club goes from 4:05 until.....7ish I'd say. It's the off season so everyone does things like weight training or running exercises. I recently got some weird injury with my left foot while running so I'm left with weight training, stretching, and situps and situp like exercises basically.

The weekends are left for me to relax. Sort of. Track and Field is usually on Saturday too. So...make that Sunday to relax (although my host mom tells me I have to wake up by a certain time for....what reason? I'm not sure exactly actually) <- I thought I wasn't going to complain

In other news, any and all hospital tests I've gotten here have shown that I'm all fine and dandy. Although the fact that I used "dandy" might be cause for concern...

I have tons more to post but I don't like massive posts. Till next time! (Also, new Australian exchange students are coming on Sunday :D )


Priscila Andrade ( said...

Dear Jared Stryker,

Last year and our blog Lexiophiles launched the Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2009. It was rewarding and we really enjoyed bringing the exchange blogger community together, and here we go again:

It’s time for The Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2010, also known as IX10.

We are looking for the top 100 blogs about life abroad and your blog has been nominated. The nomination period goes from January 22nd to January 31st. Feel free to spread the word among bloggers writing about life in a foreign country.

The voting starts on February 1st and goes till February 14st 2010. At the end of the two-week voting period, the blogs with the most votes will win.

If you want to read more about IX10 visit Lexiophiles (

Send me an email in case you don’t want to be included in this list or if you have any further questions about the competition.

Kind regards,

On behalf of the and Lexiophiles team

Priscila Andrade ( said...

Dear blogger,

It’s voting time for The Top 100 International Exchange and Experience Blogs 2010!

This is a user-powered competition, so in order to win your blog needs votes. To improve your chances and make it easy for you, we have created a button you can place on your blog so all your family and friends can vote for you!

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Get in touch with your readers and friends and ask them to show their support by voting for you now! The voting period goes from Feb. 1st to Feb.14th.

Good luck,

On behalf of and Lexiophiles team

Gaboo said...

Hey Jared :) Your blog is so funny that I can't stop smiling while reading but - sadly - you don't treat internet community very well. Moreover, I would say you neglect us a bit which is 'not nice' ;) Anyway, as I am total stranger for you and probably with very little influence, I'm sending greetings and waiting for another touching video ;) or funny stories from the island.
Bye! :P

Priscila Andrade ( said...

Dear blogger,

Our IX10 competition is doing great, with some really cool blogs eager to get number 1 spot! We’re very glad you have accepted this challenge and joined us.

This e-mail is just to remind you there is still time to get your blog up in the list. The voting goes until February 14th at midnight CET (GMT +1), so get down to business and keep voting!

Wishing you all good luck,

On behalf of and Lexiophiles team

Taylor said...

This blog made me laugh.
Believe me we all get our share of crazy host moms who create their own rules for the exchange student just because they wish to be las brujas.

I had one, and she made me wake up at a certain time as well on Sunday, I did not understand why, or the fact that the son did not have to. oh well.

I would think Track and field would be good for you, since you are enormously tall compared to Japanese people and could just out run them with no training. In Chile my hieght was used to put the glasses away on the high shelf lol.