感謝 (Gratitude)

Like as said in the previous post, none of us managed to make it to the gym today. But thanks to some super-last-minute phone calls and facebook, A, N, other American (who finished this week), British guy (he is now Br), new German girl, and I managed to meet after noon in Tenjin.

Before I go any further I will share my embarrassing story. The dorm lady phoned me earlier and told me to bring the futon down to exchange the summer one to winter one. So I tear out the sheets from the mattress and run downstairs with the mattress (I was already running late because A and N were waiting for me). When I arrived at the lobby everyone laughed at me :( It turns out that a futon is not a mattress but the BLANKET! But… but… haven’t I been told since way back when what a mattress is? :( So.. back up I went with the mattress and blankets… all defeated…

So back to Tenjin. We ate at the ice cream place AGAIN. It’s getting pretty ridiculous. I think me, A and Br are getting sick of it. I seriously need to take a break from the ice cream! But while we were in Tenjin, everyone nicely followed me around while I bought some wine and cake for the party later in the evening.

Well, it wasn’t that much later. I left the group at 4pm to meet Mixi friend’s friend, who would pick me up and show me the way to the apartment. Previously, my friend described her and gave me all her friend’s contact information but I was in such a hurry this morning I forgot to bring it. Luckily, at 4pm, the friend was pacing around holding a ‘CLARICE’ sign like at the airport XD

My friend lives in the northern part of the city. I’ve never been there before. While riding the bus, I finally got to see the sea! I was pretty happy. When we went to the apartment, everyone was already there. There were 8 people in total, one guy and the rest females, Most were at least 10 years older than me.

I was afraid that no one would talk to me once they saw how bad my conversing skills are but everyone was sooo nice. My friend made a ton of food in advance which was very tasty. Everyone seems to be co-workers or associated by other people. They were very gentle- they explained to me sometimes what they were talking about and kept asking me questions. Actually, I’ve never been to a get-together where the conversation was so equalized - there was no one person dominating everything and even if one person talked more than the other, they would try to get everyone engaged.

For some reason, a lot of what I said seemed to greatly amuse them. I can’t tell if they are laughing forcefully or if it’s real ahaaaha. Because i’m pretty sure nothing I said had humorous intent.  My friend told everyone I wanted to try going to a goukon (dating party) and everyone got excited to set one up hahahaaha. I think they want to set me up too hahaha.
On the whole, I am really thankful my friend invited me (hey, it’s thanksgiving weekend isn’t it?)

I left at around 10 and they sent me off with a box of leftover dessert. My friend told the bus driver that I was a foreigner and to drop me off at the Tenjin postoffice. I was the only one on the bus. I forgot to tag a ticket (you need to do that in Fukuoka so they can give you proper change when you pay the driver after the ride). Ahhh I didn’t have any change either, so I paid 500 yen for the trip when it should’ve been 340. The driver was sooo nice. He stopped the bus (making other people mad) and spent five minutes writing me back a refund ticket. I felt so bad (because I have no idea how to cash it in either).

Some people phoned me while I was in the party. I met up with A and some other people (Br, German girl, G3 was even there) at a yatei near the station. We wandered around the park nearby (a bunch of teenagers were playing music.. this must be the mini-Harajuku) and we listened for a while. Some cute guys :) Then we went home (on the last train).

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