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08 August 2010 @ 12:37 am
If it's not one thing, it's another..  

Yesterday was looking to be a fairly good day. It was boiling hot and sunny, and HUMID to all hell, but I finally had a chance to get things done. "Things" meaning going to the city ward office to register my change of address and update my public health insurance information. If you live in Japan for more than three months, then you have to register at the public ward office where you are staying, and receive an alien registration card. You have to update it within two weeks of moving or changing jobs..what a pain!

It was just one station away so it seemed like a waste to take the train, so I decided to bike. I thought that it was a great idea... but I was WRONG!! Who knew that my area was so full of hills!!! Not gentle sloping ones, but horrible, tall hills!! OMG. I ended up walking morei than half of the way and barely biked at all. Plus, the wind was super-strong, so my hat flew off once and I nearly had an accident trying to catch it. After that, I kept it off, but worried about sun damage. ^^; By the way, this is the scenery on the way

It looks like the total countryside, but I actually live in a more city-like atmosphere than when I lived in the middle of the city! LOL =D;;

The registration itself was a painless experience, mainly just a bit of waiting and filling out forms. I took the scenic route home because I wanted to check out the area, and I needed to get a protective film cover for my iphone (some dirt got under the old one, I have no idea how!) But that was when karma thought that I needed another punch...

FIrst off, when I got home I went to the bathroom. Nothing unusual there... except when I realized 30 minutes later that the toilet had flooded the entire floor!^^;;;;!!! This isn't the first time, but it doesn't happen often. So I had to save all of my poor soaked magazines and mopped the floor, hung the mat out to dry, etc.

Later on, went to the bathroom again, and it happened again! Then another time! It's happened twice today too, I don't know why it is suddenly being so picky. I will probably have to open it up again and find out why it is being so picky. But I hate toilets. T-T So GROSS! T-T

Understandably, I was pretty frustrated, which got worse when I went to stick the new cover on my iphone and realized that even though it seemed to fit perfectly in the picture, it left a huge gap around the edges and didn't cover the entire face!! WTF?! Why would anyone want one like that? You'd definitely get scratches in the uncovered area! Today I took it back to the store and got another brand, but it was a real hassle. T_T!!

But the worst. Oh my, the very very worst.....

Well, see, I have had my PC for 7 years now. It was custom built for a lot of money and a present from my mother when I was in college, and to be honest, even though it is 7 years old, it is WAY faster than the mini-laptop that I got (for free) last year. Well, considering that I think PCs are meant to be used for2-3 years at the most, the fact that I've had it for 7 years and it still worked at all was a miracle! Especially considering that I hauled it in a normal suitcase from Arizona to Washington after college, and then to Japan in the same suitcase (I just checked it as a usual luggage, in the largest suitcase that I could find, with a lot of padding). Then I moved it to 6 new apartments in Japan (this is my 7th place so far ^^;;). And other than a hard drive failure it still worked! More or less. Enough to use, anyways!

But yesterday, I opened it up (while it was running, because I am stupid like that). Actually, the case is pretty much always open, because I get in it a lot to fix little things ^^; I've been drooling over getting a new hard drive, because I don't have enough space to download craploads of anime and tv shows and actually keep them, and I don't like burning DVDs, since it takes forever and takes up space. And it's a pain to change them.

And you see, I was running the A/C because it was still quite hot even thoughit was evening.

And you see, Mako gave me a set of cookware designed especially for gratin for my birthday, so I decided to make some for the first time. I stuck them in the oven.

SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAART. Naturally, the power went out. The PC, TV, A/C, and oven were all running on the same circuit. Duh... But after I turned it back on and killed the a/c, my computer refused to start. My hard-drive started clicking.

I tried all night, but couldn't get it to load the hard drive. So today I finally located another one that I coud install windows on and figured that I would use that to pull the data off of the old drive, since it was likely that I still could. Only, you see, when I hooked it up, the computer froze while trying to format. I turned off the power and turned it back on, and that was it. The motherboard refused to work. I tried and tried, and managed to get it to boot long enough to read the windows CD, but it would just freeze and give me random errors. (I'm fairly competent with computers, but not a whiz ^^;) Eventually, things just gave out completely. I really, really killed it this time. So I pulled out the memory and some of the cables in case I can use them in the future (not too likely, since SATA is the new thing it seems, not IDE, which is what they are). The DVD drives have long since stopped writing DVDs (I have an external for that), so I didn't bother saving them. I'm just going to try and recover the data to my laptop tomorrow, if I have a chance to go to the store and get an IDE->SATA converter. I have a connector to connect an SATA to a USB port, from when my laptop died last year and I needed to retrieve the data before taking it in to get repaired. So if I can find that connector and it's cheap (I am almost broke.. but there are 10 years of photos on there! It's kinda important and I deifnitely should back them up afterwards!), then I will back them up tomorrow to the other separate drive. They'll sit there until I have enough money to build a new computer. Which might be a while.... GANBARIMASU! If I build it myself, maybe it won't be too bad? Maybe I can afford it on next month's paycheck, if I scrimp? But I was planning a birthday trip with Mako then. I guess I will have to find another way. I'm sure somethign will turn up!

And the white rug that I spent hours scrubbing at to get clean the other day... pomegranates decided to fall on it today. Erk.. Back to the bleach again *gag*. -_-;;

Um, but tomorrow is my big birthday party with a lot of friends...... so I promise to have the best day that I can! I can't wait to see everyone! For some of them, I haven't seen them in a year! So despite the endless troubles, it will be good, right???

That's all for now. I'm going to continue to gorge on sugar for the night, try to be creative, and maybe sleep around 2 or so..... at least I have a/c now, and live closer to Mako, and that makes all the difference!

If you read that... I give you major props! Any ideas for how a young girl can earn money? *scans the want adds again* None of the jobs are temporary or even appealing. Or even doable while still writing manga. x.x
Meruxxxmirai on August 7th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
why so many problems in one freaking day??

OTL I'm sorry I can't be much of help....

All I can say is GANBATTE! \O/
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on August 7th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Actually, I am kind of looking forward to the challenge of building my own pc! LOL maybe that's a bit too forward-looking, but!
aly Says \ ألينramble_corner on August 7th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Och, sorry to hear about your day

re:IDE cable
Did your SATA to USB cable is only for SATA. When I bought mine it was for both SATA/IDE cable to USB (something like this and so supposed to work with both type of hard drives.
*convert price
Hmm but my one was cheaper (~1640 yen) and that was a couple of years ago

ETA: Anyway , enjoy your day tomorrow and Happy Belated Birthday . Hope you have lots of fun to offset today

Edited at 2010-08-07 04:13 pm (UTC)
ore-samathesundaywriter on August 7th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Urgh, sorry to hear about your day, the toilet thing sounds nasty, hope you get that fixed and successfully build your computer~ I wouldn't dare to do one by scratch~
arthurfrdent: kermitararthurfrdent on August 7th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you are taking everything as a challenge to be overcome, so it's all to the good... maybe someone else you know, or in the wider expat community has an old desktop lying around that you might borrow? At least for the short term...

stiff upper lip and all that ;)
neooldetokyoneooldetokyo on August 7th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Could you be a seller on flutterscape? It's basically a service where people request stuff they want from Japan and you find and purchase it, for a fee, with flutterscape acting as the middle man to make sure no-one gets screwed over.

It's pretty new but I absolutely love buying through there. Buyers can also request stuff for people in Japan to find, or sellers can make example posts of stuff they have already seen in the shops and offer to get them for people.

Have a look? Flutterscape.com
☆チャーリーちゃん☆: TRC-Fay_Sakura_nikori!charlie_chan on August 7th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
awww I sorry so many shitty things all happen at once.. TOTALLY feel ya there :(
wish I could give ya an in-person hug <3
☆: あ - Jiji (hands)theidolhands on August 7th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you foreigners in Japan keep up with all the rules and regs! Do they make books or sites dedicated to assisting the less savvy travelers like myself?

That happened to me with a computer and an electric heater once, never did that again. Fried it. $900.00 repair (fortunately covered).

You enjoy that party. Short of model or hostess, I can't think of anything at this distance, but thank you for not being a part-time spammer!
kakibellkakibell on August 8th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't really think it's that bad. I grew up in the US (and first moved to Japan as a student many moons ago), but I am the child of immigrants, so I was surrounded by family that had to deal with the US' much tougher process. One of my cousins didn't go home to visit her parents for years, because it was unclear whether her US student visa would really allow her to. A friend of mine who didn't take the same precaution ended up having his student visa CANCELED when he returned for school (I recall that he had taken a semester off and they cited this poor grades). Thus, I naturally assume that immigration anywhere is a pain in the ass and don't find it to be too bad here. (That being said, even as a US passport holder, I occasionally experience harassment at US airports.) Either way, tourists generally don't have to deal with these issues here.
☆theidolhands on August 8th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
As I was speaking only to hinoai, please realize my comment was not aimed at the entire spectrum of this subject.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2010 08:48 am (UTC)
If you were only speaking to hinoai, why did you generalize "you foreigners" as plural? There are other ex-pats who read this LJ who would naturally have taken it as a general comment on the immigration process. As it is, your reply to kakibell struck me as more than a little bit rude, especially considering that her post was both informative and polite.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, anonymous comment picking a fight.
calliopem_eratocalliopem_erato on August 8th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Problems stacking up in one day...what a drag but I'm sure you'll manage especially about your computer.

I had a problem with my desktop a year ago when I stupidly made another account profile for my nieces and nephews which had resulted for my own profile to be accidentally deleted. I felt weak when I remember all the files in that profile but I was able to figure out how to retrieve them when I booted my PC in safe mode.
ange: gehangelamori on August 8th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
omg, that sounds like a horrible day! Take care, and do get some proper rest!
Christyvelessa on August 8th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yikes. Is there a maintenance person or someone you can call about the toilet? Repeatedly overflowing like that sounds like a really big problem! Sorry your computer finally bit the big one, but at least it sounds like you have the skills to make a new one; I have to have my dad rebuild all of my, and they conk out much more often than every seven years!
(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
this may not be a good idea ,but what about being a Tokyo tour guide ?
Either for ' Intrepid travel ' (in OZ they asked me if i was interested?)or offer your knowledge to tourists,my japanese friend always takes me out on the transport system cutting across Tokyo like a knife effortlessly her knowledge of Tokyo is priceless.Doing what the locals do and off the beaten track is a more real.
I would actually pay someone to do what she does,but Im lucky to have a great friend so I just buy her lovely gifts intead.
x 10 year old mac user