should I stay or should I go?

You all know the song - or you should... Anyway, this is the current dilemma. Right now it's 50/50 either way, and nobody knows what we'll do! Including us! The decision has gotta be made within the next week. It's not that we're leaving anytime soon, but we have to determine whether we want to commit to staying through Aug. 2006 or not. Seems awfully early to have to figure out what we're going to want to do then. 2006? I'll be, like, 28 years old then! It's the summer of my high school ten year reunion! That's eons away, right? Ah well. Such is beauracracy. I guess we'll flip a coin...

You know you live in a country with too many earthquakes when the TV drama about a hospital staff during a big earthquake is interrupted by an announcement on the screen about a 4 magnitude earthquake (I couldn't tell where - my kanji ain't that good). Last week I felt the floor moving under the bed, so I rolled over and asked him "Was that a big truck going by or was it an earthquake?" Him - "Oh, that was an earthquake." Me - "Oh, okay, that's nice... 'snore'" I've come a long way from the first terrified trembling in my boots. Granted, we've been very lucky and not had any big ones. Living near Kobe, we're very aware that yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the Hanshin earthquake. The stability of the ground beneath your feet is not something you can take for granted in this part of the world.

On a lighter note, all the little dogs here are dressed in sweaters or coats when they are taken for walks. Yesterday it was raining and I even saw a dachschund in a weiner-shaped raincoat. Is their fur really that inadequate that they need additional clothing? Are they made fun of by the naked dogs? Or are they considered to be more elite than the sweater-less dogs? Are certain styles of dog-sweater particularly trendy, like those Burberry plaid scarves that every third high school student is currently sporting?

Mata ne - the hot bathtub is calling me.