Saturday, November 26, 2005


I am in no way a big guy. I might be 5'10" and I weigh about 190 lbs. I don't really feel much taller than everybody else in Japan, in fact, many Japanese are taller than me. Thank God I'm not some huge 6'6" gaijin monkey that has to duck to get through EVERY door. That would be miserable.

Still, there are times when I feel like a huge ogre.

Our front door is about 1 inch taller than I am. Thankfully, I don't have to duck when I walk through it. If I ever wear shoes with a heel or a thick sole, however, I'll have to remember to lower my head as I enter.

While I might be short enough to not hit my head on the door, I AM tall enough to hit my head on the two hanging lamps in our apartment at least 20-30 times a day. I wish there was a way for me to get them to hang higher. Maybe I should just wear a helmet around the house.

Being this height is also tremendously inconvenient on cold nights. This country doesn't make blankets big enough to cover my head AND my toes at the same time. I get to cover either my head OR my toes AND then fight Emily for the covers.

One more anecdote and I'm done:

Emily and I had breakfast today at a restaurant with tables and chairs made for people Kevin's size. What do you do in a situation like that? Can you imagine trying to complain that the chairs are too small? In an ironic twist, this was the only restaurant that I've seen so far in Japan that has given us a decent sized water glass. Usually your water glass is about the size of a shot glass. What's up with that?

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