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August 19, 2002 continued: The Party's Over

7:30 a.m. The alarm goes off. I roll over and remember all the bad music I sang. And even more that I listened to. Oy. Welcome to me.

9 a.m. Teachers are still rolling in to school. People aren't as "genki" (energetic and happy) as usual this morning. Many are sipping sports drinks (with names like Pocari Sweat) and coffee. No references made to last night's escapades.

So here I am, living it up on this tiny island. I'm enjoying my life here, although every day seems to be an adventure in confusion. Last week I went to the power company to get my phone turned on (the clerk was more than a bit confused). I also caused a minor disturbance at one of the groceries when I asked where I could find the rice. No one can believe I use chopsticks or can eat Japanese food. And I attract crowds when I go for a run or bike ride. The other day I thought "What?! They've never seen an American girl go for a run before?!"—and then I remembered many of them have never seen an American girl before. I'm an apparition of sorts.

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2002 North Country Public Radio, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York 13617-1475