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A Car and A Halfpipe

Time is running out. Just like that a weekend slipped by, day turned to night and then to day again, and I was one day closer to leaving. I have fifteen days left here, barely two weeks, and as I mail things home and get ready for new arrivals - it begins to dawn on me that things here are almost over, that I should start saying goodbyes and going to all my favorite places one last time. It's a strange feeling, and one that I don't particularly care to dwell on right now.

A couple weeks ago, a girl I met found out I had studied art and graphic design at school, and immediately asked me if I wanted to "make design" for a bread delivery van. My rule of thumb here has been "Never say no unless you have already planned something" - so I said yes of course, I'd be happy to. For about three days I forgot about it, and then one day Mori called me and said "my sister says 'hurry up with the design.'" Mori's sister works at the same place as the design requesting girl, and suddenly I went from no deadline to pushy clients contacting me to ask where the design was. I got to work on some ideas, and with a little advice from Mori, we hatched a plan to paint the car. Supplies were bought, sketches made, and last Saturday we got to work on the car.


Getting started. Mori and his sister, Hiroko, after we set the car up for painting.


We ended up doing the whole thing with tape stencils and spray paint. I'll let you be the judge of how it came out in the end. After the sunburn I got the day before diving, I was not taking any chances - straw hat for me.


It was unbelievably hot, but at least we had some shade.


While I did the front, Mori did the moji - writing - for the side.



In the Nakamura household it was time to put the futons out in the sun to air - and of course the dog comes too. Thank you to Hiroko for taking this picture, and most of the others for this day.






The bread, almost done. They had asked me for an image evocative of islands and bread, so I gave them that pretty literally.


And then it was done. Hiroko and I stood back from it and were sort of at a loss for words. We couldn't decide if it was cute, funny, or silly, bad or good, ugly or nice, it was just done. Mori's mother stepped out of the fish shop and said "wow, that bread is flying!" And so it was. Ladies and gentlemen, I have painted giant flying bread on the hood of a new Suzuki van.


Mori didn't' finish that night, so I have yet to see the finished writing.
I'll post a picture when I do.

The second half of the weekend was more photogenic. On Sunday Mori and The Circus were planning to officially open the new half pipe with a barbeque, skating, and hanging out. As an honorary Circus member, I was invited along. It was a beautiful day, blue skies, hot and sunny, with the cicadas in the background and music playing. I sat on a beach chair and had some barbeque.




Japanese Barbequeues - not exactly like the ones back home. I told Mori that we usually make hot dogs and hamburgers and he didn't believe me. One of his friends said "No no, it's true, I saw it on TV! They even grill bread!" - and then no one believed that. I had my strips of pork, grilled cabbage, and grilled noodles and enjoyed the barbeque, Japanese style.

Of course this party was to celebrate the opening of the new ramp, so there was a lot of skating, and quite a bit of falling, as everyone was on their sixth or seventh beer.




Only Mori can pull off skateboarding on a half pipe in old sandals, and a straw hat while smoking a cigarette and wearing my sunglasses.



I really like this picture. Is that vain? I like a few pictures in this series, so there.


Takenobu.

Mori was at my house tonight and we were looking at these pictures. When this one came up, he said "Recently, Takenobu has been looking so cool." I said just wait until you see the next one.


Takenobu took a pretty big spill right in front of me, and when I was looking at the photos that night, I realized that I had gotten the picture right at the instant the he clenched every muscle in his body to brace for impact - and as a result he looks incredibly buff here. This is not what he usually looks like. Mori saw this picture and couldn't stop laughing.

I'm going to finish off with my three favorite pictures from the day. I could point out what I like about each one, but I hope you'll be able to see why I like these without my help.







So Wednesday is the next blog, but Wednesday is also the day that the first new teacher arrives. We'll see, maybe a little update.
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posted by Blogger -s at 4:43 AM

that 3rd to last one (of Mori jumping) is such a good picture. His pose is great (he looks sort of like a Greek olympian, no?) and I like the contrast in colors. The halfpipe looks almost like a wave.    



posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 6:52 AM

ben
your life looks really fun. colorful and hot boys and bbq and beaches. officially, i'm jealous. i don't blame you for not wanting to come home.
also what the f? write me back.
yer sis
L    



posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 6:56 AM

ps HAT HAIR!    



posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 7:16 AM

The hat reminds me of the lead (Monkey D. Luffy) from One Piece:
http://www.absoluteanime.com/one_piece/luffy.htm


-PCG    



posted by Blogger ashly at 3:48 PM

i do believe you've befriended the most babelicious person on the island.

nice hat.    



posted by Anonymous Anonymous at 4:59 AM

It takes a real man to look sexy in a straw hat, so well done you. All of your photographs are brilliant so none of this modesty bollocks! I fully expect an entry on Wednesday...    



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