No Talking Tuesday # 234

March 20, 2012

Greetings from Japan! This Tuesday found me traveling from Kyoto to Nagano with my Friend Kazz to stay with his parents in his family home.

He knew of my experiment for years but it wasn’t until ten minutes before midnight Monday night that I realized that in all the years we’ve known each other, that we coincidentally never hung out on a Tuesday.

This made me a bit nervous, as experience has taught me that people can behave in unexpected ways to my experiment with their first exposure, at times becoming hostile, threatened, insecure, frustrated, insulted in ways that are impossible to predict. Add to that the pressures of traveling, navigating busy, confusing train stations, and seeing his parents, so I couldn’t be sure things would go smoothly. Kazz took it all in stride and his parents were as lovely, sweet, endearing, and kind as I would have guessed knowing Kazz. It was a bit awkward of course, but all in all I think it went well, and the next day when I spoke they must have been relieved.

More about my Nagano adventures when I return!



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