This past Saturday morning heading east on Interstate 70 just around Hagerstown, I ended up in a minor accident. I overcorrected my car, caused it to spin several times from the far left lane and ended up in a deep ditch. The state trooper said I’m lucky I’m not hurt, my car was in working order, that I didn’t harm anyone and all I needed was a tow truck. He also said that I have nine lives and not to waste them. That made me want to weep. I spun so hard that I ended up facing the wrong direction. Photo 2 I took just to show eastbound which exit I was near. Little did I know at the time that this wasn’t the last of all the craziness I’d go through on Saturday. After getting towed, even though I was late, I still continued to the Politico event at American University. Looking at this stuff made me realize my persistence. #semicharmedlife#blessed#surreal#maybeidohave9lives#yikes
10 years ago, I had to acclimate to another specialty of Japan: extremely meticulous waste sorting. So, the country being the absolute leader in recycling, I knew beforehand that I would have to clean everything before throwing it out, but I didn't expect that level of sorting:
- 燃えるゴミ Moeru-gomi in red: things you can burn (some kinds of paper for instance, but it's not entirely intuitive as some plastics or aluminium foil are included)
- 燃えないゴミMoenai-gomi: shit you can't burn nor recycle. Quite varied and depending on where you live (think flip-flops, toys, planters, etc.)
- Recycling: where the party at. I was at one of the most picky residencies, so there were like 14 different green bags for each and every bit of plastic and cardboard you could imagine, sorted by colour, thickness and some other obscure criteria.
My way of dealing with it: waiting for the green bags of the place to be half-full so I could just have an example for each waste as to where it had to go. Still, there were be some confusing choices to make. But when you wanted to get them out of your flat and you found all the bags empty, you were in for a very challenging, time-consuming and absolutely not funny game.
GOMI PARTY HARD
Sorry for reposting so much but university is kicking my ass. Also, prints of this yawning boy and of the three stretched dudes are coming soon (once uni is done kicking my ass) so look out for that 👀 and also if there’s any piece in particular you guys would like me to make prints of let me know!!