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Playing on the bridge

February 28, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Greetings,
Some days are weirder than others in Japan. At 6.30 this morning I was crossing a 4 lane bridge across one of Japan’s major rivers. The car in front of me was straddling two lanes and going at about 5kph. As I tried to crawl past him I saw the drive was slumped in his seat. I quickly accelerated to the police box at the end of the bridge but it was empty, as they were all off taking violin lessons from Emily. I ran back into the middle of the bridge and started banging on the guys window as his door was locked. Fortunately his car had slowed to about 2kph by now but it was still heading towards the busiest intersection in the prefecture and that is on a slope. So I walked alongside the car pushing it into the side of the road as hard as possible. After about 50 meters it crashed into the side and stopped. At this point the driver seemed to be having a major fit. Ambulance and police turned up in droves and stood outside the window looking at the guy. This didn’t impress me so I went to work.
I think I need some prunes,
Buri

From Laurie Niles
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:39 PM
That sounds harrowing.
From Emily Grossman
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:42 PM
Oh I hope he's okay!
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:41 PM
Greetings,
it seems to be a usefulanalog of playign a cocnerto. For a few minutes I was weaving in and out of four lanes of traffic on foot and tryign to derail a mercedes Benz without getting killed. It presented such an interesitng array of logistical problems I didn`t have time to feel anythign very much. I may wear my underpants outside my tights for the next week or so.
Cheers,
Buri
From Emily Grossman
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:08 AM
I always pictured you in tights.
From Terez Mertes
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:52 AM
Holy cow...
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:59 AM
Why tights?
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 1:22 AM
superman didn`t get to China?
From putch panis
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 AM
Japan sure is exciting... i'd love to see the cherry blossoms... or maybe buri in tights
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 3:42 AM
superman? darn! we missed that. we had Mao but never saw him in tights.
From Stephen Brivati
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 4:15 AM
all that bloody marching around in the cold. He covered them up with his silly uniforms.
From Yixi Zhang
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 4:22 AM
That's right!!! Wow, Buri, we did wear tights of some sort: all cotton long john all winter long under baggy pants. And they still do these days. I almost forgot all about it!
From Corwin Slack
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 4:59 AM
How about playing under the bridge? My experience, also in Japan, was in a railroad underpass in a busy section of Tokyo. Traffic inched past a stalled car merging into the next lane to get around it. As I took my turn I noticed that the driver was slumped over the wheel. I pulled in front of him thinking that I might have to use the CPR skills that I had just barely learned (and had no confidence I knew). I rushed back and pounded on his window. Gratefully he looked up at me and apologized for falling asleep (in mid-afternoon).
From Drew Lecher
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 5:19 AM
Do prunes make the tights…… tighter?
From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on February 29, 2008 at 12:15 PM
Wow, how scary! Glad you're okay! Hope he is . . .

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