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Note to readers: this is another complaint post. Please skip if you are getting tired of them...
I am having trouble finding work, so have to take it wherever I can find it. One place is a small English school outside Osaka. They give me a few hours work on some Saturdays. It takes me two hours to commute there from my apartment.
Today, I arrived 30 minutes early, and my student's mother was 15 minutes late. So I got paid 2 hours for taking 7 hours out of my day. Plus, my travel expense remuneration didn't cover my travel expenses, so I made about $2 per hour today. That's less than 1/10 what I was making at home. Ouch.
But wait, it gets better...
I parked my bike in a place on Karasuma-dori where there are always a lot of bikes parked, although technically you are not supposed to park there. So today, my bike was disappeared in a government round-up. I made $15 today, but I have to pay $25 to get my bike out of lock-up or $65 for a new bike at the used-bike shop. The advantage of buying a new bike is that I don't have to present my passport to the police and be recorded as a bicycle-parking-violator.
My walk home from the Imadegawa subway station was lightened only by stops on the way at Shiramine-jinja and Liquor Mountain. I noticed today that Shiramine has a lot of sports equipment that has been dedicated to the kami. Rather interesting to see.
I also took a close-up look at the wood floor of the demonstration area where our embu will be held. I find it hard to believe I will actually be taking ukemi on that in two weeks.