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08:35 pm: Next time, I'll take a taxi
The software I ordered arrived yesterday. I tried the calligraphy program right away, but unfortunately it won't start up. ;_; Every time I try to run it, I just get an error message covered with question marks. (And this is WITH Japanese activated...on all other message windows, the characters show up properly, but this particular error message is just a row of question marks.) I tried uninstalling/reinstalling, but there was no change. I contacted their customer support and followed the first set of instructions they sent, but that didn't do any good either. We'll see if they have any other suggestions.

Today I got up early and took the exchange student to Kyoto for the flea market. We shopped there for about three and a half hours. Luckily, the weather was cool and breezy, overcast but not rainy. Next we went to the Kawaramachi shopping district and looked at several shops. After that we went to the Kyoto Museum--a museum dedicated to the history/culture of Kyoto.

All was going well, and we were safely on our way back to Moriyama, when suddenly--one stop away (on the rapid) at Kusatsu, an announcement was made that the train in front of us had hit someone and all trains going in that direction had been halted. We were all unloaded onto the platform at Kusatsu.

I considered leaving and taking a taxi, since we were only two towns away and it would probably only be a 15 minute ride. They announced that they estimated it would be about 25 minutes before the trains would be allowed through again, however, so we decided to wait. When we had waited about 20 minutes, they announced that the police had just started investigating, and it would probably be another half hour. I suggested taking a taxi at that point, but we had already waited so long...

At one point, they loaded everyone on a train, thinking they could get us through, but five minutes later unloaded everyone again. Everyone was really starting to get grumpy by that point. With one thing and another, it wound up being over an hour before we got moving. We eventually made it back to Moriyama. <whew>

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From:megory
Date:September 25th, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)

Wowwww...

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I'm so glad that more people weren't hurt. I'm sorry for the long delay. Those are such scary things.

Speaking about long lines of people stalled, you probably heard about the evacuation attempts in Texas ahead of hurricane Rita. There was gridlock on the highways in extremely hot and humid weather conditions. So cars overheated and some ran out of gas making the situation worse. Some reported taking six hours to go 13 miles. Some were in line over 20 hours. A broadcaster was walking faster than the cars were moving.

I'm just glad you weren't hurt.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Wowwww...

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I'm sorry for the long delay. Those are such scary things.

It wasn't scary so much as annoying. Technically, I know I should feel sorry for whoever was hit by the train, but you pretty much can't get hit by a train accidentally in Japan. There had to be some measure of intent. At that point, the feeling is more like, "If you absolutely had to kill yourself, did you HAVE to do it in a way that would make hundreds of people wait on a train platform for over an hour? I mean, really."

The train companies hate suicides. They do everything they can to prevent people from jumping on the tracks. In big cities, they can often get the trains running again with only a minimal delay (because they're used to it, sad to say), but I guess this was a first for the Biwako line.
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From:megory
Date:September 26th, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)

That *is* sad.

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I hadn't put two and two together.


On another note, keep us informed about the progress toward getting the calligraphy program to work. That is very disheartening.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:September 26th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)

Re: That *is* sad.

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On another note, keep us informed about the progress toward getting the calligraphy program to work. That is very disheartening.

I think the customer support people are stumped, too. They've resorted to saying, "Have you tried defragmenting your computer?" I seriously doubt that's the problem, though I'm doing it anyway. If that doesn't work, they said I should try installing it on a different computer to see if it runs there. I'll have to take it to work and ask someone there to try it.
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