shannondapper asked: Hi Whit! Beautiful vacation pics. Thanks for those! So gorgeous... So. Will you tell me a story? Like, even a stock story of a thing that happened to you that you have told many times. I haven't heard it before. I am new to knowing you. Thanks!
Oh, jeez, this is totally one of those things where someone asks you to tell a joke and you lock up.
This is actually a story of my brother’s. My brother Ian taught English for three years in Japan as part of the JET program. One year he went with a three of his dude buddies on a road trip throughout Japan. As four white guys, they sometimes ran into problems with being told that hotels were totally booked up and the like. But they could always stay at love hotels! They were cheap (around $60 per night) and the way they were set up, there was a barrier between the front desk and you so they couldn’t actually see your face or anything. Just space to pass money and keys through.
So, my brother and his three buddies figure, hey, what a deal, we’ll get a love hotel room for the night, $15 for each of us, some of us will sleep on the floor or whatever. So they send one guy up to buy the room. All is going well, they have a room. The four of them go tromping past the front desk to go to the room.
The little old lady who runs the place comes out from behind the desk and is going IYA IYA IYA IYA DAME. no no no no NO no good, she is saying. The boys (who are all around 25) are frozen, until my brother’s friend steps up and says to her, in a proud voice:
MAN-LOVE WA DAIJOUBU DESU KA???
(Isn’t man-love okay??)
And the old lady says, IYA, MAN-LOVE WA DAIJOUBU DESU KEDO, YONNIN DEKINAI.
(Man-love is fine, JUST NOT FOUR AT ONCE)
So, my brother and his friends had to get two rooms. One of them had a bed shaped like a Chinese chariot and a shower stall that was in the middle of the room with completely clear glass surrounding it.