*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Stupid Japan Tricks II

I fought all last summer with my wife about the cost to our family, and Tepco's power grid, of having a livable temperature in one six-mat room of our home, last summer.  I had a 'stroke of genius':
"Honey, I'm not going to complain about the apartment being too hot this year.  I'll just rub my sweaty arm on your face when I'm hot."

This summer should be comfortable.


  1. I haven't heard anything much about "setsuden" in the Kanto area this summer. It sounds like the worst we'll end up with is the price hike to pay the TEPCO bonuses.

    I'm not a big fan of A/C but given the choice between that and a day of sweaty misery, the A/C wins every time.

  2. " I'll just rub my sweaty arm on your face when I'm hot."

    Married to a Japanese woman, you're likely to end up the newest member of the bara-bara satsujin jiken victims club...

  3. I have done the sweaty-arm-on-face thing at least twice, so now just pulling at my sleeve gets her to hand me the a/c remote. She laughed the first time, but not the second, but conceded the point. I married the woman I've met with a sense of humour.

  4. You are fortunate to have a wife who laughs.

    We put in ceiling fans, leave the windows open when we are home, and try to spend lots of time outside and in water (when we are not home of course). We also kind of went solar more than a year ago, so turning the A/C on isn't really such a big deal. Though I do understand that it is much harder to go without A/C in the more populated areas. If I, not being a genius, were to live in 'the city' during a hot summer, I'd simply have a stroke.

  5. Ah, a sense of humour, after a couple of years, that outweighs all the other merits. Good looks fade, sex, you name it. Are we in it for the long run, or not. LOL

  6. Indeed. Every woman has the parts straight men like, and many of them are attractive, but a sense of humour is priceless and ages well. If that's just as true for men, I could care less, because it's not relevant to me.