by Pa Rock
I left my apartment a little before noon today with the intent of paying my electric bill and then going to Gunners Fitness Center on Camp Foster. It was a sound plan, but just didn't come together like I had envisioned.
I drove north along a back road, one I had never traveled before, and somehow pulled back out onto Highway 58 one block north of Lawson's Convenience Store - the place where electric bills are paid. After going a few miles out of my way, I circled back and found the store. The sales clerk spoke absolutely no English, but when I handed her what I believed to be my electric bill, she shook her head vigorously "no" and showed me an example of the real bill. The one that I had was smaller. It said KWH (kilowatt hours?) in English and had what appeared to have a total due of just over 10,000 yen (about a hundred and twenty dollars). Upon reflection, I remember getting some sort of "pre-bill" last month, too. That's either what it is, or I owe some other vendor 10,000 yen.
When I arrived at Gunners Fitness Center, almost every space in the large parking lot was full. I usually go on Sunday's when the lot is practically empty. I didn't know what was going on today, but I did know that I didn't want hundreds of people watching me huff and puff on the treadmill! (If those marines want a good laugh, they can go to a comedy club!)
I did use my unplanned free time to explore more of Camp Foster. I found their larger Shopette - the one with the Class Six (liquor) store and the Taco Bell. I bought a couple of movies (something that I never do) at the Shopette, and went home to veg out! More on those movies in tomorrow's Ramble!