Fired + Tomodachi

金曜日に首になった…あの仕事は難しい事は難しいけど、お金は必要だね。お負けに、同僚は本当に面白い人だ。でも、大丈夫だね。今バイトを探すのは大変なんだけど、頑張るよ!

I lost my job. You have to make $550 a week or else you lose the Fund money, and that’s not good. I missed by $15. Ridiculously close. I felt cheated at first, but now I think I’m okay. Finding a job right now is tough, but I’m sure I’ll be able to dig out something.

My last day was an amusing one.

Our group rents cars to take us out to whatever suburb it is we’re to be knocking doors at. There were legends going around the office about a car dubbed “Clifford”, the way Clifford still had the bitter scent of a new car and could out-race just about anything else on the highway. “Who rents these cars?” we ask the driver. He laughed and said, “I don’t know how we get these.”

So just imagine a Charger roaring into a suburb 50 minutes outside of Minneapolis. The sign introducing the town says, “Cows, Colleges, Contentment”. That’s all the place is. Farmland, two small campuses, and apparently you feel content while you’re there. Not too content though; this suburb was the only one in which people literally slammed doors in my face. I really want to know what the people in this suburb thought when a bunch of environmentalists climb out of a charger and leave it parked in the middle of nowhere all day. It was shining and bright and we offered it ‘sacrifices’ (i.e. dead mosquitoes) on the way back, because Clifford might eat us if we didn’t worship it like the powerful beast it is.

For some reason riding in this car induced conversation about shanking as we drove back to the city that night.

I’ll be volunteering with the Fund when I get the chance. There’s a photo petition in Dinkytown where people hold up a poster that says, “Save the boundary waters!” I wanted to do it before, but adding another couple hours to my 8+ of working seemed too much. I guess now I have the chance.

そして、土曜日には日本の文化と日本語を教えるワクショップに参加した。すごく楽しかっただよ!好きな「友達」という店でした。この店は日本と韓国のインポート作品を売って、アメリカには、「友達」にある物は珍しいから、「友達」に行くと、いつも何か買うよ。「友達」のオーナーは広告したいからこのワクショップをした。オーナーは私の友達のごう君を連絡した。ごう君は4時間のワクショップをしなくちゃから、緊張だった。そして、私と二人の友達に、「手伝ってくれない?」と聞いた。もちろん、手伝ったよ。色々の文化について話した、折り紙した、割り箸てっぽうを作った…面白かった。(笑)

たくさん新しい友達ができた。ワクショップの後、一緒にレストランに行った。皆は本当に優しい人だよ。私は本当ホントウにうれしいだよ。いい経験だよ。

Yesterday I helped my friend out with a Japanese workshop at a little store called Tomodachi. I love this store; every time I go there I just have to buy something! It sells various cute little imports from Japan and Korea. They’re things that you don’t regularly see in America. My friend frequents the place to buy Gundam models. I absolutely love it.

I heard a little about the owner of the place today. He’s a totally sweet guy. He actually recognized me when I came in, and seemed a bit surprised to see me helping out. I ask him every now and then what song he’s playing over the store’s speakers (and it’s usually Shinee when I ask). He came to the U.S. from Korea and studied business. At first he started a cell phone company with his brother, with which he used the money to start his dream: this kind of store. He wants to make a franchise out of it. That’s something I’d love to see! So, lately he’s been holding workshops of various kinds in his store. I’m so happy I could participate in one!

The owner of Tomodachi contacted my Japanese friend and asked him if he would teach such a workshop. My friend was nervous since it was a four hour slot of time. That’s why he contacted me and two other friends. We taught various things about Japanese culture, pieces of language, taught origami and how to make chopstick guns, and had a few quizzes (my favorite of them being a ‘guess the gender’ quiz).

I’m so surprised people stayed for the whole four hours! I’m also really happy about it! I met so many cool people. Really, I love all the people I met yesterday! We went out for dinner afterward with some of them, using the cash the owner gave us to buy some pizza. All of us got along really well. I hope we’ll be able to meet again. I hope when Tomodachi does become a franchise, the owner will remember us all! Haha.

Definitely check out the site, here!

http://tomodachi.us/

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~ by megumiwasframed on June 6, 2010.

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