Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Adventures in Banking Part the Second

We all know that Citibank is awful, right? I didn't need more proof myself, but they happily provided it. Suffice to say that even the lovely Citibank office down in Ginza couldn't help me turn my card on. They helpfully suggested that I could get a cash advance at any bank in Tokyo by providing two forms of ID with the card. Quite friendly. Entirely untrue, but friendly nonetheless. Another option they suggested was to mail me a card (dispite them having yet to prove they can mail anything to me over here) on which I could write down my favorite numbers, send back in to them and they would magically turn those numbers into a PIN for my card. They said that it would only take two weeks after they recieved the card back from me to get it activated. By which time I would no doubt be back in the US. Still, neat trick though.

Oh, and my bank card locked up on me too. I wonder where one goes to apply for a Japanese sugar mama?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Did The Earth Move For You?

The typhoon was a real letdown. A washout, if you will. Little bit of rain, little bit of wind - nothing to stop me from wandering off to the museum and a temple - pictures are uploading now. We have been getting a few earthquakes though. We had a little bit of a shudder shudder a few days ago at about 5:30am, and then another pretty decent one this morning at 10:30 or so. Funny thing is that I've lived in a lot of earthquake-prone places and never felt one for sure. To here in a few days was pretty cool. Very fun as long as they don't get any bigger.

I looked online and it looks like this morning's was a pretty big 'un. 6.7. Ya...