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the ups and downs of becoming the eldest in a group

yesterday i had a great opportunity.  

at about 12am the night before last i got an email inviting me to carowinds.  i quickly used my skills of trying to get in touch with an international friend who is here who does not have a phone number.

1)  i called the place where he was staying…but there was no phone in his room (i thought his place of residency would have been like a hotel)

2)  i kept emailing him asking questions 

3)  on one of the answers, i got his”skype” address

so, from my computer i called him to his skype address and firmed up the carowinds.  i convinced him to go after 8:30am because i could save us some money for tickets.  as opposed to $55, we could pay $35.  that’s food and gas money, right?:)

i treated them to lunch at cook-out.  cheerwine floats…

but, then i got sick after one of the rides and spent, like last year, more time in the first-aid station.  but, he and his friend went around and did a lot of the rides…the whole purpose, right?

i treated them to dinner…we got to the place where we wanted to go just at closing time, so we went to mexican instead.

but, the opportunities i had for a kind of mix of cultural exchange were:

1)  i paid for their meals as the eldest does in japan

2)  i got help paying for gas and parking

3)  i got them a little souvenir…the carowinds snoopy stretched penny.  it is something unique.

so, all in all, i would say, the day went ok.  i just wish i could still ride roller coasters.


About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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