Weird Japan

Ok, firstly people seem to have this idea that Japan is a safe country so it's perfectly okay to leave young kids home on their own and stuff like that.  It's bollocks, isn't it.  Even if you believe that 100% of people are good and there is not one single weirdo, pedo or other kind of creep out there, what... does it also mean that knives aren't sharp?  That your stove doesn't get hot when your kid is making dinner?  That the thousands of other household dangers suddenly disappear because this is a safe country?

This morning I was on my way to teach a private lesson.  Near my house is a very busy road full of trucks.  I have no idea about speed limits but they are pretty much going full pelt.  I was waiting for the lights to change so I could cross and a young girl, about 7 or 8 years old, was also waiting with her little brother.  He would have been maybe 3 or 4 years old.  She was on her bike and he was walking beside her.

I had a bad feeling about it so I kept my eye on them.  Then the little boy started to bolt out onto the road! 

I screamed STOP! 

Luckily, he did actually stop.  Even if he didn't understand English, he understood that "mum" tone of voice or something.

I have no idea what the parents were doing and what the hell they were thinking letting the kids cross a road like that on their own.  Because the girl was on her bike, she couldn't hold her brother's hand or stop him if he kept running.  She had no way of controlling him.

It was pretty damn scary.

Second weird thing - I have a date tonight.  It's with a guy I went out with once a while ago.  I emailed him the other day to see if he wanted to go out again and we are meeting up.  Then he send me an email asking if I want "financial compensation".  WTF, dude. 

Even though I've been worrying about money all day and wondering how I can made some more, that's a line I can't cross.  I'm kinda rethinking the whole date thing now.
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