Construction, Japanese style
My road is under construction. It seems that the water and gas pipes under the street are not as earthquake-safe as they could be, and needed to be replaced. The process has been painful and inconvenient, but I know it’s worth it to be safe. The other day the road was so torn up in front of my house that I couldn’t get in. Or, I could sort of get in, but there was no way my bike was making it – there was no solid road on which to ride; even I had to tiptoe through dirt. The lady who was “minding” the front of the road (i.e. standing by the do-not-enter sign and being extremely sure that no one really enters) shouted out for someone. The next thing I knew, a big, burly guy was lumbering toward us. Seriously, how many big, burly guys have you seen in Tokyo? They exist and they work construction, unsurprisingly. Without a second thought, he picked up my bike, ten-pound battery and all, and carried it down the street, depositing it neatly by my house. The whole time this was happening, the minder-lady apologized over and over again for the terrible inconvenience.