Last Days in Sendai, Mojitos, and a thing Bill Murray once said - (9/16/2018)

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Just listened to Weezer's "Memories" while sipping a 300 yen mojito.  Somehow, this seems fitting. Weezer takes me back, and the song "Memories" seems like a crass and obvious symbol for...what?...the fact that I will have memories of Sendai?


It's a universal constant -- on a weekday, when you're on vacation, if you want to drink 300 yen mojitos, you'll probably be by yourself reading Mishima Yukio in a bar...people with real jobs can't be fucked to come out with you and watch you read a book drinking 300 yen mojitos...as it turns out, I didn't even choose the good Mishima Yukio book...I should have chosen "Spring Snow".  As I write this, I'm drinking in Izumi Chou with my eyes.


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I don't know why, but I've always found malls and city centers to be beautiful. I can't tell you why...after all, I tend to think unspoiled nature is beautiful. Somehow, though, centers of activity excite me, especially when they're well-managed. Maybe that's just the 300 yen mojito talking...


I miss the little coffee stand that used to be here...I hope it didn't go out of business. I hope it is just resting, waiting for spring or summer to return...


I celebrate little things with my next mojito. The fact that I am an adult who isn't bitter and angry (that much), the fact that I said goodbye to my students like a champ. The fact that I read so many good books in the span of two years...the fact that I took enough pictures to last me a cold winter, memories to keep me warm. The fact that even if I wanted regrets, I would have to force them on myself...


What would I regret if I could? Not bringing Mishima Yukio's "Spring Snow" to a bar with 300 yen mojitos...What if my dream girl were here?...Would she reject me for having a lesser Mishima Yukio book in my possession? Surely she would...


Bill Murray said his goal in life was to be fully engaged all the time. I order another 300 yen mojito and ask the bartender his name... the song "Memories" is but a memory now...Time to be fully engaged!


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