It is a beautiful day on Okinawa- warm sunny, breezy. I wouldn't know that except for the fact that my caffeine craving finally got the better of me and forced me to go out in search of a Coca-Cola. I still hurt too much to drive, so I walked to one of the many outdoor vending machines armed with enough yen to meet my needs. Okinawans do not sell Diet Coke anywhere - even in their grocery stores. To get Diet Coke, my favorite, I have to shop on one of the many military bases - and even the military does not always carry it. Some general's portly wife must have a penchant for Pepsi products because that is the most common beverage on the bases.
But the Okinawan stand-alone soda machines are everywhere - six within two blocks of my apartment house - so I was able to meet my caffeine needs in short order. I purchased four tall cans Coke Zero for four hundred and eighty yen - approximately six dollars. Oh yes, those Okinawans will miss us if we go!
It is early afternoon and I have been in and out of bed all morning fighting the continuing shoulder pain. However, during all of that I did manage to get my weekly laundry done, so the day hasn't been a total wash - or has it? This afternoon I will pop a Valium - or take a couple of shots of Baileys - but not both - and sit absolutely still and try to read. I am halfway through the third volume of the Millennium Trilogy and it is so good! I am definitely falling in lust with Lisbeth Salander!
Tomorrow I am taking my first sick day since arriving on this island so that I can meet my regular physician who will lecture me for being fat and God knows what else. How many young workers can say that they haven't taken a sick day or a day off in nine months. Of course they have young families - and, given my druthers, I would prefer being chained to a desk and fighting the occasional illness than handling all of the challenges that come with raising babies.
I think that I am actually starting to feel a little better. It must be the Coke Zero!