Subway sleepin'

Hi guys. Sorry about the lack of posts last week. Boz's folks came to visit and then I had a cooking class and then I had to spend 2 days surfing the internet and experimenting with Japanese hair products. I'm back on track now. Actually, I'm not. I'm a mess at the moment. I'm at 85% of the missing-Pancho insanity threshold and one of my good friends is leaving me next week (she's moving to Hawaii). I put Matthew 6:21 as my screen saver in an effort to gain some perspective on priorities and intentions:
It helps under the condition I look at my phone every 15 minutes. Fortunately, I do look at my phone every 15 minutes.

As I've mentioned before, Boz and I spend a little time praying together before he leaves for work. On Monday morning, I uncharacteristically wrapped things up with "Please help us with the private intentions in our hearts" which Boz immediately (and correctly) translated as "Abby is having a tough morning and doesn't feel like talking about it". So he wrapped up his prayers with a very concerned and cautious eyebrow raise accompanied by "Lord, please prevent the private intentions in our hearts from making us act like a crazy woman"...which made me laugh out loud and inspired me to try to pull it together. Hence...the screen saver.

In happier news, I am almost finished with a post about Mt. Fuji and I should be able to set it loose on RV tomorrow morning. In the meantime, I thought I'd share one of my very favorite quirks about the Japanese lifestyle: subway sleeping.

It's common knowledge that the Japanese (especially the salarymen) work crazy long hours, including massive amounts of unpaid overtime. Add to that the few hours they spend drinking at izakayas after work, plus their hour or so commute home, and it's no surprise they often fall asleep the second they sit down in the train.

I find it wildly entertaining to watch people head bob all over the place, slouch on top of their seatmates, and drop their belongings as they lose the battle to stay conscious. I actually have a few videos on my phone of these ridiculous displays of work-induced narcolepsy. I seriously love it. I search for a sleepy commuter every time I ride the train. While I have many excellent pics from which to choose (and several more months to continue my observations), I think I already have a winner:


I mean...what!?!? How does this happen!? Wouldn't the process of slouching over that far wake him up!? And what type of neck muscles does this dude have? Octopus? Clearly they are not the muscles of a human because no human neck can stretch that way and have it be comfortable enough to allow sleep. This is mind-boggling. And awesome. I have about 15 pictures of this scene from different angles.

B and I had dinner with a few colleagues last Friday and I was discussing my love of subway-sleeper photography (or, as I like to refer to it, SSP) as we all walked home from the restaurant. I showed one of the guys my winning pic and he got all excited and started searching for something on his phone. I braced myself for another similarly-hilarious example...but then was hit with a straight-up subway sleeping paragon.

                                                                I mean...come on. Epic.

This dude is the subway sleeping boss. Hands-down.

I'm not certain these pics will be as amusing without experiencing it all first-hand. I'm sure part of the reason I find it hilarious is because it's so prevalent. These 2 pics are clearly A+ examples, but I am guaranteed to spot at least a B- or C+ on every train. These 'lesser sleepers', if you will, keep me warmed up while I wait to spot a first-rate hapless chap that makes all my hard-earned subway creeping worthwhile.

So, I'll continue carrying the torch on SSP and y'all continue doing whatever it is you do every day to make the world a better place.

Sleep tight, Tokyo.