Hidemi’s Rambling by Hidemi Woods

Singer, Songwriter and Author from Kyoto, Japan.

Hidemi’s Rambling No.185

My moving plan is still alive. The most possible property I’ve found and liked so far is the one located in the snowy countryside surrounded by mountains. It stands alone in the woods and there’s no house, building, or shop around it. It takes 50 minutes by bus to get to the closest town. So, it’s like the one in that scary novel, ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King. It’s completely secluded and away from people. Because of how it’s located, it meets my low price range. If I moved in that place, I could finally get rid of this crazy society and concentrate on writing songs. Sounds ideal for me. There, only one road leads to the town, weaving through the mountains. If a landslide or a snowslide occurred and blocked the road, I would lose the way to get food and might die there without being found. I’m terrified at the thought of that. Am I left with no choice but to stick to this mad society and live among people, after all…?

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.184

My conventional phone has been broken for a couple of months now. The phone line is fine but my phone makes a loud ragged noise constantly from the receiver and I can’t put it to my ear. It doesn’t receive a call for the answering machine any more, either. It’s favorable for me, though. I really, really hate the telephone. I’ve rarely got the good news by it and usually feel very unpleasant by the time I hang up. It’s probably because I don’t have a friend who calls and only few calls I occasionally get are mostly from my parents. Those calls are the worst. But, with a broken phone, I won’t receive nor make a call, hence, peaceful days. I have a cell phone for an emergency and I don’t need its calling function normally. The other day, I needed to make an inquiry about the delivery time for what I had ordered. Since my phone was broken, they called me back to my cell phone. But when it came, I realized I didn’t know how to answer it. I’ve used a cell phone for two and a half years and had never answered a single phone call…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.183

I’ve been exploring my new cell phone and setting it up to my liking, such as switching a display language from Japanese to English and a call receiving sound from a piece of music to a normal chime. The phone has a great deal of functions. I can browse websites on the Internet with it, or use it as a train ticket by placing it over the ticket gate at a station. It also has a Second Life-like simulation game in which I can live in and stroll around Paris. I could use those but I don’t because they’re all charged. The plan I’ve signed up is the most inexpensive one that I pay the basic monthly fee of $8 plus the charge per communication use. So, the charged services cost me. Most of the phone’s fantastic features require the communication charges. Other than getting discount coupons via e-mail, I only use its free features like checking news headlines, horoscopes and weather, and using the address book as a lowest price list sorted according to stores. That’s how I enjoy this high-tech, function-filled cell phone…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.182

Technology is amazing. My new computer arrived in less than 24 hours after I placed an order. A computer is a faithful band member to me. It plays exactly as I ask for and it’s a brilliant multi player. The best thing is it never quits the band. I have countless band members who came and left. Every time we failed an audition, somebody in my band wanted to quit and left. In some cases, they just quit because they wanted to get a ‘real’ job. I’m a person of staying power for music and quitting the band has never crossed my mind to date. After all, only my partner and I were left as human beings in the band except for computers and we’ve stayed this way for years. And now, another member joined our band in the shape of a computer. When I opened the box, the letters on a leaflet caught my eye. It said, ‘It starts here.’ I hope a lot of good things start here, with this new computer. Well, as things start here, the payment also starts here…

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Hidemi’s Rambling No.181

As my work for our new song is coming close to an end, I’m preparing for the next song as well. I’ve already written the song but the long, time-consuming process of the arrangement awaits me. For the arrangement, I need a new computer. The one I’ve been using now is seven years old and it’s too risky to rely on it completely. Its specs are obsolete, too. And I don’t know how long it will take to finish the next song. I’ve had my eye on a certain model of HP for my new computer and an online shop started the special sale for that particular model by reducing its price drastically over the weekend. I bought it yesterday and took delivery of it today. I got it much sooner than I had originally planned. I’m so excited to have a new computer but now I remember that I haven’t finished my current project yet on my old computer…

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