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So this journal is kind of defunct these days, but I just realized that a fair amount of people who are friends with me here aren't Facebook friends, or don't check Facebook often, and I should probably put something here too just to, IDK, get it out there.

Early yesterday morning, there was a massive (accidental!) fire in my apartment here in Japan. I'm okay. I'm in the hospital for very minor burns and smoke inhalation, but the doctor's already told me that if I wanted to go home, I could have even done so yesterday... if I had a home to go to. (No, really, he actually said that. What a winner.) My apartment is completely destroyed, and 98% of my stuff is gone. I'm currently homeless in Japan, which is like a hipster's dream come true.

The good news: Again, I'm fine. I'm staying in the hospital for one more night, mostly for stress and exhaustion. When I get out, I have several options for temporary housing, and everyone here is being absolutely amazing to me. In less than two days I've already gotten several donations from friends and been promised clothes and even furniture when I find a new place to live. I have my wallet and my passport and my phone (and even a laptop and mobile internet!), and enough money to see me through in the short term, especially with the support I've been getting.

The bad news: I have no idea when, or even if, I'll have a new permanent place to live, plus I obviously have no address. Renting a new apartment here is super hard and expensive for foreigners as it is, and any new place is likely to make me pay a massive amount in key money and security, if they let me rent at all. I also don't know what the insurance situation was at my apartment and don't know if I'm going to have to pay, or how much. I have no clothes except what people have given me and... well, I basically have nothing except what I listed above. So that all just really sucks.

I'm really lucky in a lot of ways, and I'm really grateful for them. The fire started not only in my bedroom but in my bed (it was a blanket that caught fire), so it's absolutely a miracle that I'm alive and unhurt. It's amazing that I live in a country that takes care of its people as much as this one does. Even the hospital food is pretty good! I think we should all try to be grateful and relieved as much as possible, and be exceptionally thankful that no one else was hurt or even, hopefully, displaced for more than a couple of days.

Obviously, what little online activity I have is sort of going to screech to a halt for the time being. I had to default on Yuletide and hiatus on my RPs. (Oh, hey, I should probably freeze my WoW account...) But like I said, I do have internet, so you can message/email/IM me any time. ♥

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Date: 2011-12-11 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neery.livejournal.com
Oh my God, I'm so sorry. I'm so glad you weren't hurt, and so sorry that happened to you. *HUGS*

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Date: 2011-12-13 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
Thank you, bb. *hugs*

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Date: 2011-12-11 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sithwitch13.livejournal.com
Holy shit, I'm glad you're (mostly) okay. Do you need anything? Stupid question is there a paypal account or something?

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Date: 2011-12-13 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
Right now, I'm still trying to work out the whole living situation thing/what I need. I'm staying with a friend in the meantime, so it's not like I'm on the streets or anything.

I don't have, like, a specific paypal set up for this stuff, but if you are interested, my personal paypal account is at arxev at aim.com. No pressure at all -- like I said, I have enough for the short term, and people are being amazing out here and have already given a lot.

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Date: 2011-12-11 09:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] htbthomas.livejournal.com
Oh, no, how awful! I'm so glad you're okay, but that is the worst! I hope the program you're with can help in SOME way. They must have something in place?

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Date: 2011-12-13 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
Well, what's good about the program is that every prefecture has a support system in place, and that's really come through in a big way. My regional adviser has been helping me out in like every which way, and I'm even staying at his apartment until my socialist temporary housing comes through. So God bless that dude, really.

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Date: 2011-12-12 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fauxkaren.livejournal.com
How scary! I'm glad that you escaped with only minor injuries and that you've got generous people who are willing to help you out. Keep us updated when you find housing!

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Date: 2011-12-13 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
Thank you. I'll post an update when things are a little more locked down.

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Date: 2011-12-13 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skuldchan.livejournal.com
Oh boy, that sounds totally rough. I am terribly sorry that's happened, but I'm glad you made it out okay. I'm amazed you went to work the next day too, but I guess that's Japanese cultural demands for you. :/ I hope you're surviving the winter all right, because it can get damn cold there without insulation in any of the walls. I hope everything works out!

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Date: 2011-12-13 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
To be totally fair to my coworkers, they didn't ask me to come back to work this soon -- they told me I could take longer, but I wanted to get back to normalcy as soon as possible. So it happened on Saturday, I was three days in the hospital, and I went back to work today.

It is really, really cold here. :( That's sort of... what caused the fire, really. Or what caused the events that led to the fire (i.e., me being fucking freezing and acting like an idiot because of it). I just found a potential new apartment that at least has an aircon heater, which this one didn't, so that will be amazing if I can get it.

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Date: 2011-12-17 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perculious.livejournal.com
Holy SHIT. I am so glad you're okay, but your apartment and all of your things! I'm so sorry! Please let us know if we can do anything. Like, I know Paypal donation drives over LJ are totally overplayed, but if you need help, I'd be happy to help in whatever way I can. ♥

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Date: 2011-12-19 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
I'm normally very averse to having people do things for me, but as it turns out rebuilding your entire life is really expensive, plus like, paying for trauma therapy and whatnot. (Although thanks to having socialism and amazing JET Program insurance, my hospital bills will eventually be reimbursed... but not the therapy stuff because LOL who needs mental health amirite.)

Er, anyway, so yes, I do have both Paypal and WePay if you have a reasonable hatred of Paypal; the address on both is arxev at aim.com.

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Date: 2011-12-26 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perculious.livejournal.com
BB, quick question - I don't have a paypal account but I can pay as a guest; do I put down that I'm paying someone in the US (since I assume you have a US bank account) or Japan? I hope things are at least a little better for you.

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Date: 2011-12-27 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
I super appreciate it, bb, but as it turns out, I'm actually now okay for money for the short-term (and have a job, so long-term expenses are, you know, okay). I'm going to make an update post later today when I'm not rushing out the door, but basically, don't worry about it.

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Date: 2011-12-20 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siouxfuego.livejournal.com
I got here from an ONTD post.

I wish for you the peace of mind to deal with frustrations as you sort through this.

Let us know if you need anything.

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Date: 2011-12-20 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ncc-gqmf.livejournal.com
Thank you. ♥

I tried to reply on the post (and throw up some more Jesse Pinkman gifs), but it looks like it closed out while I was at the doctor (who says I'm healing fine and that unfortunately the "hurting like a bitch" thing is a part of the process, so oh well).

Nonetheless!

once again.

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