In which I spend 13 hours more or less playing Tetris


While I’m in Tokyo, I will have no free internet. Therefore: Me posting this means that either I am mooching internet off one of the other kids, or paying 100 yen per fifteen minutes of wi-fi. Yikes.

Also, be sure to check my tumblr, where I’ll be posting photos!

I wasn’t expecting to write a post about going on an airplane. After all, I already did that last summer. I thought it was just going to be another plane ride. Cramped, long…you know, standard.

As it turns out, it was quite a different plane ride, for two reasons:

  1. I was (am) completely sick the whole time.

About three days before departure, I came down with the worst fever I’ve had in years: runny nose, the chills, fatigue, headaches– the real deal. Luckily, I was blessed with something called “ibuprofen” that can alleviate the symptoms somewhat…

But I was still delirious the whole time.

I’m pretty sure I used up all the tissues on that plane. At one point I filled a barf bag with tissues so I could take it back to my seat.

But that’s irrelevant. More importantly, this plane was…

This plane was recently launched by Japan Airlines, hoping to provide a better experience for those traveling for Japan. A typical plane ride has, you know, movies, TV shows, and music to entertain its passengers. But this one also had…

As you can imagine, I did not get much sleep on that plane ride. Did I mention that I’m addicted to Tetris?

And the food they served us was a step above ordinary freeze-dried, notoriously gross airplane fare. I was served seafood curry for dinner that night.

They fed us so much food. So much. By the end of the ride, I looked a little like this:

But in the end, after a 7-hour bus ride to Boston, a 13-hour plane ride to the Tokyo/Narita airport, and a 1-hour drive into Tokyo itself, I reached the youth hostel safely. And that’s all that matters, right?

And besides, I think the whole experience helped fix my sleep schedule.

But at that point, I had received an inordinate amount of sleep and was charged to go for the day. Coming next!

8 thoughts on “In which I spend 13 hours more or less playing Tetris

  1. they gave you. you’re own individual haagen dazs !? the last plane i was on gave me orange juice. they were out of apple.

  2. That’s quite a big cityscape. That tall building on the far left (that towers above the others) must be quite big inside.

    But you know, I’ve been on a plane before, and I didn’t think to take photos of the food. Took a crapload on the ground, though, in the hundreds (over a month or two, mind you).

    Speaking of which, I’m sure you didn’t *look* as fat as in the drawing. Maybe *felt* that fat, but… 🙂

    • Haha no worries! I’m already in the thousands as far as photos go… and I mean multi-thousands…
      Hahaha, I think it falls under “feeling” that fat. Otherwise I would have had to purchase another seat. 😛

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  4. You did exactly what doctors and parents would tell you not to do. I mean, you were sick and sleepy and all you did was play Tetris. And you know what I would have done the same thing a thousand times over. I mean, THEY GAVE YOU SUCH GREAT FOOD, WITH TETRIS!!! That’s SO AWESOME!! Even though, you were sick, you must have still felt pretty great with all that AWESOME.

    Note: Don’t get addicted to Tetris. You won’t be able to prove your awesomeness. Get addicted to something like Tetris Party, much different.

    Even though, you were sick, that sounds so great!!

    Oh, almost forgot here are some questions (meant to be said in a hushed, serious, male voice):

    Do you find yourself liking and/or disliking music?
    Have you ever heard the song “Call Me Maybe”?
    Have you ever been annoyed by the song “Call Me Maybe”?
    Have you ever wondered what “the answer to life the universe and everything” (Google that) is?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are eligible to go to the website: But please understand that if you go there, you will never think of the song the same way again. NEVER!! EVER!

    • Have you heard of Tetris Battle? I got suuuuuper addicted to it last semester. It was bad news. Don’t do it!

      That’s a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference, right? Isn’t the answer 42? *googles it* HAHAHA THAT’S AMAZING!

      I admit that I totally love “Call Me Maybe.” Catchiest song ever! So basically that video there is the most amazing and epic thing ever. Except now I’m going to feel the urge to bust out the violins and fully harmonized choir every time I hear that song…

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