Unlucky timing...

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday warmed up and turned into a pretty nice day. In fact, today will be pretty much the same with  mostly sunny skies and a high around 12C. Tomorrow we'll see a high of 14C, unfortunately it'll be accompanied by rain in the afternoon and evening. As of right now, Friday is the only rain in the forecast. Saturday and Sunday are looking ok-some clouds, some sun, highs around 10C. It's nice enough to do something outside...like go for a run.

While I may go for a run, what I won't be doing is going golfing. Tuesday I was at Victoria Golf (the golf store at Al Park) looking at golf clubs when I realized how ridiculous it was for me to buy clubs. The typical round of golf takes about 6 hours in Japan and with only one day off a week, that means that my one and only day off would be spent trudging slowly, every so slowly around a golf course. In Canada, we expect to play a round in under 4 hours. Sometimes, if the course is quiet, I'd play a round in about 2 1/2 hours. If my schedule changes in the future and I have two days off a week, I'll take up golf. Till then, I'm saving my money...

Speaking of money, my plan to quit my job and go on welfare just went out the window (of course I'm joking). But did you hear that people on the dole (we say 'pogey' but only in Canada) will have their payments cut by up to 10%. I know it sounds terrible to say but I think it's a great idea. There are way too many people who are living comfortable lives while collecting money from the government. Hopefully cutting dole payments and reducing pensions and unemployment to those who don't need it will mean that the money is spent more efficiently. (Like paying down Japan's debt.) I still don't trust the LDP because I believe they are too close to big businesses but their plans to trim payouts to people who don't need it are a step in the right direction.

What do you think? Is the government being harsh by cutting welfare payments, or is it the right thing to do? The government claims it'll balance the budget by 2020. Do you think it's possible?

Have a great day!