Clear as mud...

Good morning everyone,

Well, yesterday the rain lasted a little longer than I thought it would, but it eventually stopped and I could get out for a long run (27km) and didn't have to ride home in the rain. Today and tomorrow will be mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid teens-that sounds like great weather! Then on Sunday...more rain. Monday and Tuesday will see the weather clear up again, but will be much cooler with highs both days around 8C or 9C.

There are a lot of things that confuse me...
...first of all...women. Well, women in general are confusing for ALL men. Any man who tells you that he understands women is either a liar or some kind of savant. Secondly, women...women confuse me. And thirdly, well, women. Ha ha! How confusing are women? I'd rather have my fingernails pulled out one-by-one than try to explain women! Ha ha!

However, there is one other thing that has always confused me. What the heck is the difference between the UK, Great Britain, England and the British Isles? And I don't think I'm alone...I've asked quite a few people from there (one of those places) and none of them have ever given me the same answer! Ha ha!

Then I found this picture which should clear things up. (sorry it's a little hard to read-if I made it any bigger, the picture would get cut off)
britain uk  

To all of my English/Irish/Welsh/Scottish friends who couldn't tell the difference, now you can! Ha ha!

To all of my Japanese friends, maybe you can help me with this one, which still confuses me...every time I go for a run, I get stopped at this traffic light. It's so confusing. Can you please explain it to me! Thanks!
confusing traffic light 
There are countless things which make me wonder every day here in Japan. Some of them amuse me, some of them scare me, some of them make me want to pull my hair out, and some of them I just ignore-like water off a duck's back. But this one has always confused me...I can't figure out who the red light is for? Is it for people who want to go backwards? Ha ha! The only logical explanation I can come up with is that it is telling the drivers that the traffic coming the other way is stopped at a red light so it's safe to go...but that is way too confusing, if you ask me! What's the real answer? Does anybody know?

Have a great day!