Back when I was in high school, my curfew was always 11:00pm. I hated it! It seemed like everyone else always got to stay out later than I did and I didn't think that was fair. I had to beg my mom and dad for an 11:30pm curfew and only was given that extension on "special" occasions. One of the reasons I was so excited to go to graduate high school and move on to college was the fact I would no longer have that curfew! :-) Well, 10 years have gone by since my high school curfew, but guess what?! It's back!! Here in Okinawa, all U.S. military members and SOFA status personnel (me) have been given an 11:00pm curfew due to recent events of military members misbehaving on the island. It really affects what you do at night because you have it in the back of your mind you have to allow enough time to get home by 11:00pm. Even if it is as something as innocent as going to a movie at night, you have to be sure that it will let out in time so you can rush home to be in by 11:00! Well, it seems as if the 11:00 curfew wasn't enough to keep people from doing dumb stuff because since the 11:00 curfew there have been a few more incidents and most recently, a military member got into a car accident (because he was driving under the influence) and slightly injured 2 local nationals. Now, on top of having a curfew, U.S. military members cannot purchase alcohol or drink anywhere off base.....they also cannot leave base if they have had more than one drink. To enforce this policy, the gate guards on base are going to be doing random breathalyzer tests. On base establishments can still sell alcohol, but alcohol sales stop at 10:00pm. I am not sure how this is going to work out.....if military personnel are so caged in....but I guess time will tell. What do you all think? Do you think this new policy is going to be effective?!
Anyways, I went on the field trip with my 2nd and 3rd grade students on Friday and had a fun time. We went to a place called Murasaki Mura, which is a large village where you can choose to do about 65 different arts and crafts. Each one requires money of course. Our group chose to make accessories. Everyone in our group made necklaces. I felt like I was 8 again making my necklace, so it was fun. haha. Apparently the place is pretty expensive if you aren't an Okinawan. They offer special prices to Okinawans. For example, for Okinawans the activity we did cost 1000 yen, which is about $12. If I were to go there on my own, that same activity would have been 2000 yen, which is over $20. That would definitely NOT have been worth it, so I don't know if I would choose to go back there if it wasn't a school field trip.
On another note, the book that I am reading, Gone is getting SO good. There was a crazy twist that just happened which I was definitely not expecting......almost every free minute I have, I find myself picking up the book to read more because I need to find out what happens! It is a page turner....speaking of which....I think I am going to go read some more right now!! Hope you all are having a great weekend!!