Long story short, I made it.
Long story long?
1. Everything goes as I said it would, including Lou and Ma's Convenience Hut, the dead rodent (two of them, actually), etc., with the exception of finding the dessicated corpse of a deer/forest ranger/superfluous family member.
2. I hiked. There's not much to do in the mountains, but there is a great deal of trail. So I walked to the top of the mountain two or three times ("top" being defined as a high-elevation area with good phone reception).
3. My mom bought a laptop on the way there (long story), and it had...chess. Spent a few hours losing against the computer. Cheating bastard.
So for the next few days, I'll be kicking back at this old, rotting cabin in the mountains of western (as opposed to West) Virginia. I've been there a few times before, so here's the highlights:
1. We arrive at the foot of some random mountain in the middle of nowhere. There is a small convenience store. Its official name is "Kwik-E-Mart" or "Lou and Ma's Convenience Hut," but I think of it as The Final Bastion of Civilization.
2. We drive up ten miles of rocky trail past five or six houses populated by a mixture of Inbred Hicks and Slightly Less Inbred Hicks. There is usually a dead squirrel/owl/deer/forest ranger lying on the side o
Oy, so I'm officially a high school graduate. Whoo!
I'm still learning Japanese, and have finally managed to retain enough information in my skull to read at the level of, oh, say, a below-average Japanese toddler. ;D.
Anyways, so my second Ceramics piece managed to survive the kiln, and sometime soon I'll drop by the school and pick it up. I'll upload a pic then. It's very...unique.
Still no writing done...I've got plenty of free time today (thus, the update), so I'll try to churn something out.