Yesterday evening, Hisa and I walked to the nearest police box (koban) to report my bicycle stolen. Naturally, when we arrived there, no one was there because the officers were currently off on patrol.
So, we continued walking to the police station, which wasn’t too far off. Once there, a nice police officer helped us fill out a police report. He had us show him on a map exactly where the bicycle had been when it was stolen. He then said two officers would drive us back to our place, so we could show them the “scene of the crime”.
Hisa and I actually had quite a good time, as neither of us had ever ridden in a police car before. We were both a bit let down, however, upon discovering that there was no cage or glass separating the front seats from the back seats in the car, and that there was also no computer or high-tech equipment in the car like American police cars. All-in-all, the inside of the police car was quite like a normal car. It was still fun riding in the car though, and watching people slow down when they saw us, hehe.
Once we got to our place, we should them the covered bicycle shed where all the residents park their bicycles, and where my bicycle had been parked the last time we saw it. They then proceeded to walk around the shed with flashlights (it was night by this time) and write things down in little notebooks. What there was to see and write down I have no idea, but I can only imagine what the other residents were thinking if they saw, hehe.
I just hope they can actually find my bicycle, and in one piece. Two bicycles stolen within four months is pretty rough for anyone. Especially when I can’t drive here and a bicycle is my only method of transportation. We’ll see what happens.
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If you’re one of the many people that have tried to find the perfect dinner roll recipe, this is for you. I found this recipe a few years ago, and sadly I don’t remember where the heck I found it. I do know it was online though (as if that helps, lol).
This is an easy but delicious dinner roll recipe. It makes 24 rolls, or you can make 12 rolls and freeze half the dough for later (which I usually do as there’s only two of us). Just remember to make this ahead of time, because the dough has to be refrigerated at least two hours before you make the rolls.
Dinner Rolls (makes 24 rolls)
- 1 c. warm water (about 110 degrees F)
- 4 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 1/2 c. bread flour
- Combine water and yeast in a large bowl. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Stir in butter, sugar, eggs, and salt.
- Add flour, 1 cup at a time. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or up to three days.
- Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan.
- Turn out dough onto a floured surface. Divide into 24 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a round ball. Place in rows in pan.
- Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
- Bake until golden brown, about 17 minutes.