Have a Baby, Get a TV!

Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | 0 comments

I've been meaning to post this since early last month but never quite finished typing the last few sentences...wow, does Shatner ever look a lot smaller in these pictures!

Here in Japan, the government has decided that merely giving people extra money for having kids isn't enough incentive to increase the dwindling population: now you get a free large flat-screen tv upon the birth of your first child! Hah, no, not really. Well, you do get a monthly allowance for having children, something around $100 I think, but no tv.
 The story behind our new tv: it is customary for coworkers to give money for births and deaths here, with some of that money coming back to them in the form of 'return gifts'...basically, a thank-you gift for the gift. Yuki's kind coworkers didn't want us to have to spend the time buying return gifts, so they decided to pool their money and get us a present instead. And, when asked what we wanted/needed for the baby, Yuki half-jokingly replied 'A new flat screen tv'.
 So, in a nutshell, there you have it. I'm pretty sure that his male coworkers were just as excited to buy a tv as Yuki was to receive it! We're very thankful for their generosity...and it really has been nice to be able to watch a show on a screen larger than a paperback when I'm on the couch nursing Keila! Thanks again, everyone!

                                          Keila posing with the new tv

                                 William Shatner and Arnold Schwarnenegger