When we finally became settled in our new place it was time for me to return to school. By this time I had missed nearly one month of school. I was in the fifth grade and I was able to catch up on every subject except math. Math had become overwhelming to me and I was lost. Luckily, Bob stepped up and helped me with my math every evening until I was caught up.
There wasn't much to do at night except homework. There was no TV in Japan at that time and the only radio we had was the military radio station. My Mom would turn on the radio and I would listen periodically, but it never held my attention the way television had. I spent quite a bit of time reading and developed my artistic talents. I liked to draw and found that I was fairly good at it.
There was always the base movie theater. Every Saturday we would go to the theater and there would be a serial, like Flash Gordon. We would sit through several episodes of whatever the current serial was and then we would see an old movie, usually something that would be on television if we'd been back in the USA. Westerns were always popular and we saw many of them.
I also began writing at this time. I wrote a poem called "Mr. Octopus" which I will publish separately in this blog. I also started writing a play: "Summer in the Beer Parlor". Bob cracked up at the title and asked me where I had come up with that title. It was actually a take on Somerset Maugham's "Rain" which was popular at the time. I wanted to be like Sadie Thompson, sexy. I was tired of being called "cute" and was determined to change my image. In my mind, being in a play and playing a bar girl was the way to do so. So I found what I thought was a sexy outfit and danced around the "beer parlor", being "sexy". In reality I probably looked ridiculous. So I wrote my first and only play. I was the star, the director, the writer and choreographer. I let my brother Lee be the bartender. There were no Tonys, Oscars or Emmys, but I had a blast doing it.