Fresh Veggies

Found out a farmers market is held once a month in Harajuku called the Earth Day Market. Was expecting there to be hordes or produce, piles of zucchinis and fresh bake d bread, but instead found fresh gathered(?) honey, a variety of beans and rhubarb. The rhubarb is already queued up for a rhubarb pie that we’ll make either tomorrow or the day after. The walk to the farmer’s market took us past a ton of street performers that I didn’t know existed. Meanwhile the bridge where all the goth people used to hang out is quietly being taken over people looking for free hugs. I think they are inspired… Continue reading Fresh Veggies

White Gold Rings and Krispie Kremes

These are a few of my favorite things. Bought our wedding bands and krispie kreme doughnuts for the first time today. Wedding bands are more exciting, but they don’t arrive for another month so my instant gratification craving was instead filled with the hot, sugary goodness of krispie kreme doughnuts instead. They give out free doughnuts in the line in Shinjuku. Best to wait in line for the free doughnuts and then skip the remainder of the line to buy the 12 assorted or 12 plain glazed boxes… unless you’re the type that likes waiting 30 to 60 minutes to pick out exactly which of the sugar bombs you’d like… Continue reading White Gold Rings and Krispie Kremes

Favorite Song

This song is just genius and should be listend to over and over again. A big thanks to my friend who introduced me to this song. Bright Eyes – From I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning Road to JoyThe sun came up with no conclusionsFlowers sleeping in their bedsThe city cemetery’s hummingI’m wide awake, its morning I have my drugs, I have my womanThey keep away my lonelinessMy parents, they have their religionBut sleep in separate houses I read the body count out of the paperAnd now it’s written all over my faceNo one ever plans to sleep out in the gutterSometimes that’s just the most comfortable place So I’m drinking,… Continue reading Favorite Song

Same old story

Lost at bowling once again. We took the first game by storm. Two of us starting out with doubles and all of us getting strikes in the first frame. But the fortunes of the first game left as quickly as they came. Down to the crucial 8,9, and 10th frames of the final game we lined up a number of marks, but the cleanup bowler on the opposing team got strike, after strike, after strike with a turkey going into the 10th. It doomed us and instead of squeaking out a split (first game and total pins) we dropped 3 or 4. Sigh. Our team is now masterfully worked ourselves… Continue reading Same old story

Random notes

While talking with my friend today the earthquake hit Nigatta. It ranked a strong 6 on the Japanese scale and resulted in the deaths of 7 (at time of writing) and occured just a day after a large tropical storm passed through Japan. Hang in there everyone from Nigatta! Driving in Tokyo is not recommended. The more I drive in Tokyo the less I like it, although it isn’t nearly as bad as Chicago, Florence. At least no one honks their horns at you and they generally let you in. It’s the tolls and constant congestion that make driving difficult. Learned today that while 7-Eleven was founded in the States,… Continue reading Random notes

Wanting to Help

Spoke with a friend today who has chronic back problems. He’s the nicest, sincerest and most energetic guy I know and my heart goes out to him in the hope that he can find a cure to his problems. Our conversation on the phone naturally drifted to his back issues and while I didn’t want to dwell on the topic long, because I’m sure he is tired of talking about the topic, I couldn’t help but ask about his condition and how a search for the cure was coming along. Of course, most of the news was disheartening and difficult for him to say. Is it better to try and… Continue reading Wanting to Help

Taking Advantage of the Bad Weather

Typhoon number 4 just passed through Tokyo and the rest of Japan. More damage and raining occurred in Kyushyu. It definitely weakened by the time it reached Tokyo. Today we saw some light rains and moderate winds, but only early in the morning and late yesterday. Yesterday went to see the large waves generated by the storm down in Chigasaki. Amidst the pelting rain the waves were an awesome site to look at. Certainly bigger than what you would normally see down there. A few barrels even formed on the larger waves. A small group of surfers were braving the elements and catching a wave here and there. Today took… Continue reading Taking Advantage of the Bad Weather

Wireless Fix

Testing things out on the Nabe-network. Looks like everything is up and running once again. Fix included unplugging and plugging back in the wireless router. The AOSS light was off as well sa the lamp below the words Wireless so it looks to me like it froze up in some way. All’s better now and stocks can be traded and email checked once again. Oh happy day.

Up

Pictures from my first attempt paragliding. Up in the mountains of Saitama, the greenery and cool weather were a perfect backdrop for soaring. A practice session was first held in the big grassy area you can see in the second picture where we learned to “rise up”. With that basic steps under our belts, we were ready to take off the 16m hill. On this glide I made it to the grate or about a 50m glide. There was little wind, for better or worse, so I think the flights were steady but short. Dreams of paragliding as a hobby will have to wait until I live closer to the… Continue reading Up

Smell the alley and do it again and again

Smells are the invisible trails on which our thoughts like to meander. Work smells like coffee and cigarettes. The smell will stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s a smell particular to my boss’ American Spirits and the office coffee. The bowling alley smells like wood polish and dirtiness. You can smell it when you get close. The ventilation pumps the fumes into the air from morning until the last pin falls. Rammstein blasting through my headphones, I prepare to do battle on the hardwood once again. The violent beats focuses my thoughts narrowly and viciously. I do not like it, but I love it. What about… Continue reading Smell the alley and do it again and again

I can’t concentrate, but I can pick my nose

I can’t concentrate when the music is on. If I try to write when music is playing… especially one where some is singing, it’s all over for me. Even worse are radio announcements. This condition occurs whenever I’m trying to write, probably when I’m programming as well. Am I always trying to pick out just the right words? Why can’t I concentrate when the music is on? I also pick my nose way too much. It’s a shame and I’m terribly embarrassed by it, but every time I start to concentrate my finger makes its way to way nose, regardless of my conscious efforts to break the habit. I was… Continue reading I can’t concentrate, but I can pick my nose

Gozen – 御前山

Climbed Gozen in Tokyo-to today. I feel lucky that the greenery and beauty of the mountains can be so close to this concrete mess to provide some reprieve from the madness. Gozen was not a terribly hard hike, but it left my knees a little week and a slight case of altitude sickness. I couldn’t enjoy the Spanish restaurant that we went to on our way back home until about an hour after we sat down. My head was pounding. Need to find a way to prevent that from happening. More water maybe? The pain parted very much like the clouds during one overlook about halfway up the mountain. Being… Continue reading Gozen – 御前山

Home Econmics in Japan

A home economics teacher who I have relationship to, except that she now teaches at the high school I went to visited me today. Went to Shinjuku for dinner at an izakaya. Also took a stroll around the red-light district of Shinjuku much to the amusement of the visitors. Live just doesn’t get more entertaining than seeing underage ladies of the night and hosts with their half-buttoned colors and their slimy auras. I couldn’t get over the way the visitor pronounced Aomori all night. Please, pronounce it ah-oh-more-ee. Although Italian and Japanese have been known to have their similarities in sound, Aomori should by no means be said as a-MORE-eh.… Continue reading Home Econmics in Japan

Today’s Observations

To follow up on yesterday’s post about the Golden Eggs. You should watch all of the Mori-mori Cooking videos they have on YouTube. I’m going to by the DVD so that we can experience the full broadcast. Having seen a number of shows at this point, I know realize that they all tie together in numerous ways. I had to have the pun about 雷が落ちてる explained to me though. Poor Paul. Set a goal today of saving X amount of money by the end of the year. 30% from every pay check isn’t too much to ask right? Have you every tried to compile what you’ve done over the past… Continue reading Today’s Observations

Sushi & Yonchomei

Dinner with friends tonight at a local sushi restaurant and then coffee / desert at the Yonchomei cafe. Spent most of the day in and around the house doing nothing in particular, but wasting time. Highlights of the day came from watching a hilarous Japanese cartoon called The World of Golden Eggs and hanging out with friends for dinner. It would fit it quite nicely on the cartoon network’s Adult Swim lineup I think. This particular clip about a coach and the football team [YouTube] was great. Also started reading a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. We’ll see if I can finish all 700 pages or not. The first 30… Continue reading Sushi & Yonchomei