Archive for the 'A Day in the Life' Category

Twenty-one years? So soon?!

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I came to Japan on October 6, 1987, to study for one year and a half at University of Tsukuba (how they insist it be written in English; go figure) on a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship.
Twenty-one years later to the day and I’m still here.
I’ve lived in Japan longer than any of the […]

Happy 2008!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

A little belated, I know, but I was kind of under the weather yesterday and have been occupied with other things until now today.
In keeping with the tradition I started last year, of creating a New Years image using the strokes from the character for the year according to the Chinese zodiac, I offer you […]

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

(This one is a bit over the top, no?)

Hot Arab Women With Large Breasts!

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Will NOT be found anywhere on this website.
But you’d be surprised how many people seem to be ending up here as a result of googling for them.
So I thought it would be interesting to see what this post does to my hits over the next few days.
(I’m adding the “Breast-soothing” category tag, which is supposed […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Remember to give thanks today to your loved ones and all those who have helped you in some way during the past year.
That’s right, “to” not “for”.
The universe doesn’t care whether you thank it or not. It’s doing its thing and will keep right on doing it whether you thank it or not. Thank the […]

Higher Education in Japan Today…Here’s what it sounds like

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Just in case you were wondering, I made some recordings this afternoon after my third-period class.
Outside the Humanities Building (468 KB MP3).
Inside a first-floor classroom inside the Annex opposite Hum (616 KB MP3).
Second-floor classroom inside the Annex (728 KB MP3)
Outside again, further away than first recording! (276 KB MP3)
And the absolute worst: outside the first-floor […]

From 3 to 8

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Pills in the morning.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to blather on about this sort of thing much more.
But it’s a bit of a pain having to gollum down eight largish pills when heretofore I’ve just had to manage one big one and two small ones.
I know firsthand that Japanese dentistry is less advanced than American. […]


Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

So…I was sitting here in front of the PowerBook working on some stuff when suddenly from behind me something revved up into full gear…
Tsuuuuuuuku-tsuku-booooooooshi-boshi-boshi! Wani-da! Wani-da! Wani-da! Oooooooooo!
Freaked me out for a second until I realized that one of the cicadas of the type know as—wait for it—Tsukutsukubôshi had landed on the screen outside and […]

Morning Glory Report

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Nine blooms this morning! Six or so yesterday. Finally things are humming.
(Mainly the psycho semi cicadas!)
I’m dragging this morning…dreading going into the office to do more packing. Took yesterday off…had a bit of…trouble down below, shall we say.
Oh well. This, too, shall pass.
(I thought that a lot yesterday….)

Morning Glory Report

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Two blooms this morning, pix later.
Ain’t I got fun!
(May have also found the first leaf shoot from those amaryllis bulbs I brought home from uni. And the stems of the old potatoes from last year—that had become The Beasts of Many Eyes in their boxes—which I put into the ground last weekend have begun to […]

Asagao 2007

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Yeah! Had my first morning glory bloom this morning:

Tons more to come. And the suckers just keep on growing. (Had to add extensions upwards to the framework on Saturday.) I just wish the weather were nicer.
It seems the rainy season is not yet over. (It’s overcast and the wind is brrrrrisk this morning.) But despite […]

The Myth of the Japanese Gardener

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I’d really like to know where the Western (or at least North American) stereotype of the Japanese gardener came from. Because it sure as shit (for fertilizer) didn’t have anything to do with the way the art of horticulture is conducted in this country these days.
Arrived at uni today to find idiots cutting down trees […]

Day 16,832…

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Has dawned overcast and dreary: the rainy season is truly upon us.
Just something it occurred to me to wonder about the other morning, so I just whipped together a quick little file in Mariner Calc, the program I now use instead of Excel, and came up with this answer.
16832 DI (Die Ibadaironis). You can’t get […]

Just another day…

Friday, June 15th, 2007

But with it another notch on the branch, another ring-around-the-core. (As in “If nothing else, we could cut his legs off and count the rings….”)
Nothing special, just another work-at-home Friday. Took a break in the early afton and puttered about in the yard for a while…but the ground and everything was still too wet from […]

On certain salt-kissed, fog-wrapt nights like this…

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

I am reminded to take extra care when lighting from the car. You never know what the shifting billows and tendrils of white may hide.
It was on a night like this a few years ago that a woman was attacked by a run amok monkey. He had escaped from the Mehiko Monkey Pavilion down on […]