Archive for February, 2003

Random english.

Friday, February 28th, 2003

Japan is just full of wierd random english everywhere. Like this box of cereal for example:

And this store: black and white and…

And finally, “Let’s ?????” Uhh…yeah, let’s.

While posting, I was rocking out to Underground from the album “Naked Baby Photos” by Ben Folds Five

Burning the midnight oil…

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

…trying to figure out why there is a side scroll thingie. Hmmm…

The first piece of good news is my friends Ray Vazquez and Shannon Jamieson from NYC are coming to visit in late March! I can’t wait to rock the Osak. Oh, and Shannon, I got your books! Thank you thank you thank you! I’m suddenly very popular around the school these days….

Also, I got a terrific Valentine’s Day package from Michele, and it had all sorts of goodies in it, but the topper was without a doubt not *one*, not *two*, but *THREE* bags of cookies. Sweet, sweet chocolate chip cookies. The other foreign teachers at my school were slavering over the site of homemade cookies. It was like we were in jail, and I had just gotten a carton of cigarettes. I was getting ready to barter cookies for a shiv and bust outta the joint.

While posting, I was rocking out to Need You Tonight by INXS.

Mac Geeks.

Monday, February 24th, 2003

Craig came over yesterday and we massively dorked out. He just got a new iBook so it was a software party. Also, we hooked up the 2 machines directly and he grabbed all 12 Gig of my mp3 collection in 20 minutes. Not too shabby. We had some spaghetti and beers to round out the evening. Pics:
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Also, I updated the look of the site. Comments? Better/worse/don’t care? Enjoy.

While posting, I was rockin’ out to Been Caught Stealing from the album “Ritual De Lo Habitual” by Jane’s Addiction.

A night out.

Friday, February 21st, 2003

After work tonight I went out with my co-workers Akemi, Izumi, Aiko, and Rebecca. They’re all really cool, and everyone has lived in either the USA or Canada, so they joke around and are super fun. So tonight we went out to the noodle shop that one of the students, Takashi, works at called “Ontakesan”. There’s also a picture of a funny ashtray I saw somewhere. Here are a few pictures:
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More pictures…

Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Note to self: think of a good way to explain “it was so funny I wet my pants” to a class full of people. Hmm…

Osaka pics:
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That insane neon supermarket is about 5 minutes from my house. They’re a chain. And that brass band’s name is “Britz and Squash” and they were terrific. Seriously.

Picture explosion!

Monday, February 17th, 2003

These are from playing pool with Craig, Rio, and Kenichi after work on Saturday night. They had a whiteboard to keep score so I did a little “teaching” while we were there.
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And here’s some pictures from Himeji. The people who aren’t Craig’s students are the friendly AEON Himeji teachers.
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WE HAVE DSL. REPEAT: WE HAVE DSL.

Sunday, February 16th, 2003

Training pictures. The last picture has our 3 managers crouching beneath us. No jokes, please.
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More to come soon…

Breakfast.

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

So what do you eat in Japan if you don’t want fish eggs for breakfast?
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And who loves beans?
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Here’s my commute:
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I might be getting DSL tonight! You’ll all know when a hundred pictures are posted from 1 am to 3 am. :) Off to work…

My first visitor!

Sunday, February 9th, 2003

My friend Scott Embree from college in Rochester came to visit me yesterday. He was on a business trip near Tokyo, and decided to come down for the night! He booked a room at the Osaka Hilton (very nice, if anyone’s thinking of visiting) and we got together around 7:30 or so. I had had a really busy day at work, so I went to his hotel room (5 mins from my school) to change and shower. Then we went out for “okonomiyaki”, an Osaka specialty. It’s kind of like an egg pancake with fish, meat, and vegetables mixed in. It’s cooked on a grill right in front of you so you can watch. I really liked it and so did Scott. Check out the pics.
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Then we met up with my training buddy Craig and one of his students, Yuki (yes, Michele, Yuki). We found the COOLEST bar in Shinsaibashi, the clubby area. It was called “Gas Light” and it was run by this great old guy who loved that we spoke Japanese. He had the widest variety of liquor I’d yet seen in Japan. I had a Jameson’s and it was delicious. Pics:
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One wierd thing about Japan: there are hardly any napkins! I end up using tissues for everything, which is a huge waste. I was doing the paper math yesterday with my co-worker Rebecca: 4 tissues = 2 napkins = 1 paper towel. WTF? Why are they so scarce?

And another thing: the barber pole is, for some reason unbeknownst to me, universal! The spinning red, white, and blue pole means “get a haircut here.” Why?

I bought a bike! And a parking spot! Now I can bike to the express train station, and park. And I found a real supermarket somewhat near my house. And I went to K-mart in Japan. It’s called “Konan” and it’s terrific.

Please everyone wish Michele a very happy birthday on Feb. 11th. It’s Japanese Constitution Day too! Woo-hoo!

Late.

Thursday, February 6th, 2003

Today I was late for the first time. Yuck. I went to the discount electronics area of town and window shopped and lost track of time. I showed up at 1:03 and had to teach a class right away. Let’s just say I’m NEVER going to have that happen again. Not only was it embarassing, but I got a little “note” from the manager. It really put a dent in the day. I need to get there 10-15 minutes early just so I can switch into teaching mode, set up my materials, and just relax. I stayed a little later today, so hopefully that made up for it. Note to self: never be late again. It’s not worth it.