Sunday, April 29, 2007

a museum like store

Talked to 素子 this morning on the telephone. Apparently her PC shot craps a few days ago and will be repaired tomorrow, so no video conference. Anyway I asked her how the 高島屋(Takashimaya) Grand Bloom event in Shinjuku was because she had sent me a text on Friday saying she was going there after work.

She answered that it was like going to a museum, because everything was extremely expensive. She could only look. She had told me she was just going window shopping in the first place, but I fully understand looking forward to something and then finding out it is no longer someplace you can enjoy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Right as I got in to Collinsville from work, I ran over something in the road and punctured one of my tires.. so much for my evening.

I put on the spare and drove to Dobbs in Faiview Heights to get it repaired. They said it would take under an hour so I walked down to the Saint Louis Bread Co. for dinner.

That's where I am now. Had a Broccoli & Cheddar soup, in a bread bowl and a coffee.

Tomorrow night is the long awaited return of my Daerma Game. The Fallen Legion is about to embark on a plane hopping journey. It should prove interesting.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

front porch 1 : power washer 0

I was cleaning my front porch yesterday after work and my power washer decided to shoot craps. I got half of the railing cleaned. so say a quarter of the area. this so sucks. I poked at it this evening but it seems truly dead. Not sure what I am going to do about it. It is less than $100 for a new one, but my car had it's 30,000 mile maintenance on Monday and that bill was $400. Guess I will have to suffer with a nasty front porch for a while.

Monday, April 16, 2007

birthday shirt

Here is the shirt 素子 got me for my birthday. It fits but I can barely breathe in it. So now I have an added incentive to hit my goal of 80kg. This morning I was 89.2kg. Sunday morning I was 88.0kg. We shall see how I pan out tomorrow morning. I am happy to be hanging out under 90kg, but I will be happier at 80kg.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dinner with John & Melinda

John & Melinda invited me over for dinner this evening. I'm fairly certain they didn't realize it was my birthday. So it was a nice bonus. I had no evening plans since I went out to dinner with my family last night for my birthday.

Here's a quick video of them and their boys Johnny & Danny.

another birthday down

Welcome to 34.

anyway the family took me to Red Robin's for dinner. here's a quick video.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


I received my birthday presents from 素子 and her mom today.

素子 bought me a very nice shirt that I had seen at the Seibu department store in 池袋区(Ikebukuro-ku).

Her mom bought me a small teapot and two cups which are also very nice. I'm a little afraid to have them out before 素子 is able to immigrate because I do not want anything, like my cat, to happen to them. But I've been itching to buy some tea from Teavana, so I probably will use them.

I'll post pictures sometime soon.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Sunday, April 8, 2007


for all of you who see me all the time you know I've lost weight and all, but i was going through some old photo's and the contrast completely amazed me. I know I have worked hard at it, but seeing the difference so contrasted is amazing.

Dec 2006 in New York

Sept 2005 in Kyoto

Easter at my house

Well the nieces deemed that we would have Easter dinner at my house this year.

So after they colored the eggs they left them in the refrigerator with a note asking the Easter bunny to hide them at my house. Here is the first video of their search. There will be 4 total. I'll edit this post with the rest of the links once I get them uploaded to YouTube.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Just a little thank you

From my family to Motoko and her parents for the gifts.

Came down with something

Went to bed Thursday evening at about 10:30 and woke up Friday morning @ 5:30 by the alarm with a nasty headache, light cough, and I felt a bit warm but I don't own a thermometer so no idea if I had a fever or not. I snoozed the alarm, rolled over, and went back to sleep.

Well I must have definitely had a bug because I subsequently woke up at 5pm Friday evening. Guess I just used a sick day at work without meaning to.

But aside from a little stiffness from sleeping over 16 I now feel fine. I weighed in at 87.2kg which is my lowest ever, although I suspect some of that is a reaction to whatever bug I had. Only time will tell.

I decided I did not want to deal with cooking so I went to St. Louis Bread Co. for a Broccoli & Cheddar soup & coffee. I chilled out there until my laptop battery was dead and then came home and read a book until 1am. Took a shower and now I'm heading to bed. Have to get up and work tomorrow. I can not afford to miss another day off, even if I have the sick days available.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Little bit of jet lag

kept me on a weird schedule the last few days, but I'm back to normal now.

Began the summer long task of cleaning the yard up. The house was empty for at least a year probably longer based on the condition of the yard. I'll be hitting up Home Depot or some place else I'm sure for things like seed and mulch and other miscellaneous stuff I'm sure.

Monday, April 2, 2007

An evening with the family

This is a backdated post.

On Monday April 2nd, right after I returned from Japan.

These are the videos I took that night with the family.

Sayōnara Japan

素子 went all the way to the airport with me. I filmed this on the Narita Express train to the airport.

Final morning in Shibuya

On Sunday morning after we checked out of the hotel, we went for a walk together.

We went from the hotel to Hachiko to Omote-sando in Harajuku to der Akkord in Aoyama abd back to the hotel to get my bags.

Hanami in Ueno Park

This was Saturday evening in Ueno Park. Right after we walked around the park, we met up with 素子's parents for dinner.

Back from Japan

I'm back from Japan. I do have more video to post. But I've been up since 3am and now I'm too tired to deal with it I'm going to take a jet lagged nap.