Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Sent the parents off

Well Motoko and I took Danielle and my parents to the airport this morning. And now they are back in Chicago heading for St. Louis.

We moved from Ikebukuro to Shibuya for the next three days.

Just called my sister and she said her and the baby are doing fine.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Yokohama Chinatown

On Monday, we took my parents to Chinatown in Yokohama. After that we stopped at an amusement park there to ride the big ferris wheel, and Danielle wanted to ride a roller coaster, so Motoko and I took her on it while my parents watched.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

it's official, i'm married

This is Motoko & I entering the reception. I think you can tell that the camera operator was my niece.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Met the family

I do not have any pictures from Friday because we were soo busy, but my parents and Danielle do. I will see if i can get one later.

I dropped my parents off for a guided afternoon tour, then I went and met with Motoko. I met her grandmother and 2 aunts and uncles yesterday.

Later I picked up my parents and then we met her parents for dinner at an Italian restaraunt in the hotel building for dinner. It was pretty stiff, no one led conversations. I'm afraid that they must think pretty bad of me for that.

My parents and Danielle ordered single dishes, while Motoko, her parents, and myself ordered course sets. It became a pretty big divider for the meal with half the table being done eating and the rest still waiting on courses.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thursday in Tokyo

Thursday was a much easier paced day than that long ass Tuesday/Wednesday was.

Here is a quick picture from Asakusa:

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Day 1+

Well it was a long boring almost 13 hour flight from Chicago to Tokyo. Everyone seemed to manage it pretty well. Danielle was completely tired by the time we got here though.

I pushed the issue a bit since I made everyone go to dinner after we had to go to the shrine to get fitted for my kimono and dad's tux.

Here are two snips,

one from the shrine

and then one from dinner.

Monday, July 23, 2007

ready, steady, go

Less than 24 hours to go till I head to Japan again.

I will try to post a video or at least some pictures each day. Thanks for all your good wishes everyone.

Friday, July 20, 2007

busy busy

Sorry i haven't posted much.

I've been busy getting homework done for the next few weeks so that I do not have to do anything when I get back from Japan.

I also need to let everyone know what happened a month and a half ago when I posted that "/slam into a brick wall" post.

On June 6th, I was called into an private meeting unexpectedly and was subsequently interviewed for almost 5 hours. The guy from Asset Protection said that an anonymous complaint sent in that I had been running my own business on company time, and that that business was in conflict of interest with AT&T policy. I stated my case and then signed my statement, then I was suspended from work for Code of Business conduct violations.

One July 9th, I was terminated.

If anyone knows of someone hiring, I really need a job. I will be in Tokyo for until August 6th getting married. I will never be out of contact of my email and I will be checking my email multiple times per day.

I have a mediocre resumé prepared. I will get it redone as soon as I have time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

interesting things from 100 years ago

this blog posting talks about things 100 years ago in America.

Mari from Watashi to Tokyo posted a list of things from Japan 100 years ago.

1907 was in Meiji period in Japan that was the generation of rapid and dramatic change.
The population of Japan was about 50 million. The average life expectancy was 39 years.
About 90% of people could read or write.
Government started free, compulsory education under the 6 school system.
The causes of death were pneumonia and bronchitis.
A Ekiben cost 0.07yen (now it's around 1000yen), Egg (1kg) was 0.16yen (the price of egg has been stable always Now 12 eggs cost 150yen or so).
Tokyo-Osaka train ticket was 3.56yen (33000yen now).
A bottle of Sake was 0.14yen(2000yen or so now).

Saturday, July 14, 2007

more than meets the eye

Went to see transformers last night with my friend John. I must say it was a good show. I could have done with a stronger personality type for the lead role, but it didn't completely distract from the movie.

They did not leave it open to a sequel, they all but announced it. Between Optimus Primes closing dialog and the image of Starscream heading into space.

The one disappointment I had was that Megatron never went to full gun form. I was really hoping to see that.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Evening play time

After Darla and I went shopping, we stopped at my parent's house. After a while my sister showed up with Dalanee. Here is a snip of the girls playing on the swing in the backyard.

Chisaki's Birthday Gift

My niece Chisaki's(千咲) birthday is this Saturday. So as I like to do, I called up my other nieces to go shopping with me for the present. I do enjoy taking the girls shopping like this. It lets me spend time with them, and also let's them go do something they do not normally do, pick things out.

Danielle was leaving for Girl Scout summer camp for a week, so I only had Darla. We ran over to Fairview, stopping for lunch at the Bread Company before we hit the stores. First we ran in to Babies R Us in case I seen something I wanted to get my sister. She's due on August 4th. I didn't see anything that really struck my eye, so Darla & I headed next door to Toys R Us.

She shopped pretty good I didn't have to remind her too many times that we were looking for things for Chisaki, not for herself. Here is what she picked out.

Dinner with John & Melinda

Tuesday the 3rd I had dinner with John & Melinda. My niece Danielle tagged along because she was going to be staying the night at my house.

I brought over some bi-color corn Melinda made some potatoes and John made some BBQ beef. It was a good meal all around and the kids played a bit while we talked after dinner.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Fourth of July

This year was a very laid back year. We met my cousin Neil and his family in Troy and sat outside his brother in law's bar to watch the Troy show off in the distance.

None of us wanted to deal with the crowds involved in getting any closer to the park.

To top it off, a thunderstorm rolled through less than an hour before the fireworks were scheduled to start, so it turned out to be a good idea to stay away from the wet mess that the park would have been anyway.

Prior to the 4th, Nicole said the girls had asked about doing fireworks ourselves. The last time we did them ourselves was in 2004 so we will most likely do that next year. Honestly, I miss shooting them off myself :)