Monthly Archives: July 2007


I ran off some kids a little while ago. They were parked across the street and playing loud music. At least the bass was penetrating through the walls. Anyway, I went out and said, “This is where I ask you to move on, and if you don’t I write down your license plate numbers and call the cops.” I didn’t think it was too mean. They did ask what they were doing wrong and I said, “Well, you are being loud and it is a neighborhood.” I think they left pretty soon afterwards, 3 cars with about a dozen kids. I kind of wonder if they weren’t planning to get … Continue reading

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Crumby surprise.

My friend Sun in NYC wanted to cheer me up and so she sent me some cookies from Amai Tea and Bake house. I ate a can of Lemongrass and Ginger cookies and was about to start on the chai almond when I had an unwelcome surprise. The cookies didn’t travel well! While the cookies were disappointing, it didn’t turn out to be a bad evening. I emailed Sun about the cookies and she called. We chatted nonsensically until her cell phone died. We even compared housing costs in different markets. Basically, it costs a buttload to live in SF or NYC but it doesn’t pay proportionately more in those … Continue reading

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Today was Hatsubon for my father. Obon is the season in Japanese culture where our ancestors spirits come back to visit. It developed from a traditional Buddhist story about giving to relieve the suffering of our deceased ancestors into something very Japanese including dancing and emptying out the major cities to go visit relatives in the country. My mother and I went to the Oregon Buddhist Temple for the hatsubon service. I think most of my Jodo Shinshu religion is all superstition, but it’s what I grew up with and part of my tradition. I think the local Buddhist services seem artificial. I remember religion in Japan, and religion was … Continue reading

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My sister’s blog is back.

My mom made me put it back. And for all of you siding with my sister, please go fuck yourselves.

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Stupid expensive laptop.

I was trying to burn a CD last night on my new MacBook Pro when it started vibrating excessively and then failed to burn the CD. What I mean by “vibrating excessively” is that burning the CD made the thing buzz so loud that I wouldn’t have been able to hold a conversation in the same room. I used the CD in another burned and that worked fine. I signed up with the Apple Genius bar (to those non-Mac people that means I made an appointment at the Apple Store to have it looked at) and I was late. So late, in fact, that my appointment was no longer valid. … Continue reading

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In case anyone wonders why my sister’s web site is gone.

My sister hung up on me, so I deleted it. I haven’t been in a good mood lately, and my group meeting at Megacorp never cheers me up. Usually I feel better afterwards because a particular co-worker and I go to lunch and kvetch about work. He was on vacation today, so I walked to Burgerville by myself. On the way I remembered my sister wanted our dad’s old mini-fridge and his TV for her warehouse. I tried calling but got no answer so I called my mom. She had no idea and told me my sister hadn’t called in days. Finally I called my sister’s cell phone. My sister … Continue reading

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Mercury is in retrograde.

One of the instructors at the gym was saying, “Mercury in retrograde? That f*cking thing is always in retrograde!” I guess I’m not the only one who’s been having a bad time lately and who the hell is blaming astrology? I guess the answer to that is a lot of people have been needing someone to blame. Going to the gym didn’t make me feel much better today, either. The employee turnover is extreme and now the gym is being run by one queenie little rules boy at the front desk and another young fauxhawk trainer goof who wants the boyband channel on 24-7. I’d complain to someone but the … Continue reading

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Pardon me while I pass out.

My buddy Henry was in town and I saw him for the first time in 21 years. We were in the same dorm and lived close to each other most of the time we were there. He was reminding me that I was a big wimp and actually got some sleep when I was at MIT. We ended up talking at the Rogue Ale House. While we were there we started talking to a guy at the next table. He was a geek in town for the Ubuntu Live conference and his friends had ditched him. We did have one big panic when he thought he lost his wallet, but … Continue reading

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Henry’s coming.

My head kind of hurts again. I’m not that sore from the not-really-rolfing massage I got but something’s going on with my head. Again. It’s not just me and I think it’s the weird weather yet again. It was very humid for this area and rained today. I haven’t seen very many people who were at MIT with me and Henry, who was next door to me in the dorm almost all four years, is going to be in town tomorrow. He was always a bit more free market than I am and he’s now a stock analyst or something. In any case, I haven’t seen the guy since 1986, … Continue reading

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In case you were wondering.

I just finished it.

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I have no willpower.

Life is returning towards normal. My buddy who had the heart attack and I had breakfast today, and he hasn’t changed his diet much. Not yet anyway. Il called and told me stories of his family and he sounds like he’s doing much better now that his recent stress is diminished and his father’s funeral is over. And I remembered to get my prescriptions and the Harry Potter book from the library. Even with my trip to the painful, er, Rolf-like massage therapist today, driving a half-hour each way, I managed to read most of the Harry Potter book. In fact, I’m 62 pages away from finishing. I don’t have … Continue reading

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Falling apart here.

The past couple of days I’ve had a headache and I’m not sure if it’s a sinus headache because of the weather or because I’m at a job I can’t stand. Fortunately I didn’t have that problem today, but I did make a mess of the day. I only had a couple things I wanted to do today and I blew the one I’ve been waiting a year and a half for. I made it to the funeral, I performed my pallbearer duties, I didn’t hurt my back (as far as I can tell right now), I took my suit in to have the waist, ahem, adjusted, but I forgot … Continue reading

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