Monthly Archives: August 2009

Ain’t nothing but a Guy thang.

I’m feeling incredibly beat right now. Either the workout (which was torturous) did me in or I’m coming down with something. I was breathing so hard that my stomach muscles hurt and I’ve done that three times in the past week. Maybe I should be sandbagging it a little. I am an old man, after all. When I got home from the gym there were people standing out in the street and I had to set up a turn to get away from them. I ended up scraping the side of my car on a parked Civic’s bumper. I found the owner and she pointed at an identical scrape on … Continue reading

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What exactly was it I was supposed to do today?

Somehow I figure I should have done a bit more, but with those bird people also comes more birds. I was going to clear out more of my sister’s old bedroom, but I ended up cataloging her old cassette tapes and then throwing them in the trash. She didn’t want them and said she didn’t even have anything to play them on, but I wanted to remind her of what she had in her collection. I had 140 titles on the list, so that’s at least 70 tapes. And that’s not counting her classical music or her mix tapes. OK, now I see why it took me so long. Next … Continue reading

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What who when?

Today at the gym we did a three-round Fight Gone Bad. Wall-ball: 20 pound ball, 10 ft target. (Reps) Sumo deadlift high-pull: 75 pounds (Reps) Box Jump: 20″ box (Reps) Push-press: 75 pounds (Reps) Row: calories (Calories) Basically, this workout was first designed for BJ Penn, a UFC fighter, to feel like a fight gone bad. I got a score of 270, which is fine by me. I would have liked to go above 300, but whatever. That’s like my stretch goal. I’m old, I’m weak, and who really cares? I was so tired in the third round that I almost fell over doing the push-press. Afterwards the gym had … Continue reading

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I was feeling guilty earlier.

My sister wanted a Polaroid camera for her birthday and some of the rare film for it. Urban Outfitters had one left when I got there and it was being held for someone. But the rules were that you couldn’t hold it and you had to buy it in person because they’re limited. I’m not sure what happened, but I ended up with a birthday present for my sister and it cost a metric buttload, too. And unless the Impossible Project gets going, there isn’t going to be any more Polaroid film in the world. I bought an MFP today for a couple of reasons. First is that the abbreviation … Continue reading

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5th Quadrant = pretty good.

If you’re into watching youtube videos that are a little gay, kind of disturbing, and also completely surreal, search for, “Ultimate Muscle Roller Legend.” All I have to say is that my previous link for Ejector with the techno and the two guys in latex skirts was incredibly tame compared to this thing that doesn’t make any sense at all. I got the link from Wired magazine, of all places. Weird, huh? If you just want to laugh at some German techno, look at this instead. While the first video might be kind of disturbing while you’re laughing your ass off, this second one just reminds me of watching late … Continue reading

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I am feeling cranky.

I feeling cranky and maybe I should make a list. Actually the Buddhist in me says, “Let it go,” but that motherf*cker can shut his f*cking pie hole. The motherf*cking birds are flying into the motherf*cking chimney again, making the neighborhood a motherf*cking parking lot every evening until early f*cking October. Work was surprisingly light the last couple of weeks, but I knew that meant all of the customers were out on summer vacation and they’d all come back at once. Guess what f*cking happened earlier this week? Teddy Kennedy passed away. And motherf*cking Republicans can’t take a break from pissing me the f*ck off. They were playing wimp rock … Continue reading

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OK, which rocket surgeon came up with this idea?

First off, I now have a new nickname. To make it official, I have to dislike it and complain, right? At the burger club I mentioned that my sister calls me Sashi (a shorter version of my first name, Hisashi) and so most people who know me through her calls me that. I’ve had other nicknames as well. I took a fly-fishing class once and the guy just kept calling me “Joe.” It didn’t bother me so much, and I knew who he was talking about when he was talking about Joe. Anyway, I was telling this story about my nickname, and somehow they thought I said “Chachi” and I … Continue reading

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This is why I don’t like races.

Here I was, thinking that I was going to have YET ANOTHER HAMBURGER instead of eating a salad for dinner, but an illness ran smack into my plans. Right now I’m just hoping that Mike, who had a heart valve replacement a couple of weeks ago, is doing OK. I’m feeling kind of cranky right now and I figure it’ll be even worse tomorrow when I’m fasting for a cholesterol test. I mean, really, FASTING? They were a bit confused by the whole thing at the doctor’s office, telling me I could have black coffee, but no I figure the real measure of my cholesterol would require me to eat … Continue reading

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Shoe buying day.

I just saw District 9 with Sean and Jeff and I have to say, WOW. I didn’t know what to expect and it had a lot more story than I expected, and I heard a lot of the dialog was ad-libbed. It was pretty darn amazing. I went downtown to get some new gym shoes and I also took my holey sweater back to Nordstroms. There were a bunch of irregular holes in the sweater that didn’t look like bug holes because bug holes are usually round. In fact, they looked like I’d been wrestling with a porcupine or something. Unfortunately for me, it was my $155 “date sweater” that … Continue reading

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Shocking news from the doctor.

First off, let me steal my review of the burger from Laurelhurst Market from my blog posting at Portland Burgers. My sister built this burger up, but I’m not quite sure it’s better than the one at the Slow Bar, or as good as our gold standard at Lovely Hula Hands. Laurelhurst Market is a meat market during the day and that isn’t to say that you’re going to find a bunch of people looking to hook up, unless of course they’re looking to hook up with a brisket. The meat was great, though I still think someone from the anti-salt council has gotten to yet another chef. There’s only … Continue reading

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Too full to think right now.

So this week the burger crew went to Laurelhurst Market, where my sister said she had the best burger she’s ever had. I think it was great, but I’m not sure if it was any better than the Slow Bar or the best Sean and i remember having at Lovely Hula Hands. In any case, the burger was great, the flavor was great, I wish the meat had more flavor, I think someone was afraid of salt (though certainly not whoever cooked the tasty fries), and DON’T MISS THE DESSERT. Sorry, but that’ll have to do for now. I’m about to pass out.

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What took me so long to get to KOi Fusion?

OK, first I have to say that was an excellent burger I just had. It may not be for everyone: the meat was mixed with bulgolgi meat and was fairly sweet, but the cheese and the kimchee paired perfectly with it. Jae was incredibly nice as well. That wasn’t all I ate. We split some “Seoul Sliders” as they call them, “Bulgogi BBQ beef, shredded nappa cabbage, griddled onions, crisp bean sprouts and spicy mayo.” Jae even gave me a free short rib taco and it was all excellent. My buddy Il was talking about this even before he ever went and now he’s a regular that they see coming … Continue reading

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