29 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don’t Look at me…I just work here!

Don’t Look at me…I just work here!

One of the bad boys in my school just walked into the teacher’s office (crossing the threshold is a no-no) wearing a baseball cap (a no-no) backwards (a no-no on steroids) with his gym shorts hanging off his butt (another no-no) revealing his boxers (beyond no-no) with a golden chain around his neck with the [...]

28 August 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Wonder Why a Nigga Don’t Go Completely Mad!

Wonder Why a Nigga Don’t Go Completely Mad!

One day I came pretty close to being on that long ass list of unarmed black men dead at the hands of America’s finest. ***** I was a college student at the time, working part time at a major department store in midtown Manhattan. My co-worker, a Colombian cat named Nelson, and I had plans to hangout after work [...]

20 August 2014 ~ 1 Comment

The Price of a Little Peace of Mind

The Price of a Little Peace of Mind

Check out my latest column for The Japan Times! Here’s an excerpt: Sometimes it’s hard to believe the American that emerged, naked and naive, from Narita International Airport back in 2004 and the person writing this column are one and the same. Life in Japan has made me, unmade me and remade me. I’ve unpacked and [...]

25 July 2014 ~ 9 Comments

To Kill or Not to Kill: The Cicada Dilemma

To Kill or Not to Kill: The Cicada Dilemma
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10:30 last night I was jonesing for a cup of my latest addiction: 7/11 ice coffee. I asked Miki would she like a cup as well. She declined. The stuff is not only delicious but potent as hell, and while I’m currently on summer vacation, she is not. A cup this late would certainly keep her [...]

24 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Spent a Summer Afternoon with a Supermodel!

Spent a Summer Afternoon with a Supermodel!

In honor of my good friend, let’s call her Caroline Josephine, who after too many years in these parts has returned with her hubby to the US, I thought I’d re-post this classic post we did together a few years back!      At Ebisu Station                   [...]

24 July 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Segregated Powwows

Segregated Powwows

  The following is a bonus excerpt from the bestselling book: “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” (Available in Trade Paperback and E-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at a book retailer near you!) ***** There was no legacy of higher education in my family whatsoever. I was the first [...]

22 July 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Digging Iida’s Downright Divine Digs

Digging Iida’s Downright Divine Digs

On vacation from the day job til the end of August, and since I’ve just moved to an area of Yokohama I don’t know especially well, namely Tsunashima-nishi, I’ve been doing a bit of exploring. There isn’t much to see that can’t be seen in any town along the Toyoko corridor from Tokyo to Yokohama…but there [...]

21 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Stuff Japanese University Students Say About Racism

Stuff Japanese University Students Say About Racism

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was invited to guest lecture at Waseda University in Tokyo earlier this month. The students came to the class prepared to ask questions based on having read excerpts from my first book, “Hi! My Name is Loco and I am a Racist” Additionally they were given the [...]

21 July 2014 ~ 1 Comment

I Think We Need To Talk!

I Think We Need To Talk!

This was the start of the series that eventually became my second book: Loco in Yokohama Enjoy! ***** What can I say? It aint all Manzai and Kawaii kids… Yesterday a woman from the Board of Education came to observe me teach. She’s a nice woman, been at her job for a long time. Not Japanese, I [...]

16 July 2014 ~ 4 Comments

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

How To Unpack That S_ _tload of “Koto”

Well, my second installment is up on the Japan Times website now and will be in the paper tomorrow morning. (please pick up a copy at your local kiosk / newsstand, if you’re in this part of Asia!) It’s called: Unpacking Koto: Retain, Discard and Repeat as Necessary It’s all about that excess baggage we [...]