20 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

What do Japanese Girls, Subway Gropers and Ramen have in Common?

Apparently they have LIY in common! At least according to a three-month check of the top ten search terms that bring googlers to my haunts, aside from the blog name itself: Loco in Yokohama (which is number 1).   Not sure how to analyze that though. I do have a number of stories on all the top three though… These two [...]

19 September 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Didn’t King Kong Kick Godzilla’s Ass?

Didn’t King Kong Kick Godzilla’s Ass?

Typically, when I put together a lesson for my students, I begin it with a listening exercise, followed by a matching exercise and then finish it up with an opportunity for them to practice the English I’ve just taught them. Of course, the emphasis is primarily on Grammar, but there’s a bit of propaganda incorporated into [...]

17 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Why Japan is so DOPE!!

Why Japan is so DOPE!!

My latest column for the Japan Times is up on their website and the paper version will be available tomorrow morning at a newsstand near you (if you’re in Japan, that is). Here’s a little taste of what’s in store for you: I was curious about what challenges he faced along the way, though, and what kind [...]

12 September 2014 ~ 5 Comments

Fabricating a Fiction that Suits Your Needs

Fabricating a Fiction that Suits Your Needs

This was excerpted from a conversation I was having on Facebook, and thought it was interesting. It evolved from the following post: Just now, in English… Coworker: I’m sorry but you have to start teaching the handicapped kids again… Me: (cringe) Coworker: I’m sorry. I know it’s difficult but the handicapped kids need to study [...]

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 ~ 9 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 [...]