28 January 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Baye McNeil, Author

Baye McNeil, Author

Launched my new author facebook page yesterday. Please take a moment and go and like it, will ya? Here’s a link: BAYE MCNEIL, AUTHOR There you’ll find everything relevant to the first two books and also all information on upcoming projects, public appearances (including readings and panel discussions), and anything else pertinent and newsworthy. I’ll [...]

26 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

What’s Keeping YOU in Japan?: Interviewed by Japan Times

What’s Keeping YOU in Japan?: Interviewed by Japan Times

Check Out Today’s (Sunday’s) Japan Times! Go to the community section. Under “Voices \ 20 Questions”. And you’ll likely see my mug shot there (-: For those of you that don’t do paper, a link to the ONLINE VERSION is HERE. During this interview I boldly answer the questions everyone always wanted to know about life in [...]

23 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don’t Get Caught With Your Drawers Down, Step Right Up!

Don’t Get Caught With Your Drawers Down, Step Right Up!

Remember those old “Crazy Eddie” commercials? (I know I’m dating myself…) Used to love them. Bought my first boom box from Eddie on the strength of those ads…it was piece of shit, but it was mine. Then, one day, on that very same busted-ass boom box, while surfing the dial (I wouldn’t trust it with [...]

22 January 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Keep Your Mind on the Money!

Keep Your Mind on the Money!

Conversation: Keep Your Mind On The Money! This conversation took place at a cafe in Yokohama with a potential student. This was a trial lesson. The student was attractive, tanned, long black hair with dyed tan streaks, heavily made-up and sparkly with glitter. She was wearing leopard skin patterned tights, a low-cut blouse with a [...]

21 January 2014 ~ 2 Comments

On Meeting the Unsinkable Mrs. Betty

On Meeting the Unsinkable Mrs. Betty

“The new substitute teacher has arrived.” “Cool!” I said, and returned to my lunch. But Akiyama didn’t budge. “Yes, what can I do for you, dearest?” “She’s waiting in the conference room.” “Uh-huh.” “She doesn’t get around well.” “Can it wait a few minutes?” I asked, nodding at my food. “Well. . .” she sang, [...]

20 January 2014 ~ 4 Comments

Conversations 2014 #2: What Do Japanese and Blacks have in Common?

Conversations 2014 #2: What Do Japanese and Blacks have in Common?

Conversation with my private student yesterday at a café in Yokohama.  Student: I read that post you wrote about what your other student said. Me: You mean the one about African-Americans with European family names? (Click Here) Student: Yeah, and how family names are so important in Japan. Me: Why? Do you have a different [...]

18 January 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Conversations 2014 #1: The McNeil Brand

Conversations 2014 #1: The McNeil Brand

Conversation with my private student an hour ago. We were discussing his difficulties finding a Japanese wife: Me: Well, I’m sure there’s gotta be one out there. You’re a handsome guy making a great living…you’ll find her, if you’re looking. Student: yeah, I need to find her soon so i can have a son to [...]

10 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

On Imamu Amiri Baraka: “You’ve Got To Be A Spirit!”

On Imamu Amiri Baraka: “You’ve Got To Be A Spirit!”

When I was child, my teachers set up a projector in the classroom and showed us the film linked below, called “Dutchman”. It was a film so over my head at the time of my first viewing that I had to simplify it into “an evil white woman seducing an innocent black man on a [...]

10 January 2014 ~ 8 Comments

What are the Worst Kids in Japan Called?

What are the Worst Kids in Japan Called?

Upon overhearing two teachers referring to one of my students as a ヤンキー(pronounced Yankee) several times just now, the following convo took place between myself and a third teacher. Me: What does ヤンキーmean? Co-Worker- It means bad guy…or scary guy. Me: Is it Japanese? CW: Yes. Me: What’s the Kanji (Japanese characters)? CW: Umm…actually it’s [...]

09 January 2014 ~ 8 Comments

Loco in Love

Loco in Love

Happy New Years!! I want to wish all my readers and supporters, your families and loved ones, a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014! 2014 is looking very bright here in Yokohama! I’ve been on a blog break for a minute now. My life is going through so many changes. Most importantly, and it should come [...]