23 February 2009 ~ Comments Off on Real Gods Require Blood

Real Gods Require Blood

I have thus far posted half of my novel “Real Gods Require Blood.” I would like to thank all of you who have taken time to read it and leave comments and /or participate in the poll. I really appreciate it. However, the remaining 7 chapters (starting with Chapter 8), if you are interested, will be  […]

19 February 2009 ~ 5 Comments

What was the NY Post thinking?

What was the NY Post thinking?

Maybe this cartoon simply means that Obama’s stimulus package was written by imbeciles or buffoons that need to be put out of their misery. And there was an incident earlier this week where NY’s finest shot a pet chimpanzee. But…geez Loco

19 February 2009 ~ 7 Comments

Unrequited Love

Sometimes when I read some of the responses to some of my blog entries (god, don’t you just love the word “some”) I get the distinct impression that my readers (some) think that I am suffering from an unrequited love affair with Japan. Then I read this entry from Naive’s guide to Everything in the world (one […]


17 February 2009 ~ 10 Comments

Conversation 2/17/09: This is not America!

At a Ramen Restaurant… Student: This is a famous ramen restaurant… Me : Oh really! You know I walk by here every day and never noticed it. Student: It’s owned by a North Korean! Me: A Korean? A North Korean? You mean South… Student: I mean North. North Korea. Me: Wow! Did he Defect? Student: […]

16 February 2009 ~ 16 Comments

It’s all about the Mentsu メンツ baby

In America, it might be all about the Benjamins, but in Japan it’s all about the Mentsu メンツ. Mentsu, or Face for those of you not familiar with the concept, is very similar to what’s known as prestige or honor, or its downside, loss of face, which is akin to embarrassment or humiliation. In some Asian countries, it’s essential […]

10 February 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video

I still love this song [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2072375&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about "Yes We Can – Barack Obama Music Video", posted with vodpod

07 February 2009 ~ 12 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 2


…So, with Nanpa eliminated as a motivating force for study I moved  on to the motivation that has given me the lowest level of gratification. Nevertheless, the hope of doing it effectively someday still springs eternal: Retaliation! In English, I have a whole arsenal of expletives at my disposal for use in those situations where […]

04 February 2009 ~ 16 Comments

Closing in on 25000 served (-:

Well, I’m not sure if 25,000 is saying much on a WWW with millions upon millions of users, but I sure feel something, so I just wanted to mark the occasion with a little shout out to all my readers and commenters who have taken time out of their busy lives (assuming you have a busy […]

03 February 2009 ~ 4 Comments

Hiro, her Hero


Y’all know me by now. Every now and then I gotta release. And since I’m non-violent  I use my keyboard like a punching bag. Poor keys! Anyway, last night, I had to exercise such restraint, when I boarded the train at Kikuna Station and a guy was standing near the door with a girl, perhaps his […]

02 February 2009 ~ 8 Comments

One other thing I just LOVE about Japan: Speaking Nihongo part 1

After I had been studying Japanese (Nihongo) for over a year and still couldn’t hear it if my life depended on it, as you might imagine, I started to get a bit discouraged. I worried that maybe my brain had gotten too old to take on the challenges of learning a new language. They say a child’s brain is like […]