Archive for November, 2007

The 3 Year Japanese TV Crash

November 25th, 2007

Something happening once is an occurence. Twice is a coincidence. Thrice is a trend. I used to love Japanese TV.  I’m not talking about the days when I didn’t understand anything, and it was just random shouting people doing crazy things.  I’m talking about when I actually understood the jokes and that the laughter wasn’t […]

Saying Goodbye Is Harder The Second Time

November 24th, 2007

Some friends from high school came to visit recently.  It was the first time I’d seen them in over a decade. When I first came to Japan, I had no idea how long it would be.  For all I knew, I’d stay a year or two, and then move back to the US, living somewhere […]

My Kid Will Be The Punkest Kid On The Block

November 20th, 2007

My wife initialled all of Alex’s cars so they wouldn’t get mixed up when playing with other kids…

How Many Readers Will Get This Joke?

November 19th, 2007

Q: Why did the lion get lost? A: Jungle is massive.

Japanese Abbreviations FTW

November 10th, 2007

(For you older folks, “FTW” stands for “for the win”, or, in other words “are awesome”) English internet dialect has tons of abbreviations. IANAL, LOL, IMHO, RTFM. But they all pale before the greatest abbreviation on the net: (ry It took me a long, long time to figure out what (ry meant, because it’s used […]

Tokyo Climate versus Houston Climate

November 8th, 2007

Actually, this post is about Japanese climate, not just Tokyo, but I like parallelism in my post titles. Japan is a hot, humid country pretty much overall.  And Houston is a hot, muggy climate.  They probably post equal temperatures (in fact, Houston probably has higher temperatures), but, man, is Japan hotter. It all comes down […]

The Age of Female Gender Loss

November 8th, 2007

One of the things I’ve grown completely used to, but found odd when I first came to Japan, is that there is some nebulous age at which, apparently, Japanese women just turn into Japanese people.  Somewhere around 50. It’s not at all unusual for female janitors to clean men’s restrooms while they are in use, […]