May 4, 2000
I'm feeling: Great!
Right now I'm listening
Dress Me Up
Me with a very smug and
satisfied look on my face after consuming hamburgers of
Quote of the Day:
"Self confidence is the first requisite
to great undertakings."
-- Samuel Johnson
is "Golden Week", a string of national holidays
so I'm off from work. I was thinking of going to a nearby
island to see one of the greatest castles in all of Japan.
I also thought of going to see a friend of mine in Gunma.
I also thought about going to Kyushu, where I have a couple
other friends, BUT... it just so happens that during this
week everyone and their mom, and her pop, his cousin and his
damn little doggie are out on the highway, in the trains and
on the planes, making travel at this time uncomfortable to
say the least. Getting somewhere to stay once you've got to
where your going is also a problem. So, I'm sitting here,
pecking out my random thoughts out to you good folks in Journal-land.
ok. Pretty good. Today I worked on my bio section. It's going
to be getting a major overhaul within a couple days. Simplification.
Simplification is good.
also had a barbecue with my Canadian
friends and my
neighbors from Hicksville, USA. The
Canadians have this miniature Japanese gas barbecue which
totally rocks. It would probably get guffaws of hilarity if
you were to pull that thing out on the Fourth of July at a
park back home, but, hey, I'm here on this God-forsaken little
island and one of these little babies is the shit, you know
what I'm saying?
so you hook one of these little gas canisters to the side
of the bbq grill, light it up, and viola! Tasty burgers,
kebabs, or whatever else you feel like cookin. Burgers taste
10X better grilled on this bad boy than fried in a pan. Ahhh.
BBQs are different out here, big time. The table you see in
the picture is actually built to be two heights, kotatsu
level, or normal-human sized level. Not only that, but the
hot dog and hamburger buns they sell in the stores aren't
sliced!! Who ever heard of slicing your own buns??
it was great. Good food, friends, fun. Who could ask for anything
more on a gorgeous spring day?
have to say it's wierd being out of school again so soon.
Then I got to remind myself that I have to go back on Monday.
It feels like a vacation, but not really. It's only three
days. BUT, I've had my two days of regeneration so now it's
off to the races. I should make a schedule of things I want/need
to do or I won't do anything but play Starcraft
all weekend long. I gotta write some of my students back,
my friends (before I lose any more for being a total bastard
and not writing them back!), and I simply must clean up this
sty of an apartment. I still have to learn this abyssmal language
and I've got to write two more proposals up for Dragon Magazine.
Hey! This is vacation!! I'm supossed to relax fer God's sake.
I know a hell of a lot more about J-Pop than I did about any
popular music back in the States. I have no idea why. I suppose
it's turned into a sort of hobbby... any little fact about
a singer or group that one of my kids tells me or one I read
on a website or wherever is automatically tucked away in my
wee brain. I suppose it took over the area of the brain which
was occupied by physics and math; all of it has gone... realized
that today when I couldn't remember the value for 'Pi' out
to three decimal places. AHH!! I am so losing my memory.
so today's J-Pop selection is from a sleek and sexy vixen
called 'Olivia'. Which can't possibly be her real name because
it's not a Japanese name. But her English is flawless. She
probably speaks better English than I do. She has an English
version of 'Dress Me Up' which I actually like better
than the Japanese version, but I thought you guys would appreciate
the Japanese version more.
gotten a couple requests for me to add the J-Pop to the MIDI
jukebox, but that would require me to update the jukebox at
least weekly and I'm not sure I want to tackle reformatting
the jukebox right now. But it's a definite possiblity
for the future. Stay tuned.
was also pointed out to me that all my selections so far have
been female artists. And well, I have no witty comeback
for that. It's true. I'm guilty. Look for some good male talent
in the near future.
off to sleep. G'night, true believers. May the Force be with