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What the what? Yet another blog post? It can’t be true.

But it is. I’m stealing/borrowing the idea from a fellow blogger in order to keep things going here. It may kill me, but I’m going to drive traffic here and reach that $100 WordAds payout threshold!

Watching: Our new TV provider carries NHK World and that makes me happy. It means I can watch Tokyo Eye 2020 without the use of an antenna – the old way I watched it – and not get interference from low-flying aircraft buzzing into the local airport. Sure, I could have used the app but watching it on a 42″ TV is better. Aside from the great tips about traveling to Tokyo (一番 on my Bucket List), I also dig its host Chris Peppler. There are two segments in each episode and after each segment, the guest tour guide will be in the studio where Peppler will ask the questions about the places they visited. He’s got a tendency to say things sotto voce as they answer his questions.

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“Hmm. Mmm hmm. Yeah yeah yeah. Hmm. Oh! Right right. I see.”

I love the show but his little interjections crack me up, as do his form-fitting v-neck shirts. Chris Effing Peppler. He should have a posse.

Reading: Nothing. Y’all should know that I’m a proofreader, spending 40 hours a week staring into a monitor reading the fine print of various automotive disclaimers, so reading is the last thing I want to do in my free time. And when I do try to read I’ll usually drift off with the tablet eventually smacking my face as my hands loosen their grip on it, waking me up prompting me to toss it aside and go with the flow. So that’s that.

Wearing: Ha, just wanted to see if you were still reading this.

Playing: Candy Crush Saga. It seems Ann got me hooked on this once again after being stuck on Level 168 or so over a year ago for what seemed like a month. I just couldn’t pass it so I deleted it from my devices and gave up. Recently, I saw Ann playing it and decided to give it a shot and of course I passed Level 168 in two tries, and currently on Level 238 and rising. I play until my lives are exhausted or fall asleep and don’t spend a dime on in-app purchases but I managed to win 6 hours of play last night. I gotta tell ya if you play that game for 6 hours non-stop, you might have some issues. I played for an hour – okay, maybe two – and was done.

Drawing: Nothing at the moment but I should be. A few months ago I rode my bike to the art supply store by the office and bought myself a variety of pencils. I’ve never felt more like a hipster in my life. Since then I’ve sharpened the pencils but not much else. I also recently picked up a set of drawing pens at Michael’s using a 50% off coupon meaning they were pretty cheap. Not the best but they will do. I used Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens in college and they are pretty amazing for detail but also, as are most good art supplies, costly. Being a college art major wasn’t cheap then and I can’t imagine what it’s like now.

Planning: A little getaway during Christmas vacation when the office is closed for close to two weeks. We’re looking at a road trip yet again heading up the coast to Monterey, CA and few other places along the way. We can book hotels through a corporate website that gives us ridiculous discounts on everything from amusement parks to sporting events, so I’ve been looking at places for December. If not then hey, it’s California. There’s a ton of things that we can do instead.

I’m taking Monday using my last Summer Day which expire at the end of September and if we don’t use them, we lose them. Figured I might as well. I’ve also got nearly two weeks vacation accrued so there will be no problem taking some time off next summer.

Boom. This post is done. Have a great week!

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Resurrection


It was about 10 days ago when I decided that I was going to give up blogging for a number of reasons, namely that I believed it to be a lost cause and I didn’t want to “disappear” as I so plainly put it.

That was 10 days ago and I’ve had some time to think about it, and I think I was wrong. There’d be no way my late Uncle Lou would want me to stop writing regardless of the format, topic, anything. And as someone who has always had a knack for writing (not always necessarily good writing), I’d probably be cheating myself by giving it all up.

It doesn’t matter how many readers I have. The traffic means nothing because I’m not getting paid to write nor am I concerned with SEOs and the like. This little space in the once-named blogosphere is mine to vent as I feel the need to do so. It’s therapy. It’s comedy. It’s someplace where I can smear whatever is on my mind even if others may not agree with it. And I’m okay with that.

By the way, this isn’t the first time I’ve chosen to quit blogging. I’m funny that way, I guess.

The fact of the matter is that in my choosing to quit blogging, I was reaching out. It was a kind of cry for help. When I wrote that post I was feeling really down about a number of things, namely my current job situation and a myriad of other stuff that’s been happening on the other side of the monitor that you can’t see. It’s all big and somewhat scary, and it almost swallowed me whole. That was also the case with my lack of Facebook posts: I just didn’t want to engage in any social media activity at the time. I’m now slowly getting back into it but still not very active with my posts.

There is, in fact, a lot happening that I will indeed share when the time is right and not because anyone will be particularly interested in it but because writing is my therapy. Some of it good news, some of it bad news. But hey, that’s how life is, right?

One of the things that’s been going on is, believe it or not, my learning Japanese. I’m using a free app called Kae Tim’s Guide to Learning Japanese and it’s pretty comprehensive. Unlike other free apps that cover simple conversational/travel phrases like “Where is the restroom?” this one goes deep into the language and covers it in full detail. I realize that it will take quite some time to master it as well as understand all the characters and writing systems (katakana, hiragana, and kanji) but you know what? I’m getting it and pretty excited about it. This will no doubt make learning languages like Spanish and French much easier, even if I know just enough of both — and it helps when I watch the occasional NHK shows and anime on Crunchyroll. Learning this language will no doubt come in handy when I do finally make a trip to Japan, a trip that has been on my nonexistent Bucket List for years.

That trip is going to happen. Just watch. It may take a few years or longer but when it does, you can bet I’ll be writing about it.

So with all that said, I’m back – whether you like it or not.