Saturday, June 25, 2005


Got a big news!
Glee, my dear friend in Portland in Oregon, is getting married in the middle of August. Congratulations!!
She used to be teaching English at my daughter's high school in Japan, and then became my private tutor. I really enjoyed her once-a-week lessons, which were more like nice conversations over various topics rather than being called lessons.
Just a week before she went back to the States in March, 2001, we took a trip to Hiroshima where she had longed for a visit. I still have a vivid memory of the trip. I haven't seen her since then...
Well I really wanna be attending her wedding ceremony and reception. I hope I will be able to make it one way or another.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A New Bowl

My mom-in-low gave me this bowl.
Actually she gave me a pair of bowls. I guess she knows my taste very well. I like the color and the shape of the porcelain. It goes very well with a clam cocktail.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

One after Another

What happened to our major appliances? Unexpected breakdowns one after another. A big sigh...
First it was the fridge, then TV, and finally air conditioner.
When we moved to this condo 13 years ago, we replaced the old appliances with brand new ones. The lifetime of appliances are not much different. I think it is about 10 years or so. If you get a hit, you are lucky enough to use it much longer than that period, but if you get a miss, it would be out of order very shortly. In that sense we have to admit we are lucky.
Anyway we decided to purchase a new fridge, but in regard to TV (the screen showed nothing with mute sound) and air conditioner (breakdown of the fun motor to cool down the compressor), we chose to have them repaired.
The repairman was a nice person with a lot of technical knowledge. So far we spent about 140,000 yen, equivalent to about $1300, including the new fridge. All of them now works very well. The repairman said that there were no explanations theoretically for the chain reaction breakdowns. Whatever the reason, I just hope there won't be another breakdown in a short time.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Good Job!

I'm not sure if it is a true story because I didn't witness the event, but I really like this kind of story. Let me give the captain a big hand.

The following scene took place on a BA flight between Johannesburg and London.
A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the Air Hostess. "Madam, what is the matter," the hostess asked. "You obviously do not see it then?" she responded. "You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat."
"Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available."
The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the business class. All the same, we still have one place in the first class." Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued, "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting." She turned to the black guy and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class."
At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.

What do you say?