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|Tuesday, February 14th, 2006|
Happy valentines day to everyone, but especially to MY NOODLE!
OK, so everyone who is not my noodle should call and wish her a happy valentines day from me, since I am far far away.
that is all.
OH if you don't call her I will come to your house in the night and leave B.O. or something yucky in your firdge and you will go to get a drink in the morning and be like WTF is there something dead in my fridge?
|Monday, February 13th, 2006|
OK, so where i am working here in Singapore is basically in the middle of a shipyard. Big transport ships come in and unload, mostly cars, then they sit in this huge lot (the cars not the ships, cause that would just be silly putting big ships in your parking lot) then eventually trucks come in, the cars get loaded on the trucks and off they go, (the trucks with cars on, although the ships are probably gone too, at least i don't see them in the parking lot).
So when I was here in 2004 there were 100 or so new looking Neons all lined up in nice little rows.
THEY ARE STILL HERE!
So I looked at them the other day and they are like 2001s and none has more than 40 kilometers on it, NOT 40K. Basically somebody ordered like 100 Neons for some god awful reason then ran out of money or something and they have sat in the parking lot (not with the ships) ever since. I think I will take a pictures so you believe me (cause I know you don't, you just can't visualize 100 brand new Neons in nice little rows all looking ready for the scapper) cause I know you don't.
|Sunday, February 5th, 2006|
it is sunday here in singapore. i have been here 5 days. i moved into my new place today. since i am going to be here so long, with the noodles help, i found a service apartment. its basically a fully furnished apartment rented out like a hotel room, only cheaper. i gotta say it is nice having an actual "place" after living in a hotel for the past year. it has a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom and bedroom and is probably about 400 sq/ft. it is a disaster at the moment since all my stuff is on the floor as i unpack. at some point i will try to post some pictures.
|Wednesday, February 1st, 2006|
Finally I am somewhere warm! I flew to Singapore today. Left Tokyo about 5pm, got here about midnight. Not really alot to report, other than it is warm... thank god.
|Sunday, January 15th, 2006|
|Updates and stuff
I have not posted in a while, so here goes.
To start for everyone I saw while I was home. It was good to see you and I wish I had had way more time.
Some of those reunions were a bit odd, you know who you are. LOL
For those I didn't get a chance to see, or not see enough, blame the cars, the house, the relatives...
I have been back in Japan for about 10 days now. It is frickin cold here, upper 30's during the day, it sucks.
I think I am getting a cold which sucks, but it will let me use my sick time that I couldn't use while I was at home. Bastards!
I am not sure where I am going to be for the next few months. I am supposed to be going to Singapore in the next couple of weeks, and we are still arguing about whether or not I will be coming back in the middle or not. I really don't feel like moving 3 times in the next 3 months. The good news is that it is warm and humid in Singapore so it will feel more like home.
I won't get into the other stupid crap that is going on at work, just believe me when I say that I think they look for ways to make things annoying and difficult.
This past weekend was pretty fun. Friday a bunch of us from work went up to Yokohama to have drinks and food at an English tavern. Afterwards about half of us hopped on a late train to Motomachi and spent the rest of the night clubbing. Then caught the early train back here. The clubs were not places I would normally go, but they were interesting. Some of the things "normal" people wear here are rather ammusing.
The noodle and I are thinking about getting a new car. That will be odd, I have never owned a new car. I tend to prefer old cars, but with me not being there a car that doesn't need TLC seems to be a good idea.
Hopefully my schedule will get organized soon so we can plan the noodles next trip over.
I started getting ready to do my taxes the other day and was working out when I was in and out of the U.S.
You may be interested. Each of the dates listed as "entered" or "left" correspond to stamps in my passport.
That's all for now. See ya.
January 1 – March 19 Home
March 19 left US
March 20 enter Japan
April 8 left Japan
April 8 entered US
April 8 – May 15
May 15 left US
May 15 entered Italy
June 5 left Italy
June 9 entered US
June 9 – 12 home
June 13 -
June 9 – July 4
July 4 left US
July 4 entered Japan
July 4 left Japan
July 4 entered Korea
July 18 left Korea
July 18 entered Japan
July 18 – July 31
August 1 – August 14
August 15 ? September 4
September 4 left Japan
September 4 entered Singapore
September 25 left Singapore
September 26 entered Korea
September 26 left Korea
November 6 ? Italy
November 6 entered US
November 16 ? Italy
November 22 entered Singapore
November 25 left Singapore
November 25 entered Diego
December 21 left Diego
December 22 entered Singapore
December 23 left Singapore
December 24 entered US
January 1 – February 13
February 13 left US
February 13 entered Japan
December 14 left Japan
December 14 entered US
December 14 – December 31
January 1 – January 4
January 5 entered Japan
|Sunday, August 14th, 2005|
|concerts and NIN in japan
The noodle and I went to summer sonic in tokyo yesterday. http://www.summersonic.com
It was a 2 day event in 2 locations, we only went to 1 day because we really wanted to see NIN.
We got there around 2:30pm, got our wristbands and figured out where stuff was. there were 3 or 4 stages in a convention center, a "dance tent" across the street and another stage in the baseball stadium next door. we hung out in the dance tent for a while, then headed into the stadium. saw part of the slipknot show from the bleachers, then headed down to the field. while we were down there slipknot got everyone on the field to kneel/squat down then everyone jumped up at the same point of the song they were playing. that was pretty cool. pushed our way though bouncing japanese up towards the stage. by the time they started setup for NIN we were 2 people from the railing. made it though 3 or 4 songs there, but the noodle got nocked over and almost squished so we bailed. found a nice spot off to the side and watched the rest from there. oh yeah, i got kicked in the head by a crowd surfer, and used as a ladder by another one. I guess being one of the tallest people in the crowd does have its drawbacks.
as soon as the lights went down after the last song there was a fireworks show which was pretty cool. after that we headed back though the crowd to where we were standing cause the noodle had lost something. we spent about 15 minutes looking for it and found about 333 shoes, 2 rings, a necklace, 1000 yen ($10), a big earing, an mtv pin, a drink bottle lanyard, a wallet chain and 222 towels. never did find the noodles item, but oh well.
NIN started with pinion (of course) and played, not in order, closer, sin, starfuckers, wish, happiness in slavery, down in it, you know what you are, the hand that feeds and a few more that i can't seem to remember. during starfuckers at the bit where trent keeps saying "don't you" the crowd started chanting "don't you" and the huge tv's were showing close ups of his face. the crowd chanted for so long that he stared smiling and finally said "ok, enough", it was pretty funny. we caught the last possible train and made it back home a little after 1am.
he does such great shows. slipknot was pretty good but NIN kicked their ass.
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2005|
|Saturday, July 23rd, 2005|
Had an interesting afternoon today, the biggest earthquake in Japan since I have been here hit today. http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/07/23/japan.quake.reut/index.html
It was pretty weird. The initial quake lasted for probably 10 seconds. During that time my room shook and things fell off other things. Over the next hour or so there were 3 or 4 aftershocks that i could feel. The city made safety warnings over the huge PA system... interesting day.
Fortunately my bottle of tequilla didn't quite fall. It was about halfway off the shelf before I moved it. That would have been tragic.
|Wednesday, July 13th, 2005|
Been a while since I posted so I figured I would say hi to any of my friends who happen to read this.
As you obviously know (since you have not seen me lately)I am still in Japan.
I have been here since mid February. At this point I expect to be here until November or so, then I will be coming home for Christmas and new years. It looks like the job I am on will last several years (not that I will last that long) but I will probably be coming back here after the new year for at least some time. After that I really need to find a job at home. I really need to spend time at home.
I like most of my co-workers, but some of the people that we have to work with and rely on for things are more than useless. We have to jump through so many hoops to get anything done that it almost doesn't seem worth it. There are like 3 different groups that are fighting over control of the network that we are working on and that just adds to the headaches we have. At this point there are meetings going on in the building constantly so we loose all kinds of work time sitting around doing nothing... useful.
Weather wise it is quite like home here now, really warm and humid, rains alot. No typhoons yet, but I expect them.
Some of us have started playing tennis or golf sometimes which is nice cause it gets us out of our love hotel and into the sun. For those of you who don't know, a love hotel is hotel here that you can rent by the hour. They are popular here since alot of "traditional" families share one big bedroom and the kids, or even parents need some private time now and then. Anyway.... it can make for interesting noises.
I have lost the will to type, so I will try to write more later.
|Thursday, June 9th, 2005|
|Saturday, May 21st, 2005|
Happy Birthday FUCKCHOP!
I know it is soon and since I am in the future I am saying it now.
Have fun in Atlanta, enjoy the show.
|Wednesday, March 16th, 2005|
this post is brought to you by my new computer. I just built a new pc. it is a shuttle sn95g5 motherboard/case combo, with an athlon 64 3500 plus, 2 gigs of ram and a 120 gig seagate sata HD with NCQ.
right now it is running XP pro 64 bit edition, RC2.
in other news, the weather here can NOT make up its mind. yesterday was cold and rainy, today it was beautiful. the cherry blossoms are out, so it is getting pretty here. but, it will certainly be nicer when it is warm everyday instead of up and down.
up until this week, work has been pretty easy, but as of yesterday the screws got tightened and we are most likely going to be working long hours. but it has been fun so far.
hello to everyone i have not talked to in a while.
i miss my noodle
that is all
|Thursday, March 10th, 2005|
Well I have been here in Japan for about a month now and I just got a new toy.
Here is a picture of it playing the MM video for Tainted Love.
And here is another one.
It has been fun so far.
|Monday, February 21st, 2005|
|ludacris and big arms
so i saw the ludacris video for "get back" for the first time tonight.
it was hilarious!
he has these huge fake arms and he smites things with them.
i love smiting
there are some people right now i wish i could smite... but my arms are only regular size. oh well.
|Friday, February 18th, 2005|
Have not posted in a while, probably cause I have been home and enjoying life.
I am back at work now, in Japan. It is cold, it has been in the between 36 and say 56 degrees since I gor here. Rained off and on for 2 days. It confuses me that it can be raining and still be dry... go figure.
There was an earthquake around 5am wednesday night. It was in Tokyo and was about a 5. Where I am it felt alot smaller, but it was enough to shake the bed like a cheap coin operated vibrating bed and wake me up. Of course as soon as I noticed nothing was falling on me I went right back to sleep.
So far I have gotten to eat at the tasty gyro place and the conveyor belt sushi place. I am hoping to hit the vending machine place and the pepper lunch place this weekend.
I have a few weeks of training here before we get into any serious work, but then things should get interesting.
Miss everyone back home. IM me.
|Saturday, February 5th, 2005|
remember when adam thought i said waffles?
|Wednesday, January 5th, 2005|
OK, the whole tsunami thing is horrible, and I only missed it by a few days, since I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean until 12/22 on an island that's highest point is 22 feet above sea level; and was in Singapore (southern tip of Malaysia) until 12/24. So I appreciate the seriousness of the situation.
That being said, how is this for a news excerpt?
"The main airport on Indonesia’s Sumatra island reopened after it was closed for hours when a relief plane hit a herd of cows, hampering efforts to get aid to victims of the disaster."
Yes i am horrible, but I am sick, so maybe that expains it, oh, I have a cold too... Current Mood: sick
|Wednesday, November 24th, 2004|
have not posted in a while, so i figured i would let everyone know what fun i am having.
at 6:30am i got on a plane and flew to atlanta (1 hour)
wandered around atlanta airport for 2 hours
got on a plane and flew to narita airport in tokyo (14.5 hours)
wandered around narita for 2 hours
got on a plane and flew to singapore (7 hours)
got picked up and dropped off at a hotel around midnight
got to sleep around 3am
around 7:30 the kid in the next room started throwing tantrums... i am pretty patient, but at one point i yelled "shut the fuck up" then i went back to sleep
around 10:30 my travel agent called and told me the plane i was supposed to be flying on was broken so the flight was cancelled and rebooked for the next day
did a bunch of nothing for the rest of the day and passed out around 7:30pm
around 10:30 pm the noodle called and i mumbled for a few minutes then passed out again
woke up around 8am and waited for the noodle to call.
had a completely forgettable breakfast at the hotel
got a haircut
packed my stuff and checked out of the hotel
around 2pm got picked up and brought to the military airport i will be flying out of
around 4pm was told that the weather in Diego Garcia (where i am going)was too bad and the flight was cancelled.
around 5pm was brought back to the hotel and checked in again...
Thursday (has not happened yet)
i will get picked up around 7:30 am and brought back to the airport
i will get on a plane and fly to Diego Garcia (south of india) (5 hours) on a military transport
so there you have it... the joys of travel
|Wednesday, September 8th, 2004|
while we were in nagasaki, we stayed in a holliday inn.
here is a bit of my bank statement, can you spot the really funny thing in it?
9/7/2004 ATM Withdrawal UOB A7530101 SINGAPORE SG -$59.46
9/7/2004 Point of Sale Transaction HORIDEI.INNAGASAKI NAGASAKI JP -$1,483.37
9/7/2004 Point of Sale Transaction NAVY EXCHANGE 260150 FPOAP -$16.00
|Thursday, September 2nd, 2004|
Well… have not posted in a while… so here is a summary of the last seven months or so….
A) 5 weeks in Yokosuka, Japan
B) 4 weeks at home
C) 5 weeks in Naples, Italy
D) 3 days at home
E) 3 weeks in Guam
F) 2 weeks in Chinhea, Korea
G) 3 weeks in Atsugi, Japan
H) 2 weeks in Okinawa
I) 2 weeks in Sasebo, Japan
J) I leave Saturday for 2 weeks in Singapore
A) my first trip to Japan, Yokosuka is around 2 hours from Tokyo by train. Got to eat lots of new and unusual food and stay in a room the size of a large walk in closet
B) worked hard trying to get organized for my upcoming trips, failed miserably.
C) Drove like a madman, cause that is how they drive in Naples. Redlined my rental VW on numerous occasions, usually leaving toll booths. Ate way too much really good food. Got trapped in town twice by garbage strikes.
D) Worked like mad to get ready for next trip… failed miserably
E) Started the summer of typhoons… got kicked of the base due to the typhoon screaming by the island… which still hasn’t recovered from the earthquake and typhoon pounding of a few years ago.
F) Started this trip by getting diverted from Busan (south east Korea) to Seoul (north west Korea) due to the typhoon tap dancing on Busan. Busan is about 5 hours from Seoul by train and bus, and that is a long time when you have no idea where you are and you have a crap load of stuff to carry. Got to drive surrounded by people who have not been driving all that long…. Didn’t kill anyone. Got kicked off the base due to a typhoon in the area.
G) Stayed on the base so I didn’t see much of Japan on this one, but I did play a lot of golf, on a really nice course, so it was good, surprisingly did NOT get kicked off base due to a typhoon.
H) Just missed a typhoon on the way into Okinawa. Okinawa is pretty nice, worked on an air force base, and man they have some nice bases. Got kicked off the base due to a typhoon in the area. Went for a massage, it was good, ended up with an unexpected happy ending.
I) Working in Sasebo, staying in Nagasaki, we were told it was a 1.5 to 2 hour drive each way, my best time so far is 62 minutes. Of course when the speed limit is 80kph I am going 160kph, so that probably explains it, did I mention that I do this drive on the wrong side of the road? Went to the h-bomb museum, that was really, really, really depressing. GOT KICKED OFF THE BASE BECAUSE OF A TYPHOON IN THE AREA!
J) Heading for Singapore and the 4 floors of whores I keep hearing about. Should be fun, I am sure the noodle and I will have a good time. I am hoping that our flight out on saturday won't be postponed due to the TYPHOON that is on its way.
In case you missed it, there are A LOT of fucking typhoons here.
and if you read all of that you deserve some sort of prize. so reply and i will see about bring you seomthing for your effort.