Monthly Archives: December 2008

All Japan Backstage Pass

I'm spending 18 days in Japan. There are three themes of this trip: Popular culture (anime and manga), family (Hitomi's mother) and friends, and cycling. Look forward to the blog later on. Read and post comments | Send to a … Continue reading

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Icebike in Seattle

Quick movie plug before I review my ride: Check out The Ice Storm if you haven't seen it. "Best movie of 1997". Lots of sleet and difficult weather scenes. Big name cast. The Ice Storm (1997) It's been snowy these … Continue reading

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These Snowy Days

December 20, 2008 in Seattle Originally uploaded by ochawan Here I am on Denny, returning from a double feature at SIFF Cinema of the Godfather and Godfather II. Oddly enough, with all the outdoor gear I have I no longer … Continue reading

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Calgary Party; Cycle U Teaching; The Reader; Game Night

I brought a number of movies to Calgary to watch, and I barely managed to watch one on Monday (at 11PM), given all the partying I did: Outsourced. A call center manager from Seattle (nice shots of Seattle!) is sent … Continue reading

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-30℃: Welcome to Calgary, Canada

Left frosty Seattle today and ended up in a deep freeze. I don't think I've been in colder weather before. Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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Indoor Bicycle Trainer Bicycle Accident

Since getting into riding, I've ridden 6000+ miles in the past two years, with no accidents… The bracket holding my rear skewer to the trainer breaks – cast metal – and I fall over and hit my head on a … Continue reading

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BeTaMaXmas

Relive the 1988 fall television season at Christmas time. Click the TV Guide in the upper right corner to choose a channel. Adjust the TV antenna to clear the static. It's amazing how well I recall all these commercials and … Continue reading

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Stuff White People Like

Not sure how I missed this site. Full list. On my list: Outdoor performance clothingSan FranciscoStudy AbroadJapanBeing the only white person aroundSushiApple Products (mostly because I hate Microsoft)Being an expert on YOUR cultureTeaAsian Girls (7,000+ angry comments)Barack ObamaFilm Festivals Some … Continue reading

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Wattage up!

I had a fitness test at Cycle U today. Over 5 minutes and 15 minutes, your average output wattage is measured and provides the zone ranges (goals) used for training. Ideally, it increases over time. I'm not exactly sure where … Continue reading

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Sakura-con Guest Relations Party

A good opportunity to clean house. Hitomi makes more food than necessary. A week's worth of oden, quiche, and azuki-mochi. Even a Japanese who watches 20-30 hours of anime a week don't know who is Nana Mizuki. Japanese make an … Continue reading

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