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Some Days #9


Some days it feels like my life cycle has a flat tire.


note: I consider leaning up against stuff “kickstanding“.

double note: the other Some Days are still here  and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.


Today #295

Today I needed to concentrate like frozen orange juice.

Flat Tire Tip #1


Always have a Jack Handey!

… in case you want to fix a flat tire … or wait around for someone else to fix it.


note: I’ve had this book since 1993 … and I still laugh when I pick it up.
It was one of the only books I brought to Japan along with  a few John Irving novels.
Hey! I needed to fill up the backpack somehow! … socks and underwear are boring.


Today #252

Today I felt so good I had to scream! … and the drive-thru speaker at McDonald’s wasn’t working properly.



Recently the days are passing me by like I’m driving in the slow lane.

It’s not so bad.

I think there is someone with a flat tire up ahead.

I may pull over to help.

I’ve got time.


note: I see March approaching like a madman in the rearview mirror!!!

double note: life is like Italian race car driving: no reverse or brakes.

triple note: I guess that last note could be called “racist” … it mentioned racing.


Today #132

Today I realized that I have Arizona, Alaska, and Kansas t-shirts.
If I was going to collect all the states’ t-shirts, I bet Hawaii is the real bitch to get!

Properly Attired


I had to buy 2 new snow tires last weekend.

They don’t even gift wrap them at the gas station anymore.


note: I didn’t play with the guitar keychain in the photo … very much.

double note: why do vehicles always seem to run so much better when you get something new put on them?
I swear my van goes faster when I change the air freshener.


notes to myself #89

When you get a flat tire have it fixed right away: 8 months of sitting outside flat kind of ruins it forever for some reason.

When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 1)

It was a hard 7 day week of travel: most of the places I visited were 5 or 6 traffic jams away from each other.
Sure Japan looks small on a map, but when you are here it’s a lot bigger.

Like any good trip in my van, it started with a trip to the hardware store for cheap oil to replace the other cheap oil I burn off while driving at highspeeds of up to 75 mph/120 km per hour … sometimes in only 50 or so minutes.

Two hours in to the voyage the van suffered a flat tire … conveniently in a “Road Side Service Area” with a gas station that had a hydraulic jack I could borrow: my jack wasn’t worth … jack.

nails leave me flat

midnote: this bike is not my van, but I feel it’s pain.

stretchy limo drivers wear stretchy pants

midnote note: this car isn’t my van either.


After that it was smooth sailing on 3 winter and 1 summer tire for the rest of the trip: the van was unseasonably well equipped I guess.


First Stop: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.


I was there at the same time last year. I stayed at the same hotel and they even remembered me … probably because I was wearing the exact same clothes as last year … sadly  … or maybe because they could finally collect the money I owed from the mini-bar bill left unpaid.

another midnote: I don’t usually go to mini-bars … they are small and cramped.

another midnote note: I didn’t really have an unpaid mini-bar bill. I just like the idea of hanging out in a mini-bar.

Kenrokuen Garden

Known for one of the 3 best gardens in Japan (excluding mine), Kenrokuen  is pretty cool.


a supportive tree

The garden looked exactly the same as last year … maybe because I was there on the same day as last year.

most photographed thing in the garden

Same staff: I never forget a hat.


NO! You are not doing it right! Once more from the top!

former boy band

That’s better!

this woman clashed with the garden

The fashion police eventually arrested this woman.


I revisited the  21st Century Museum  too. Last year there was the amazing Ron Mueck‘s work on display.


This isn’t Ron Mueck’s stuff; it’s something else.
I’m not sure what it is, but it looked like the artist was still working on it.

in progress


still in progress

This is a close up of one section. If you look really closely, it kind of looks like the inside of my head or junk or both or none. It must be the work of a foreign artist because Japan has different electrical plugs.

And that was about it for Kanazawa this year. I had schedules and deadlines to not meet, but try for anyway.

last midnote: I’ll tell you what happens next … next.

last midnote note: oh yeah! There is a castle in Kanazawa as well.

Kanazawa Castle and a moon or something


note: I saw the same great roots  as last year at Kenrokuen Garden … and took another picture of them. I am very predictable when I visit places more than once at the same time … … … … of year.

serious roots

double note: if you don’t know about my love affair with roots, it’s all revealed here.



Theo’s Thoughts

Collected Thoughts


 This is the story of Theo when he was eight and not so rottenish yet.

Theo thought he needed a hobby; actually, his parents insisted he do something other than skulk around claiming he was bored all the time.

All his friends had hobbies: sports cards, stamps, coins, trainspotting, advanced robotics, …

One of his friends even collected teeth; but his father was a dentist, so that was only mildly disturbing.

Theo decided to collect his thoughts.

He would put them in jars, label them, and keep them in a bookcase that was really doing nothing except holding a bunch of  books.

He thought about all the thoughts he thought in one day …or at least thought about all the thoughts he thought he thought about in one day … and realized he had too many thoughts to collect all of them.
 He only had 35 jars, so he decided “happy thoughts” might be a good start.

Over the next few weeks he collected and organized all his “happy thoughts” about finding money, ice cream, toys, running through sprinklers, …

In no time at all, all his jars were full!
Surprisingly, 3 jars were exclusively filled with “happy thoughts” about ice cream!

It was a very fine collection of thoughts.

He soon realized that since all his “happy thoughts” were bottled up, labelled, and stacked away; he had a very large number of “sad thoughts” floating around in his head.
With no “happy thoughts” to chase the “sad thoughts” away, they just lingered.

This made him sadder.

Theo decided it would be a good idea to free all his “happy thoughts” and start collecting his “sad thoughts” instead.

He refilled his jars with “sad thoughts” about broken bones, no dessert, vaccination needles, dropped ice cream cones, dentist visits …

Other Collected Thoughts ... and some asparagus too


It took him a whole month to fill up all 35 jars. 

He concluded that “sad thoughts” were more difficult to trap  than “happy thoughts” because they didn’t like jars.

With no more “sad thoughts” in his head, Theo thought he’d be really happy: but he wasn’t.

Without any “sad thoughts” to balance his “happy thoughts“, his “happy thoughts” weren’t as strong or happy anymore …  kind of like appreciating being healthy a lot more after being sick … or how a cold Winter makes Spring’s arrival so much better. He needed both sadly, or happily.

Theo decided to release his “sad thoughts” and resolved  never to collect his thoughts ever again.

He used the 35 jars to catch colds instead.


note: The jar of asparaguses on the floor is not a “sad thought“: Theo just dropped it accidentally on purpose while walking by the bookcase on the way to the dinner table. He had a “happy thought” right after he did this for some reason.



Dental Floss


If dental floss gets stuck between your teeth, what do you use to get it out; more dental floss?

It would be great if this was the solution for all problems:

– Have a flat tire … make it flatter … good as new!

– Drank too much … drink more … sober in no time!

– Lost money gambling … lose more … jackpot!

– Burnt your dinner … burn it more … mmm delicious!

note: Don’t like this blog … don’t like it more … ah! that’s better!