Tag Archives: New Year’s

Recycling Time


Why is it always a New Year?

… never a recycled one.


note: I’m off to Kobe for the New Year  … so I’m leaving you all with some TVs to watch. I’m nice like that sometimes.

double note: I hope everyone has a  Happy New Year and real cool calendars to hang up on January 1st.

triple note: I wouldn’t mind recycling a few years.


notes to myself #97

Usually the New Years without parties are the best.

My Birthday!

It happens once a year like Easter or Christmas, but earlier!

Another year less newer than the year before. I think I lost the new car smell long ago and am acquiring an odor something more reminiscent of my father.

I will spend the rest of 2009 as 44 I guess.  “Be 44 in ’09” is this year’s slogan. It was going to be “Save the Earth until You’re Green” , but I don’t think that’s as catchy … or has any significance for other people.

44: it’s not a bad thing … or a good thing … it’s just a thing like that funny Volkswagen car, the rock guy in the Fantastic Four, and the monster in some John Carpenter movie. (I forget the name of that movie all the time)

My friends really outdid themselves this year!


my new house

They came over to my place on the evening of January 4th.

I've waited ... 44 years for this!

We did the big countdown with the clock on my Ferris wheel like we usually do.

fireworks for me?

We lit off a few fireworks: a couple of screechers, a pack of sparklers, and a roman candle … from Rome I guess!


too many candles!!

My friends gave me a birthday cake that looked like a street scene. I guess they were making up for last year’s cake that looked suspiciously like a cupcake. They put on a candle for every day I’ve been more or less alive too!


my frontyard

Then we looked at a picture of Yokohama’s downtown area.


always a big crowd

In the morning, some of my other friends came to wish me happy birthday.


there is always one in a crowd!

Kelly Pettit  showed up in the hat I bought him for Christmas.


Meiji Shrine is rented for the occasion

My friends rented Meiji Shrine in Tokyo for the occasion. I guess they didn’t want a repeat of my bad Cheap Trick karaoke from last year’s birthday at the Budokan.

give till it hurts

Everyone threw money in to the big white area and made wishes for my health and junk like that. The policeman wore a visor so he didn’t get coined in the face. I don’t get any of the money though: it all goes to “The Charity For People Who Need Money So They Can Donate To Charity Too“.

are you sure your pockets are empty?

Here’s what it looked like from the side. If the policeman heard change jingling in pockets, he sent the people back into the crowd again until they didn’t jingle anymore.

And that was all that happened. If I’m lying may G…  Ow!


note: I was going to list a bunch of other famous people who are 44 or were at one time, but that kind of stuff changes from day to day … and probably would be more than 100 names.

double note: past 14 birthdays; after that it gets a bit foggy.

2008: work
2007: went to an “all you can eat” meat restaurant in Brazil and then had ice cream afterwards.(also in Brazil)
2006: on a long distance bus trip with hemorrhoids in Argentina. (I had the hemorrhoids, not the bus)
2005: work
2004: work
2003: work
2002: work
2001: work
2000: in England at my buddies place; He even gave me a Wallace and Gromit cake with those little sheep on it!! 
1999: work
1998: drunk in Indonesia
1997: drunk in Thailand
1996: drunk in New Zealand
1995: probably sober and in Victoria, Canada I think! (in Victoria, Canada for sure)



On Planetross: Old Year’s/New Year’s Festivities

on planetross


The welcoming of the New Year is a big event on Planetross, but saying goodbye to the Old Year is just as important.

Before midnight on the last day of the year, crowds gather in front of  giant Fat Screen Tron Jumbos and watch the Old Year’s cardiogram monitor slowly weaken. People cry, gnash their teeth, and whimper a lot as the monitor goes flatline.

There is a minute of great anticipation to see if the New Year will arrive: it’s called, ” Justaminute” or sometimes “Programming Will Resume Shortly“.

Then at 12:01 the monitor starts working again. Everyone congratulates each other and sings the traditional song from the rock opera Tommy by The Who:

It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker, it’s a boy.
It’s a boy, Mrs. Walker, it’s a boy!
A son! A son! A son!
Hear the joyful celebrations in the street!
It’s a boy born on this first day of peace!
We’ve won! A son! We’ve won!

It’s all quite normal if you live here.


note: the first child born in the New Year is called Roger Daltrey; boy or girl.

double note: One year the heart monitor didn’t start again for 15 minutes; that wasn’t good.

triple note: If people don’t like the New Year, they just start over. For example: 2009A, 2009B, …
One year it got down to “Q“!  The marshmellow crop  failed that year.

quadruple note: the other On Planetross‘ are still orbiting and andbiting.

*SPECIAL NOTE*  I hope everyone has a great New Year’s!!! I’m off to Yokohama and Tokyo for a few days of wandering around aimlessly.



The Year Of The ???

not just on placemats!

Pop Quiz Hot Shot!

Sure 2009 is almost here, but what is the next animal in the Chinese Zodiac?

a Stitch in time saves nine


The Year of the Stitch??  Wrong!!


Well, Hello Kitty!!


The Year of the Hello Kitty??  Wrong again!!!


quit bugging me!


The Year of the Bugs?  Wrong again … again!!

Three strikes for you Hot Shot!!


I’ll narrow it down for you.

the usual suspects


That’s right Hot Shot! It’s going to be … The Year of the …

mooooove over rat face!


get a little closer to the fire Mr. Cow!


what a cow!


get off my back and wait for the year of the horse!


so cute I'm gonna puke!


Are you from Kobe Cow-san?


Yeah! I got milk!  Who wants to know?


COW!!!!!!!!  COW!!!!!!!   COW!!!!!!!!   COW!!!!!!!!!   COW!!!!!!!!


note: in Japan it’s called the “Year of the Cow” not the “Year of the Ox“.  All the merchandise is ready for January 1st!! It makes life so much easier.

double note: in Japan people send New Year’s postcards. The Post Office keeps the cards and waits until January 1st to deliver them all!! How cool is that? mildly cool I guess.

triple note: on January 1st in Japan, the “National 3 Legged Race” championships are televised. All the best Junior High School teams compete to be #1!   Not just 2 people with their legs tied together, but 20 or so people. (seriously)  It does look pretty cool!  

quadruple note: if you hover the cursor over the pictures, there is a little caption. That takes time you know! … just saying.