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Curiously Useless


My friend tells me curious facts.
The latest:
“A peanut has 10 calories.”

This fact may seem harmless enough.
A throw away fact for most people: in one ear and out the other.

… but for me, it pops up in my head during the day and has me questioning …

“is that a single peanut or the 2 peanut parts in a single shell?”
what kind of peanut: an African peanut or a European peanut?
“a plain, raw, boiled, dry roasted, or oil roasted peanut?”
what kind of peanuts do I eat? … I don’t think I’ve eaten a boiled one before. I wonder what they taste like? … who eats those ones?
“Why is that Charlie Brown comic strip called Peanuts?”
Why are Volkswagen Beetles called peanuts?
“Peanuts don’t really look like peas. Who named them?”
“Do they use the same type of peanuts in “smoothy” and “crunchy” peanut butter? … or are there smoothy and crunchy peanuts?”

It’s kind of a useless fact:
I’m never going to eat “a” peanut
… my friend might as well tell me how many calories are in a single cow!


note: 513,751 calories supposedly.

double note: sorry, the photo has nothing to do with the post … except there is a post in the photo and a photo in the post. hee hee!


what I’m listening to now #30: The LumineersHo Hey

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)