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Posted on 2009.01.07 at 19:32
The clock says it's 7:33 here. I've been up for most of the past 22 hours by my math. I'm sitting here in a McDonald's in Asakusa typing this up. Commercialism is funny like that. Here are my notes from the trip...

Got to the airport at 8:15... counter opened a few minutes later, so yay

Tweeted up Tee Morris, found out he was at the airport, so I met up with him before he flew to CES

Five Guys on the concourse. Win, but couldn't finish my fries.

Flight took off a little late. They needed a United crew to bring the de-icer. I saw the dudes outside my window. Makes me want to switch career paths. Imagine sitting on a giant kinda cherry-pickerish sort of thing blasting water at stuff. It looks like so much fun.

ANA service... awesome! SOOOO MUCH FOOD!

Bok Choy stuffed with rice, potatoes, carrots, small salad, Pepsi Nex (read: apparently diet, but they're too cool to stick a t on the end in Japan),
Ice cream was more ice than cream. Took a little while to actually thaw enough to be worth trying to eat.

Full flight, except for the lucky bastard in center row with two seats hugging his pillow... douche.

In flight entertainment- watching Ghost Town, Never seen it before.

Break the Chain and some Go-on music on here. Woot.

Editing in airplane movies sucked. "Get the [GOSH DARN] ____" bad. "They removed his organs... want to see his organ?" bad.

Got, by my calculations, two or three hours of sleep judging by the flight time the screen is giving me. Coupled with the early wake up call I gave myself this morning, the math works out. I'll try to stay up until 9ish tonight or just as long as I can. Then I'll take it from there. This whole jetlag business shouldn't hit me all that bad. I hope.

Oh, and I wish I could fly ANA everywhere. Yummy food, nice flight attendants, good movies...

Halfway through the flight now. Probably should have rearranged my carry-on before getting aboard. My snack bars, camera, maps and DS are up in my backpack, while my laptop (dur) and iPod are down here. Protip: Don't bring snack bars and stuff. You don't need them. Honestly.

Maybe I should have brought the Comanapricil. Unfortunately I'm seated near nobody I could imagine as Oprah. One of my third grade teachers. But not Oprah.

Really hoping some of you out there get that joke.

I can see Russia from my houseairplane.

Really smooth flight. Nice landing. Wish I could have gotten the chance to meet up with Pat, but they were kind of whisking us through Customs-- you couldn't go elsewhere unless you had an international connection.

The exchange rate here was like 6 yen higher to the dollar than Travelex gave me. Damnit. Protip: Screw what people say. You don't need yen right when you land. Just have a huge wad of cash (the exchange office at Narita doesn't take cards).

Also, the JR Pass people were cool too.

On the Narita Express train right now. This thing is so fast and comfy. All I need is a snack bar, a power port, and a nicer pillow and I'll have full license to say suck it, Amtrak.

I am a vegetarian. Worked out damn well on the plane (I got my food first! :-p) but now I'm on the ground, I can't really stick to it, if only for this week. Some of this stuff, I don't really know what's in it till I take a bite. One word: Onigiri. Salmon inside rice inside nori. A mystery if ever there was one. A damn tasty mystery.

I get the feeling you need a Suica card for *everything* around here. Even the fl-- train attendant coming around accepts Suica as a payment type for her stuff. It's like if DC had their Metro's smart card able to pay for everything. Then again, DC doesn't have as many vending machines. :-p

So I got to the hostel, collapsed in the bed for a bit, took a shower, then took a walk. It was quite refreshing. It's a good bit warmer here than B-more.

I've figures out my natural defense against jetlag-- not sleeping until a reasonable local time, just keeping the batteries running until then. I'll collapse at 10 or so and set my alarm to wake up at 6.

The culture shock is also setting in to an extent. I can count the number of foreigners I've seen since leaving the Narita train on one hand (hostel residents excluded). I do feel a little bit lonely, but that will probably change in the morning when I roll out to Asakusa.

I got the fries here at McDonald's. They're crispier and greasier than ours, in case you're wondering.

Japan is a fun place. But you know what'd be more fun right now? Sleep. That's right, sleep.


This time I mean it

Posted on 2006.06.13 at 22:28
No really. I'm really turning off IP logging this time. At least I think I am. Either way, the IP will likely only trace back to the same Comcast server in Towson.
Leave me an anonymous comment pouring your heart out. Say anything. I.P. logging is off. Tell me your stories, your secrets, those things no one ever asks but you wish to tell. Tell me about your love, your hate, your indifference, your joy.
Tell me anything.

Post anonymously [by selecting the anonymous bubble/box]. Speak honestly, because there isn't any censure here. Post as many times as you like. One faceless wonder to another.
And then, pass it on.



Posted on 2005.11.21 at 16:26
Yep, I went and did it. If you badly have the urge to read my flowing prose, friend me, comment, and I'll friend you back. If you're randomly surfing and are not quite sure who I am, read a few of the last year or so's entries and you'll get an idea.


Pleasantly surprised

Posted on 2005.11.21 at 16:05
Feeling: chipperchipper
Listenting to: Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Unlike Cory, I'm happy to talk about my grades:
Chorus: A (duh)
Government: C
Chesapeake Bay: B
Journalism: A
Teacher's Aide: Pass (same as A, really)
Economics: B
English: B

Not bad.

Also, I'm thinking of making this journal friends-only. (You-know-who-you-are), this is not because of you. Rather, it's simply because I'd like to know who my audience is. In fact, I think I'll do it.



Posted on 2005.11.20 at 21:41
Feeling: calmcalm
Today was surprisingly uneventful.

-I saw the play. I got the chance to meet up with Ali Kundratic, who went to Ridgely. I hadn't seen her since Ridgely, and come to think of it, I never really *ever* talked to her much. It was nice to talk to her. Anyway, I digress. The play was nice. The acting was great. The way the play was set up black-box-theater-style was very effective. A scene or two, however, make little sense, and the ending is rather abrupt. But meh.

-Work went well. Brotman dropped by, reminding us that *shudder* "teachers have......lives!" as a Towson parent I saw later put it. The assistant manager is starting to lose her mind with the holidays, I suspect. Every shift I have, she's on duty. It's like she lives in the store or something.


The Hours

Posted on 2005.11.19 at 23:21
Feeling: tiredtired
Sunday 5:30-9 (Again, missing sunday dinner, but I do get to see the play.
Wednesday 3:30-8 (Day before thanksgiving...oh so much fun.)
Friday 4-9 (Black Friday. Everywhere but Giant. Nobody is looking for deals on organic asparagus to stick under the Christmas tree, meaning I'll be very bored.)
Saturday 4:30-9 (At least it's not to 11.)


Worth to society +1

Posted on 2005.11.18 at 21:58
Feeling: bouncybouncy
Listenting to: Europe- Final Countdown
Got my first paycheck. $62.69. Woo. Time to go burn it on something useless, a process I will eventually have turned into an art form.


DuPont poisoned you for decades

Posted on 2005.11.18 at 07:46
Digging instead of working yet again.

DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee.

"They get into human blood. And they are also in every one of you. Your loved ones, your fellow citizens."

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General thoughts

Posted on 2005.11.17 at 00:11
-After school I walked to the mall, at the time oblivious to the fact that it was going to pour down rain. While there, I picked up DDR Ultramix 3 (kickass game) and witnessed the arrival of boxes labeled with the street date 11/22. Core 360's ahoy! Speaking of the 360, the guy at EB pulled up my spot on the waiting list and delivered bad news. Because Microdicks pulled the rug out from under the US retailers to support the worldwide release, the second shipment of 360's may not get to US retailers until late January. Shenanigans.

-I got an offer for my D-Sword Vega. Problem is, he's in Britain, so shipping might be prohibitive fot him. Meh, there will always be another buyer.

-I need a new Xbox Live headset badly.

-Lost was cool.
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Tyler and the Secret Lives of Groceries

Posted on 2005.11.14 at 15:23
Feeling: busybusy
Listenting to: Mozart- Lacrymosa
It's funny just watching what people will buy. You learn a lot about people. Yesterday, a couple came through with what must have been at least 50 (no exaggeration) boxes of Jello. And Dean Finkle dropped by to pick up frozen peas and a soda. With a $100 dollar bill. I now have the code 4011 ingrained in my memory, because everybody buys bananas. More thoughts to come.

4:30 to 9 tonight. I plan on being bombarded. Yesterday, I got das boot from the express lane because I wasn't going express enough when a real crowd formed and the manager swooped down with her superhumanly fast checkout skills and shipped me off to lane 4.


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