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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE [2013]

November 23, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

I knew my experience viewing THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE [2013] could not compare to the incredible one I had watching THE HUNGER GAMES [2012] where I decided to see the movie at the last minute, had only a vague idea of the storyline, had no idea it was a three book story, and no one was seated anyone near me.  It was my movie of the year for 2012 by far.  In contrast, for CATCHING FIRE I already knew the entire story having read all three books after seeing the first movie, and with the director change and hearing... [Read the full story]

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4 hours of sanity

March 9, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Due to a set of very unusual circumstances, I found myself with 4 hours of sanity today.  It was a preview to how my days will be once I win the lottery this year, except of course in the parking lot will be a Porsche 911 Turbo instead of a Saturn Vue.  I found myself being very grateful for something that should be a given, not an extraordinary exception.  Such are the ill things one is often trapped into when living in the world of Men. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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Farewell Japan, Hello Florida!

March 30, 2009 · 13 Comments 

The view you see above is the one I saw every day for the past 4 years.  It was the view from my 11th floor Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan apartment.  It was a view I paid a lot to have.  To me, it was totally worth it.  It was the last of many places I called home while spending the past 9 years abroad in Asia.  I first lived in Pusan, South Korea.  After 3 years in various cities in that country, and several trips to southeast Asia, I took a 2 month pilgrimage in New Zealand before settling on my final Asian destination:... [Read the full story]

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A return to semi-real cycling in Florida!

August 14, 2009 · 3 Comments 

FULL RIDE STATS: Distance: 9.54 miles Time in motion: 34minutes 55 seconds Average speed: 16.7 mph Max speed: 22.0 mph I have ridden my Trek 7.3FX around downtown St. Petersburg quite a few times already, but since adopting Kiki (who?) a few months ago my cycling has been put on hold.  I was greatly inspired once again by watching the Tour de France.  Now, I have discovered a new 3-lap area of sorts similar in length to the laps I rode many, many times around the imperial palace.  Quick thoughts about riding in Florida?... [Read the full story]

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Skimboarding 2009 Sessions 01 & 02 “Golden Flair”

November 19, 2009 · 8 Comments 

My 22nd season of skimboarding began and ended in 7 days.  True, I have been on my skimboard many times in 2009, but those were not skimboarding sessions.  This may seem unfathomable as one of the main reasons I moved back to Florida was to once again skimboard on my beloved Sunset Beach, the place I love most in the world.  This is testament to the challenges returning to the U.S. after a 9-year sojourn have inflicted upon me. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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Chion-in Temple Enormous Bell New Year’s Eve

January 3, 2009 · 19 Comments 

Totally by accident, Aya and I were able to witness one of the most special New Year’s Eve traditions in Japan–the ringing in of the new year by 17 monks at Kyoto’s Choin-in Temple.  This was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen.  The bell the monks were ringing is the largest in Japan, weighing in at nearly 80 tons and having a diameter of some 2.7 meters.  It’s also very old, being cast way back in 1633 C.E. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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4 hours of sanity

March 9, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

Due to a set of very unusual circumstances, I found myself with 4 hours of sanity today.  It was a preview to how my days will be once I win the lottery this year, except of course in the parking lot will be a Porsche 911 Turbo instead of a Saturn Vue.  I found myself being very grateful for something that should be a given, not an extraordinary exception.  Such are the ill things one is often trapped into when living in the world of Men. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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Poem in Amber

December 6, 2009 · 2 Comments 

Amber is the color of no pain, no happiness, no fault. Preserved in all is amber stasis Not failing, nor succeeding, locked in potential On the verge of everything in a reality of no-thing Amber suits a life of side stepped opportunities Dreams never fall into amber, vivid colors only Fame in Truth is found by mastery of amber phasing Amber is the color for what was before the Future Amber is the color of no pain, no happiness, no fault. Preserved in all is amber stasis Not failing, nor succeeding, locked in potential On... [Read the full story]

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24 Series Finale 8×23 & 8×24

May 25, 2010 · 1 Comment 

I can remember walking into the Deep-in one Friday night, a small bar in South Korea frequented by foreigners, carrying my new Dell laptop to show people there this awesome new show I had discovered.  I said you have to hear the sounds of the show and see how they use split screens and letter boxing.  I wanted to share with others how awesome the first season of 24 was.  Now on a different continent I will once again tell how awesome 24 was, for the last time. [Read the full story]  Read More →

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