Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Still Haven't Got The Hang Of It

Blogging that is...

I've been doing the blogging thing now for 10 years, and even though I've told myself time and time again, a blog doesn't need to be taken seriously (nor does the blogger him/herself), I still often refrain from posting when I think the post is going to be crap (which all of mine are anyway).

Tweak a few lines from "Fight Club" and there you have it: You are not your blog. You are not the words or the pictures you put up on it. You are not your fucking online presence."

Or maybe you are, I dunno.

Either way, I should post a bit more just to get rid of all that clutter upstairs...

Monday, April 14, 2014

When Ready, Fire, Aim is the Wrong Approach

In Japan, you are often reminded via cute posters not to be an inconsiderate arsehole...

トイレはきれいに means "Don't make a mess when using the toilet."

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Venture: 1st Week

So, I rented a small space to open up a bar in Ikebukuro. It used to be an 'oyaji' snack pub, so you can imagine I got in quite cheaply. And, to keep it on the cheap all the way through to the grand (not so grand, probably) opening, I'm going DIY the whole way.

First up, the bar counter:

The place had the kind of low counter you'd find in a little curry shop or neighborhood diner...

That shit had to go.

After taking the counter top off and discovering a fair amount of dry rot, I took out the bad wood and replaced it...

Then, I built on the risers and attached the counter top base piece...

There's still quite a bit to do in the next 5 weeks, but I'm hoping the most difficult part is behind me.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are You Not Entertained?

The disappearance of Flight MH 370 may just be the most fascinating news story of our time. Though there have been a few news updates today pointing toward a more specific search area than in previous days, nothing has been confirmed, and we may well see this investigation drag on for awhile.

Makes me want to watch classic episodes of "In Search Of..."