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Sunday, 23 May 2004
My weekend
I went to a baseball game in Yokohama on Saturday. It was pretty cold and rained for a little bit, and the game ended up running for 5 hours and 40 minutes, but I still had a good time and the game ended with a walk-off homer, which is always exciting. Fans here are pretty crazy, both teams had a large fan section with a small band, huge flags, guys at the front leading the cheers, and general craziness. Maybe I can get some videos up soon that I took.

Also, as a bit of an aside, anyone out there with extensive knowledge of movie Westerns?

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:15 PM EDT
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Thursday, 20 May 2004
Wait, this is May, right?
Apparently, there's a typhoon heading Japan's way right about now, it caused a lot of problems in the Philippines and now its making a turn north. I don't think anything's too serious about it, mostly a rain event, but it is interesing to note that if the trains have to stop running due to the weather (not likely), they have to shut the school down for the day. The trains really are that important here, kind of like if buses could run or not way back when. The good news is, after another day of not so hot weather, the forecast is looking good for the next week or so.

For news on the typhoon, and Japan related news in general, I recommend www.japantoday.com. I think it's a pretty good site.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 4:54 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 20 May 2004 4:56 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 19 May 2004
Heeey everyone
if you want to see some more pics of places around where I'm living, check this page that a friend made:

Click here!

No people, just places and an assortment of interesting/strange things. Go check it out.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:29 AM EDT
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Friday, 14 May 2004
School Daze
I really don't want to be in school right now. Combine the facts that I just got off a week long vacation, I don't really like any of my classes, there's a lot of interesting things to see and do outside of class, and the fact that this is my normal time of year for summer vacation to start up, and you have a recipe for apathy. I still have two and a half more months of this to go. Hopefully, it'll start going better soon.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 4:07 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 May 2004 4:08 AM EDT
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Thursday, 13 May 2004
What's going on here
panthers' 10 anniversary. -Vote for best players, plays, and games in Panther's history. Knowledge of the past of the franchise will separate the real fans from the posers, which I'd imagine a large number has popped up recently. Even despite the success of the past year, I'm still finding myself partial to the old timers from '96 and '99 or so (Mills, Beureulein, etc.) Well, vote at cpanthers.com and then check out the results later this year.

Median Age of Gamers increasing. Will this lead to an increase in respect for the industry as well? I wouldn't count on it.

What I'm doing now- not much. School. The weather is starting to get poor, apparently its going to start raining just about everyday, so that's going to douse my plans, if you will. The occasional game of soccer, watching movies at night and trying to learn from the subtitles. That's about it.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2004-05-11-nintendo-ds_x.htm

Nintendo DS info. If this turns out to have some really fresh games, I'm there. Otherwise, who needs it. And did you catch the part about the touch-screen? That could be very interesting. But so far all we have apparently is a lot of interesting ideas and potential.

Oh, and the PSP as well. Slick.

http://psp.ign.com/articles/514/514135p1.html

I always enjoy the first time you see the design of a game console. Its very interesting to see, definitely. Almost like seeing the birth of a child in a very non-living way.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 4:42 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 May 2004 4:09 AM EDT
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Sunday, 28 September 2003
mouichido itte kudasai
Hello from Japan, again. Im safe and having a good time. Ive been to Yokohama, and all over Tokyo. However, Id still love to hear from people back home. Just so you know, I cant get AIM Express to work here. So dont expect to see me on. Calling internationally is prohibitively expensive. So again, the easiest way to contact is through email. My phone email is posted below. Or you can send something to fdiddy49er@hotmail.com . Again, It would be good to hear from people at home. So, send an email.

PS. How about them Panthers. 3 and 0 and that is just awesome. Too bad Im missing it all. Oh why couldnt I have gone the year that they were 1-15? Oh well, Ill take their success any way that I can get it, even if it is across the Pacific Ocean.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 10:32 PM EDT
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Sunday, 21 September 2003
EZ contact the Fro
My cell phone number here in Japan (dont know the country code) is 08054050673, and my cell email is --- so contact me sometime.

Edit: removed email. I think that I picked up spam by having it on the web.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 10:58 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 May 2004 4:06 AM EDT
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Friday, 19 September 2003
Nihon de
Hey. Here is some info from Japan.

The plane ride over was hell, but I`ve recovered very well. There is no daylight savings in Japan, so the sun rises at about 530 and sets at about 6, no joke- so i end up going to sleep and waking up very early. When I got to Tokyo Narita Airport, I had to wait an hour in Immigration, and then almost missed my luggage, but I found it. We drove through Tokyo on a bus to get to my school, and it was flat out incredible, I don`t know how else to say it. I will try and get some pictures up soon. The school here is actually quite nice, and my host family is very kind and understanding of my relative lack of Japanese. I take the trains (denshaa) every day to and from school, they are cheap and reliable but incredibly crowded. The Japanese people that Ive met are very kind, which is good. I got a cell phone (keitai denwa), but it doesn:t seem to want to work right now. Oh well. Classes started today, they are mostly in english so I think that I can handle them. Agh, I just wished that I had studied more Japanese before I got here! Ah well, I am just trying to have the most positive `can do` attitude when it comes to language difficulties.

I`ll have more later, stay tuned.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 2:28 AM EDT
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Friday, 12 September 2003
Official Japan Departure Post
For the few that are still not aware, I leave for Japan on Monday September 15th. I should Arrive in Tokyo's Narita airport on 2:20 pm September 16th, local time. Now that is a long flight. But hey, sometimes that's the price you gotta pay. I'm feeling a lot of different emotions about this. Excited about the new environment and possibilities, but sad, because I'm leaving a lot behind here in America for a long time (approx. 11 months). But for my stated goal of getting the most out of my life, I'll get a lot more mileage out of the next year in Japan than in Charlotte, that's for sure.

The stated reason for me going is to study the Japanese language, culture, and international politics. But I'm going because I want to be exposed to a different people and society, it's been a long standing dream of mine to go to another country. And hopefully, I'll get a lot of good stories to come back and bother everybody with.

It's funny, when I tell people that I'm going to Japan, they are really enthused about it, or I get The Look. As in, why in hell would you want to go there? I'm not sure why I get that last response. Is it racism, a general response that any Asian country is a very dirty,dirty place that isn't worth my time, or do they just think that it will be very boring? I don't know, and it's possible that I'm reading far too much into this. But I wouldn't be surprised if that played into it.

In one odd exchange, an adult who shall remain nameless went on to lecture me about having my hands cut off if I stole something, i.e. old school Islamic law. Then he went on to inform me of the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, and I cannot make this stuff up. I'm still not quite sure what to make of that even today.

But I'm going to go into this with an open mind- every Japanese person I've met here has been very nice, but I know the society and the people are far, far, from perfect. So we'll see what happens. One thing is for sure though: I've got to have the right "go for it" attitude. I'm only going to be there for one year, with few second chances, and that will give me the sense of urgency that I'm missing in my normal "American" life.

Stay tuned, I'll update this blog when I can with further updates. Until then, peace.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:55 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 9 September 2003
Tonight on Fox News....
The Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate. Also known as... "The useful example next time we need to prove We're 'Fair and Balanced" debate. Or... "We don't think that any of you have a real shot, but we're going to throw you a bone" Debate. 8:00 tonight. Don't miss it!

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 7:58 PM EDT
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