Archive for August 2003

: With Deepest Sympathy :

August 31, 2003

An Open Letter To Musubi-chan

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Onigiriman… The last time I saw him he was happily talking about your summer trips and his life in the 70s. It was such a pleasure to see him so enthusiastic about his married life and about issues that are universal to many Japanese/Asian Americans. But now we only have the memories, as we have now lost him to a greater purpose. He is no longer of this world, but resides peacefully in a better, more meaningful place, his own personal skybox, as it were, populated by the ghosts of other college football junkies and sponsored by the likes of Budweiser and Doritos (no, Mr. Quayle, there is no “E” in Doritos). 


Yes, I know, it is hard to believe that he is gone. There he lies in front of the TV in his favorite position, on his right side, head propped up on his right elbow and a can of beer in his left hand. I have notices others drop by and comment, “He looks so lifelike.” Indeed, I too, thought he was alive with his occasional burps, grunts, and trips to the bathroom. But I new he was in his special place when I saw him surfing with his remoted control and EVERY channel had a football game on… May he rest in peace…


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Hah! Just kidding, people. Yes, I’m more or less dead to the rest of the world when football season starts, but only on Saturdays (and sometimes Sundays and Monday nights and Thusday nights)… Yes, I’m a jerk for isolating myself for these few hours on these 14 Saturdays of the year; but it’s the only real vice that lingers from my youth: I have forsaken other sports such as baseball and basketball, I no longer smoke (both), I drive within the speed limit, I help around the house, I take showers regularly. NOTE: Drinking does not count because Musubi-chan and I indulge equally; and, of course, if she was interested in football, we’d have lots to talk about…


Go Bruins! 

: With Deepest Sympathy :

August 31, 2003

An Open Letter To Musubi-chan

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Onigiriman… The last time I saw him he was happily talking about your summer trips and his life in the 70s. It was such a pleasure to see him so enthusiastic about his married life and about issues that are universal to many Japanese/Asian Americans. But now we only have the memories, as we have now lost him to a greater purpose. He is no longer of this world, but resides peacefully in a better, more meaningful place, his own personal skybox, as it were, populated by the ghosts of other college football junkies and sponsored by the likes of Budweiser and Doritos (no, Mr. Quayle, there is no “E” in Doritos). 

Yes, I know, it is hard to believe that he is gone. There he lies in front of the TV in his favorite position, on his right side, head propped up on his right elbow and a can of beer in his left hand. I have notices others drop by and comment, “He looks so lifelike.” Indeed, I too, thought he was alive with his occasional burps, grunts, and trips to the bathroom. But I new he was in his special place when I saw him surfing with his remoted control and EVERY channel had a football game on… May he rest in peace…

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Hah! Just kidding, people. Yes, I’m more or less dead to the rest of the world when football season starts, but only on Saturdays (and sometimes Sundays and Monday nights and Thusday nights)… Yes, I’m a jerk for isolating myself for these few hours on these 14 Saturdays of the year; but it’s the only real vice that lingers from my youth: I have forsaken other sports such as baseball and basketball, I no longer smoke (both), I drive within the speed limit, I help around the house, I take showers regularly. NOTE: Drinking does not count because Musubi-chan and I indulge equally; and, of course, if she was interested in football, we’d have lots to talk about…

Go Bruins! 

Are you ready for some football?!?

August 30, 2003

Sorry, don’t mean to bore anyone, but I get the impression that there are few football fans out there… Well I love it. A few games have already been plyed–San Jose State v. Grambling, Maryland v. No. Illinois–but the season really startes today. I got ESPN Gameplan which will be broadcasting over a hundred games over the season. I also have FoxSports package, which will broadcasts the local games ABC/ESPN will not carry. So I’m set until New Years. I made the mistake of explaining to Musubi-chan what a football widow is… now she uses it all the time to explain her…

Onigiriman to star in new animation; Storyline, details murky 
Just  kidding… sorta. Piratechan, a budding animation artist at a university known for being “Most Tech Savvy”–see Newsweek article–sought and received from her professor’s permission to do a story on–get this–the O-Man. Its a class assignment, I think, so she’s pretty free to do almost anything she wants… I hope! The more creative, the better. Cutting edge, man! Technically and creatively! The prof set down some guidelines, like linking it to her life and making it more universal… whatever that means… But even if it turns into something completely different, I’m still totally flattered…

Are you ready for some football?!?

August 30, 2003

Sorry, don’t mean to bore anyone, but I get the impression that there are few football fans out there… Well I love it. A few games have already been plyed–San Jose State v. Grambling, Maryland v. No. Illinois–but the season really startes today. I got ESPN Gameplan which will be broadcasting over a hundred games over the season. I also have FoxSports package, which will broadcasts the local games ABC/ESPN will not carry. So I’m set until New Years. I made the mistake of explaining to Musubi-chan what a football widow is… now she uses it all the time to explain her…

Onigiriman to star in new animation; Storyline, details murky 
Just  kidding… sorta. Piratechan, a budding animation artist at a university known for being “Most Tech Savvy”–see Newsweek article–sought and received from her professor’s permission to do a story on–get this–the O-Man. Its a class assignment, I think, so she’s pretty free to do almost anything she wants… I hope! The more creative, the better. Cutting edge, man! Technically and creatively! The prof set down some guidelines, like linking it to her life and making it more universal… whatever that means… But even if it turns into something completely different, I’m still totally flattered…

: What I did this summer 2 :

August 29, 2003

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Besides Colonial Williamsburg, and we also went to Busch Gardens, whos parent company is Anheiser-Busch, the makers of that world famous king of beers…
Budweiser.


As you can imagine, Musubi-chan and I had to stop off at an Irish pub and partake in this local brew… It was such a hot day, we drank the first cup in no time flat. Musubi-chan told me to wait, as she was going to get some more… I protested, but she scowled, reminding me of the stocks from the previous day… So as an obedient (read: cowering) husband, I waited.

At the bar, she chatted up the bartender. Apparently, he actually IS from Ireland! Imagine that, I thought…


…as I heard them talking, I waited……

Musubi-chan decided to step out on her own and get some fresh air. She walked through the Italy section to see a Roman Show.

The show was actually pretty good, singing such standards as “O Solo Mio” and “Volare”.

They had some good singers and the band was first rate, better than D-Land, and certainly better than Onigiriman, according to Musubi-chan. And so as she enjoyed this Holiday in Roma…


Recalling my hours in the stocks fromt he day before, I continued to wait patiaently…

After the show, Musubi-chan wandered about a bit more and found herself in the French Quarters where they stage a show called Imaginique, with mimes, magicians, jugglers and dancers.

Before the show, “Imaginaires,” costumed performers known for their imaginative display of skill, interact with guests on the streets of the French hamlet, providing comic relief. As expected, Musubi-chan clowns around…

Of course, Musubi-chan being Musubi-chan, her nose led her to that most famous of beer festivals… Oktoberfest.

Busch Garden has a huge building that houses a center stage and lots of long benches where you can enjoy a variety of sausages, one of Musubi-chan‘s favorites saurkraut, and Musubi-chan‘s all-time favorite… BEER. Busch advertises this place as “high-energy oompah song and dance will have you dancing up a German storm.”

And as you can see, Musubi-chan did just that, dancing to German Polkas at Oktoberfest, while…


“I’m thirsty…”

: What I did this summer 2 :

August 29, 2003

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Besides Colonial Williamsburg, and we also went to Busch Gardens, whos parent company is Anheiser-Busch, the makers of that world famous king of beers…
Budweiser.


As you can imagine, Musubi-chan and I had to stop off at an Irish pub and partake in this local brew… It was such a hot day, we drank the first cup in no time flat. Musubi-chan told me to wait, as she was going to get some more… I protested, but she scowled, reminding me of the stocks from the previous day… So as an obedient (read: cowering) husband, I waited.

At the bar, she chatted up the bartender. Apparently, he actually IS from Ireland! Imagine that, I thought…


…as I heard them talking, I waited……

Musubi-chan decided to step out on her own and get some fresh air. She walked through the Italy section to see a Roman Show.

The show was actually pretty good, singing such standards as “O Solo Mio” and “Volare”.

They had some good singers and the band was first rate, better than D-Land, and certainly better than Onigiriman, according to Musubi-chan. And so as she enjoyed this Holiday in Roma…


Recalling my hours in the stocks fromt he day before, I continued to wait patiaently…

After the show, Musubi-chan wandered about a bit more and found herself in the French Quarters where they stage a show called Imaginique, with mimes, magicians, jugglers and dancers.

Before the show, “Imaginaires,” costumed performers known for their imaginative display of skill, interact with guests on the streets of the French hamlet, providing comic relief. As expected, Musubi-chan clowns around…

Of course, Musubi-chan being Musubi-chan, her nose led her to that most famous of beer festivals… Oktoberfest.

Busch Garden has a huge building that houses a center stage and lots of long benches where you can enjoy a variety of sausages, one of Musubi-chan‘s favorites saurkraut, and Musubi-chan‘s all-time favorite… BEER. Busch advertises this place as “high-energy oompah song and dance will have you dancing up a German storm.”

And as you can see, Musubi-chan did just that, dancing to German Polkas at Oktoberfest, while…


“I’m thirsty…”

: What I did this summer 1 :

August 28, 2003

Williamsburg, VA
Over the 4th of July weekend, we went to Colonial Williamsburg, and I thought I’d share a few random photos. Williamsburg is about 120 miles south of here. The drive was not so long in terms of miles, but the traffic, especially around Fredericksburg was horrendous. But we got there safely and at least one of us enjoyed out stay…

Musubi-chan playing around with a statue of Thomas Jefferson in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg. This is, in general, one street about four New York blocks long. They have a number of retail stores for souvenir hunters like us, as well as colonial demonstrations of bootmaking, hat stitching and the fife and drum group.

These guys were suprizingly good… and I think they were all 20 years or younger. At least they sure looked young to me…

Musubi-chan (thanks Matt) with a couple of really old people

Another “attraction” was The Governor’s Mansion where former governors, including Thomas Jefferson, made their residence. It was restored recently and they did such a good job that it looked very nice–even the people populating the mansion looked rather good, as usual Musubi-chan was quick to make new friends.

At this point, you may–or may not–be wondering where Onigiriman is. Taking all these wonderful the photos? Fat chance. Musubi-chan was pretty pissed off at me… She said, in her most commanding voice, “Be up and ready to go at 9AM,” but of course I NEVER listen–I’m a night person; being ready by 9 requires me to be up around what? 7 o’clock? 8? Forget it! Well, in our house, there is a price to pay for not obeying the edicts of the mistress…
Musubi-chan warned me, and I did not heed…
so this is what I get….


Musubi-chan tricked me into taking a snapshot in the stocks, but after taking the photo, she left me hanging , literally… for a few hours….

 Personally, I think a simple shiri pen-pen would have been sufficient… and more pleasurable… Just kidding!