A serious entry for once: Lent…

The movie The Passion of Christ seems to be getting a lot of press. Some say it takes the old school position of blaming the Jews for Christ’s death. Others have rebutted saying that the criticism is based on an early version of the film, an incomplete movie that is nothing like the final version in theaters now… I wouldn’t know what to say since I have seen neither. All I know is that the movie is in Latin and Aramaic, and I would have to read the subtitles to watch a story I have heard countless of times in my youth. I am, to be honest, the kind of person who dislikes reading subtitles. I think it takes away from the movie, don’t you?

Now this may sound rather strange coming from a guy who teaches a Japanese film course in which the vast majority of students do not know Japanese or at least not enough to understand it without the subtitles. The course is very popular but, given my feelings, I often look at my many students and wonder–What the heck are you guys doing here? Hahahah! What an attitude for a teacher. I think the movies are great, and they have a lot to offer, but they can be appreciated so much more by knowing the language. I guess that’s why I don’t like watching movies in languages I don’t know, cuz I always suspect there is something I’m not getting… I am such the pharisee.

Which brings me back to my original thought: The Passion of Christ. The movie is about the final hours of Christ’s life as man, when he died for out sins. And not coincidentally, the film was released to coincide with Lent. As a Catholic who no longer goes to church and rarely follows the “rules” of being a Christian (I am so excommunicated), I was surprised to find myself pondering about the Bible, Lent, and my own set of beliefs.

I believe the Bible is a book that provides easy to understand stories and guidelines for conduct that can be intepreted by any changing society; it is not a collection of fast and unbendable rules–which is true of any text but that’s another topic. Did God creat the universe in six days? I don’t think so. I’m an evolutionist, not a creationist–although I am inclined to think he took Sunday off (now I’m really excommunicated). So is the Bible lying? Of course not! The Bible presented ideas–God created all life and it’s an amazing feat–in a manner that was easy to understand for people back in the day. Given this attitude toward the Bible, I often questioned the practice of giving things up for Lent.

Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, and ends on Easter, is 40 days long and is considered a time of sacrifice, of self-denial, a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for our sins.And while I’m not sure if Lent is based on the following passage, reference is often made to it during this time.

Matthew: 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. (NKJ)

As a child, I had heard this passage countless of times, reminding me of the suffering Christ went through, how Satan had tempted him with food, riches, power, and yet he never gave in. Oooooo. He was SO cool. He was SO strong–God knows, as does everyone else I know, that I would give in in a second. So how were we to apply this passage to our lives? Go out into the wilderness and fast? Ok, ok, more realistically, we were supposed to be strong, too, and give up something for Lent. For the adults around me it was chocolate or coffee or *shudder* TV. So we gave up one or–for the stronger among us–even three of our creature comforts. But what did we learn from this? Anything? Hmm, I didn’t… So, many years ago when I began to move away from my church, I decided to focus on, among other things, why did Jesus go into the wilderness.

Well, for me, Jesus went to reflect on what he was supposed to do. Indeed, his 40 days is preceded by being baptized by John and followed by his inexorable journey to his death, starting with the gathering of his apostles. So he went into the wilderness alone to focus on his purpose, his raison d’etre. His self-denial reflected a seriousness of purpose more than anything else, I think. So how do I apply my own interpretation to my own life? Do deny myself, as the priests and sisters of my youth told me? What happens to my life if I give up chocolate–dark chocolate!–for Lent? Or maybe a beer? Right, like that’s gonna happen. How about my absolutley most favorite sport, football? The fact that its not season makes it rather convenient. I mean anything I give up, will ultimately do nothing for me if I just go back to it after Lent. I mean, what’s the result of giving up chocolate, if you’re going to gorge yourself on chocolate bunnies and eggs on Easter? No, I will not give up anything for Lent. It is, to me, a practice that has no point. (So excommunicate me already.) Instead, I will reflect on my life, as I always do during Lent. I will consdier what I need to do to better myself, and in the process provide a better environment around me. How can I be a better husband or teacher? Colleague or friend? I have to believe that giving serious thought to these things will do much more than giving up CSI or kettle-cooked extra-crunchy potato chips. Yes, I will reflect on my purpose in life… over an ice cold brew.

A serious entry for once: Lent…

The movie The Passion of Christ seems to be getting a lot of press. Some say it takes the old school position of blaming the Jews for Christ’s death. Others have rebutted saying that the criticism is based on an early version of the film, an incomplete movie that is nothing like the final version in theaters now… I wouldn’t know what to say since I have seen neither. All I know is that the movie is in Latin and Aramaic, and I would have to read the subtitles to watch a story I have heard countless of times in my youth. I am, to be honest, the kind of person who dislikes reading subtitles. I think it takes away from the movie, don’t you?

Now this may sound rather strange coming from a guy who teaches a Japanese film course in which the vast majority of students do not know Japanese or at least not enough to understand it without the subtitles. The course is very popular but, given my feelings, I often look at my many students and wonder–What the heck are you guys doing here? Hahahah! What an attitude for a teacher. I think the movies are great, and they have a lot to offer, but they can be appreciated so much more by knowing the language. I guess that’s why I don’t like watching movies in languages I don’t know, cuz I always suspect there is something I’m not getting… I am such the pharisee.

Which brings me back to my original thought: The Passion of Christ. The movie is about the final hours of Christ’s life as man, when he died for out sins. And not coincidentally, the film was released to coincide with Lent. As a Catholic who no longer goes to church and rarely follows the “rules” of being a Christian (I am so excommunicated), I was surprised to find myself pondering about the Bible, Lent, and my own set of beliefs.

I believe the Bible is a book that provides easy to understand stories and guidelines for conduct that can be intepreted by any changing society; it is not a collection of fast and unbendable rules–which is true of any text but that’s another topic. Did God creat the universe in six days? I don’t think so. I’m an evolutionist, not a creationist–although I am inclined to think he took Sunday off (now I’m really excommunicated). So is the Bible lying? Of course not! The Bible presented ideas–God created all life and it’s an amazing feat–in a manner that was easy to understand for people back in the day. Given this attitude toward the Bible, I often questioned the practice of giving things up for Lent.

Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday, and ends on Easter, is 40 days long and is considered a time of sacrifice, of self-denial, a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice Christ made for our sins.And while I’m not sure if Lent is based on the following passage, reference is often made to it during this time.

Matthew: 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. (NKJ)

As a child, I had heard this passage countless of times, reminding me of the suffering Christ went through, how Satan had tempted him with food, riches, power, and yet he never gave in. Oooooo. He was SO cool. He was SO strong–God knows, as does everyone else I know, that I would give in in a second. So how were we to apply this passage to our lives? Go out into the wilderness and fast? Ok, ok, more realistically, we were supposed to be strong, too, and give up something for Lent. For the adults around me it was chocolate or coffee or *shudder* TV. So we gave up one or–for the stronger among us–even three of our creature comforts. But what did we learn from this? Anything? Hmm, I didn’t… So, many years ago when I began to move away from my church, I decided to focus on, among other things, why did Jesus go into the wilderness.

Well, for me, Jesus went to reflect on what he was supposed to do. Indeed, his 40 days is preceded by being baptized by John and followed by his inexorable journey to his death, starting with the gathering of his apostles. So he went into the wilderness alone to focus on his purpose, his raison d’etre. His self-denial reflected a seriousness of purpose more than anything else, I think. So how do I apply my own interpretation to my own life? Do deny myself, as the priests and sisters of my youth told me? What happens to my life if I give up chocolate–dark chocolate!–for Lent? Or maybe a beer? Right, like that’s gonna happen. How about my absolutley most favorite sport, football? The fact that its not season makes it rather convenient. I mean anything I give up, will ultimately do nothing for me if I just go back to it after Lent. I mean, what’s the result of giving up chocolate, if you’re going to gorge yourself on chocolate bunnies and eggs on Easter? No, I will not give up anything for Lent. It is, to me, a practice that has no point. (So excommunicate me already.) Instead, I will reflect on my life, as I always do during Lent. I will consdier what I need to do to better myself, and in the process provide a better environment around me. How can I be a better husband or teacher? Colleague or friend? I have to believe that giving serious thought to these things will do much more than giving up CSI or kettle-cooked extra-crunchy potato chips. Yes, I will reflect on my purpose in life… over an ice cold brew.

Holding Hands: THE Response…

If you visit Barberic‘s site, you probably saw this, but I had to share it with ya’ in case you haven’t seen it. These are mittens couples. I mean, lovey-dovey couple! There’s a lefty and a righty mitten, then a U-shaped thing that you wear TOGETHER! (Click on image for larger view.) With this, you can hold hands, skin-to-skin, and still keep the elements out! There is one problem, of course. What if something terrible happens and you have to use obht hands suddenly to avoid getting hit by a stray basketball or falling bricks… Hmmm. I guess I’d have to use my body to protect my sweetheart? Well, that’d be okay too. But still, isn’t this soooooo cute? I want to get this. Hey Eric, where the heck do I buy this thing?

Also, I got this random question from a basketballer named Vlade Somethingorother (I can’t spell it; it’s too Russian). Some of you may know him, he plays for the Sacramento Kings. He is always on the road and is apparently dying for some serious advice. I was going to direct you guys directly to his site, but he’s kinda bashful and I don’t want to expose him–kinda like this place actually. So if you could answer this question for him, I’ll make sure he gets it in pronto. Of course, he might contact you directly. He’ll likely read the responses here and may ask you for more detail… hehehehe. Come to think about it, I could ask this very same question. It is, for us guys, the age old question:

Can somebody please explain to Vlade the secret to understanding a woman’s heart?

Man, is that a loaded question or what!

Holding Hands: THE Response…

If you visit Barberic‘s site, you probably saw this, but I had to share it with ya’ in case you haven’t seen it. These are mittens couples. I mean, lovey-dovey couple! There’s a lefty and a righty mitten, then a U-shaped thing that you wear TOGETHER! (Click on image for larger view.) With this, you can hold hands, skin-to-skin, and still keep the elements out! There is one problem, of course. What if something terrible happens and you have to use obht hands suddenly to avoid getting hit by a stray basketball or falling bricks… Hmmm. I guess I’d have to use my body to protect my sweetheart? Well, that’d be okay too. But still, isn’t this soooooo cute? I want to get this. Hey Eric, where the heck do I buy this thing?

Also, I got this random question from a basketballer named Vlade Somethingorother (I can’t spell it; it’s too Russian). Some of you may know him, he plays for the Sacramento Kings. He is always on the road and is apparently dying for some serious advice. I was going to direct you guys directly to his site, but he’s kinda bashful and I don’t want to expose him–kinda like this place actually. So if you could answer this question for him, I’ll make sure he gets it in pronto. Of course, he might contact you directly. He’ll likely read the responses here and may ask you for more detail… hehehehe. Come to think about it, I could ask this very same question. It is, for us guys, the age old question:

Can somebody please explain to Vlade the secret to understanding a woman’s heart?

Man, is that a loaded question or what!

Holding Hands….

Musubichan and I always hold hands. We are a year away from the big 5-0 but we still hold hands when we go out. Some people find this strange. they’ll look at us and wonder how old we are. But I don’t mind. We still act young, cuz we feel young. And holding hands was my first indication that I had to marry her. Call me Stupid. When I first held her hand, I knew I had to marry her… I still feel that way now. It was like some electric shock or something corny like that…

We hold hands everywhere. Although, I remember distinctly that she would never hold my hands at HER place of work in Japan. She said it was too embarassing for her to get caught by co-workers and club members–she was an aerobics instructor. But, of course, she HAS to hold my hands when we’re walking around MY school. I don’t get this double standard crap… Anyone wanna explain it to me?

At night, we will hold hands when we go to sleep. Okay, you can stop rolling your eyes, alright? In the morning, we are usually not holding hands anymore as I usually toss and turn and I guess we separate…

And we’re always playing! I’ll sometimes lick my hands before I hold her hands to freak her out! Slobber it up real good. Hahahaha. But once she out freaked me! She grabbed my hand and licked it in the same place! Eeeeeyuuuu! Gross! I bet you’re thinking. But we just laughed and laughed. Yeah, we really can play around a lot. But more, we really like each others company…

Anyway, holding hands has become an issue. We now clasp hands (like we’re wearing mittens). I prefer to intertwine our fingers, but I’m the fidgety sort so I have a tendancy to rub my fingers and they kinda grind my wife’s knuckles which then hurts and she gets pissed off… *sighs* She claims that her knuckles are getting larger and that she is developing arthritis.

So how do you hold your significant other’s hand? Is there a specfic way you prefer? Or is holding hands “old school”?

so leave already!

–Bane_Vixen

Hahahaha! No kidding! But before any of you get upset, the Vixen was joking. I was mean by leaving out the rest of her comment. It was, in its entirety:

so leave already! hehe, a joke, a joke!

I will miss bantering with her… really. Bane, I will have nothing but fond memories of you, as I will with all of you… well, except for maybe one…

And so, the Final Entry….
A number of people have tried to talk me into staying, but as I have stated, I do not leave to feel protected, nor do I leave with a tail between my legs. I leave to make a statement, that there are consequences to certain actions. The only way I would come back is if japblk, bane_vixen and sorjen posted a photo of themselves in their profile pic. I am soooooo curious… hehehhe. just kidding, of course. The only thing that would make me come back would be if the responsible person would confess to his/her deed, and make a public apology. But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen…

If you’re still interested in what I write, I will be posting on the JAJournal occasionally–in fact there’s a new one now. I will post notices here when there are updates so you don’t have to waste your time going there just to check. So you can continue to be subscribed if you want, or you can go to that O-man blogring *shakes head* to check as well, or you can cancel to lessen the traffic in your e-mails and subscriptions pages. I certainly would understand…

I will also try to check up on you guys periodically, although I’m not sure how often that will be.

It’s really been a gas, as we used to say…

Sayonara…

Holding Hands….

Musubichan and I always hold hands. We are a year away from the big 5-0 but we still hold hands when we go out. Some people find this strange. they’ll look at us and wonder how old we are. But I don’t mind. We still act young, cuz we feel young. And holding hands was my first indication that I had to marry her. Call me Stupid. When I first held her hand, I knew I had to marry her… I still feel that way now. It was like some electric shock or something corny like that…

We hold hands everywhere. Although, I remember distinctly that she would never hold my hands at HER place of work in Japan. She said it was too embarassing for her to get caught by co-workers and club members–she was an aerobics instructor. But, of course, she HAS to hold my hands when we’re walking around MY school. I don’t get this double standard crap… Anyone wanna explain it to me?

At night, we will hold hands when we go to sleep. Okay, you can stop rolling your eyes, alright? In the morning, we are usually not holding hands anymore as I usually toss and turn and I guess we separate…

And we’re always playing! I’ll sometimes lick my hands before I hold her hands to freak her out! Slobber it up real good. Hahahaha. But once she out freaked me! She grabbed my hand and licked it in the same place! Eeeeeyuuuu! Gross! I bet you’re thinking. But we just laughed and laughed. Yeah, we really can play around a lot. But more, we really like each others company…

Anyway, holding hands has become an issue. We now clasp hands (like we’re wearing mittens). I prefer to intertwine our fingers, but I’m the fidgety sort so I have a tendancy to rub my fingers and they kinda grind my wife’s knuckles which then hurts and she gets pissed off… *sighs* She claims that her knuckles are getting larger and that she is developing arthritis.

So how do you hold your significant other’s hand? Is there a specfic way you prefer? Or is holding hands “old school”?

so leave already!

–Bane_Vixen

Hahahaha! No kidding! But before any of you get upset, the Vixen was joking. I was mean by leaving out the rest of her comment. It was, in its entirety:

so leave already! hehe, a joke, a joke!

I will miss bantering with her… really. Bane, I will have nothing but fond memories of you, as I will with all of you… well, except for maybe one…

And so, the Final Entry….
A number of people have tried to talk me into staying, but as I have stated, I do not leave to feel protected, nor do I leave with a tail between my legs. I leave to make a statement, that there are consequences to certain actions. The only way I would come back is if japblk, bane_vixen and sorjen posted a photo of themselves in their profile pic. I am soooooo curious… hehehhe. just kidding, of course. The only thing that would make me come back would be if the responsible person would confess to his/her deed, and make a public apology. But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen…

If you’re still interested in what I write, I will be posting on the JAJournal occasionally–in fact there’s a new one now. I will post notices here when there are updates so you don’t have to waste your time going there just to check. So you can continue to be subscribed if you want, or you can go to that O-man blogring *shakes head* to check as well, or you can cancel to lessen the traffic in your e-mails and subscriptions pages. I certainly would understand…

I will also try to check up on you guys periodically, although I’m not sure how often that will be.

It’s really been a gas, as we used to say…

Sayonara…

O-man, the final days II

Like Purin_kun on the right, many have wondered if I was really going. Well, I admit that Xanga has been very addictive and it is certainly hard to leave, but leave I will. I’m sure I will be going through withdrawal, so if any of my students see me muttering to myself as I walk to class, please understand what’s happening… heheheh. Dont worry, it won’t affect my grading. I’ll be the same ol’ softy… NOT! Hahahahah. Anyway, to continue my responses…

2/18 4:37 to 2/20, 2:43 pm

takunishi79: I was hit number 16767 (i dunno, it looks kinda funky, don’t it?). Well, regardless of whether it was in “good fun” or with malicious intent, we can figure it was an extremely immature act. I think, all too often, “kids” will act in a manner where they do not think about ultimate consequences or overall implications. Now that is if they did that with no intent to harm. If it was done with malicious intent, I suppose they’ve proven a certain point. I’m not sure what… but… something. Well, sir, t’was a short while on this little virtual space, but I hope this will allow you to get to more important things… like keepin’ up with JA Journal!
Thanks, Taku. It was fun. I remember you as the first blogger–outside my students–who really impressed me. And it too bad about the number. I was so close to getting to 20,000. Oh well.

those_days: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…what’s the url to your jajournal? the student probably posted that as a joke, because of the fact that taking money to change grades is something you would never do. and really out of character.
To my Xanga daughter. To be honest, I don’t remember what it was exactly but you always seemed strangely similar to my real daughter, who I rarely get the chance to see anymore–she lives in Japan. So I will sorely miss you, too.

sputtum: awww, and just when u started to post comments on my xanga…. *sniff* u will be sorely missed.
Isn’t this how it alway is? Just when you think you something good is happening, bang!

iiSoNySoUnDii: That’s messed up, but I don’t think you should abandon Xanga! I seriously look forward to all of your entries; though I can look at your other journal, it’s not the same…
Ah so true… There are entries, and then there are entries… BTW: ddsb2000 mentioned in a recent post that he found some names pretty strange. I think yours would fit nicely too. Do you work for Sony? Is their sound good? Or areyou from southern New York… if there is such a thing… Or perhaps are your undies from Sony? or Southern NY? hehehehehe J/K… Ah, I will miss making stupid remarks like this…

PaikyPoo: well that’s just phuggin great… xanga loses one of the more interesting bloggers… thanx phuck nut. onigiriman, sorry what happened to u. remember there r always assholes out there that use the internet as a medium for more then conversation. like this asshole. keep the faith mang… there r many good ppl who read your site.
In spite of the spelling, I think your frases come across phairly clearly… And I realize there are a LOT of good people who come here, and they know I feel this way as well, as I comment on their sites.

japblkgrl: its a sad day in xangaland… bye bye O-man but i don’t blame you…i’ve had some weirdness occur recently cuz of something i wrote on my page…i’m in the process of protecting some of my posts now…. i hope to still hear from you on either of my sites….
No! not, bye, bye! You will hear from me as long as you keep blogging. And I will bug you until you give a full pic of yourself! hahahahhaa

Purin_kun: you can probably contact the ratemyprofessor.com and get either that rating or all of your ratings removed.? it’s really a ridiculous statement, so i imagine you shouldn’t have much trouble getting it removed.
Thanks Purin_kun.You are the first of my students to actually show your support, and I appreciate it.

yhekhor: man i m disgusted. u were a wonderful contributor to the xanga scene & my daily readings. man this disgusts me alright. i m appalled!
You and me both. But life goes on… And keep up the posts, you had some pretty interesting reading for me…

crotchety_old_man: wow, tactlessness never ceases to amaze… im sorry u have to deal with this internet ridiculousness [not wanting to use a much better cuss word]. Your posts will be sorely missed… now what am I supposed to read when i am procrastinating about japanese?? j/k take care then, maybe as a result ill come by the office more peace
You are the first of my future students. And I will expect to see you in my office soon! Then you can get the “LIVE” version of Onigiriman’s humor. By all accounts, its much better than the stuff I write here!

hoymahal: it`s unfortunate that you are leaving xanga, for me, reading your logs made me feel like i was back at GW– less homesick than usual. and sorry about the J-A confusion, that was my fault.
Wow, I didn’t know that I could help alleviate your homesickness! Well, I’ll be commenting on your site, so keep posting!

Hydralisk96: I’ve never read your xanga until Omega made a post about it. Those darn griefers are everywhere. There’s always some inconsiderate little (insert profanity here) who has to have fun by trying to destroy other people’s reputation. It’s too bad that slander can’t be caught over the internet.
Too bad you didn’t post a comment earlier. Or did you only read Omega’s comment very recently. Well, if I have time, I’ll drop by your place for a visit…

zettonv: That really sucks that someone had the nerve to rite something like that in your journal, something like that can affect your career deeply and should never be messed with at all. i really enjoyed your journal alot and i appreciate all of your comments on my page, i still hope you have time to still comment on pages but if not no hard feelings, afterall some dickhead had to mess everything up, ill still raed your JA so laters and take care!
Thanks, but get Premium and use the spell check! hahahahah, J/K, J/K! I’m such the dickhead, too.

consummate_leah: You can’t go!!!!
Oh yeah? Just watch me… Hehehehe. But I’ll be reading YOUR site, don’t worry!

Christine0109: sensei… you shouldnt leave xanga. just cus of what that person wrote. if you do, it’ll be his/her victory in the end. just keep doing what u do, ignore the negativities that are going on cus there are just simply too many of them to deal with! theres all kinds of ppl in this world, good, bad, strange, psychotic ppl. dakara dont allow them to let u down. ganbatte!!! your a great sensei dakara 🙂
Yes, you hit it on the head! Well, not the great part, but I am a sensei. And I leave cuz I need to make a statement. But don’t worry, I’m not down. I’m the kind of guy that rolls with the puches, who moves sideways…

kizyr: 先生!アァ、Xangaを続けていただけませんか?お願いします!実際、先生のXangaは一番好きなOnlineJournalなんですよ。多分、毎日何百人も先生のサイトに来るのですが。そんなコメントを書いた人はもちろん最低でしたが、Xangaをやめるわけでは・amp;nbsp;りません。お願いします。まず、RateMyProfessorを連絡して、そんな嘘のコメントを消してもらった方がいいです。それから、問題もうないでしょうね。一人のせいでXangaをやめないでいただけませんか。
・amp;nbsp;んた、日本語は達者だね! 日本で随分勉・amp;shy;してるみたい。はっきり言って、教師として、すご・amp;shy;嬉しい。皆、カイザーの爪を煎じて飲んでもらいたいな。

FLASHtheBRUIN: =( Some people take jokes too far… I’m kinda sad that what someone thought was amusing has lead to you leaving xanga!!!
It happens. Life goes on. Just treat you woman well. Did you take her to Sushi Gen yet?

simply_marie: =0( we love you… SPiDey and Lovely love you a lot. I’ll open my diaryland again soon.. I hope you’ll visit from time to time. =0( I’m so sad.. I don’t know what else to say. *waving fist in air* STUPID PEOPLE!!! >=0( =0( I’m so sad.
Yes, I’ll visit you Diaryland. Hahahah. Y’know, I used to always think that it was dairyland. I couldn’t figure out what blogging and milk had in common. Hahahha! I guess those Cambridge monkeys, who said you could mix up the letters in the middle of a word and still read it correctly, were wrong. Or maybe I’m studpid, it’s spelled correctly and I mis read it still! Hahahaha!

tanjf: do you really have to go??? i’ll be missing you man… you are of the few ppl who cared to give me cooments and e-props in my xanga. you are also one of those few ppl whom i suscribed to! where am i going to find another xangan like you?…. i won’t unsuscribe you, just in case you decided to blog in xanga again. * to that @$$hole who tried to defame you : ROT IN HELL, MAN!
Yes, I really have to go. But I will mention on this site when my JAJournal–link at top of page–is updated.

ca1b0y: What? You sure you’re decided on this? It’ll be sad to see you go… I’ll be missing all your great entries. I think we’ll all miss you. If this person was malicious enough to hurt you in that manner through your xanga journal, how safe will you be by continuing to write in your JA journal? That’s the risk of revealing yourself online.
Yes, I know, I know. I am not protected. But as i said yesterday, that is not the reason why I’m leaving… But I will be in touch. Don’t sweat it, man. Wait until the Tokyo summer. You’ll be sweating plenty then!

jammkat: and here i was just thinking to myself the other day, what a difference creating a xanga presence has made in your life. for onigiriman, fall’03/winter’04 will be the year of the xangans, and now it all seems to be disappearing again. hmmm, not good, but change is constant, leaves sprout and leaves fall again. don’t be bitter -?as you can see, the vast vast majority here would never betray you in any way. (but you’re just not a ‘bitter’ kinda guy, are ya!?) anyway, maybe now Musubi-chan will see more of you than just your shoulders hunched over the keyboard!!!
Hahahaha! Man did you say a mouthful. By the way, weren’t you gonna create a Musubi-chan character? Still waiting… and you are right, I think. I am not the bitter type…

yunnermeier: who was that idiot?! We all really like your blog and I don’t read it everyday but I read it at least once a week! don’t stop blogging! i’m visitor 16888~ 888- lucky number!
Man, you and Taku79! Well, if ever this site reaches 20,000 I ‘ll post something just as a special entry or something… hahahhaha. Like that will happen!

mystic_creator: I’m really sad that you’re leaving xanga. It’s so horrible that someone would do something like that. People have a lot of nerve sometimes. I can’t believe it!!!! You’re probably the most interesting person that I’ve met on xanga. You’ll be missed. Still comment on my site please!!! 🙂 🙂
I’ll try.

detachable: no!!! this is not happening!! UGH! that was downright low for a person to do that! low, low low!!! if it’s a joke, it’s not funny at all. i’m so sorry this happened to you. it seems people are taking advantage of your ‘laidback’ and ‘humourous’ nature far too far. i hope you’ll change your mind about leaving xanga for you will be surely missed.
Thanks, T’pal. And I’ll be missing your photos! They are so cool!

imahima: Nooooo! That sucks! That’s ridiculous! Everyone knows you are the most stubbornly strict professor at GW! How will removing your site remedy this? Because if anyone came to this site to find out who this supposed professor was, they would be able to see all your wonderful writings and all also see the proof that you are very much loved by your students! It will only make the comment look more ridiculous.
Ah, very true, but I have own reasons as I wrote yesterday… but you’ll see me when you get back….

mmh: I’m happy to see you commenting, but don’t stop writing… please? 😦
I know! I love to write, as you know. But I gotta make a stand. And take care of that cat if your sister won’t!

kayanized: dont leave :*(
Gotta. Life is all about change. Hope your remaining time in HS will prove to be fun and adventurous.

tinkariffic: That’s awful. I can’t understand why people would say such awful and damaging things to nice people. It’s unfortunate that someone should leave comments like that, but it’s actually not all that surprising. Some people just don’t understand how to act properly on the internet, assuming that since it’s anonymous, it can’t hurt anyone. Sorry to see you leave Xanga, since your blog is one of the reasons I even got an account. But you should do whatever you feel is best, since you do this for yourself first and foremost.
I’m one of the reasons why you even got a Xanga account? Wow, this really changes things… Uh, not really… Hehehe. But you get the live version of Onigiriman every Tues. and Thurs. No biggie, right?

NukemVomit: That’s so messed up! Though I’ve never had you for a class, I started reading your xanga since Kaiser mentioned that one of his professors used xanga. So I found that pretty cool that a professor would have a blog, and I started reading it. You’re a cool guy. Hopefully nothing bad comes out of ratemyprofesor.com.
Do you study Japanese? Yes this whole thing is messed up, but there’s nothing I can do now… *sigh*

nefarious_hatter: No! you can’t leave! I’m going to miss the comments on my site…
Yes, I can leave! but don’t worry, I’ll be lurking around…. And don’t tell me you only subscribed to get comments from me… Hahah, J/K. I remember you as one of the first Xangan to subscribe to me. and in a way, you were my first Xanga crush… Oops, that sounds kinda bad, doesn’t it… like I’ve had a number of them… Well, um, I have not. Really, no way. Seriously, why would I have a crush… hehehehe.

O-man, the final days II

Comment of the day…
Hah, I knew you wouldn’t be able to stay away! Glad to have you back.
— Posted 2/21/2004 Purin_kun

Response
No, Onigiriman is leaving Xanga. Like I said, I’m just tying up a few last threads. You know how anal I am!

Like Purin_kun on the right, many have wondered if I was really going. Well, I admit that Xanga has been very addictive and it is certainly hard to leave, but leave I will. I’m sure I will be going through withdrawal, so if any of my students see me muttering to myself as I walk to class, please understand what’s happening… heheheh. Dont worry, it won’t affect my grading. I’ll be the same ol’ softy… NOT! Hahahahah. Anyway, to continue my responses…

2/18 4:37 to 2/20, 2:43 pm

takunishi79: I was hit number 16767 (i dunno, it looks kinda funky, don’t it?). Well, regardless of whether it was in “good fun” or with malicious intent, we can figure it was an extremely immature act. I think, all too often, “kids” will act in a manner where they do not think about ultimate consequences or overall implications. Now that is if they did that with no intent to harm. If it was done with malicious intent, I suppose they’ve proven a certain point. I’m not sure what… but… something. Well, sir, t’was a short while on this little virtual space, but I hope this will allow you to get to more important things… like keepin’ up with JA Journal!
Thanks, Taku. It was fun. I remember you as the first blogger–outside my students–who really impressed me. And it too bad about the number. I was so close to getting to 20,000. Oh well.

those_days: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…what’s the url to your jajournal? the student probably posted that as a joke, because of the fact that taking money to change grades is something you would never do. and really out of character.
To my Xanga daughter. To be honest, I don’t remember what it was exactly but you always seemed strangely similar to my real daughter, who I rarely get the chance to see anymore–she lives in Japan. So I will sorely miss you, too.

sputtum: awww, and just when u started to post comments on my xanga…. *sniff* u will be sorely missed.
Isn’t this how it alway is? Just when you think you something good is happening, bang!

iiSoNySoUnDii: That’s messed up, but I don’t think you should abandon Xanga! I seriously look forward to all of your entries; though I can look at your other journal, it’s not the same…
Ah so true… There are entries, and then there are entries… BTW: ddsb2000 mentioned in a recent post that he found some names pretty strange. I think yours would fit nicely too. Do you work for Sony? Is their sound good? Or areyou from southern New York… if there is such a thing… Or perhaps are your undies from Sony? or Southern NY? hehehehehe J/K… Ah, I will miss making stupid remarks like this…

PaikyPoo: well that’s just phuggin great… xanga loses one of the more interesting bloggers… thanx phuck nut. onigiriman, sorry what happened to u. remember there r always assholes out there that use the internet as a medium for more then conversation. like this asshole. keep the faith mang… there r many good ppl who read your site.
In spite of the spelling, I think your frases come across phairly clearly… And I realize there are a LOT of good people who come here, and they know I feel this way as well, as I comment on their sites.

japblkgrl: its a sad day in xangaland… bye bye O-man but i don’t blame you…i’ve had some weirdness occur recently cuz of something i wrote on my page…i’m in the process of protecting some of my posts now…. i hope to still hear from you on either of my sites….
No! not, bye, bye! You will hear from me as long as you keep blogging. And I will bug you until you give a full pic of yourself! hahahahhaa

Purin_kun: you can probably contact the ratemyprofessor.com and get either that rating or all of your ratings removed.? it’s really a ridiculous statement, so i imagine you shouldn’t have much trouble getting it removed.
Thanks Purin_kun.You are the first of my students to actually show your support, and I appreciate it.

yhekhor: man i m disgusted. u were a wonderful contributor to the xanga scene & my daily readings. man this disgusts me alright. i m appalled!
You and me both. But life goes on… And keep up the posts, you had some pretty interesting reading for me…

crotchety_old_man: wow, tactlessness never ceases to amaze… im sorry u have to deal with this internet ridiculousness [not wanting to use a much better cuss word]. Your posts will be sorely missed… now what am I supposed to read when i am procrastinating about japanese?? j/k take care then, maybe as a result ill come by the office more peace
You are the first of my future students. And I will expect to see you in my office soon! Then you can get the “LIVE” version of Onigiriman’s humor. By all accounts, its much better than the stuff I write here!

hoymahal: it`s unfortunate that you are leaving xanga, for me, reading your logs made me feel like i was back at GW– less homesick than usual. and sorry about the J-A confusion, that was my fault.
Wow, I didn’t know that I could help alleviate your homesickness! Well, I’ll be commenting on your site, so keep posting!

Hydralisk96: I’ve never read your xanga until Omega made a post about it. Those darn griefers are everywhere. There’s always some inconsiderate little (insert profanity here) who has to have fun by trying to destroy other people’s reputation. It’s too bad that slander can’t be caught over the internet.
Too bad you didn’t post a comment earlier. Or did you only read Omega’s comment very recently. Well, if I have time, I’ll drop by your place for a visit…

zettonv: That really sucks that someone had the nerve to rite something like that in your journal, something like that can affect your career deeply and should never be messed with at all. i really enjoyed your journal alot and i appreciate all of your comments on my page, i still hope you have time to still comment on pages but if not no hard feelings, afterall some dickhead had to mess everything up, ill still raed your JA so laters and take care!
Thanks, but get Premium and use the spell check! hahahahah, J/K, J/K! I’m such the dickhead, too.

consummate_leah: You can’t go!!!!
Oh yeah? Just watch me… Hehehehe. But I’ll be reading YOUR site, don’t worry!

Christine0109: sensei… you shouldnt leave xanga. just cus of what that person wrote. if you do, it’ll be his/her victory in the end. just keep doing what u do, ignore the negativities that are going on cus there are just simply too many of them to deal with! theres all kinds of ppl in this world, good, bad, strange, psychotic ppl. dakara dont allow them to let u down. ganbatte!!! your a great sensei dakara 🙂
Yes, you hit it on the head! Well, not the great part, but I am a sensei. And I leave cuz I need to make a statement. But don’t worry, I’m not down. I’m the kind of guy that rolls with the puches, who moves sideways…

kizyr: 先生!アァ、Xangaを続けていただけませんか?お願いします!実際、先生のXangaは一番好きなOnlineJournalなんですよ。多分、毎日何百人も先生のサイトに来るのですが。そんなコメントを書いた人はもちろん最低でしたが、Xangaをやめるわけでは・amp;nbsp;りません。お願いします。まず、RateMyProfessorを連絡して、そんな嘘のコメントを消してもらった方がいいです。それから、問題もうないでしょうね。一人のせいでXangaをやめないでいただけませんか。
・amp;nbsp;んた、日本語は達者だね! 日本で随分勉・amp;shy;してるみたい。はっきり言って、教師として、すご・amp;shy;嬉しい。皆、カイザーの爪を煎じて飲んでもらいたいな。

FLASHtheBRUIN: =( Some people take jokes too far… I’m kinda sad that what someone thought was amusing has lead to you leaving xanga!!!
It happens. Life goes on. Just treat you woman well. Did you take her to Sushi Gen yet?

simply_marie: =0( we love you… SPiDey and Lovely love you a lot. I’ll open my diaryland again soon.. I hope you’ll visit from time to time. =0( I’m so sad.. I don’t know what else to say. *waving fist in air* STUPID PEOPLE!!! >=0( =0( I’m so sad.
Yes, I’ll visit you Diaryland. Hahahah. Y’know, I used to always think that it was dairyland. I couldn’t figure out what blogging and milk had in common. Hahahha! I guess those Cambridge monkeys, who said you could mix up the letters in the middle of a word and still read it correctly, were wrong. Or maybe I’m studpid, it’s spelled correctly and I mis read it still! Hahahaha!

tanjf: do you really have to go??? i’ll be missing you man… you are of the few ppl who cared to give me cooments and e-props in my xanga. you are also one of those few ppl whom i suscribed to! where am i going to find another xangan like you?…. i won’t unsuscribe you, just in case you decided to blog in xanga again. * to that @$$hole who tried to defame you : ROT IN HELL, MAN!
Yes, I really have to go. But I will mention on this site when my JAJournal–link at top of page–is updated.

ca1b0y: What? You sure you’re decided on this? It’ll be sad to see you go… I’ll be missing all your great entries. I think we’ll all miss you. If this person was malicious enough to hurt you in that manner through your xanga journal, how safe will you be by continuing to write in your JA journal? That’s the risk of revealing yourself online.
Yes, I know, I know. I am not protected. But as i said yesterday, that is not the reason why I’m leaving… But I will be in touch. Don’t sweat it, man. Wait until the Tokyo summer. You’ll be sweating plenty then!

jammkat: and here i was just thinking to myself the other day, what a difference creating a xanga presence has made in your life. for onigiriman, fall’03/winter’04 will be the year of the xangans, and now it all seems to be disappearing again. hmmm, not good, but change is constant, leaves sprout and leaves fall again. don’t be bitter -?as you can see, the vast vast majority here would never betray you in any way. (but you’re just not a ‘bitter’ kinda guy, are ya!?) anyway, maybe now Musubi-chan will see more of you than just your shoulders hunched over the keyboard!!!
Hahahaha! Man did you say a mouthful. By the way, weren’t you gonna create a Musubi-chan character? Still waiting… and you are right, I think. I am not the bitter type…

yunnermeier: who was that idiot?! We all really like your blog and I don’t read it everyday but I read it at least once a week! don’t stop blogging! i’m visitor 16888~ 888- lucky number!
Man, you and Taku79! Well, if ever this site reaches 20,000 I ‘ll post something just as a special entry or something… hahahhaha. Like that will happen!

mystic_creator: I’m really sad that you’re leaving xanga. It’s so horrible that someone would do something like that. People have a lot of nerve sometimes. I can’t believe it!!!! You’re probably the most interesting person that I’ve met on xanga. You’ll be missed. Still comment on my site please!!! 🙂 🙂
I’ll try.

detachable: no!!! this is not happening!! UGH! that was downright low for a person to do that! low, low low!!! if it’s a joke, it’s not funny at all. i’m so sorry this happened to you. it seems people are taking advantage of your ‘laidback’ and ‘humourous’ nature far too far. i hope you’ll change your mind about leaving xanga for you will be surely missed.
Thanks, T’pal. And I’ll be missing your photos! They are so cool!

imahima: Nooooo! That sucks! That’s ridiculous! Everyone knows you are the most stubbornly strict professor at GW! How will removing your site remedy this? Because if anyone came to this site to find out who this supposed professor was, they would be able to see all your wonderful writings and all also see the proof that you are very much loved by your students! It will only make the comment look more ridiculous.
Ah, very true, but I have own reasons as I wrote yesterday… but you’ll see me when you get back….

mmh: I’m happy to see you commenting, but don’t stop writing… please? 😦
I know! I love to write, as you know. But I gotta make a stand. And take care of that cat if your sister won’t!

kayanized: dont leave :*(
Gotta. Life is all about change. Hope your remaining time in HS will prove to be fun and adventurous.

tinkariffic: That’s awful. I can’t understand why people would say such awful and damaging things to nice people. It’s unfortunate that someone should leave comments like that, but it’s actually not all that surprising. Some people just don’t understand how to act properly on the internet, assuming that since it’s anonymous, it can’t hurt anyone. Sorry to see you leave Xanga, since your blog is one of the reasons I even got an account. But you should do whatever you feel is best, since you do this for yourself first and foremost.
I’m one of the reasons why you even got a Xanga account? Wow, this really changes things… Uh, not really… Hehehe. But you get the live version of Onigiriman every Tues. and Thurs. No biggie, right?

NukemVomit: That’s so messed up! Though I’ve never had you for a class, I started reading your xanga since Kaiser mentioned that one of his professors used xanga. So I found that pretty cool that a professor would have a blog, and I started reading it. You’re a cool guy. Hopefully nothing bad comes out of ratemyprofesor.com.
Do you study Japanese? Yes this whole thing is messed up, but there’s nothing I can do now… *sigh*

nefarious_hatter: No! you can’t leave! I’m going to miss the comments on my site…
Yes, I can leave! but don’t worry, I’ll be lurking around…. And don’t tell me you only subscribed to get comments from me… Hahah, J/K. I remember you as one of the first Xangan to subscribe to me. and in a way, you were my first Xanga crush… Oops, that sounds kinda bad, doesn’t it… like I’ve had a number of them… Well, um, I have not. Really, no way. Seriously, why would I have a crush… hehehehe.