Owning pets…

Reruns:

Well, even though it’s Spring Break, I will be focusing on other work that I must get done. So in the meantime, I’ll post some previous posts. These were posted on my other site last year when I took a month hiatus due to some idiot’s idea of a practical joke. So if you don’t like reruns, change the channel.

Originally posted on the JAJournal March 3, 2004

I hate to own pets. It’s not that I dislike animals. In fact, I really kinda like them. They are the only ones that will give you unconditional love. You could be in the worst mood, but they will always look up to you as if you were the most important person in the world. Of course, if you’re a dog, then the “owner” IS the most important person in the world. At least until I see a dog flipping burgers at a McDonalds, that is. But if a person with long hair has to wear a hat or hair net, what’s a dog gonna wear? *shudder*

At our house, when I was a kid, we had a variety of pets. My first pet, a dog, was named Kyu-chan, after Sakamoto Kyu, the singer of “Sukiyaki” (Jp: Ue wo muite aruko…). Don’t ask: My mom named her. We had her for about a year when one day she ran out into the street and was hit by a car. I was in the 4th grade and devastated. I went to school and started to cry everytime I thought about her. A classmate of mine, Reed–God rest his soul–tried to cheer me up by telling me his chicken died recently too. Oh? Did you bury her? I asked. She was dinner… Hahahah! I kid you not! I couldn’t make this up if I tried. I’ve had the funniest conversations in my day. But, at the time, his comment made me cry even more.

We’ve had rabbits, and hamsters and tropical fish. But my favorite pet was a cat. Cats can be stuck up, and nonchalant, and they will never fetch. But there is something about their sense of independence, their pride that I just love. And they are smart creatures. No, they won’t pound their paws four times to answer what 2 + 2 equals. It won’t even meow loud if an intruder were lurking–in that, you can’t beat a dog. But still, they can live pretty independently, and they know exactly what they want.

What kind of pets have you owned?

Interesting exercise

W

ell, I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted this weekend. I guess, just knowing that it’s Spring Break allowed me to take it easy a bit. Instead, I just bummed around watching TV, did a bit of exercise and–I’m sure some of you may not believe this–even went for a beer on Saturday night, something I haven’t done in about a month!

I also visited the site of a student and found this exercise.

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your own bulletin…along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Well, I tried it and this is what I got:

A sentence impregnated with images extends the borders of the reader’s imagination, because it is not intellectualized.

–Makoto Ueda, Matsuo Basho, p. 123, sentence 5.

An insightful quote for the writers among us, made all the more interesting given the randomness of the exercise. Well, maybe not that random. I have at least 50 book at arm’s length from where I sit in front of my computer–these are the top three shelves of the books to my left–so I reached for the closest book that wasn’t a dictionary, a text book on grammar, or a book written in Japanese.

If you try the exercise, let me know what you get…

Owning pets…

Reruns:

Well, even though it’s Spring Break, I will be focusing on other work that I must get done. So in the meantime, I’ll post some previous posts. These were posted on my other site last year when I took a month hiatus due to some idiot’s idea of a practical joke. So if you don’t like reruns, change the channel.

Originally posted on the JAJournal March 3, 2004

Stupid Godzilla Joke

I was reading Sammy’s entry yesterday about the end of Godzilla. He mentioned how much better it was than King Kong, and it reminded me of a stupid riddle…but you gotta know some Japanese.

Q: What do you get when a gorilla (jp: goriraゴリラ) mates with a whale (jp: kujira鯨)?
A: Godzilla (Gojiraゴジラ)

Ok, so sue me…

I hate to own pets. It’s not that I dislike animals. In fact, I really kinda like them. They are the only ones that will give you unconditional love. You could be in the worst mood, but they will always look up to you as if you were the most important person in the world. Of course, if you’re a dog, then the “owner” IS the most important person in the world. At least until I see a dog flipping burgers at a McDonalds, that is. But if a person with long hair has to wear a hat or hair net, what’s a dog gonna wear? *shudder*

At our house, when I was a kid, we had a variety of pets. My first pet, a dog, was named Kyu-chan, after Sakamoto Kyu, the singer of “Sukiyaki” (Jp: Ue wo muite aruko…). Don’t ask: My mom named her. We had her for about a year when one day she ran out into the street and was hit by a car. I was in the 4th grade and devastated. I went to school and started to cry everytime I thought about her. A classmate of mine, Reed–God rest his soul–tried to cheer me up by telling me his chicken died recently too. Oh? Did you bury her? I asked. She was dinner… Hahahah! I kid you not! I couldn’t make this up if I tried. I’ve had the funniest conversations in my day. But, at the time, his comment made me cry even more.

We’ve had rabbits, and hamsters and tropical fish. But my favorite pet was a cat. Cats can be stuck up, and nonchalant, and they will never fetch. But there is something about their sense of independence, their pride that I just love. And they are smart creatures. No, they won’t pound their paws four times to answer what 2 + 2 equals. It won’t even meow loud if an intruder were lurking–in that, you can’t beat a dog. But still, they can live pretty independently, and they know exactly what they want.

What kind of pets have you owned?

Interesting exercise

W

ell, I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted this weekend. I guess, just knowing that it’s Spring Break allowed me to take it easy a bit. Instead, I just bummed around watching TV, did a bit of exercise and–I’m sure some of you may not believe this–even went for a beer on Saturday night, something I haven’t done in about a month!

I also visited the site of a student and found this exercise.

  1. Grab the nearest book.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the sentence in your own bulletin…along with these instructions.
  5. Don’t search around and look for the “coolest” book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

Well, I tried it and this is what I got:

A sentence impregnated with images extends the borders of the reader’s imagination, because it is not intellectualized.

–Makoto Ueda, Matsuo Basho, p. 123, sentence 5.

An insightful quote for the writers among us, made all the more interesting given the randomness of the exercise. Well, maybe not that random. I have at least 50 book at arm’s length from where I sit in front of my computer–these are the top three shelves of the books to my left–so I reached for the closest book that wasn’t a dictionary, a text book on grammar, or a book written in Japanese.

If you try the exercise, let me know what you get…