Where am I?

I don’t really write online anymore. There is simply just too many things to do. But when I do, I have to decide where I’m going to write. I began blogging a number of years ago at Xanga. I was wrote so much that I decided to break down and purchase the “Xanga For Life” for one-hundred big ones. It didn’t seem like a big deal back then, but I did pay for the site so if I ever write I’ll write there. You can find me at ONIGIRIMAN.

But I could always change my mind. We will see…

4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!

I was supposed to go to the National Mall with Musubichan to watch Barry Manilow and Aretha Franklin, but she changed our plans–I should feel lucky, actually. Instead we are having her friends over for a BBQ. While it means more work, it also means less walking around the Mall, which can be quite strenuous.And, of course, less Mandy, too.

Eating Disorder

Wow, I haven’t been here in about three months. This is not a good thing as this is THE place where I keep up my writing skills, meager as they are…

Anyway, I’ve come to realize that I must have an eating disorder with regard to timing. Last night at dinner, I was eating some stir-fried that Musubichan cooked up. It was good and I was hungry, so I was eating rather vigorously. I am pretty dexterous with chopsticks and can convey food to my mouth rather quickly, but it seems I have a timing issue these days. At one point, I failed to pull out the chopsticks from my mouth quick enough and ended up biting into its tip, cracking not only my favorite pair of chopsticks, but also a small portion of my front tooth (right incisor).

How stupid of me. I should relax while I eat and concentrate on taking the chopsticks out of my mouth before I start chewing. But concentrating on the mechanics of eating would distract me from the pleasure of eating, and that would make meals uninteresting. Of course, the upside would be that I might eat less and lose weight, and save myself the agony of going to the dentist to repair my teeth, let alone losing my favorite set of chopsticks.

Hope everyone in Xangaland is well and healthy this summer.

Random Thoughts

I am still adjusting to tweeting on Twitter. Most seem to write about their everyday life–I going to lunch, I worked out today, I’m meeting a friend for drinks tonight. I started to do something similar, but I am unsure if other people want to know or even care about the minutiae of my everyday life. So instead I’ve been tweeting things that don’t necessarily deal with specific activities of my everyday life, but express more about what I’m thinking or feeling.

In the past few days, this is what I’ve written (some editing was involved):

  • Anyone know what is “pi day”? Is it about “pies” or the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter?
  • Onigiriman is really digging the original UK version of Life on Mars, although the slang is sometimes a pain in the jacksie.
  • Onigiriman needs a bolt of energy to get his butt moving forward, but a ponderous, cloudy DC Sunday is not helping.
  • Onigiriman wants to know: What is OpenDNS? Can someone explain this to me?

Can anyone answe some of these questions? I’m not getting much of a response from these tweets, but then what can you say in 140 characters or less?

Random Thoughts

I am still adjusting to tweeting on Twitter. Most seem to write about their everyday life–I going to lunch, I worked out today, I’m meeting a friend for drinks tonight. I started to do something similar, but I am unsure if other people want to know or even care about the minutiae of my everyday life. So instead I’ve been tweeting things that don’t necessarily deal with specific activities of my everyday life, but express more about what I’m thinking or feeling.

In the past few days, this is what I’ve written (some editing was involved):

  • Anyone know what is “pi day”? Is it about “pies” or the ratio between a circle’s circumference and its diameter?
  • Onigiriman is really digging the original UK version of Life on Mars, although the slang is sometimes a pain in the jacksie.
  • Onigiriman needs a bolt of energy to get his butt moving forward, but a ponderous, cloudy DC Sunday is not helping.
  • Onigiriman wants to know: What is OpenDNS? Can someone explain this to me?

Can anyone answe some of these questions? I’m not getting much of a response from these tweets, but then what can you say in 140 characters or less?

Happy Spring

My thoughts for today:

  • Dear Mr. President. Hah! So there! UCLA 65, VCU 64… okay, so it was close…
  • I am even more livid with AIG and the economic crisis after reading an article on Rolling Stone Magazine that outlines how it started, how we got here, what the mind set of Wall Street is, and ultimately how screwed we all are. Must read The Big Takeover.
  • Today is the Vernal Equinox–actually it was 7:44 this morning. Happy First Day of Spring everyone! Well, as happy as one can be given our current situation.

I’m such a Twit

I had heard of Twitter quite a while ago when the people at RBJ began tweeting–I think that’s the verb–with each other. I resisted. I swore that I have enough sites to my name at places like Blogger, Hotmail, Aim, RBJ, LiveJournal, WordPress, Nutang, CafePress (yes! buy Onigiriman goods!), Flickr, Shutterfly, YouTube, MySpace, Flickster, Technorati, just to name a few. (Just so you know, I don’t even deal with many of these sites anymore, I just want to hold onto my name. ) I figure that it was enough. I even have a Jaiku account which is I think similar to Twitter, so I thought, “Why bother?”

Well, it seems that everyone on TV is talking about Twitter. It’s like the Facebook for 2009. So what did I do today? I registered.

Unfortunately…. Someone already is using my screen name. I mean seriously, my name is so unique, why would anyone want to steal it? Worse, I don’t think this person is using it because s/he has no updates, no followings, no followers. What’s up with that?

Oh well, I don’t own a cell phone so I don’t know when I’ll be tweeting, but I will try to do what everyone else seems to be doing–Exposing every facet of his/her life. Sheesh. What is this world coming to?

Obama’s (non) State of the Union Address

It is customary for a president to be seated for a year before he gives a State of the Union Address, so Obama’s speech last night was not really a State of the Union. Even though the talking heads on TV treated it as such–my poison is MSNBC–it wasn’t. It was more like the Hopeful State of the Union, the way Obama envisions how his stimulus package will work out when implemented. There were a few promising moments, but he grabbed my attention when he got to education. This is the first time I can remember any president speak so publicly about the necessity of HIGHER education–education beyond high school–and how it will hold a place of prominence in his policy.

It is our responsibility as lawmakers and educators to make this system work. But it is the responsibility of every citizen to participate in it. And so tonight, I ask every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training. This can be community college or a four-year school; vocational training or an apprenticeship.

But whatever the training may be, every American will need to get more than a high school diploma. And dropping out of high school is no longer an option. It’s not just quitting on yourself, it’s quitting on your country — and this country needs and values the talents of every American. That is why we will provide the support necessary for you to complete college and meet a new goal: By 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

I’m a college professor, and I’m not embarrassed to admit that I got misty eyed when I heard this.

25 Random Things

There’s this list going around Facebook and I’ve been tagged a couple of times to do it. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a list so I thought I’d comply. Many may already know the contents of the list below, but I will try to include new facts without being too gross.

“Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people, then click publish.)”

  1. I love dark chocolate and rarely eat milk chocolate. This is not a result of being lactose intolerant, which I am, but there is something about the bitterness of chocolate that I crave.
  2. I love dark leafy vegetables. This may be related to dark chocolate in that dark leafy vegetables have a tendency to be bitter as well: spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, shungiku (chrysanthemum leaves), etc.
  3. I feel really old these days. While some of this is physiological, a lot of it is situational. I just don’t understand what my students are talking about sometimes, and it really makes me feel out of it.
  4. I need to write and submit at least one article during my sabbatical, if not two or three.
  5. If I wasn’t a teacher, I’d be a cook–successful or not.
  6. When I retire, I plan to move to Japan.
  7. But I don’t plan to retire for a long time so plans can change.
  8. I got a D+ in Modern Japanese History when I was an undergrad.
  9. It took me five years to graduate from a two-year community college–I was working full time most of that time, and had a lot of Ws.
  10. I wanted to be a professional musician but realized that the chances of an Asian American becoming a rock star were pretty slim back in the 70s. The reality, of course, is that I was never very good.
  11. I tell my students to stop cracking their knuckles, but I crack my own when they are not around.
  12. I can do an imitation of Golum. The voice, not the face.
  13. I am ambidextrous. I can drink beer with either my left hand or my right.
  14. I never cut my fingernails at night because this will bring misfortune to parents–(sub)urban myth in Japan. My parents have been gone for a few years now, but Musubichan’s mother is still around.
  15. I can burp and fart at the same time–Just kidding. I’ve actually never done this, but I bet I can if I tried… Anyway, I always feel like these kinds of lists require something stupid and gross, so I feel obliged to put in at least one gross item, true or not.
  16. I used to be a Republican and I actually voted for Ronald Reagan. As a teenager too young to vote, I even worked briefly at the Asian Americans for Nixon campaign office in LA. I’m now an Independent. My argument, however, is that I have changed very little over the years. The country around me has shifted to the right, leaving me in the middle–fiscally conservative (basically), socially liberal (mostly).
  17. The scar on my right cornea is getting worse, and I think allergies exacerbate the condition. It tears up constantly and it looks like I am crying. Indeed, my right eye often looks puffy.
  18. I dream of having a 31 inch waist again.
  19. I’m not a liar, I’m a storyteller. I will embellish stories to the point that after telling the same story a hundred times, it sorta becomes the truth and I don’t remember exactly what actually happened. Some might call this lying, and so be it. But I prefer storyteller. I once caught a fish THIS BIG….
  20. I used to be a congenital flirt. I love the opposite sex so much–much to the chagrin of Musubichan–that I couldn’t help myself. I have absolutely no ulterior motive–certainly not now at my advanced age (what could I possibly do?)–but I used to love the give and take, the innuendo, and double entendre. The urge is now mostly gone, but sometimes creeps to the surface when I go drinking–it takes a bit of will power to keep my mouth zipped, my hands in my pockets and my eyes looking only at my wife or the beer in front of me. (FYI: Never at work and never with students. Duh!)
  21. I want a large flatscreen TV and HD satellite service.
  22. Everyone already knows this but I am a J-drama addict.
  23. I want to see my daughter in Japan.
  24. I love carbs but its a one-sided affair because carbs seem to hate me. Every time I eat carbs, I gain weight exponentially. If there were carb free potato chips, bread, chewy spree, or even cereal, I’d be in heaven.
  25. I wish I had a salary commensurate with my background, level of education and dedication to my work. I had my taxes done by H&R Block a couple of years back and the person doing my taxes expressed surprise, referring to my W2 as a “workman’s salary”. Indeed, I found out I make less than my plumber–granted he owns his own business…

I’m tagging the following: Dawn-109, Jerjonji, Kenshiro, Kyzer, La Mangust, Onigiri, SunJun, Takunishi, Whonose, The Greatest Pip. That’s 10. The other 15 I will tag on Facebook.