Thursday, November 30, 2006
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It was really hazy today. When we have high pollution days it normally means that there is going to be an awesome, color-stoked sunset.
As if on cue, there was a glorious sunset at Mission Beach. Brilliant shades of orange, red and yellows reflecting off the water. You can see two surfers trying to get in that one last wave although, overall, the ocean was pretty calm.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
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Friday, November 10, 2006
Yes, they have McDonalds even in Japan and they serve mostly the same food with a few local dishes for the burger averse. Most of the customers are Japanese as opposed to Westerners and they appear to be adapting to the fast (if not especially healthy) Western fare.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
At my coworkers funeral, there was a decent sized crowd but they were notably all from work. One of the bosses got up and said what a hard worker he was and how he never turned away work and traveled at the drop of a hat. Seeminly ironic things for a boss to say at someone's funeral who just died of a heart attack.
It does raise the question of legacy. What do we want to be remembered for and by whom? Do we want to leave a lasting impact in our community? Do we want to raise a family? Indulge in politics? Create revolutionary new technology? What can we look back on in our old age without regret? Is shipping hundreds of millions of semiconductors something to be proud of? Or do should we strive to be remembered for something more personal or even interpersonal? Is one good friend at your funeral better than a dozen co-workers? Curious minds want to know.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Hah, got your hopes up but it's just another really cool jellyfish picture that I snapped in Osaka.
Meanwhile, it was another crazy day at work. Execs yelling, re-orgs that seemingly don't make sense, all in the wake of yet another coworker passing away from a heart attack. What's a wayward Hawaiian to do? I'm open to suggestions...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Looks like the Democrats are having a pretty good night, given the initial results. Neither party was being very forthcoming about the reasons behind the results. The Republicans would not admit that they were getting trounced in the national elections because they had strayed to far from the middle. The Democrats were a little more candid about why California still has a Republican governor who, ironically, has recast himself as a moderate "Repubocrat" and is suddenly very chummy with the Democratic state legislature. It seems, in my humble opinion anyhow, that either party, if left completely in charge of the henhouse/bank eventually becomes extreme in their policies and alienates the majority of the voting public. Perhaps, we are best off with gridlock with neither party in full control since gaining consensus requires compromise which drives legislation back towards the middle. Either way, a lot of people will be relieved in gaining a little balance in the Federal government.
Monday, November 06, 2006
A little spillover Halloween cheer just to get you warmed up for Thanksgiving. Can't imagine what Santa will be like!
Of course, tomorrow is election day, isn't it? I'd best get to reading that ballot so I don't end up sitting in that voting booth too long tomorrow. Busy day ahead of me.
Stay warm. Stay safe.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
This is a picture of a bridge in Osaka shot from the cab of a taxi with the windows rolled down. It's really quite dramatic in a single tower suspension sort of way (as opposed to the golden gate with two major towers). The setting sun lit it up so that it shines against the background (kind of like using a really really big flash to do foreground lighting).
Saturday, November 04, 2006
The Funeral is done. The church was magnificent. Lots of coworkers were there as well. The speeches were mostly very inspiring. Perhaps, my only regret is in not having gotten to know him better. Odd that you should learn that a person is so much deeper than what you knew at work by the testimonies of his family at his funeral.
I was getting a little teary at the end of it. You can try to keep it all in but somehow it always creeps out somewhere. I dodged the reception afterwards. The only thing more embarrasing than sniffling in public is sniffling among co-workers. I left a CD with some old pictures of happier times in the card. I've never seen him smile quite so much as those days so I figured I'd share those moments with his family. A parting gift from a wayward photographer.
I had a beer and a chicken salad for lunch. I feel better now. A little wattery eyed but no more sniffling. I could use a hug but hey, I'm the one that's still alive and kicking. That's something worth being grateful for all by itself. The food helped too.
Friday, November 03, 2006
I had a bad day at work, capping off a really rotten week. It all started with the passing of one of my coworkers. Everyone is down and in a bit of a foul mood. Without going into details on the histrionics at work and why my day was generally miserable, I'll note that I need to write something inspirational in the card for tomorrow but I'm really feeling a bit empty at the moment. I suppose I could just sign it. I sent a nice donation to the American Heart Association at the family's request. Still, there's no sense of closure. Ironically, as my co-worker was from a Catholic family, I'm thinking that something from the Bible might be comforting and I conveniently have 3 or 4 versions of the Bible. Do you suppose that it is hypocritical to put in a bible passage to console a religious family even if you haven't been to church in a really long time? Oh why not...
...okay, it's done. I chose Psalm 23:4, "yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for thou art with me...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever."
Farewell old friend...
The photo is of a large, engraved monolithic rock that stands outside Osaka Castle in Japan.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Japan is a very crowded place. Lots of people and lots of cars all cramped into tight spaces. To deal with that, they have some of the tiniest little cars that are high but very short so they can squeek into little parking spaces. They also have these tiny little construction machines that look like a cross between a crane and a trencher. It's so tiny I'm not sure what keeps it from toppling over when it digs into the ground. The driver was apparently taking a break. Also kind of fun but hard to see in the reduced picture is the mini-fro (aka big hair). Most Asians have fairly flat hair but this guy had a little fro going which was photo-worthy by itself.
On another note, the halls at work were notably empty at 6pm tonight. While that may not seem odd in many work places, a lot of us typically work late. However, having our co-worker pass away of a heart attack, the third in 5 years and the second in 2 years, has apparently gotten the work force thinking about family, exercise and anything but working late.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Do you ever feel like you work and work and work and never seem to get ahead? Kind of like a boat to nowhere? Or perhaps it's just a matter of discipline and determination.
This guy was sitting on the sand waiting for the waves to come in. Each time a wave came in he would wiggle around getting a little closer to the water. He did finally get into the surf but it certainly looked like a lot of work. I'm guessing he just didn't want to get his feet wet starting up further in the water. Either way, it was pretty funny to watch.
For all you Scorpios out there, and you know who you are, have a very happy, deliberately fun filled birthday.