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  1. I wondered about this one, which was all over some Yamanote Line trains a few months back. It could be the usual Funny Engrish. Or it could be the result of some ad campaign by native speakers in their own country, tied to some television or movie spots as the latest ad-pushed catchphrase. A reversal of the "nothing is impossible" homily. Anyone in English-speaking countries know whether it is the real deal (English fractured by native speakers) or just a sad mistake?
  2. Yeah, I actually forget I'm wearing it. In the pics it looks heavy and bulky, but it's neither. Once you zip it on you forget about it until the part of any good day on the mountain when you know you are about to slam helplessly into something, possibly a very hard something, such as concrete ice, the edge of a pipe, or god forbid a tree. I wouldn't go in the pipe without it. I also wouldn't ride on an icy day without it. Not that I think I would end up in the hospital without it. In some sense and on some days it is overkill. I think in the 3 or so seasons I've used it, I only had one f
  3. I've been wearing the Azonics Z-5 (now Z-6) for several years. It's a motocross back, shoulder and elbow/arm protector with a kidney belt. To me, it felt like total protection, and I've whacked trees, the side of pipes and slammed down on hard ice in it without pain. It's not heavy or restrictive, but if you don't dress puffy, then the shoulder protection might make you slightly resemble an American football player in pads. It can be had for about US$130 online in the US, I don't know about availability here. Better Google it. Mogski has the sam
  4. Lately I'm partial to "confabulation" and "Noily Prat", the drink of prats with quality and sophistication.
  5. Why would anyone want to learn English in NZ? It can't be very useful over there.
  6. All them canned coffees have a kind of roasted sweet sausage aftertaste. Why is that? What are they putting in there, some kind of vegetable oil instead of milk or something? Yuck. Better off carrying those little foil tubes of instant, then mixing your own Strong Brew with hot water and a bit of milk. Or just eating the instant coffee like candy.
  7. Quote: Moguls don't have to be bad for your knees. If you have the proper technique, control and timing. The problem is getting to that level and being always in control. Heh...the same could be said of walking the highwire, or juggling flaming chainsaws. No problem at all if you never screw up.
  8. Snowboarding alone is not the answer. I tore cartilage in both knees snowboarding the moguls. I was just getting good at it, too. Toque has the right idea, and I wish every day was a powder day. What can you do to save your knees? That's easy...don't abuse them.
  9. What a bum I am...I wasn't asking for a favor and look what I got!! Thanks, we'll give them a call and see if they have any specials. Also, I was looking at the wrong pricing chart. It's cheaper if you stay on a weeknight, and also cut out some of the extras that I don't think we need. In fact, we probably only need lodging and breakfast, as dinner and skiing will happen elsewhere. I'm also looking for help with my 2004 federal and state income tax returns, can I use your name with the IRS too?
  10. That NASPA website is a gem But does it really cost 33,500 PER PERSON in a double room to stay at their New Ohtani?! That is really pricey. It blows away the Niseko Prince and the Prince at Furano too. Just look at my picture, immediately to the left. I can't afford it.
  11. Your itchy skis have been infected with the "Sporea Yuzawa" virus. You will need to rub them with spring-conditions wax and insert a flask of Jaegermeister into your hip pocket, for judicious sipping on the lift (medicinal purposes only). After a few desperate, last-minute flareups, the itch should disappear in mid-March or early April. WARNING: Unless you plan that Utah trip, the itch may recur in late autumn!
  12. Any recommendations on a comfortable or charming hotel within easy driving distance of Kandatsu or Echigo Yuzawa Stn.? I'm going up there with my wife and 5-month-old baby. They will probably loll around the hotel/ryokan while Mogs and I attack the slopes. No longer is it the cheapest drinkingest accommodations available for just me and Mogs. My wife likes to be warm and comfy and be amply supplied with cakes, coffee and some flashing lights and shopping or delicious food (as opposed to production-line group resort hotel dorm style living/eating). Nice if there is a "family
  13. If the standard is bringing a CamelBack full of margarita, a couple of Darvocet or Vicodin for the late-afternoon wind-down into a steak and red wine dinner, and showing up in a bright yellow and orange 1-piece snowsuit obtained at the Salvation Army for $1.79, then my sister is the best board girl ever. And she can board, too.
  14. If anybody is expecting, I heard "Mitsubishi Motors" is still available.
  15. Sorry P'Jem, but there's probably a taxi driver forum with a thread 11,678 replies long where that driver just posted something like, "and sure enough, there was the Story...he FORGOT his money, and after his firm DIDN'T GIVE HIM ENOUGH to get home, this foreign person kept pressing me to give him a freebie...can you believe it? Do they think we are out here for the joy of driving strangers around town? There were plenty of empty seats in other cars on the road, why not ask THEM? I only give freebies if it's a hot gal or a blonde hostess..." Sorry you didn't tet all the wa
  16. Nice! Reminds me of a dream of mine that I won't be getting to until retirement, minor lotto winnings or a nervous breakdown intervene. What you doing up there Plucks? On vacation or working?
  17. It's Paul Rodgers from Bad Company. A very old dude. And a very different kind of voice. This could be like Tom Waits doing Journey. Or Lous Armstrong doing Aerosmith. I don't get it! Why would famous old rockers want to pack stadiums with throngs of screaming bald men and people whose sunglasses collections stopped with pink or yellow blades...why would they want to accept million-dollar checks for jamming with their friends like in the old days when they were the kings (or Queens) of the world...why would they want to get out of their quiet homes in their 50s, pick up a
  18. I've been watching the cheap and maudlin television drama "Last Christmas" with Oda Yuji. Final episode coming up on Monday. Is anybody really surprised that the lady is going to die and leave him alone on Xmas? I expect to see another few shots of that one bulb on the tree that won't stay lit. (That's her!). "Last Christmas"... My wife said "Isn't great, he even made the song to go with it!" Actually, it's a 1984 song by WHAM, George Michaels' old group. Yes, I am feeling old.
  19. Barbara Bain and Martin Landau were married. They met on "Mission Impossible" when she was what passed for a Hottie in those days. Wasn't Space 1999 a Canadian show?
  20. Mine is a tossup between tearing cartilage boarding the moguls at Naeba, or the fastest get-off I ever had--onto rocklike ice nonetheless--at Whistler last March. Whiplash like you wouldn't believe. MAN was I going fast!! The fastest I've ever gone on a board. Almost a year later I still get terrible neck aches and have popping in my vertabrae. A chiropractor helps, but I have to go every couple of months. With bum knees and a bad neck, I am not planning to be Dr. Danger on the slopes anymore. But then I get to the mountain, and forget about all that!!
  21. They were 45s...the first was either Barry Manilow's "Mandy", or Eric Wright's "Dream Weaver. Ocean, your the title of your first record album parallels the kind of play costume that I used to offer women on their first date back at my old Shibuya digs. It's all about putting the needle in the groove.
  22. The people who are most tired with polls are the ones who didn't vote on this one. How can we measure them? # of views of this thread without voting?
  23. Possible answers that are definitely incorrect: --a type of edible nut --the annex where you pee
  24. I see the feelgood vibe here and wish I were sitting down having some beers with you guys! North American beers are often ridiculed, and for good reason. The mass-produced stuff is mostly diluted peewater. But it needs to be clarified that many foreigners ignorantly buy the wrong beers in the US. Put another way, foreigners don't know how to properly buy beer in the United States. There are jillions of delicious small-brand, local and micro-brewed beers all over the place. They're everywhere. When I go to a bar or liquor store, that's all I look at and all I drink. If you go to a bar and
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