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  1. Even worse are baby showers. Some of the bigger ones could break your neck on the way down!
  2. Worth a couple minutes of just about any work day. http://www.slapthecandidate.com/ The harder you hit, the better you do. After Blair in a gold bikini, I got Gollum to come up.
  3. I assume you're talking about temporary employment? One idea is to go around to the UK offices of Japanese companies to see if administrative or secretarial help is needed. They are usually staffed leanly and might be interested in part-time employment of a native Japanese speaker, to help this or that expat with whatever is going on...yet they have no concept or budget for recruiting. Walk-in or cold calling is a great approach. You can easily get a list of J companies/branch offices and their address/contact info from the J Embassy or Consulate in the UK. This was a little-known bu
  4. Mogs, that story of yours is a big lie. I can't believe you'd publicly defame me so casually. For your information, I am well over 5'.
  5. Since marriage and baby, I have given up going to underground rubber/leather fetish parties in Tokyo, and I really miss having private encounters at home or in hotel rooms with some of the truly twisted, kinky women who regularly attend them.
  6. It's terrible, but I'll admit it. After spending just a few minutes confirming that I will get out of Tokyo within the next year and live in the country with my wife and new baby, I started to think whether there are any ways I can get rich off earthquakes. You know, anything from selling earthquake kits to clever investment schemes in damaged properties. Terrible, really terrible of me to try to take advantage of disasters and their victims...who could just as easily be me or my family. But still...it beats thinking about my current job or how to start up that Internet port sit
  7. I started around February, 1995. I had just arrived in Japan and was using e-mail to stay in touch with family. I dialed into Compuserve's Japan number using a 14k modem. I used the Mosaic browser, then switched to Netscape. It was unbelievably slow and buggy. Once or twice an hour I'd lose the connection and have to dial in again. Terrible. It wasn't until I got ADSL years later that I actually had the experience of logging off the Net because I was DONE, rather than because I'd had enough waiting around for things to load. Remember all-night downloads? Remember choosing Winsoc
  8. Stripper, I know what you mean. You wonder if it's better to run out into the street and be sliced in half by a falling sheet of glass, brained by a cinderblock, or maybe better to stay inside and be crushed like an ant. In the San Fran earthquake some years back, when they finally pried apart the two fallen layers of the expressway that had been on trestles, they found the cars that had been there--and the people in them--had been crushed down to a quarter inch in height. At least it must have been quick. I was living in LA during their big quake in '94. I remember driving home
  9. One sure way to become an alcoholic is to move to Walled Lake, Michigan and live near my brother Joe's house. He and the gang will fix you up for sure...and in the nicest of ways.
  10. Anybody else have that persistent rolling or swaying feeling, even when there is no aftershock? Like you're imagining another earthquake? Both my wife and I noticed this. Still happening a lot today! (Naw, they ain't aftershocks either! The things that swing or visibly move during even a tiny aftershock are dead still during these false earthquake attacks!) EARTHQUAKE FLASHBACKS!!
  11. Flows are the only soft boot binding for me. Super fantastic. High marks all around! What I like best is the quick pop-in and lock...it can be done while already moving, and can be done even faster than some skiers can get their poles sorted and go. I also like the even distribution of pressure you get from the web strap...not like 2-strap bindings that give a beltlike pressure point that can be painful at times. Finally, I like stiff bindings and the stiffer model of Flows is great for me.
  12. If it's Digital Underground, the popular choice is likely "I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom" But as for me, I am partial to booty rap. 2 Live Crew, Luke, 12 Gauge, etc. Lookit that donkey butt and them big ol legs I ain't too proud to beg Get on my knees and break it down like James Please, please Lemme ride that donkey donkey!
  13. Those are some interesting working hours. I worked on a contract basis (paid by the hour) at Kmart's world HQ in Michigan, and the job order was to spend 35-40 hours per week on it. This often had us leaving around 5 or 5:30. But we were the contract guys, so I figured we were special. I figured the regular hires would be working longer hours. Well, one day I stayed until 6:30, and when I popped out of my cubicle the place was a graveyard. Everyone was long gone! Amazing. It was like that episode of the Twilight Zone where the guy wakes up and there's nobody left in the world
  14. A bit partial to Walled Lake, Michigan. Lots of trees and lakes, and maybe a couple of 2-story buildings here and there.
  15. Which do kiwis prefer: skirting work, or working skirts?
  16. My company was admonished by the labor authorities for making people work too much overtime. Since then, we have monthly internal meetings to arrange fake overtime numbers to ensure we are reporting overtime figures that are below the official limit. But people continue to stay in the office for 60-80 hours every week, while only getting paid for a few hours of overtime. In the US, you couldn't get people to work 1.5 or 2.0 jobs for take-home pay of maybe US $20k and a 2-hour commute. It's hard to even explain this to people back home. They figure I'm making it up.
  17. Isn't it true that the jackhammer and concrete saw guys think it's effeminate to use earplugs? Like their ears are tough enough to take the abuse?
  18. Ocean's right. You do what you can. Education and information is a big part of it, but unfortunately the first layers of information visible to people are shaped by ad revenue and entertainment concerns. Even when people hear about the other side of things, a lot of them don't want to hear any more or figure there's nothing they can do about it. Look at me. I am filled with dread, but don't do much beyond make nasty comments to relatives with blue toilet water or gallons of lawn insect killer in their garage. "Um...where do you think that stuff GOES when you flush it away? Want a drink o
  19. Man, landscaping and road work are tough! As a boy I always wanted to grow up to be the guy with big muscles in denim overalls running the jackhammer, because I figured the gals would like me better. That was before I learned that having a cute puppy on the beach is the best way ever to pull chicks, and no hangover or hearing loss required. I've been back in Tokyo since March, so I'm changing my sig! Ta glider!
  20. Standard HR calculation is 8 hour day, 200 working days per year. At 800 yen per hour, your annual salary is 1,280,000. After 24% deduction for income, residence and health taxes, you take home 972,800 per year. That's 18,700 yen per week. Can you live on that? Rent, food, transportation, clothing, heat, water, gas, medical? Get real. These are wages for people who are subsidized by another wage-earner...i.e., living at home with Mom. No future, no savings, no retirement fund, nothing...just a chance to take a hit somewhere else in order to serve the giant wheel of commerce.
  21. What about dual nationals? I'm US/UK, but the poll only lets me choose one of those.
  22. Good thing I still have that wardrobe of latex rubber clothes and the fetish party circuit here in Tokyo!
  23. I have a built-in expectation that a normal business day is about 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. But in my J company job, it is usually 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. My old boss complained about this company and the lifestyle, then changed jobs. I just heard his new working hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. By choice I guess. Am I losing touch with reality, or is a 12-hour-workday somehow normal? It seems crazy to me. Maybe some lawyers and hotshots have to work those hours, but EVERYBODY?! It gets worse. I sometimes come in early, and when I do, they are all already here, all of
  24. It's tough when you think of all the people in soon-to-be consumerized nations getting up to speed using resources for all the great stuff that it's their turn to have...China being the example that comes to mind. The arithmetic is not in favor of a happy result. The whole thing is picking up speed and becoming ever more wastefully ravenous, polluting and destructive. As Ocean pointed out in another thread on Peak Oil, a car is only one way we depend on oil. Anything made of plastic, anything delivered to your market or konbini, planes, trains, most electricity, even things not made
  25. Maybe the suggestion here is that the microbrewed beer goes into the tank and cleanses the buttocks with a thousand tiny bubbles. I'd recommend a lager or pils. The higher sugar content of the dark beers could lead to yeast infections and maybe piles. Brand magicians will soon bring out the Guinness Washlet (UK), the DB Butt Blaster Washlet (NZ) and the Buttweiser Butt Wiper Washlet (US). These fine branded goods to go along with the clocks, bottle openers, ashtrays and t-shirts. Mogs, based on his recent work at a hotel in Dubai, can select the Washlet Girls to model these thin
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