Not Responsible




Not Responsible

Originally uploaded by ekraay.

At my office, they don’t allow me to take my bike to my office. On the other hand, they don’t take responsibility for someone stealing it.

I think I’m going to put one of these up at work. Not responsible for sleeping on the job. There, that solves everything!

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Pirate Day is Over

Since Pirate day is over, and since my site is best viewed with the boring but predictable theme “WordPress Default”, I recommend you select this as your theme. There should be a select box in one of the side columns. A sad day for a pirate it be. Err…Maybe my pirate speak is more like Yoda than a salty sea dog.

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Wicked Izakaya evening




Kei’s family

Originally uploaded by ekraay.

Kei’s family took me out for an Izakaya dinner and we went to the show Wicked. Izakaya is like Japanese tapas. Popular with Japanese businessmen, it features lots of finger food. The musical was bright, flashy, entertaining and funny.

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Parents Against Junk Food

I survived on popcorn, soda and pizza through high school (that was, until my mom found out and started making ham sandwiches for me). But I was lucky and had a solid breakfast and dinner every day. What about the kids who don’t have good eating role models at home? Seems like they’ll be doomed to become type 2 diabetic, overfed and undernourished. That’s what Parents Against Junk Food are trying to fix. In the richest country in the world, why can’t we feed kids better than “Malk” and sloppy joes?

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Vancouver Weekend

Kei and I spent the weekend in Vancouver, BC, attending a wedding for one of her friends, Sue.

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We visited the Kintaro Ramen house when we were there. It was everything I imagined (and possibly more as I’ve been on a low carb diet). Here is a brief video…

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Rainy season

It looks like summer is over. Rain is falling. School is in session. And Kei and I are thinking about automobiles. With Kei at a full time job, I can’t use her Mazda 323 anymore. So I’m driving the blue gas guzzler to work most days. It’s a great reliable ride, but my internal calculus says that spending $150 on gas a month with the Ford is not money well spent.

The questions is, what is a good compromise on low price, high reliability and fuel sipping gas mileage? The Honda Civic comes to mind, but they are so expensive used. New ones are larger and nicer, but I don’t want to spend $20k. We may have found the answer. The honda fit. Small for parking yet room enough for a bicycle with only the front wheel taken off thanks to it’s “Magic” rear seat. Handling like the Mini, 33 mpg city, and only $14,000 base. No all wheel drive, but great for commutes and trips to Portland.

Is it worth buying a new car? I’m thinking about the song “I got this car to drive to this job, I got the job to pay for this car.” Am I falling into this all too common trap? We move in November, and it’s possible we could move to a place much closer to both of our workplaces. However, I would need to drive to sailing, and there are the trips to the mountains to consider. Decisions, decisions…

Lighthouse Baristas




Lighthouse Baristas

Originally uploaded by ekraay.

So I feel guilty. I was at a dinner party the other night with Jordan, Kate, and some English folk, David and Liz, bad mouthing Lightouse. I love their coffee, but I felt their baristas were a little too uppity. But after going today, and maybe it’s just the time of day I used to go (in the afternoon) and I went in today (at 7am on Sunday,) the wage slaves were quite pleasant. Not Starbucks chipper, but not dismissive either. My middle class sensibilities appropriately soothed by this development. Maybe I’ll get my pound of espresso in the morning from now on, instead of the end of a double tall coffee slinging day.

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Tachyon Weblog

So, the post below became my first entry in the Team Tachyon sailing log. I’m thinking that one will be filled with details about practices, how we did, and sailing links. I’m not sure how I’ll do maintaining two blogs, but we’ll see.