Saturday, January 21, 2017

My Take on T3XA5

This place is sick nasty in a different way. Here are a few things I noticed.  I had tons of culture shock.  Yes, you can still have diss in America.  Especially in T3XA5, it's basically its own country.

(Unfortunately or fortunately, I needed a point of reference, so things are compared to the Pacific Northwest from time to time.)



Texans must love parties and cheap domestic beer.  Folks up in the doom n' gloom world love wide varieties of craft beer. 

Both photos were taken in a local convenience store in da burbs. 

2/6 = 1/3

Look! Concrete transmission lines!  I haven't seen these since Japan.  I'm guessing it's because of tornados.  This was in a "newer" area. I haven't seen them since. 

3/6 = 1/2

Apparently, the only one of its kind in the entirety of America. It's in Frisco which is a short drive north of Dallas.  I got an educator discount dispite not being and educator anymore.  All I did was show my Japanese drivers liscense, said "I taught English in Japan", and boom-shock-a-lock-a; TWO DOLLARS OFF!

The museum takes you through the history of video games.  I'm not a gamer guy but I'm pretty sure dey had every console.  

Giant Pong!

Atari sickness!

Grips of games!

AND an arcade!

I'm not going to show you all the pictures but this place was well worth it. If you plan to visit, it's honestly a great museum.  The NVM is also attached to a kidz science museum and a few other projects still in development.  I'm betting in a few years, this place will be so sick that it's terminal!

4/6 = 2/3
I didn't order a side dish with my pulled pork sandwich (とてもたくさんめっちゃ美味しいDESU) at the gas station because I still wanted an appitite by the time I got to my destination. I lost it when I looked at this.  If I see it again, I'll give it a try.  I might have to pinch my nose.  

But as they like to say: 
"Can't diss diss...  'till you tried diss"  
I like peanuts and peanut butter so maybe it's ok. 

Large country bumpkin roads.  These big ole byways run everywhere. At the end of the day, you could use them as an alternate between mega metropolises but generally they connect po-dunk towns in the middle of nowhere.  In other places in 'Merica, they would be an interstate.  In T3XA5, it's a small road!  


6/6 = 1
Super Dooper Nice and Polite People!  

If there was a reason to move here, it would be for the people.  Everytime I visit, I'm blown away by the hospitality and kindness of strangers.  

DISS WARNING (this is for the college kids)

After being in Japan for six years, I thought that people from the NW would still be kind and cool.  Yes, they are cool.  That is why we have a phenomenon known as the Seattle freeze.  This is where you're like " hey stranger, let's hangout"

And they're like "ok"

Then you call them up and they are like "sorry, I'm melancholy today and have to listen to death cab for cutie" Then later you find out they went to hangout with friends from kindergarten.

There are quality people up here but it always seems like everyone has a socially awkward and autistic vibe to them, myself included. Out in Teaxs, I was welcomed by all sorts of people.  My favorite was women thinking I was diabetic.  They called me "honey" and "sweetie" all the time.  That was weird but cool. 

Anyhow, I'm sure I'll be back in the land of Texas!   Until then...

See Ya! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


It's really happening.  Tomorrow, I leave with my sister to Campo, CA.  I had thought about doing the PCT almost a year ago.  Now, I'm about to start.  I have a huge range of emotions that I am experiencing.  There is a lot of uncertainty but I'm sure that I can do this.  If you are interested in following my journey, please go over to my PCT blog.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PCT Next Year? (2016)

It's been a dream of mine since I was a young lad, to hike the PCT. I don't quite remember when I first heard about it but it was probably in my childhood. A portion of the trail ran right through where I grew up, The Columbia River Gorge. There were trail markers I'd see quite often and through hikers I occasionally saw in the summer. When I was young, I never thought much of the trail. It was only once I got older that I knew I need to experience it.

Throughout my early twenties, something or other got in the way of things I wanted to do. A lot of the times it was work but sometimes it was money, as I just didn't have enough. As I worked as hard as I possibly thought I could, that old saying came to mind "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy". I had wanted to live in Japan since I was a kid, so I went for it.

I packed up and headed out at the ripe age of twenty four. I found a job as an English teacher. I had only planned to stay three years but financial troubles and falling in love has kept me here a bit longer.

I'm thirty now, still in Japan and trying to figure out my next step in life. I want to return to America but I don't quite want to go straight back to work. Living in Japan as a teacher has given me something most people don't experience; two and a half months of paid vacation. The time off has given me time to think about a whole lot of different things. The PCT being one of them. I'm sure the trail isn't going to fix my problems but spending time in nature is a form of therapy for me. I'll have a looooong time to think about what I want to do for the next chapter in my life.

For now, I'm reading up on the trail as much as I possibly can. I'm trying to budget and stash away money. Soon I'll be buying gear and testing it out. I'm conditioning my legs for the long walk ahead. At the same time, I'll be tying up all the lose ends in Japan. There will be many goodbyes to be had. I'm not worried about my adventure, just anxious.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Google Ads and Youtube

A few weeks ago I decided to put out some ads on YouTube to see how they would play out. I put down $25 and it was to go for two weeks. The results are in...

Google ads on YouTube work, people clicked on them and I got almost all the clicks that were predicted. The retention rate was also surprising as most who clicked watched the video most of the way through. The downside I feel, is that I didn't get many subscribers. This is what I was hoping for.

Maybe I need to alter the content I create. Most of my videos are about specific things and very a little about me.

I forgot what I was going to say.

It's been a while

I haven't wrote in here in a while

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Keeping up with Blogging - an update

It seems like every six months, give or take; I decide to write a handful of blogs and then forget again.  I think this is another instance where I will do the same but I figured I should give an update on my travels.

In a weeks time, I'll be on a plane headed for Portland, Oregon.  I'll be back home, among the evergreens and fresh air.  I'm looking forward to it.  There I will be celebrating a delayed Christmas and New Year's with family.  Accompanying me on my trip will be my girlfriend.  It will be her first time in the US.  I'm hoping she likes it.

Next month, I'll be in the Philippines once again.  It will be just a short five days but I'm looking forward to it.

That's about all for now.  I felt like there was more I was going to say.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Breaking Bad Set and El Morro

The day after visiting Armarillo, myself and a couple friends kept heading west.  The adventure that day was filled with pure spontaneity.  Probably one of the best days on our trip.

The final video about our trip will be pretty short.  I'm not sure if it will be my next video but I'm sure that I'll complete it in the next few weeks.

A Paris, TX video is also in the works.  As far as Japan videos are concerned; I have Edo wonderland, Cup Ramen Museum, and a few other ideas up my sleeve.  What would you like to see?  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A big box of fireworks

While on a road trip through the SW of America, my friends and I had to take a pit stop in New Mexico. Gas stations and tourist traps are everywhere in the US but this one seemed special. The store inside had the largest box of fire works I've ever seen.

It was $600 for the box. Which is way more than I would ever pay. Fireworks are legal in Washington but I've never spent more than $10 on 'em.

Hokkaido Ramen

Butter on noodles
It melts into the soup stock
It is delicious

Dr. Who - Police Telephone booth

Who here watches Dr. Who?  I don't but guess what I found in S. Korea and Olympia, WA?  I found a Dr. Who police telephone booth.

The one in S. Korea was a promotion for the TV show called Dr. Who.  I don't know much about it but I assume that Dr. Who probably uses these telephone booths like superman and changes into his or her clothes.

My friends told me that the Dr. who police telephone booth is called a tardis but that doesn't make sense because it says police box on it.

The one in S. Korea was for a promotion for a TV channel from England called The BBC. Which kind of confuses me as BBC stands for British Basketball Company. The Dr. Who police telephone booth in Olympia was found at a burger joint. I can't remember the name but they had good tate or tots.

Next Stop... PARIS, Texas!

Right now, I'm finishing up a video. It will be out this Saturday, the 27th. What's coming down the pipeline next? How about Paris, Texas! I visited this place when out was far out east, visiting my grandma. I'm not sure how I even learned about the place but a nice short video about the beauties of this city will be coming out next month.

Here are some snapshots!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cadillac Ranch - Armarillo, TX

About a mile outside Armarillo, Texas, due west; is Cadillac Ranch. I read about it a few days prior to visiting It was listed on "Weird Things to See in Texas" type of website. At the time I was with friends and we were on our way to Las Vegas. Starting in Dallas, I thought we'd cross through El Paso but when my friend Steven said we would be avoiding that are due to cartels and going through Armarillo; I was thrilled. I immediately told them about Cadillac Ranch. It was time to soak in some Americana.

View video Here

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow days - Feb 2014

Last weekend, nearly everyone in Japan was snowed in. There was maybe a foot of snow here in Otawara. I know that where one of my friends lives, just a few kilometers away; there was about twice as much snow. The roads have been terrible, the trains were shut down, and the power was out here in Northern Tochigi. It was out for around eight hours. Normally when the power goes out, it's not out for that long.

Since there is electricity that works the pump in my apartment complex, I couldn't use my water. My gas line still worked and I was able to heat up some food. I was more or less ok for the day and if it went on for a few more days, I would have been fine. Most Japanese people are not prepared for something like this. You think they would have learned from the gigantic earthquake a just three years ago.

The shelves in convenience stores were quite bare. All the cup noodles and instant food was sold out. Of course there was other stuff you could buy. But some of it might have needed just a bit of electricity for preparation. Even as of yesterday, a lot still isn't available.

Major supply lines have been cut off in other areas of Japan. Around Shizuoka saw over a meter of snow. Somewhere around fourteen people have died so far. I don't know how that is remotely possible unless you're driving or get swept away in an avalanche (we had one of those too).

When the power was out one of my friends drove to a neighboring city for supplies. It took him twice as long as normal. He said the drivers were terrible. Since the power is out, traffic lights are out. There were no four way stops. Everything turned into a free for all on the highways.

Cycling to school this morning was terrifying as the side walks were covered in snow. This meant I had to ride on the road. Luckily, the sun is out and I think most of the snow will have melted by the time I'm done with work. I'm going to pick up some more supplies before I go home. Word on the street is that my area is going to get about 20cm this Wednesday.

I now have a bunch of water thanks my friend Brian, so if I need to flush my toilet I can use that. There has never been this much snow since I've lived here. I thought this winter has been fairly warm so far but it looks like it's just late.

If anything crazy happens mid week, I'll have a slew of new updates. That's all for now.