VACommuter's Shenanigans in Japan

Discussion in 'Asia' started by VACommuter, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. VACommuter

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    Plane was delayed several times leaving LAX due to mechanical issues but we finally took off. Surprisingly empty.
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    Except for my freaking row. I usually can go 12-14 hours without taking a whiz. Of course since I had a window seat I had to pee twice. I held it as long as I could but had to wake these two up twice so I could pee.
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    Had ramen last night. First time I saw these. No idea what they were sitting on the table.
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    Hit it with google translate on the iPhone and realized they are hair bands to keep your hair out of the ramen.
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  2. VACommuter

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    I went all out. Had the rice and egg in the piping hot skillet.
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    Some tasty goyza.
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    Then some pork ramen. It’s now Monday morning and the movers show up at 0800 or so to start packing this circus up.
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  3. VACommuter

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    Day 1 with the movers is done. The opted to take the little bike today. Had the camera ready but no carnage.
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    A little keystone kops but they made it happen.
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    They filled 5 crates and 1 motorcycle crate. Back at it tomorrow at 0800.
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  4. VACommuter

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    Movers finished yesterday. 11 total crates filled with my shit.
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    Crate #11 was the big bike. What could possibly go wrong here.
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    Fortunately nothing. On her way to the land of the big PX. I’m sure someone at the VA DMV head will explode when I try to title and register.
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    Get a WV title, then transfer it. :nod
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  6. VACommuter

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    Evening stop at my favorite sushi place. 1630 and it looks abandoned but they are open. At 1700 the Japanese came pouring in.
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    Wifey likes hers more on the rare side. Some expensive fatty tuna.
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    I go with my known favorites. A little flame seared salmon.
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    Smoked mackerel.
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    Tuna salad wrapped in seaweed.
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    And of course the fried shrimp roll.
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  7. VACommuter

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    11 crates of household goods already packed out. I also rate 350 pounds of express shipment unaccompanied baggage. HHG goes by slow boat but UB goes by air. Included my riding gear and extra work/casual clothes.
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    Spied this last night. I’ll meet you guys at that new place, itchy balls.
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    Met some work mates at an izakaya last night. All you can eat and drink for two hours at 3500 yen per person. Frosty cold brews were my beverage of choice.
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    Wifey likes endame. Not me. My food eats this shit.
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    only captured a fraction of the food consumed. Orders placed via iPad at the table. Spring rolls.
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    Rosy cheeks as I’m starting to get lit.

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    Karaga. Fried chicken bits.
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    Fried chicken skin.
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    Steamed dumplings. Great night with friends.
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    Received some departure gifts from my peeps. Former employee hand drew a portrait of me with colored pencils. Definitely a face for radio.
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    Two high end Japanese themed ties.
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    A Navy themed bow tie.
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    And a steel beer mug embossed with my fake Japanese name that the gave me when I started over 4 years ago. Makio Sukiyabashi. Great group of employees. I’ll miss them.
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    WOW !! Very nice ,really captured your soul !

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    Agreed. Well done, and thoughtful!
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  11. VACommuter

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    Swung by this soba place for supper but they were closed for a private party.
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    Backup plan was steak. Hmm, keep your women way from that fatty meat.
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    Hit the salad bar.
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    I ordered the Quadruple tower hamburger.
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    Something lost in translation and menu pointing. I had to make due with the double.
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    That left room for three scoops of Baskin-Robbins french toast.
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    Watched this shop making stuffed fish shaped pastries. Filled with chocolate, sweet bean paste, or strawberry. Tempting, but I passed. Flying to Hawaii tonight to get some skin cancer carved off my ear. Wear a hat and use that sunscreen!
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  12. VACommuter

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    Flew out Sunday night to Hawaii. Waiting for my driver at work I went out back to get a coffee from the vending machine. Automatic lights didn’t come on due to construction and I whacked my shin hard on a bench. Bled through my jeans but I didn’t have time to change. Hurt like a mofo for 2-3 minutes. The amount of blood surprised me.
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    Google maps showed a DQ in the area but I couldn’t find it. Next best thing was a huge Murican breakfast for lunch.
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    Since I’m here to get some early skin cancer carved off my ear I thought a new hat would be a wise investment. Good kit from Australia.
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    Just for grins, this is the before picture of the culprit. Never seemed to heal. Always had a small scab. That bitch is coming off. Hopefully it doesn’t go too deep.
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    Missed your safety meeting didn't you?
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    Pictures of the leg wound or it didn't happen.

    New moniker: 'Van Gogh'
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  15. VACommuter

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    Not very big considering the impressive amount of blood on my denim. Doesn’t hurt at all now. Heading to the doctors office this morning for the 0830 appointment. More importantly need to figure out where I want to eat today.
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    Procedure done. They got it all on the very first cut so minimal ear meat/gristle removed. Couple of internal and external stitches to bring everything back to alignment. Have to get them removed in a week. I’ll be in Vietnam so either the wife pulls the stitches or I have a local do it. Bound to be an adventure.
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    Cab brought me back to my hotel in time for lunch. I hit the burger place next door. Started with the fried pickles and peppercinnis.
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    Then the pastrami and Swiss on rye. Ate it while I watched Penn Stare blow the Rose Bowl. Took 2 Tylenol with coedine and feel like it’s time for a nap.
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    Persistence Pays off. Finally found the DQ.
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    I enjoyed a large pecan turtle while....
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    I enjoyed the view. Beautiful place. I spent 4 years stationed here while in the USMC but was ready to return to the mainland after that.

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    Random birds inside the terminal. Gotta love Hawaii.
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    On the flight back to Japan this is what I got when I asked for a Coke Zero. Very confusing. Back safe and sound. I work tomorrow then fly out for my last big vacation in this neck of the woods.
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    Shot of my bionic ear. They can rebuild it.... I’ll get drunk in Vietnam and have wifey pull the stitches out.
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    Glad ya got that taken care of... :thumb