We went to dinner in Yokohama last night. It's a place called Chandler's, a Seattle-style seafood restaurant, at Minatomirai station. Lobster and steak! Nice nice! This photo was taken on the deck outside Chandler's.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
This isn't easy. We've managed to pack a box or two every night over the past week, but very little seems to have changed. It's annoying. Everything is cluttered, nothing seems to have actually been moved, and we now have half a living room filled with boxes.
We have a moving company coming to pick up all of the big, bulky stuff (fridge, bed, kitchen table, etc.), so those items are still making the place look like we don't intend to leave. From what I've been told, the movers will just march in here with huge blue blankets, wrap the computer up, and march it down the stairs. The TV, printer, DVD player, and my dartboard will experience a similar style of abduction. Then we just have to make sure that everything looks mildly presentable for our landlord.
There are a couple of dents in the wall that we're going to have to pay for, but other than that the place is in pretty good shape. The tatami also needs to be replaced, but that's normal. Apparently they're supposed to be replaced every time a tennant moves out.
My back is sore from moving things around (and from playing with the kids), but I'm going to play soccer tomorrow anyway.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Click here for the floorplan of our new apartment. The balcony on the left side of the page is not included with our apartment. That only comes with the apartment on the top floor (we're on the 4th floor).
Measurements are in meters.
Monday, April 17, 2006
This wine bar that we went to has its own way of dealing with empties. With no deposit to collect (and therefore no boy scout bottle drive in sight), the management allowed a glass sea to be created. It's very interesting to look at, and it definitely fits with the atmosphere, but drunk patrons kept kicking the edge of the sea on their way through to the bathroom. Lots of 'cling-cling-clang' going on all night. Just in case someone's counting: the sea got two bottles bigger while we were there.
This is a picture of Kayla, Kelly, and I. Kayla joined us in Pusan this time around, and we did our best to show her around town. In this photo we are standing on the beach in Gwanganli. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to ride the pirate ship at the nearby amusement park.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
It's good to be back.
Lots of stuff on our plate right now. I've got classes to teach, books to read, projects to complete, and a new apartment to move into.
Yes, it's time to move. After three years and four months in our present apartment, we've decided to move on. It's a big change for us to be sure.
And then there are all of those baseball games that I need to go to...
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Dan has done some nice work on his blog. He's got it tweaked so that the banner at the top of page changes each time you check his blog. He's got at least a dozen photos that shuffle through there at random.
I'm thinking about making him a team member on my blog so that he can come and flirt with the html over here as well.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Here we are a-grillin'! 'Hanami' can basically be translated as the act of viewing the blossoms on the Cherry trees. In Japan they tend to be a little bit flexible with the exact definition of the term. Our definition is to sit under the clouds of flowers, cook some meat, drink some beer, and make fun of all the people who are more inebriated than ourselves.
Monday, April 03, 2006
We received Flat Stanley in the mail from our good friend Dan way over in DC. He stayed a couple nights with us before heading off for the port city of Pusan, South Korea. He was really excited about all of the plum trees lining the bike path from our place to the train station. He chose a good time to visit, because the plum trees ('ume' in Japanese) were in full bloom. We then showed him around town a little bit.
Flat Stanley checks the train schedule. He was very impressed with the fact that the trains always arrive when they're supposed to, but he ended up getting on a 'local' by accident. It takes about 50 minutes to get from our place to the center of town by local train. Express trains only take 24. Oops.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Went to Jingu stadium for opening day last night. The Tigers (same knuckleheads my family was in town to see last fall) again got outclassed by the Tokyo Swallows. Final score: Hanshin Tigers (defending Central League champs) 3 -- 4 Tokyo Swallows.
All my preseason hopes may indeed be very close to reality! We have four hitters in the middle of our lineup who have had 40 home-run seasons, a leadoff man who had over 200 hits last season, and a bullpen bursting at the seams with young talent and former major leaguers.
Ishikawa started for Tokyo, and pitched well even after acknowledging that he gave up a 2-run homer in the process. He was followed by Kida (formerly with the Dodgers and Mariners), who fanned four and gave up one run in two innings of work. Igarashi, one of the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball, effectively mixed in his offspeed stuff and slider to retire the side in the 9th with 14 pitches.
I imagine that we'll see Ishii pitch for the first time when we play the Giants in the next series of the season. I'm also looking forward to seeing Takatsu come in to work his old magic. He reportedly throws faster now than when he left Japan a few years ago. He's got age going against him, but we have enough options sitting next to him in the bullpen that we should be able to keep him from throwing more than one inning at a time.
If we get the run support that the lineup is capable of providing, we should easily be able to rest our starter after five innings of work, even if his pitch count is modest. Furuta (player-manager) won't hesitate to let pitchers work out of a jam, especially since he will be catching them and seeing firsthand whether or not they're struggling. At the same time, he might opt to rest guys with an eye on the post-season.
Game two of the three game series is this afternoon at two o'clock p.m.