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If You Had Money?

If you had money what would you do?

Seriously think about it for a moment. If you had say $10 million what would you do? I’m guessing lots of you would buy or pay off your house or sell it and get a new one. Would you quit your job? Would you start a new job? Would you move? Would you retire? Is $10 million enough to retire? Would you teach? Or run a flower shop? Open a bar or a cafe or a club? Would you invest? In what? Buy a sports car? Blow it in Monte Carlo?
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Cultural Differences

One of the things you learn from living abroad is just how many things you assume are natural that actually aren’t.
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Getting Ripped off by Siegel's

I’m going to admit right off the bat it was stupid of me to order a suit from the USA to Japan. The thing is the suit I wanted is not a common style and it was for a costume-ish party so I thought “what the heck”. In my defense I did look around Japan. I found only 3 places that might have a similar suit. 2 in Tokyo, one in Osaka. But I wrote the one in Osaka and they never got back to me. I visited the 2 in Tokyo and they didn’t have my size and I thought it would take them longer to get my size than to just order it myself. I guess though I should have listened to my first instinct.
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Why Japanese is Hard to Learn

This is mostly in response to the English is Hard to Learn meme

One of the first words you learn when studying Japanese is “iku” (行く)The word “to go”. So, given that it’s spelled

行 i
く   ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

行      ___
実行 ji___
行う ___u
膝行 i____
売れ行き ure___ki

Or about about this one.  “iku” (生く). It means “to live” or “to be alive” So given that it’s spelled

生 i
く ku

How do you think you pronounce these words?

先生   sen___
一生   i___
芝生   shiba___
往生   ou___
千生り sen___ri
埴生   ha____
平生   hei___
弥生   ya ___
蓬生   yomo____
生り   ___ri
相生   ai___
下生え shita___e
生える __eru

Answers:

行      gyou
実行 jikou
行う okonau
膝行 izari
売れ行き ureyuki

先生  sensei
一生  isshou
芝生  shibafu
往生    oujou
千生り sennari
埴生    hanyuu
平生  heizei
弥生  yayoi
蓬生  yomogiu
生り  namari
相生    aioi
下生え shitabae
生える haeru

All languages have their quirks. :)

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

I didn’t like this movie and it is apparently highly rated. This bugs me a little. I feel like either ( a ) people have no taste anymore ( b ) the high ratings are manufactured ( c ) I’m old

I don’t accept ( c ) as I’ve almost always disliked movies with huge issues. ( b ) is possible and if true I feel like there’s a secondary problem which is that people don’t think for themselves. They see it’s considered good and want to feel cool/hip/in the know so they go along with the crowd. This is for example how I feel about many SF restaurants whose food is not that great but people want to say “I went to hipster restaurant XYZ and I’m cool because I like it too”. Yes I realize they might actually like it. Whether that’s because they haven’t had better or because it matches their taste and not mine is another issue.

Then there’s ( a ). I tend to believe ( a ) or maybe people never had taste haha. I guess I want to believe people didn’t used to highly rate bad movies as much. Maybe I’d have to go back and check.
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We should NOT celebrate Columbus Day

Reference: Columbus Day

Jill: “TIL Columbus didn’t discover America nor did he or anyone else at the time think the world was flat. He was an awful awful man. He tortured people, raped and sold little girls, and directed the killing of thousands of people.”

John: “So?”

Jill: “So we should probably stop celebrating Columbus Day and maybe consider renaming Columbus Avenue in San Francisco back to Montgomery Street.”

John: “But it’s tradition. I remember learning ‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue’”

Jill: “Actually the holiday is only from 1930s and the street had its name changed in 1909″

John: “Seems silly to rename them now”

Jill: “What if it they were Hilter Day and Hitler Avenue?”

Season 5 of Breaking Bad Sucks

I wasn’t the huge fan of Breaking Bad. I watched but had issues with it. Jessie’s repeated bad luck rubbed me as unbelievable for example. The airplane accident had no point. Tons of things happened because people didn’t talk which is a huge cliché

But, overall, it was fun to watch and seemed to make internal sense. That is until Season 5.
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Amsterdam's Red Light District

I visited Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. I thought about visiting it alone but decided a tour would probably be more fun so I signed up for this tour. Our tour guide was great. Very sex positive. Very supportive of the working girls. I highly recommend it. Here’s some notes and thoughts.


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Copenhagen Notes

Notes to myself about Copenhagen

I’m not sure what I expected visiting all these Northern European countries but it’s interesting how they are all similar and yet all distinct. I guess that’s the same as any cities but they’re more distinct than say 2 US cities which generally have more similar cultures.


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Berlin Notes

Berlin

So far I like Berlin a lot. I can’t really put my finger on why? Maybe the other cities seemed too clean? Not like there is such a thing as too clean but I guess by that I mean I felt like people had to conform more in Stockholm and Belgium? That probably makes no sense to the people that live there.
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