Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Connecting my mind to the lines

How many times have I failed to finish Kanji in Context? What point would it be to finish it?

Regardless of whether it is worthwhile or not, I have been fighting an going battle with this lovely book and its vocabulary for the better part of 7 years perhaps. I start, I stop. I give up and begin anew. It's one of those lasting goals that just never pans out. Life always gets in the way or my laziness.

I miss the spring in Japan. It makes me sad that I can't hop in my Honda Fit and careen through the narrow mountain roads to spots that feel mystical and beautifully forlorn. There are so many places I would go if I could. It's been two years since I left and it gets easier with time but I will forever contemplate my situation if I had stayed this past two years. Wherever that would take me is not where I am now however.

But I have to connect some way. The only way I know how. I'll pick up this book again. I'll drill the vocab. I'll read the sentences. I'll write the compounds. It brings some strange solace and peace. Live through these words I say. I'll find may way back down those mountain roads, along the rice paddies, the fortress of sugi, and the flowing streams.

Only I really care.

Friday, May 29, 2015

November 17th, 2014

I wish I would have had more time to take pictures of the churches but my time was cut short in Macau. Two days later I had to leave Macau and I haven't been back since. Apparently, I could maybe go back but it isn't worth it to test the ban on entering...

Church in Macau

Friday, May 22, 2015

Crab Walls

 It's been a bit cool and rainy these days. By chance I came upon these scans from my Olympus Pen. Well, I should say I found the camera and then discovered this folder sitting in plain sight on my computer.

crab walls

I should really take it out for a spin and use it more. I have some very subtle but interesting images from it.

I also need to post once a week but my soul is a bit dead. No rhyme or reason.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Someday I'll Return to the Trails of Fushimi


The blast of cool air from the forest depths feels great.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Macau scooters

The amount of scooters in Macau is crazy. I'm sure it doesn't come close to Vietnam or other places though. Still, its a noisy ruckus all day long and most of all I am amazed I don't see more accidents. People weave in and out of traffic full of other cars and buses.

But in a city where parking spots go for a premium price, it makes economical sense to get something you can park without breaking the bank.