There are Nice People in The World

Left this bolt of cloth, nice as was woven in Japan and has nice traditional Japanese prints on it, after rescuing from wife unit, who was going to cut it up into strips to tie up yard trash.

Somehow, I knocked off the seat yesterday morning and onto the garage floor, and the person who parked next to me later on,  must have picked it up and place it on the roof for me to see and go, ‘Whew’!

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Ms. Hamp, or What’s Behind Door # …?

A bit flip the title, but this is a good summary of how here fate could go.

And no duh, reports are she’s resigned from her position at Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan.  News that really is not news.

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Life’s All About The Next Chapter

Have a young woman, Chinese, but speaks, reads, Japanese and is an attorney, on the project, who is now pregnant, though not showing yet.
She mentioned now she’ll not be able to do things she wants/wanted to do.  My thought was after son unit, that bringing into this world, another human being, nurturing, guiding , and in some respects shaping personality might not be enough to have a stature erected in one’s honor, but its also not a shabby accomplishment either.
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Weirded Out, Like Really

Today marks another birthday, and no, this post is not to troll for congrats…..  Opened up my computer homepage this morning,  which is Google, to see the Google homepage motif was/is  birthday cakes and cupcakes.

Now I don’t recall putting my DOB in my Google Chrome account, so unless this is some weird coincidence, how then does Google know its my birthday today?

Google sees all, hears all, knows all?

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Not a Good Way To Start a Saturday Morning

For one thing,  its raining and looks to rain for the entire weekend.

The state in which I live, mandates yearly safety inspections for all vehicles.  The idea is to help keep drivers safe, but its more a boondoggle for auto dealers & service stations, IMHO.

All vehicles must have in  the lower center of the front windshield, a state-issued decal showing when the next inspection is due, a bit like Japan come to think of it..  Mine is up at the end of the month, which is of course a couple of days from now.  What if?  If spotted by a cop, I would be ticketed, fined, etc….I don’t need that.

Why at this late date?  Again due to  my work hours, can’t really do it on a weekday and there’s been stuff on past weekends which have distracted.

So after a doctor’s apt which ended early that scheduled yesterday afternoon, called the dealer from where I bought my vehicle to see if they could squeeze me in before COB.  Was told that was not possible (fair enough), but there would be an inspector n premises the following day (today), but as it is the end of the month, I should try to get in when the service dept opens at 7:00 am.

OK, get up today much earlier than I planned or wanted to, skip my coffee and something to eat, and head to the dealership to be told they did not have an inspector on premises today.

Wait a MF’ing minute folks.

This sort of stuff annoys me at any time, but coupled with no coffee or food in my system and the early hour of the day…. that is not a good combination to start to F with me.

In a situation like this,  I don’t shout, that is counterproductive for one thing, but instead my voice goes into a low, growl like mode and I told the personnel I called yesterday and specifically told by the service dept  there would be someone on premises to handle the inspection.  The service person was unaware there would be, he checked and sure enough there is someone there…..

So here I sit at a nearby outpost of The Evil Empire (again, aka Starbucks) sipping my coffee, and my breakfast sandwich long since devoured.

You know, when you think it over, it all comes down to communication and checking/confirming (one of the many invaluable lessons I leaned at Toyota) to avoid unnecessary hassle.

Yesterday, when I reached the doctor’s office early, I really had to ‘go’ and asked the front desk if I as expected to produce a ‘sample’ for the visit.  the receptionist checked and was told, no not this time, so I headed for the restroom and gladly drained the bladder.

At the end of the visit, headed to the  office where the lab is so a blood sample could be drawn, which I knew, and then told they needed a urine sample.  !!!???  Told the tech what I had been told at the front desk.  The tech’s response was they and the doctors personnel sometimes fail to communicate.

And those on the other end bear the consequences…

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Weird is the Man…

…who will not use an open urinal to pee, but instead uses one of the toilet stalls….  but then after being thrown in with this bunch at the worksite since last August,  most of them have a weird side somewhere.

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Julie Hamp, Con’t

Poor woman, if she wasn’t toast before the police raids of the day before, she is now.

An article gleaned from a Google search, published by Bloomberg, caught my attention.

The articles’s tone is that Ms. Hamp, because she is not Japanese and a woman, is being singled out, made an example of, all over some pain medication.

Have the very strong sensed the person who wrote the aticcle has very little experience in or wth Japan.  What has happened to Ms. Hamp, like being publicly ‘frog marched’  is no different than the uproar if the person was a public figure and Japanese, in fact it might have been worse.

True as the article touches on,  there is in Japan unfortunately, a latent undercurrent of discrimination, resentment or whatever towards non-Japanese, but I would say show me a country where there isn’t such.

And as for demanding she would have been treated differently than a Japanese public figure in the same fix, smacks of the end of the 19th Century imperialistic extraterritoriality extended to white westerners.

Surely if the shoe was on the other foot, the writer would have a different point of view

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