November 23, 2017: This ‘n That!

Quick, get in!  Next stop = Slumber Land! Hey, if you're thinking of making our dogs new outfits, Akemi offers up the following doggy measurements.  I think she does a fairly good job of capturing Suji's trademark wide-eyed wonder, and Lulu's general furtiveness. Who feels like kaka for dinner?  Pardon me?  Happened across this sign…

October 24, 2016: My Writing Process!

The other day, I was asked to describe my writing process.  My first instinct was to say I didn't have one but, upon further consideration, I realized that I do follow certain patterns when writing a script. Step #1: PROCRASTINATE I'll do anything to avoid starting a script - surfing the net, doing my taxes,…

Cloverblob!

Cloverblob!

So there I was the other day, minding my own business when I received the following message on Twitter: Hunh?  Who, I wondered, is zoiepalmer's cat?  Well, I did a little research and, as it turns out, zoiepalmer's cat IS Zoie Palmer's cat, Cloverblob, who apparently has her own twitter account.  Hoping to avoid any…

November 20, 2013: Tokyo Day #15!

The old adage is true.  You never truly appreciate something until it's gone.  Like, say, your appetite.  Or even the ability to eat something without having it transform your stomach in a raging maelstrom.  At the beginning of this trip, I was on the top of the world, assuming I'd get to try anything and…

November 19, 2013: Tokyo Day #14! Back on the horse! Oden! A return to an old favorite! And, of course, desserts!

I think I actually put on some weight on this trip.  No.  Really.  Upon my arrival in Tokyo, I had a choice between two notches on my belt - the first, a little tight; the second, a little loose.  I opted for the latter and, fourteen days later, that loose notch is actually kind of…

November 16, 2013: Tokyo Day #11! Esquisse! Kushiage! Star Bar!

I have at least one revelatory dining experience every time I visit Tokyo and, on this trip, it was the dinner I had at Esquisse, Tokyo's hottest French restaurant.  Located on the 9th floor of the Royal Crystal Ginza, Esquisse has only been open a year and a half but, in that short time, under…

November 14, 2013: Tokyo Day #9 Part Two! Studying robotics in Shinjuku!

Being a huge fan of science fiction, I have always been fascinated by the world of future tech: nanotechnology, faster than light travel and, of course, robotics.  Last night, I was afforded the chance to explore the latter at one of Tokyo's hottest night spots, the Robot Restaurant, a place where science and spectacle converge…

November 14, 2013: Tokyo Day #9! Wherein we check out Akemi’s old neighborhood and I eat way too much. Again!

Yesterday, we took a day trip to Akemi's old stomping grounds, catching the Chiyoda line from Hibiya station to Yoyogi Uehara where we transferred to the Odakyu line and finally arrived in Seijogakuen-mae.   In short, just a little easier to get there than it is to pronounce... Once we arrived the first thing we…

November 13, 2013: Tokyo Day #8! A day packed full of jam! And whisky!

Akemi: When I was a kid, I had big eyes.  Like everyone in my family. Me: Why? Akemi: I'm not sure.  Maybe because we eat a lot of meat. Well, just a little meat for me yesterday - but a lot of whisky. We joined Akemi's family for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants…

November 12, 2013: Tokyo Day #7! Noisy cell phones! Kamakura! Beware of Kites!

It would seem that my mother's opinion of Japan has taken a drastic u-turn after she watched the Tokyo episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown.  I assured her that not all - in fact, I'd venture to say very few - Japanese women choose careers as skimpily-clad performance artists in robot theater.  Also, I had no…

October 8, 2013: Celebrating in the grand American tradition! In Canada!

To the casual observer, Canadians and Americans are practically indistinguishable from one another.  I mean, sure, there are the odd physical disparities (ie. our eleventh toe, the fact that our hearts are located approximately three inches lower than that of the average American's) but, for the most part, it's very hard to pick a non-sandal-wearing…

May 20, 2013: The Supermovie of the Week Club reconvenes! Cookie Monster reviews X-Men: First Class!

Watching X-Men: First Class like dating smart, beautiful she-monster who be fantastik company - until she drink too much, start rambling, talk about her ex, linger over espresso, and leave you wishing date could have ended sometime after dessert and before she vomit in your cabriolet.  Disappointing because movie start off VERY strong but, sadly,…