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After visiting my customer I stopped by an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the area for lunch that my friend had taken me to before.
I usually don't like pork dishes very much but I went with my friend's recommendation and ordered the sliced charbroiled pork over rice. It was surprisingly really tasty!
I got greedy and ordered some spring rolls too
This is a traditional Vietnamese drink...preserved plum (umeboshi) and sugar soda
When JT comes to LA next time I'll definitely take his ass there!
Yokohama Curry Museum to shut its doors
YOKOHAMA -- A popular theme park on curry here is to be closed at the end of March next year even though it is profitable, its owner said.
"Even though it's profitable, it has already achieved its goal of spreading the culture of curry and vitalizing the local economy," an official of Matahari Co. that operates the Yokohama Curry Museum said.
The museum, which opened in January 2001 and features a wide variety of curries, had attracted 8.7 million visitors by the end of November this year.
The company is considering building a new recreation facility after closing the museum, officials said. (Mainichi)
Man, I should've gone there when I had the chance!=(
I was planning on getting some fast food for dinner but as I was about to pull my car into the drive-through I got invited by my big-baller friends to join them for some gourmet meal.
The restaurant was located in a building in downtown LA that used to be a fire station...very interesting.
One of my friends had the aged New York steak with grilled prawns
I chose the seared ahi tuna steak with mango sauce...it was SOOOOO good!
And for dessert...velvet cake
If one of the women was my girlfriend I would shoot this bastard in the leg with a nail gun!
Man who kicked women with nail-embedded shoes handed suspended sentence
A man who injured two women by inserting nails in his shoes and kicking them in the legs avoided jail Wednesday after being handed a suspended prison sentence.
In a ruling on Wednesday, the Tokyo District sentenced the man, 32-year-old Seitaro Kasai, to 2 1/2-years' imprisonment, suspended for five years, and confiscated two pairs of shoes from him.
During the hearing Judge Yasutsune Kawada blasted Kasai's actions.
"They were selfish and mean crimes in which the defendant gratified himself with sexual excitement from seeing women suffering," the judge said.
Kasai was convicted of inserting nails in his shoes that stuck out from the toe area, and attaching the steel cutters from adhesive tape dispensers to his shoes, then using the shoes to kick two women in the legs on a road near JR Shibuya Station in Tokyo between April and June this year.
The women, aged 25 and 28, suffered injuries requiring one to three weeks' treatment, according to the ruling. (Mainichi)
It had been over 2 weeks since I placed the order for my Rome Graft and I still hadn't heard from the shop. I was starting to get a little worried...I thought maybe the shop had either forgotten to send in my order or sold the board to someone else. Then suddenly today I got a call at work today...the board is in!
Of course I went down there to pick up the shred stick after work tonight.
I knew I would pay less than retail b/c I have some connection but to my pleasant surprise my contact gave me a much bigger discount than I had expected...sick!
Still in its plastic sleeve
I like the clean and subtle graphic, it's very different from my Jeremy Jones from last season.
Can't wait to try it out
Sometimes my Japanese friends ask me what exactly is the meaning of "ghetto" [adj.] but I have trouble explaining the word. Maybe the following pictures will help you understand:
Wow, what a cool flatscreen TV! Is it a Plasma or LCD?
This, my friend, is GHETTO!!
I got bored so I lined up all the boots at home. You can see the Prospect (black) that I've been wearing for the last 3 season, the 05/06 Lashed (in the middle) that I bought on sale during Thanksgiving weekend, which I'll return soon and the pimpin' white-gold 06/07 Lashed that I'll be rocking.
Looks like a fashion show
Surprisingly the Prospect is the lightest. And the Lashed is much bulkier.
I do feel a little sad that I'll be retiring the Prospect.
Suddenly the weather forecast called for snow in our local mountains this weekend. I was more than happy to hear that since SoCal resorts have been hurting due to lack of snow.
Because most LA drivers don't have a clue how to drive in the snow and tend to do stupid things, the police usually close the mountain roads (or require chains) as soon as it snows. I had a terrible experience from last season. Big Bear had received a late dump in March and when I reached the foothill I was turned away by the police because I didn't have chains! WTF...I mean, I drive a AWD Subaru and I go up to Mammoth all the time!!>(
So, to avoid the same thing happening to me again, this time I got smart and took the "long way". This detour required me to go up toward Victorville (pass Mountain Die), cut across the desert and take the back road into Big Bear Lake. The road had no passing lane and was rather twisty. And the surface was getting snowy and slippery as I climbed higher. But since not many people took this route I was able to arrive at Big Bear only 30 minutes later than usual.=)
Snow Summit in the background as I was driving into town
I could see the entire town was blanketed by snow, but as I pulled into the parking lot at Snow Summit the weather was fine. I was contemplating which goggles I should use and somehow had a feeling that I should put on my Dragon goggles with the amber lense for all-around riding (I made the right choice).
At the base of the resort...fresh snow and sunny
I was glad to see that there weren't that many people on the slopes. I think most of the them were still stuck at the bottom of the mountain or sliding in their stupid big-ass SUVs on the way up. As I rode on the express lift I noticed the weather changing right in front of my eyes. From half way and up the temperature turned cold and there was fog! But of course I didn't let that distract me from having fun. My feet (actually my board) touched fresh snow for the first time this season and I was all smiles!
Look at all the snow, and it's wide open!
I spent about 2 hours freeriding at Snow Summit then got bored because they didn't really have a park yet. So just like last week, I took the inter-mountain shuttle bus and headed over to Bear Mountain for some freestyle action. But I couldn't believe my eyes when I got there...it was TOO foggy, even at the base!=( The visibility was so bad that it was kinda dangerous, especially because Bear Mountain is full of freestyle items on all of its slopes. I fell hard a couple of times because I couldn't see some of the lips and kickers. The fact that the buckle on my toe strap decided to quit on me didn't help either. You probably could've heard me cursing all the way down the mountain!
I gave up on Bear Mountain after about an hour. I'm not exactly sure why but I started having sharp pain on the inside of my right quad muscle. I didn't want to push it too much so I called it a day. But before I got on the shuttle I caught this new promotional sign. I think JT would get a good laugh out of it:
Man-made snow is STILL real snow!
Apparently it's been snowing up in Mammoth since Saturday night and the forecast calls for more snow throughout the week so I'm finally going to ride Mammoth next weekend...I can't wait!
Self portrait in the parking lot...kakkoi?
I guess working at a train / subway station gives you a lot of inspiration.
Subway worker arrested for assaulting, groping woman on Sapporo street
SAPPORO -- A subway worker who assaulted a woman on a street in Sapporo, kneeing her in the face and molesting her, has been arrested and sent to prosecutors, police said.
The man, Tomoki Masutani, 38, was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault resulting in injury, after a Self-Defense Force member who passed by overpowered him and apprehended him.
Investigators said Masutani attacked a 33-year-old woman on a street in Sapporo's Chuo-ku at about 6:10 a.m. on Tuesday, kneeing her in the face and then groping her breasts. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations against him.
Investigators said Masutani began trailing the woman as she was walking home. When she tried to run away from him, he reportedly shouted out, "Hey, you, do you think I'm a pervert?" and then shoved her to the ground and assaulted her.
The woman escaped when 25-year-old Self-Defense Force member who passed by apprehended Masutani. The 38-year-old had reportedly been drinking at a year-end party from 6 p.m. the previous evening, and was drunk at the time. He did not know the victim.
Masutani conducted administrative work at a station on the Sapporo Municipal Subway Tozai Line, police said. Officials at the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau apologized over the incident.
"This is extremely regrettable and we offer our deep apologies," a bureau official said. "We will deal with the matter once we have confirmed the facts." (Mainichi)