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iMac (Mid 2011)

iMac.

27-inch, 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7. Lion comes next month!

Magic Mouse

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Magic Mouse.

Spring Blueberries

Today is the vernal equinox holiday. My blueberries are also fully in spring mode.

Blueberry buds

Strawberry Flowers

My strawberries have started blooming. The fruits are flavorless, but they smell great.

Strawberry flowers

I hope I can get a camera with a manual focus some day.

I Hit a Homerun

Free Homerun Bar

You got the iPhone 4!

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Owning an iPhone since its price drop in September 2007, I found myself a 2G transitional fossil in a 3G Galápagos after coming to Japan. Instead of upgrading and jumping right into the keitai culture, though, I decided to save myself. Apple had announced new models each summer so far, so an upgrade shouldn't be that far off. And it wasn't.

"Here's the iPhone 4. You can preorder starting next week, and it comes out the week after that."

Hmm, preorders start on a Tuesday? I have to work then. Oh well, I'll just preorder on the weekend. Everyone who wants an iPhone must already have one by now. Demand won't be that high.

Saturday. "Hi, I'd like to preorder an iPhone 4." "Sorry, we're all sold out." "What?" "We can put you on a waiting list, though. We'll call you as soon as more are available." "Okay."

That was June 19. August 14 they finally call back. "Your phone's ready."

After waiting so long, they must have wanted to prevent any sort of barotrauma. The activation process in the shop took over two hours.

On the bright side, I guess I saved on about two month's worth of phone bills.

I'm Being Eaten Alive

Bite mark on my shin.

The mosquitoes here are going to suck me dry! Goodness gracious does it itch, too.

Back by Popular Demand

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Hm, already June, is it (or almost July, now that you mention it)? I need to take more care that these planned sabbaticals don't overflow into unplanned ones.

What have I been up to since the last time we met? Well, in March I moved to Japan. In April, I started a new job. In May...um...I remember there was a May. And it's still June, so that's proof that June has occurred up to this point.

The past three months have been so busy, it all runs together. I guess you could say I've "settled in" by now, but haven't yet nailed down that rhythm that reveals the time available for leisure between working hours.

What's new with you?

Hawaii Vacation 2009—Part II

The view from our room if you stick your head out the window and look to the left.

We stayed at the Continental Surf, one of Aqua Hotels & Resorts "lite hotels." The amenities certainly warranted its two-star rating, but I have no complaints. Well, maybe one: the shower could have benefitted from some more water pressure. The beach was only three blocks away, though.

After we dropped off our luggage at the room and walked around Waikiki a bit, it was about time for dinner. The bus driver had commented that in his 20 years in Hawaii, he had yet to come across a restaurant that he liked, but there was a place up Kapahulu Avenue called Ono that lots of other tourists had said they liked, so we figured we'd try it out. A twenty minute walk brought us to a hole-in-the-wall joint we nearly missed for its nondescriptness. We were told there might be a wait to get in, but there was not, and we were served shortly after ordering.

Top row: poi, haupia. Center row: pipikaula, laulau, kalua pig, lomi salmon. Bottom row: rice, sliced onion.

The wife and I split a combination plate of kalua pig, laulau, pipikaula, lomi salmon and haupia for $17. The plate also came with a serving of either rice or poi. Plenty of folks back home had warned me about the poi, a bland paste made of taro root, so when the waitress asked if we'd like rice or poi, I confidently chose the rice. When the food came, though, she brought us an additional, small bowl of poi, "Just so you can try it." Though we initially dipped our forks in with significant trepidation, we were soon downing it with no trouble at all. Don't get me wrong; it wasn't ambrosia or anything like that, but it was enjoyable enough.

The combination plate stuffed the both of us to bursting. Tomorrow we would have a 7:15 a.m. breakfast orientation with Pleasant Holidays, so we rolled back to the hotel and went straight to sleep.

Again, to be continued!

Bone-in McNugget

I got a bone in one of my Chicken McNuggets tonight! While I never doubted the authenticity of a McNugget's constituents, I now cannot help but dream up all sorts of diabolical apparatuses involved in the McNuggets' assembly.

"Get in there, you verdammte birds!" Ga-chunk! Ga-chunk!

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