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  • Friday, January 07, 2005
  •                                          Songs

     

    311
    Play||Amber
    Play||Lucky
    Play||Same mistake twice
    Play||Other side of things


    3 Doors Down
    Play||Away From The Sun
    Play||Here Without You
    Play|| When I'm Gone
    Play|| Kryptonite
    Play|| Changes


    Alicia Keys
    Play|| Diary
    Play|| Fallin'


    Aaliyah
    Play|| Try Again
    Play|| I Care 4 u
    Play|| Miss You


    Ashanti
    Play|| Happy


    All 4 One
    Play|| I Swear


    A.F.I.
    Play|| Bleed Black
    Play|| Let It be broke
    Play|| Three Reasons
    Play|| A single second


    Ac/Dc
    Play|| Highway to hell


    Adema
    Play|| Freaking Out
    Play|| Immortal


    A flock of seagulls
    Play|| I ran
    Play|| The Story of a young heart
    Play|| Nightmares


    Air Supply
    Play|| Here I am
    Play|| All Out Of Love
    Play|| Who Am I
    Play|| The One that you love
    Play|| Lost In love
    Play|| Sweet Dreams


    All American Rejects
    Play|| Too far gone
    Play|| My Paper heart
    Play|| One More sad song
    Play|| Swing Swing


    A Perfect Circle
    Play|| Lullaby


    Amanda Perez
    Play|| I Pray


    A static lullaby
    Play|| The Shooting star that destroyed us


    Ashes Of The Wake
    Play|| Now You've got sometthing to die for
    Play|| The Faded Line
    Play|| What I've become
    Play|| Laid to rest


    Ashlee Simpson
    Play|| Shadow
    Play|| Pieces Of Me
    Play|| Better Off
    Play|| Autobiography


    Avril Lavinge
    Play|| Don't tell me
    Play|| My Happy Ending
    Play|| Forgotten
    Play|| Nobody's Home
    Play|| Anything but 0rdinary
    Play|| Sk8erboi
    Play|| Things I'll Never say
    Play|| Tommorrow
    Play|| I'm with you


    As I lay Dying<3
    Play|| 94 Hours
    Play|| Forever
    Play|| The pain of separation
    Play|| Collision


    A-Teens
    Play|| Half way around the world
    Play|| Dancing Queen


    Bleeding Through
    Play|| Turns Cold To The Touch
    Play|| Revenge I seek


    BBMak
    Play|| The Ghost of you and me


    Breaking Benjamin
    Play|| So Cold
    Play|| Away
    Play|| Sooner Or Later
    Play|| Forget It
    Play|| Break My Fall


    Blink182
    Play|| I Miss You
    Play|| Roller Coaster
    Play|| First Date
    Play|| All The Small Things
    Play|| Anthem
    Play|| Adam's Song


    Bon Jovi
    Play|| Always
    Play|| It's My life
    Play|| Everyday


    Bowling For Soup
    Play|| Girl All The Bad Guys Want
    Play|| You And Me
    Play|| Get Happy
    Play|| Almost
    Play|| Running From your dad
    Play|| Greatest Day
    Play|| Cold shower tuesdays
    Play|| Hang On


    Brand New
    Play|| Good To know that If I ever need attention all I have to do Is die


    Bad Religon
    Play|| Sorrow
    Play|| Heaven Is Falling
    Play|| Drunk Sincerity
    Play|| White Trash


    Britney Spears -coughhoe-
    Play|| Everytime
    Play|| Born To make you happy
    Play|| My Prerogative
    Play|| Toxic
    Play|| Hit Me Baby one more time
    Play|| Crazy
    Play|| Email My Heart
    Play|| Sometimes
    Play|| Stronger
    Play|| I will be there


    40 Below Summer
    Play|| Breathless
    Play|| Self Medicated
    Play|| Drown
    Play|| Still Life
    Play|| Awakening


    Blindside
    Play|| Time will change your heart
    Play|| Die Buying
    Play|| Cute boring love


    Backstreet Boys
    Play|| How did I fall in love with you


    Blondie
    Play|| Picture this


    Bennie Man
    Play|| Dude (remix)


    Box Car Racer
    Play|| The end with you
    Play|| And I


    Brandy
    Play|| Die without you


    Bright Eyes
    Play|| Bowl Of Oranges


    Bryan Adams
    Play|| Summer of 69' (live)


    Brooke Allison
    Play|| Without You
    Play|| I Miss You
    Play|| Say Goodbye


    Chevelle
    Play|| Closure
    Play|| Another Know It all
    Play|| Prove To You
    Play|| Comfortable Liar
    Play|| Blank Earth


    Celine Dion
    Play|| Because you loved me
    Play|| It's all coming back to me now
    Play|| My Heart Will Go On


    Christina Aguilera
    Play|| I Turn to You
    Play|| Reflection
    Play|| Voice Within
    Play|| Beautiful
    Play|| Genie In A bottle
    Play|| What A girl wants


    Christina Milian
    Play|| Until I get over you


    CKY
    Play|| Sara's Mask
    Play|| To All Of You


    Cold
    Play|| Stupid Girl


    Clay Aiken
    Play|| Invisable


    Cradle Of Filth
    Play|| Satanic Matintra
    Play|| Born In A burial Gown
    Play|| Gilded Cunt
    Play|| At The Gate of Midian


    Cher
    Play|| Believe
    Play|| After All [ft.Peter]


    Cyndi Lauper
    Play|| Girls just wanna have fun


    CrossFade
    Play|| Cold
    Play|| Colors
    Play|| Starless


    Damage Plan
    Play|| Pride
    Play|| Wake Up
    Play|| Breathing New Life


    Dashboard Confessionals
    Play|| Ghost of a good thing
    Play|| Hey Girl
    Play|| Bend And not break
    Play|| Several Ways to die trying
    Play|| Again I Go Unnocticed
    Play|| As Lovers Go
    Play|| Carry this picture


    D12
    Play|| My band


    Dido
    Play|| White flag


    DJ Mystic
    Play|| Unchained Melody
    Play|| Tears in Heaven


    DJ Sammie
    Play|| Heaven(candlelight remix)
    Play|| Heaven


    DMX
    Play|| Where the hood at


    Disturbed
    Play|| Down With the sickness
    Play|| Stupify


    Enrique Iglesias
    Play|| Addicted


    Eminem
    Play|| Love me
    Play|| Hallie's Song


    Evanescene<3
    Play|| Everybodys Fool
    Play|| My Immortal
    Play|| Going Under
    Play|| Bring Me To Life


    From Autum to Ashes<3
    Play|| After dinner payback
    Play|| Cherry Kiss
    Play|| Short stories with tragic endings
    Play|| Milligram smile


    Funeral For A Friend
    Play|| Your Revolution is a Joke
    Play|| Escape Artist Never Die
    Play|| Storytelling


    Faith Hill
    Play|| If I'm not in love
    Play|| Where are you christmas


    Five for fighting
    Play|| 100 Years
    Play|| Nobody
    Play|| Dying
    Play|| Superman


    Good Charlotte
    Play|| The chronicles of life and death
    Play|| Predictable
    Play|| Secrets
    Play|| The Truth
    Play|| Walk Away
    Play|| Ghost of you
    Play|| lifestyles of the rich and famous
    Play|| The young and the hopeless
    Play|| Emotionless
    Play|| Girls and Boys
    Play|| The Day that I die
    Play|| Waldorfworldwide
    Play|| Seasons
    Play|| Change


    GreenDay<3
    Play|| Boulevard of broken dreams
    Play|| Haushinka
    Play|| Holiday
    Play|| Basket Case
    Play|| Good Riddence(time of your life)
    Play|| Poprocks and Coke
    Play|| American Idiot
    Play|| Castaway
    Play|| She's a Rebel
    Play|| Homecoming


    Hawthrone Heights<3
    Play|| screen writting an apology[with this you click play at the bottom of the screen of the page that comes up]
    Play|| Ohio Is for lovers


    Hilary Duff
    Play|| Fly
    Play|| Anywhere but here
    Play|| Come Clean
    Play|| Why Not
    Play|| The Math
    Play|| Metamorphosis
    Play|| Love Just Is
    Play|| Where did I go right


    Hoobastank
    Play|| The Reason
    Play|| Unaffected
    Play|| Just one
    Play|| Escape
    Play|| Lucky


    Incubus
    Play|| Pardon Me
    Play|| Talk Shows On Mute


    Josh Groban
    Play|| You raise me up <3


    JoJo
    Play|| Leave(Get out)
    Play|| Fairytales
    Play|| Happy song
    Play|| Not that kind of girl
    Play|| Baby it's you


    Jet
    Play|| Look what you've done


    Jimmy Eat World
    Play|| For Me this is heaven


    Kelly Clarkson
    Play|| Gone
    Play|| Behind these hazel eyes
    Play|| Breakaway
    Play|| Where is your heart
    Play|| You Found Me
    Play|| Walk Away
    Play|| Beautiful Disaster
    Play|| Because of you
    Play|| Miss Independent
    Play|| Some kind of miracle
    Play|| A moment like this


    Korn
    Play|| Thoughtless
    Play|| Follow the leader


    Lamb Of God
    Play|| 11th Hour


    Lindsay Lohan
    Play|| Rumors
    Play|| Over
    Play|| Speak


    Led Zeppelin
    Play|| Stairway to heaven
    Play|| The rain song
    Play|| Four Sticks
    Play|| The ocean


    Linkin Park
    Play|| One step closer
    Play|| Points of Authority
    Play|| Numb
    Play|| Breaking The Habit
    Play|| My December
    Play|| In The End
    Play|| Crawling
    Play|| Numb encore with Jay Z


    Life House
    Play|| Hanging By a Moment
    Play|| Sky Is Falling
    Play|| Empty Space


    Lillix
    Play|| It's about time
    Play|| What I like about you


    <3M2M<3
    Play|| Our song
    Play|| Smiling face
    Play|| Girl in your dreams
    Play|| The day you went away
    Play|| Mirror Mirror
    Play|| Dear Diary
    Play|| Don't mess with my love
    Play|| Why


    Mandy Moore
    Play|| Only Hope


    Michelle Branch
    Play|| Goodbye to you
    Play|| Are you happy now
    Play|| Breathe


    Marylin Manson
    Play|| Mob scene
    Play|| Cake and sodomy
    Play|| The beautiful people
    Play|| Fight Song


    Mariah Carey
    Play|| Anytime you need a friend
    Play|| Emotions
    Play|| Without You
    Play|| Endless Love
    Play|| Forever
    Play|| Someday
    Play|| When you believe
    Play|| My all
    Play|| Can't let go
    Play|| Through the rain
    Play|| All I want for christmas is you


    MiS-TEEQ
    Play|| Scandalous


    Maroon 5
    Play|| She will be loved
    Play|| Harder to breathe
    Play|| This love


    Matchbook Romance
    Play|| Promise
    Play|| She'll never understand
    Play|| Stay tonight


    Misfits
    Play|| Static Age


    Mario Winans
    Play|| I don't wanna know


    Matchbox Twenty
    Play|| Unwell
    Play|| The Difference
    Play|| Downfall


    Metallica<3
    Play|| The unforgiven
    Play|| nothing else matters
    Play|| Enter Sandman
    Play|| Sweet Amber


    Modest Mouse
    Play|| Float On
    Play|| One Chance
    Play|| Dig your grave


    My Chemical Romance
    Play|| To the end
    Play|| I'm not okay
    Play|| The ghost of you


    New Found Glory
    Play|| Never give up


    NIN - Nine Inch Nails
    Play|| Terrible Lie
    Play|| Wish
    Play|| The Only Time


    No Doubt
    Play|| It's my life
    Play|| Don't speak
    Play|| I'm just a girl
    Play|| Ex-girlfriend
    Play|| Underneath it all


    No Secrets
    Play|| Kids In America
    Play|| Thats what girls do
    Play|| I'll Remember


    Opeth
    Play|| By the pain I see in others


    Pantera<3 RIP:DimebagDarrel
    Play|| I'm Broken


    Pink Floyd
    Play|| Wish You Were Here


    Queen
    Play|| We are the champions
    Play|| Another One bites the dust
    Play|| Bohemian rhapsody
    Play|| We will rock you
    Play|| Somebody to love


    Ruben Studdard
    Play|| Sorry 2004


    Radio Head
    Play|| 2+2=5
    Play|| I will
    Play|| Anyone can play guitar


    ~<3Senses Fail<3~
    Play|| NJ falls into the atlantic
    Play|| Lady in a blue dress
    Play|| Steven
    Play|| Choke on this
    Play|| Tie Her Down <3
    Play|| one eight seven
    Play|| Let it enfold you <3
    Play|| Irony of dying on your birthday
    Play|| Buried A lie
    Play|| Your cute when you scream
    Play|| Martini Kiss
    Play|| Slow Dance
    Play|| Bite to break skin


    Shine Down
    Play|| 45


    Skye Sweetnam
    Play|| Tangled up in me


    Seether
    Play|| Fade Away
    Play|| Broken//*Featuring Amy Lee


    Selena
    Play|| I could fall in love
    Play|| Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
    Play|| Dreaming of you


    Slayer
    Play|| Love to hate
    Play|| Angel Of Death
    Play|| Piece by piece


    Story Of the Year
    Play|| Until the day I die
    Play|| Anthem of our dying day
    Play|| Falling down
    Play|| Divide and Conquer


    Slipknot
    Play|| Before I forget


    Sarah Mchlachlan
    Play|| I will remember you
    Play|| Angel


    Stabbing Westward<3
    Play|| Perfect
    Play|| Wasted
    Play|| I remember
    Play|| Happy
    Play|| Angel
    Play|| So Far away


    System of a down
    Play|| Psycho


    Spill Canvas<3
    Play|| All Hail the heartbreaker


    Shania Twain
    Play|| Forever and for always
    Play|| I'm gonna getcha good
    Play|| From this moment on


    Simple Plan
    Play|| Addicted
    Play|| I'd do anything
    Play|| Welcome to my life
    Play|| Shut Up
    Play|| Happy Together
    Play|| Thank you
    Play|| Perfect
    Play|| When I'm with you
    Play|| One day


    Switchfoot<3
    Play|| I dare you to move
    Play|| Meant to live
    Play|| Only Hope
    Play|| Gone


    Staind<3
    Play|| Mudshovel
    Play|| For you
    Play|| It's been awhile
    Play|| Suffer
    Play|| Epiphany
    Play|| Suffocate
    Play|| Fade


    Sum 41
    Play|| Handle this
    Play|| We're all to blame
    Play|| In too deep
    Play|| The bitter end
    Play|| Open your eyes
    Play|| No reason


    The Strokes<3
    Play|| 12:51
    Play|| Reptilia
    Play|| I can't win
    Play|| What ever happened
    Play|| The end has no end


    Tatu
    Play|| Stars
    Play|| Not gonna get us
    Play|| All the things she said


    Train
    Play|| Drops Of Jupiter


    Trapt
    Play|| Headstrong


    Taking back sunday<3
    Play|| Theres no "I" in team
    Play|| You're so last summer
    Play|| Cute without the "e"
    Play|| The Union
    Play|| You Know How I do


    The Used
    Play|| Take it away
    Play|| Hard to say
    Play|| Own
    Play|| Buried Myself alive
    Play|| All that i've got
    Play|| I'm a fake
    Play|| Listening
    Play|| Maybe Memories
    Play|| Cut up angels


    TLC
    Play|| No Scrubs


    Thursday
    Play|| Tommorrow I'll be you


    Three Days Grace
    Play|| Just like you
    Play|| I hate everything about you
    Play|| Overrated


    Trick Daddy
    Play|| Let's go


    The Who
    Play|| Behind Blue Eyes


    The Police
    Play|| Every Breath you take


    Usher
    Play|| My Boo
    Play|| My Boo[ft. alicia keys]


    Vitamin C
    Play|| Graduation


    Vanessa Carlton
    Play|| A thousand miles
    Play|| Twilight
    Play|| White Houses
    Play|| Ordinary Day


    Weezer
    Play|| Undone-the sweater song
    Play|| Island in the sun
    Play|| Say it ain't so
    Play|| My Name is Jonas


    YellowCard
    Play|| Ocean Avenue
    Play|| Back Home
    Play|| Only One
    Play|| Breathing


    Japanese Songs <33
    Play|| Ayumi Hamasaki - Evolution
    Play|| Full Metal Panic
    Play|| Inuyasha - Everyheart
    Play|| Inuyasha - an ending song
    Play|| Lucky Star
    Play|| Just Communication
    Play|| Sailor Moon - tuxedo mirage
    Play|| Moonlight destiny
    Play|| Let Me Be with you
    Play|| Shooting Star
    Play|| Simple And Clean - Utada (Normal)
    Play|| Simple and clean remix
    Play|| Raven
    Play|| Because I'm a girl...[Clip]


    ||-Miscellaneous-||
    Play|| Beauty and the beast
    Play|| The x-files theme
    Play|| Dora the explorer theme
    Play|| Final Fantasy Theme
    Play|| Aqua - Barbie Girl
    Play|| Charmed Theme
    Play|| Happy Happy Birthday
    Play|| Hakuna Matata


    §~*~Requested~*~§
    Play|| 1, 2, step - Ciara
    Play|| Midnight sons - if my tears could bring you back
    Play|| norah jones - come away with me
    Play|| Avril - freak out
    Play|| broken - seether
    Play|| Butch walker - mixed tape
    Play|| The killers - Mr. Brightside
    Play|| Since you've been gone - Kelly Clarkson
    Play|| True - Ryan Cabrera
    Play|| Scars - Papa roach
    Play|| Eminem - Stan
    Play|| Bowling for soup - 1985
    Play|| This photograph is proof(i know you know) - Taking back sunday
    Play|| Fabolous - Breathe
    Play|| Bless the broken road - rascal flats
    Play|| Eminem - Mockingbird
    Play|| A boy brushed red living in black and white - underoath
    Play|| Reventing Your Exit - underoath
    Play|| Fall to pieces - Avril Lavigne
    Play|| All My life - k-ci & JoJo
    Play|| Gwen stafani - rich girl
    Play|| Gwen stafani - What are you waiting for?
    Play|| Gwen stafani - Hollaback Girl
    Play|| Gwen stafani - Harajaku
    Play|| 2gether - calculus me+you=us
    Play|| Usher - lovers and friends
    Play|| Finger Eleven - One thing
    Play|| Bush - Glycerine
    Play|| m2m - don't say you love me
    Play|| 3 doors down - be like that
    Play|| 99 Red balloons - goldfinger
    Play|| The killers - Smile like you mean it
    Play|| 3 Doors down - So I need you
    Play|| Stevie Wonder - ribbon in the sky
    Play|| Fuel - Shimmer
    Play|| Staind - Zoe Jane
    Play|| Red Hot chili pepers - under the brige
    Play|| Beastie Boys - brass monkey
    Play|| Tim Mcgraw - live like your dying
    Play|| Marlyin Manson - this is the new shit
    Play|| Jagged Edge - promise
    Play|| She Daisy - come home soon
    Play|| Postal Service - Nothing Better
    Play|| 1st Ladi - never be replaced
    Play|| The cars - just what I needed
    Play|| Phantom Planet - California
    Play|| Mario - let me love you
    Play|| Skye Sweetnam - I don't care
    Play|| American hi-fi - flavor of the week



  • Monday, September 26, 2005
  • Finally the blog will be up to date as I am at work with nothing to do and my supervisor is away.  WARNING – this entry is long, even by my standards!

     

    A week ago we went to Tokyo Disneyland on Saturday – it was my first time at any Disney-themed park.  There were a couple cool rides, but most of them were extremely creepy – way too much glee and false enthusiasm coupled with terrible synthesized music made many of the rides seem like the whole world was on drugs.  A fun part of one of the rides was when we got kicked off for taking pictures, which is ridiculous because all that the Japanese do when we see them around UofT is take pictures and they don’t allow pictures to be taken here… The highlight of the evening was when we were on a ride and Stephen says “wow guys, the sky looks very real!” “umm… yes Stephen, surprising as it may be, the REAL sky does in fact sometimes resemble the real sky!”  The evening concluded with us going on the same roller-coaster 3 times in a row due to lack of lines, which left us quite dizzy.

     

    WEDNESDAY

     

    This weekend was, on the other hand, quite fun.  Bea came on Friday night and then Saturday we started on our trip to Fujisan (mount Fuji).  It was a gorgeous day without any clouds.  We got to the city at the base of the mountain at 5pm, after all the busses had stopped running (since it was after the end of the climbing season) so we had to take a taxi to the start of the hike, which ended up being cheaper than the bus would have been, although we had to start at the zeroth station (as opposed to the fifth).  The reason we chose to go after the season was to avoid situations like this http://www.bornplaydie.com/japan/kofuguide/fujisan/fujisan.htm (2nd picture from the top).

     

    Our climb started at 6pm at an altitude of about 1400m and had to hike through forest for the first few sections.  This was quite enjoyable and easygoing since the footing was solid (a dirt path) with an even, gradual slope.  The views were spectacular as it was getting progressively darker (the sunset was on the other side so we couldn’t see it) and the city lights below became visible.  We finally had to pull out our flashlights as it became too dark to see anything, but this burden did not last too long.  When we got past the fifth station (the normal starting point for hikes at 2300m) we began clearing the trees and the full moon came out (it was bright enough to read by) so we put away our lights.

     

    This is where the hike started getting really fun.  The footing changed from packed dirt to large stones and then to small loose volcanic rock, which slipped back down a step for every 3 steps up.  Adding to this the noticeably thin mountain air around the 7th station (3000m, whereas I am used to about 200m above sea level), a heavy pack and a start 900m below the normal one results in a very slow ascent.  We would stop every 5 minutes to catch our breaths, eat some food for energy (and to lighten the pack) and admire the scenery (most of the beauty of which was not caught by my camera due to its fixed exposure but I should be able to get some of the pictures Huang took which turned out beautifully.)  Along the way, we also kept running into many groups of English speakers – it turned out they are all working here as English teachers and were doing the climb together.  Above the 8th station (ALTITUDE) it started getting really cold – we were all wearing everything we could but the exhaustion and lack of air really started to have its toll on our body temperatures and we had to huddle every time we stopped to stay warm.  Also, this is about the time that we lost cell-phone reception, meaning we really were far away from any civilization (even though there were still flushable toilets and electricity in the mountain huts).

     

    As we kept going past the 8th station, crawling on all fours or using the chains that marked the route) we could see what appeared to be the peak.  As we kept climbing we kept expecting the mountain to continue to tower above this apparent peak as it had above the other 3 apparent peaks below but nothing of the sort happened – this was in fact the actual peak; we had arrived at 230am at 3776m.  There were sleeping benches lined up as if in a wall-less dormitory and most were empty thanks to it being the off-season so we found one, set our alarm to before sunrise and promptly fell asleep, huddled under the sleeping bag.  We woke up to a temperature of about 0 to 5 degrees Celsius and even the huddling couldn’t keep the shivering away as we awaited the sunrise as the moon was setting.

     

    The morning was extremely clear, Tokyo was visible off in the distance and the sunrise was spectacular.  A deep purple sky turning gradually into shades of pink and orange.  The valley below lighting up.  The contours of the surrounding mountains becoming more visible.  The clouds covering the five lakes below coming into view.  The lights of the cities below gradually fading as they were overshadowed by the brightening sky (how can lights be overshadowed by a   brighter light?)  Finally the sun poked up above the horizon and, as it was on the far side of Tokyo’s pristine air as well as some clouds way off in the distance, it was possible to look directly at it for short periods of time without any discomfort.  The sun rose gradually but finally it cleared all the clouds on the horizon and it was as if someone suddenly pulled a lightswitch, everything became bright again and the sun finally felt warm as our shivering died down.  The mists over the lakes below began to dissipate, the lakes themselves started to shimmer with the sun’s reflected rays, as did the cities themselves, reflecting the sun off tiny windows and microscopic cars.

     

    Finally it was time to start on our way down, and that was what all the other people (in spite of it being the off-season, there were still quite a few hikers up there) thought right around the same time.  Luckily the path down was wide and the same loose rocks that had made the climb up treacherous made the journey down very easy.  It was possible to pretty much run down as the rocks provided excellent cushioning as the gave a little with every step and saved us from the knee pain generally associated with climbing down.  After zigzagging about 20 times back and forth down the mountain, we cleared the loose rocks and made our way over solid stone (sacrificing our knees) down to the 5th station where we awaited our bus (which was to come some 3 hours later – we passed the time sleeping at a picnic table under the blistering morning sun, but it was so nice after the previous night’s frigid cold.  Finally, 20 minutes before the bus was scheduled to come we went over and waited with all the other white people who were clearing waiting for the same bus.  But for some reason the bus did not stop where we were wait – instead, for some bizarre reason, it stopped where the group of Japanese people was waiting… But we managed to make it on and sat in front of a girl from Germany and a guy from Israel who had met in China the week before and decided to come to Japan for a week.  They were also going back to Tokyo but weren’t sure how they were getting there so we arranged to guide them in exchange for candy and jokes, which made for a fun ride home.



  • Friday, December 30, 2005
  • Laws of Life

    Nothing is as easy as it looks.
    If it seems to good to be true.. it probably is.
    Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
    Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
    can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
    Nothing is as easy as it looks.
    If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then..
    If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

    Actual Signs That We Have Found
    ========================
    A sign seen on a restroom dryer at O'Hare Field in Chicago: Do not activate with wet hands.
    At a car dealership: The best way to get back on your feet? Miss a car payment.
    At A Laundry Shop: How about we refund your money, send you a new one at no charge, close the store and have the manager shot. Would that be satisfactory?
    At a Music Store: Out to lunch. Bach at 12:30. Offenbach sooner.
    At a number of US military bases: Restricted to unauthorized personnel.
    At a pizza shop: 7 days without pizza makes one weak.
    At a Santa Fe gas station: We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container.
    At a tire shop in Milwaukee: Invite us to your next blowout.
    At a Towing Company: We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.
    At a Used Car Lot: Second Hand cars in first crash condition.
    At an Auto Body Shop: May we have the next dents?
    At an optometrist's office: If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.
    At the electric company: We would be delighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don't, you will be.
    At the entrance of the large machinery plant: Warning to young ladies: If you wear loose clothes, beware of the machinery. If you wear tight clothes, beware of the machinist.
    Billboard on the side of the road: Keep your eyes on the road and stop reading these signs.
    Car Lot: The best way to get on your feet....Miss a car payment.
    Church sign: To remove worry wrinkles, get your faith lifted.
    Door of a plastic surgeon’s office: Hello. May we pick your nose?
    English Sign in German Cafe: Mothers, Please Wash Your Hands Before Eating.
    Gym: Merry Fitness and a Happy New Rear!
    In a Beauty Shop: Dye now!
    In a cafeteria: Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want.
    In a cleaner’s window: Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.
    In a counselors office: Growing old is mandatory, growing wise is optional.
    In a dentist office: Be true to your teeth or they will be false to you.
    In a department store: Bargain Basement Upstairs.
    In a dry cleaner's emporium: Drop your pants here.
    In a dry cleaner's window: Anyone leaving their garments here for more than 30 days will be disposed of.
    In a farmer’s field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but be aware that the bull charges.
    In a Florida maternity ward: No children allowed.
    In a health food shop window: Closed due to illness.
    In a hotel during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is day care on the first floor.
    In a Laundromat: Automatic washing machines. Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.
    In a Los Angeles clothing store: Wonderful bargains for men with 16 and 17 necks.
    In a Los Angeles dance hall: Good clean dancing every night but Sunday.
    In a Maine restaurant: Open seven days a week and weekends.
    In a New York medical building: Mental Health Prevention Center
    In a New York restaurant: Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager.
    In a non-smoking area: If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.
    In a Pennsylvania cemetery: Persons are prohibited from picking flowers from any but their own graves.
    In a Podiatrist's window: Time wounds all heels.
    In a restaurant window: Don't stand there and be hungry, come in and get fed up.
    In a safari park: Elephants please stay in your car
    In a Tacoma, Washington men's clothing store: 15 men's wool suits - $100 - They won't last an hour!
    In a Texas funeral parlor: Ask about our layaway plan.
    In a toilet: Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.
    In a veterinarian’s waiting room: Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!
    In an office building washroom: Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.
    In an office: After the tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.
    In an office: Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday kindly bring it back or further steps will be taken.
    In downtown Boston: Callahan Tunnel - NO END
    In front of a New Hampshire car wash: If you can't read this, it's time to wash your car.
    In the front yard of a funeral home: Drive carefully. We’ll wait.
    In the offices of a New Jersey loan company: Ask about our plans for owning your home.
    In the vestry of a New England church: Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished.
    In the window of a Kentucky appliance store: Don't kill your wife. Let our washing machine do the dirty work.
    In the window of an Oregon general store: Why go elsewhere to be cheated, when you can come here?
    Inside a bowling alley: Please be quiet. We need to hear a pin drop.
    Maternity Clothes Shop: We are open on Labor Day.
    Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.
    Notice in a field: The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.
    On a butcher's window: Let me meat your needs.
    On a church door: This is the gate of Heaven. Enter ye all by this door. (This door is kept locked because of the draft. Please use side entrance)
    On a desk in a reception room: We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left.
    On a display of "I love you only" Valentine cards: Now available in multi-packs.
    On a fence: Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive.
    On a local plumbing company's trucks in NE Pennsylvania: Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.
    On a Maine shop: Our motto is to give our customers the lowest possible prices and workmanship.
    On a maternity room door: Push. Push. Push.
    On a Music Teacher's door: Out Chopin.
    On a New York convalescent home: For the sick and tired of the Episcopal Church
    On a plumber's truck: We repair what your husband fixed.
    On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard — bell out of order.)
    On a restaurant: Try our fish just for the halibut.
    On a roller coaster: Watch your head.
    On a Scientist's door: Gone Fission
    On a taxidermist's window: We really know our stuff.
    On a Tennessee highway: Take notice: when this sign is under water, this road is impassable.
    On an electrician's truck: Let us remove your shorts.
    On an established New Mexico dry cleaning store: Thirty-eight years on the same spot.
    On an United Airlines emergency exit row instruction card: If you cannot read this card...
    On another Butcher's window: Pleased to meat you.
    On the door of a Computer Store: Out for a quick byte.
    On the door of a Music Library: Bach in a min-u-et.
    On the grounds of a private school in Connecticut: No trespassing without permission.
    On the menu of a New Orleans restaurant: Blackened bluefish
    On the wall of a Baltimore estate: Trespassers will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. - Sisters of Mercy
    Outside a country shop in West Virginia: We buy junk and sell antiques.
    Outside a disco: Smarts is the most exclusive disco in town. Everyone welcome.
    Outside a farm: Horse manure, pre-packed bags, $10. Or, do-it-yourself, $1.
    Outside a Hotel: Help! We need inn-experienced people.
    Outside a muffler shop: No appointment necessary. We heard you coming.
    Outside a photographer’s studio: Out to lunch; if not back by five, out for dinner.
    Outside a radiator repair shop: Best place in town to take a leak.
    Outside a second-hand store: We exchange anything - bicycles, washing machines etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain.
    Pizza shop slogan: 7 days without pizza makes one Weak.
    Plumber: We repair what your husband Fixed.
    Quicksand warning: Quicksand. Any person passing this point will be drowned. By order of the District Council.
    Seen during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn't know it, there is a day care on the first floor.
    Sign at the psychic's Hotline: Don't call us, we'll call you.
    This was seen on a car being towed by a large motor home: I go where I'm towed to.
    Trucks of a local plumbing company in NE Pennsylvania: Don't sleep with a drip call your plumber.













     



  • United States of America (the): USA: Moving ahead in Mississippi
  • Source: AmeriCares
    Country: United States of America (the)
    Ten months after Hurricane Katrina, the recovery is moving ahead in Mississippi, fueled by a combination of true southern grit and generous American spirit. Recently, AmeriCares made more than 35 grants totaling $1. 6 million to local organizations that are assisting Katrina survivors.
    AmeriCares communications manager Elizabeth Walsh was in Mississippi in late June to meet some of the grant recipients and see the latest stages of the recovery. Here are a few highlights from her trip.

    Day One:

    After a week of heavy rains in the northeast, I was glad to fly into New Orleans and see sunshine!

    What I hadn't expected to see so clearly was the somber reminder of Katrina's toll. Heading east from the airport to Slidell, LA, we drove for miles along the highway, passing desolate stretches of abandoned houses on both sides of the interstate. Empty streets with not a person in sight, empty parking lots fronting vacant major retail stores, abandoned cars, the skeleton of a Six Flags roller coaster off in the distance-these were all sobering reminders that much work remains to be done here.

    In contrast, we found much joy at the Joy Fellowship Church in Slidell. AmeriCares has given this church a $25,000 grant to upgrade its kitchen facilities. Since Katrina, they are serving approximately 300 meals a day to residents who are still recovering from Katrina, meals coming from a kitchen not built for commercial use. The pick-up arrangement is ingenious: It is a "drive through distribution center." Residents come in their cars, which are admitted a few at a time. Volunteers load each car at several stations: first with a sack of bottled water and canned goods, then with personal care items (mouthwash or diapers, for example), then with clothing.

    The last stop is lunch, where the recipients are handed a Styrofoam container containing a hot meal: when we were there, it was red beans and rice.

    "This has helped me 100%" said Marsha Fontenot, who is now living in nearby Kentwood after being forced out of her home in Lake Charles by Hurricane Rita.

    "I need everything I can get," said another visitor, Katherine Turner of Pearl River, while waiting in her car. "My house is being worked on, the roof needs to be fixed. Its in bad shape, and its going to cost me about $30,000 to put the roof on."

    We left Slidell for a long drive to Moss Point in Jackson County, Mississippi, and the Calling All Christians Church. Just as in Slidell, we found more volunteers helping out, this time a group from Pennsylvania whose members had given up their vacation time to pitch in. An AmeriCares grant here is also focusing on upgrading the kitchen facilities, since an adjacent FEMA trailer park has added 78 families into the community, many of whom are relying on the church for meals. One of these is Yaleca Shelby and her 18-month old daughter, Karima. Since the hurricane, Yaleca has been moved from one place to another, finally ending up here, while she hopes to find permanent affordable housing. In the meantime, she lives in the trailer with limited resources and without a car, no way to get to the grocery store. For her, the meals that the church provides are a necessity, not a luxury.

    Day Two:

    It is clear to me after just one day here that it is volunteers from across America, working directly with the Katrina survivors, who are rebuilding the state of Mississippi.

    Hope Crisis Recovery Network is one group that is coordinating volunteer efforts in Gulfport. They are focusing on home repairs, having completed 9 new houses and 72 "home rebuilds" since they began operating here last year. Their volunteers have ranged in age from 12 to 72 years old, most of whom come for a week at a time. When we were there, it was a high school group.

    "We have to teach our kids how to serve others," says Kevin Cox of the Hope Crisis Recovery Network. Cox has been overseeing the efforts of the camp, and says that Hope Crisis has made a five-year commitment to rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

    The AmeriCares grant is helping the camp cover its operational costs for the first year.

    "Your agency is fulfilling a tremendous need here," says Cox, explaining that volunteers can contribute a lot but there are still financial costs associated with housing and feeding them.

    Day Three:

    It seemed as though we drove all over Mississippi today, but our last stop was the most uplifting.

    In Bay St. Louis, we stopped at the St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, which has been working to help thousands of local residents with their individual recovery efforts, according to Father Sebastian Myladiyil, the parish priest. The church is doing a lot - home repairs, volunteer support and other types of programs, and they are the only local group providing appliances to those returning home. An AmeriCares grant was used to purchase 84 appliances: 20 refrigerators, 20 stoves, 20 washers, 20 dryers and 4 dishwashers; thus helping to complete home restorations for many of those living in FEMA trailers.

    "I lost everything I had," said Mildred Shaw of Bay St. Louis, pictured here with her daughter, Ellen Colbert. "I was evacuated to West Virginia and when I came back, I couldn't believe it." Shaw had been in her home for 36 years, having moved in right after Hurricane Camille in '69. She's been in a trailer since September of last year but the foundation has been laid for her new home and construction is underway.

    "I had just put $5,000 of improvements into the house before Katrina," said her daughter Ellen. "I lost everything. I'm now living in a FEMA trailer on my mother's property. I've had to remove 18 wheelbarrows of mud from my house. You have to clean the house yourself if you want to get the flood grant. But I'm staying."

    Both mother and daughter explained that they just couldnt imagine leaving Bay St. Louis, and that they were determined to rebuild better than ever.

    I left Mississippi again via New Orleans, this time seeing more clearly the stark contrast between the pace of the recovery effort in the many small communities I had visited versus Louisiana's largest city. In July, AmeriCares will finish a second grant cycle focusing on mental healthcare and primary healthcare, with much of the money being distributed in Louisiana. I hope to see the difference this can make on my next trip.



  • United States of America (the): USA: Moving ahead in Mississippi
  • Source: AmeriCares
    Country: United States of America (the)
    Ten months after Hurricane Katrina, the recovery is moving ahead in Mississippi, fueled by a combination of true southern grit and generous American spirit. Recently, AmeriCares made more than 35 grants totaling $1. 6 million to local organizations that are assisting Katrina survivors.
    AmeriCares communications manager Elizabeth Walsh was in Mississippi in late June to meet some of the grant recipients and see the latest stages of the recovery. Here are a few highlights from her trip.

    Day One:

    After a week of heavy rains in the northeast, I was glad to fly into New Orleans and see sunshine!

    What I hadn't expected to see so clearly was the somber reminder of Katrina's toll. Heading east from the airport to Slidell, LA, we drove for miles along the highway, passing desolate stretches of abandoned houses on both sides of the interstate. Empty streets with not a person in sight, empty parking lots fronting vacant major retail stores, abandoned cars, the skeleton of a Six Flags roller coaster off in the distance-these were all sobering reminders that much work remains to be done here.

    In contrast, we found much joy at the Joy Fellowship Church in Slidell. AmeriCares has given this church a $25,000 grant to upgrade its kitchen facilities. Since Katrina, they are serving approximately 300 meals a day to residents who are still recovering from Katrina, meals coming from a kitchen not built for commercial use. The pick-up arrangement is ingenious: It is a "drive through distribution center." Residents come in their cars, which are admitted a few at a time. Volunteers load each car at several stations: first with a sack of bottled water and canned goods, then with personal care items (mouthwash or diapers, for example), then with clothing.

    The last stop is lunch, where the recipients are handed a Styrofoam container containing a hot meal: when we were there, it was red beans and rice.

    "This has helped me 100%" said Marsha Fontenot, who is now living in nearby Kentwood after being forced out of her home in Lake Charles by Hurricane Rita.

    "I need everything I can get," said another visitor, Katherine Turner of Pearl River, while waiting in her car. "My house is being worked on, the roof needs to be fixed. Its in bad shape, and its going to cost me about $30,000 to put the roof on."

    We left Slidell for a long drive to Moss Point in Jackson County, Mississippi, and the Calling All Christians Church. Just as in Slidell, we found more volunteers helping out, this time a group from Pennsylvania whose members had given up their vacation time to pitch in. An AmeriCares grant here is also focusing on upgrading the kitchen facilities, since an adjacent FEMA trailer park has added 78 families into the community, many of whom are relying on the church for meals. One of these is Yaleca Shelby and her 18-month old daughter, Karima. Since the hurricane, Yaleca has been moved from one place to another, finally ending up here, while she hopes to find permanent affordable housing. In the meantime, she lives in the trailer with limited resources and without a car, no way to get to the grocery store. For her, the meals that the church provides are a necessity, not a luxury.

    Day Two:

    It is clear to me after just one day here that it is volunteers from across America, working directly with the Katrina survivors, who are rebuilding the state of Mississippi.

    Hope Crisis Recovery Network is one group that is coordinating volunteer efforts in Gulfport. They are focusing on home repairs, having completed 9 new houses and 72 "home rebuilds" since they began operating here last year. Their volunteers have ranged in age from 12 to 72 years old, most of whom come for a week at a time. When we were there, it was a high school group.

    "We have to teach our kids how to serve others," says Kevin Cox of the Hope Crisis Recovery Network. Cox has been overseeing the efforts of the camp, and says that Hope Crisis has made a five-year commitment to rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

    The AmeriCares grant is helping the camp cover its operational costs for the first year.

    "Your agency is fulfilling a tremendous need here," says Cox, explaining that volunteers can contribute a lot but there are still financial costs associated with housing and feeding them.

    Day Three:

    It seemed as though we drove all over Mississippi today, but our last stop was the most uplifting.

    In Bay St. Louis, we stopped at the St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, which has been working to help thousands of local residents with their individual recovery efforts, according to Father Sebastian Myladiyil, the parish priest. The church is doing a lot - home repairs, volunteer support and other types of programs, and they are the only local group providing appliances to those returning home. An AmeriCares grant was used to purchase 84 appliances: 20 refrigerators, 20 stoves, 20 washers, 20 dryers and 4 dishwashers; thus helping to complete home restorations for many of those living in FEMA trailers.

    "I lost everything I had," said Mildred Shaw of Bay St. Louis, pictured here with her daughter, Ellen Colbert. "I was evacuated to West Virginia and when I came back, I couldn't believe it." Shaw had been in her home for 36 years, having moved in right after Hurricane Camille in '69. She's been in a trailer since September of last year but the foundation has been laid for her new home and construction is underway.

    "I had just put $5,000 of improvements into the house before Katrina," said her daughter Ellen. "I lost everything. I'm now living in a FEMA trailer on my mother's property. I've had to remove 18 wheelbarrows of mud from my house. You have to clean the house yourself if you want to get the flood grant. But I'm staying."

    Both mother and daughter explained that they just couldnt imagine leaving Bay St. Louis, and that they were determined to rebuild better than ever.

    I left Mississippi again via New Orleans, this time seeing more clearly the stark contrast between the pace of the recovery effort in the many small communities I had visited versus Louisiana's largest city. In July, AmeriCares will finish a second grant cycle focusing on mental healthcare and primary healthcare, with much of the money being distributed in Louisiana. I hope to see the difference this can make on my next trip.



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