Monday, December 1, 2008

Finally, a sense of accomplishment

42.195KM... if you're feeling down, train for an run a marathon. The one thing that won't hurt the next day is your sense of pride! Also down to 67km and 22.1% body fat! (still no job though...)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

On the go

Feb. 23 2008- 83.1kg, 30.1% Body fat, BMI 27.8

Oct. 19 2008- 72.0kg, 23.1% Body fat, BMI24.1 (before running 13.1miles)

Still no job, but at least I'm getting in shape. To be honest, other than the no money thing- getting shit-canned has been the best experience in my life. Haven't drank in 2and a half months, I can get up at 5am every morning to run at least 10K, I've been studying for the 2kyu Japanese accounting exam and 3kyu Business law exam to beef up my resume and have had some good interviews with 2 companies. Come Wednesday it's time to cash in on that unemployment insurance I've paid into for 7 years- more adventures to come.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

One week to go...

I'm officially in the final stretch with my current company. Emotionaly it feels great!
Unfortunately there's one slight hitch- I've developed pink eye!
The daughter had it first, passing it onto the wife, and I thought I had somehow managed to escape, until I woke up this morning unable to open my left eye (from all that crusty goodness that forms while you sleep).
The silver lining to this story is that I should be back to normal by Monday, when I start my new job!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

One of those little stories that slips through the cracks...

I've been a big fan of "FARK" and "The Small Print" in Metropolis for a while now. Here's one for their archieves if they haven't reported already.

Original Japanese article below. Here's the gist of the topline story in bobspeak:
A man was arrested on Feb. 24th for "Driving under the influence" WHILE AT THE LOCAL DMV. The cops tried to flag him down at an intersection nearby, but the suspect ignored the cop and went into the DMV, explaining that he was going to RENEW HIS TRUCK DRIVERS LICENSE (which was too soon to do under Japanese traffic law). His BAC was 0.2mg/L (with 0 tolerance in Japan) and was holding a 500ml beer. Alcohol was registered on the other passengers, his wife an cousin (which, is bad in and of its self, since Japanese law considers it to be a crime to be in the car of a drunk driver(here here!!!!)

This is why we need to have the TV show COPS come to Japan. If nothing more than the comical value... "Yah I'm drunk, but I'm about to renew my trucker's license so leave me alone..." that's both too funny and too sad at the same time.

I'll be the first to admit, I love beer and drink a lot of it, when I'm not behind the wheel. But seriously, if you drive drunk, you're a F***ing moron...

Praying to anyone that thinks differently to "Please don't run into me and kill me or my family"
Bob S.

Here's the original Japanese
 福岡南署は24日、運転免許試験場にビールを飲みながら車を運転して来たとして、道交法違反(酒気帯び運転)の現行犯として、福岡市東区城浜団地、運転手谷田茂男容疑者(55)を逮捕した。 調べでは、谷田容疑者は同日午後1時前、同市南区花畑4丁目の福岡自動車運転免許試験場で酒気帯び状態で軽乗用車を運転した疑い。容疑を認めているという。 谷田容疑者が缶ビール(500ミリリットル)を飲みながら運転しているのを、交通整理のため近くの交差点にいた同署員が目撃。別の署員が制止したが、谷田容疑者は無視して試験場に入り、駐車場で止まったという。呼気1リットル当たり0.2ミリグラムのアルコール分が検出された。谷田容疑者はこの日、大型2種の免許更新に来たが、更新できる期間(誕生日の前後1カ月)より前だったという。 同乗の妻(53)といとこの男性(48)の呼気からもアルコール分が検出されており、同署は妻といとこを同法違反(酒気帯び運転同乗)の疑いで調べる。=2008/02/25付 西日本新聞朝刊=

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The where have I been update

Hello World,

It's been a while since we've last chatted. Here's a quick run-down of what Bob has been up to (not necessarily in chronological order):

Related to the last post:
I cried like a baby at the end of "It's a Wonderful Life", and had a great salt baked chicken on Christmas Eve made by your's truly. I then, after the New Year-

Ran my first HALF MARATHON 21+ KM(alone with my Nike + :training for the Ome 30km marathon Feb 3rd)
I ran the longest I've ever ran before, and still was able to move after... proof here

My 30km Marathon:
Was cancled due to snow... which is just as well, since I couldn't afford to travel out to it anyway because of-

Paying Uncle Tanaka:
2days after my last post, the accounting section of my company calls me about my year-end taxes. It turned out that I owed the amount of about one monthly paycheck (gross) worth because the company didn't take out enough for my first bonus (and gave me some BS story about how because I started in mid-March, when bonuses come out in April, and since I was only on file for 1/2 a month the accounting deparment assumed that the amount I made was 1/2, and that was the salary to base the witholding on, while to try to explain that it's not their fault...)which to be fair, it isn't accounting's, it's HR's, but that's beside the point. Quick story is I had to pay a crapload of money I should've paid anyway, but didn't even know about until they tell me I'm out a month salary the day after X-mas:
Merry Christmas Bob! Which brings us to the-

Job situation (not completely related to the above, as I'd been semi-on the hunt since October, but that was the straw that broke the camel's back for good):
The topline is that I may be moving out of the fashion industry in the near future. I know, I know "but Bob, you've always had your finger on the pulse when it comes to fashion with your beer brand knit caps and hockey jersey!, and I thought you liked working 16hr days!". In some ways I do feel bad, since I've only been there for about a year, and they were nice enough to I mean give me a fulfilling job- but as ol' Jack Burton says:

When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite hat up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues... you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

Watch 'Big Trouble In Little China' again- you know you need to...

So where am I going? What am I getting into now?
Well I used to market smokes here in Japan which cost about 300 yen for the consumer- moved to fashion-retail which adds another zero for said consumer. My next move adds an extra four zeros to the product I'll be marketing. It's the one most expensive purchase your average consumer can make in a lifetime-and is not a Ferrari...(as long as we're not talking Enzos)

In the grand scheme of things, I guess I'll be moving up! Anybody looking for a good condo?

Toriisogi, gohoukokumade.
Bob S