Weird Ass Chinese Toy


Coca Cola and China

I learned pretty quickly not to drink anything in China that didn’t come in a can. Here are some of my cans. BTW – the pink stuff was supposed to be a yummy treat but was colored tofu in a custard consistency. Very unfun.









Japanese Bulk Buy Machines

In America you can take a 5 gallon jug to the market and fill it with spring water from a machine. Those wily Japanese take things a step further, and you can do the same thing with your 5 gallon bottle only instead of spring water, you can choose to fill it with miso broth or even green tea!


Candy Aisle in Japanese Grocery Store

Colorful. Crazy. Delicious candy from Japan.











And then there is this depressed fucker…..

Although, in retrospect, I think this picture could be from the feet section and might be for inserts you put in your shoes to keep them from smelling bad.

The Neighborhood Cemetary in Japan

You’re apt to see them anywhere. A little plat of land that serves as the local cemetary jammed full of headstones all crammed together. Space is such a premium on an island that literally every square inch is accounted for. This particular one was tiny and sat in the corner of the street where I was staying.













Tasty Clam Snack

If you find yourself in the Aomori, Japan airport and you’re feeling a mite peckish, hit up the convenience shop and have some fresh clams. I watched the guy replenish the tank. Grab a bag. Grab some clams, and voila, you too could sit in front of gate and crack’em open for a tasty delight.

Here’s the guy loading up the tank.



Here is a side shot of the tank.


Here they are from the top.


What I Did on My Summer Vacation

As a kid, everyone had to write this theme when they returned to  school. I no longer attend school but it seemed worthy enough to share my summer activities here.

  • Took glassblowing classes
  • Trained my cat to jump through hoops
  • Writing a book on weddings
  • Made 2 hats: one pillbox and one Carmen Miranda fruit hat
  • Teaching myself shorthand
  • Getting good at putting a diaper on my elderly cat
  • Cataloging a tediously large collection of books I’ve been dragging around forever so I can sell them.

glass blowing class

glass blowing class

Pan Am Pill Box Hat

Pan Am Pill Box Hat

My cat, Rabies on his learning course

My cat, Rabies on his learning course

My Kickstarter Project

Ok so I recently went to the world’s first crowdsourcing festival and have been thinking about some little fun project I could be a part of. The festival was called OneSpark and I was sorely tempted to sponsor this project below.

OneSpark Crowdsourcing - Afro

“I am a human male who is attempting the world record for the largest afro. Apparently this costs money, so I’m looking to raise some!”

Read About His and Other OneSpark Projects Here.

I wasn’t quite convinced though so later that night I wondered where I might go to see other projects. Natch, it made sense to head over to Kickstarter and see what they had “kicking” around. There was sooooo much….lots of great lofty do-good things. Ultimately though it came down to cats…..especially cats in hats. I was the first backer for this highly humanitarian project below which I am proud to say hit the goal.

Funny Cat in Hat

Hats for Cats Kickstarter Campaign


Trap-A-Cat for Sale

Not to be out done by chicken sweaters, check out this highly effective solution for cat trapping you can also find on Etsy. Pics and text here plus link to listing here.

Trap-A-Cat Trap-A-Cat 2

Chicken Sweaters

Oh yeah…..this is an actual product for sale on Etsy. I don’t know how long it will be up so there is the pic and the link to the actual listing.  At only $14.99 it seems like a deal to me!

Chickens molting? Backs getting bare? A hand-crocheted chicken sweater will keep your chickens warm during cold, windy or snowy days. Machine wash and dry. 100% acrylic yarn. Do not iron.

For the best individualized fit, please measure the chicken’s neck , the length from just above the wings to where the tail feathers begin, and around your chicken’s tummy and back where the sweater should end in the front. (Standard sizes are listed below, but measurements are very helpful. Approximate sizes (without your chicken’s measurements) are:

My model, Mack, is not included…he is now a permanent resident in our home….ready to model at any time!

Sweater for your Chicken

chicken sweater chicken sweater 2