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Livin’ in America. - A Recovering Physicist's Apology

About Livin’ in America.

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America seems very strange to me these days. You can’t turn on the TV and watch it for more than ten seconds without some stupid weight loss pill commercial. Does anyone really believe that this stuff works? Or, more precisely, works safely?

9/11 is still everywhere. I would think that we would have healed by now, but no. Cuts can’t be allowed to heal when the festering wound is still ripe for exploitation by politicians. Now the movies are starting to come out. Nicolas Cage is in the new one. Sorry, but I fundamentally reject anyone who names his son Kal’el (Superman’s real name) as portraying an “every man”.

I had to get new glasses; that is cool, but the price was not. My insurance in Japan covers 70% of everything, unfortunately it does not cover things that could be done in Japan. Since I could, technically, get my eyes checked in Japan they cover nothing. Now if I walked out and got hit by a bus, then my insurance would cover it. Or if I underwent a USA only treatment they would cover it, but regular old eye appointments I’m stuck paying. Alas, it is the same with dental and general health.

I have been playing a ton of Nintendo DS lately. It is such an amazing party system. Jeff, Mike, David, and I have all been rocking to Mario Kart, Tetris, and Brain Age. The coolest thing is that most games have a download mode where even if you do not own the game you can download a partial copy and play. Pretty great stuff, I foresee my Osaka friends getting DSes when they see how rocking mine is.

A bad thing about my home town (sorry Dan) is that they closed down Mount Union Theater. That really sucks. I have a lot of fond memories of that place. The Alliance Academic Challenge Team p0wned many matches there. I can’t believe Mount just put all that money into a new marquee (which looked great) and then they go and close the theater just a few years later. That tends to be MUC’s M.O. though. They pour money into a buildings they know they will be closing in a few years so they can throw their hands up and say “See we tried!”

I have been devouring pizza and Mexican food. I am amazed by how big the serving sizes in America are. When I first got home I was not able to even get halfway through a lot of hamburger combos. There is just too much food around here. I am slowly adapting back to American portions (I have to – there is still a ton of food I need to eat).

My dogs are great! I super love them. They are dog sized now but still have the minds of puppies. Millie’s big thing is she loves to go between your legs while you are standing up. Sometimes you will just be standing there and she will just force her way. Evie is still a cutie, but a little odd. I don’t know if it is because of her breed or her difficult puppy-hood, but she doesn’t socialize with others well. She is fine with our family, and even David, but other people she just doesn’t know how to interact with. She is still a sweet heart though.
Mood Data: happy100% U.S.D.A. Grade A USA'ed
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From:djstomp
Date:August 1st, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
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They closed the theater?!

Someone will pay for this.
From:ndemarin
Date:August 1st, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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my mom got a dvr, so i no longer watch commercials in real-time; it's all fast-word images for me. the advertising agencies know this- a lot of shots seem to be held for longer now. totally right about the diet stuff- selling people images of "a better, more fit" body which will allow them to overcome their lack of control, social life, or basic understanding of anything plague all forms media. I think I'll have a bowl of popcorn or two and enjoy the show.
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From:stovelkor
Date:August 1st, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
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still tryin to find me a DS Lite! I went to Yodobashi a couple of thursdays back...the day after you left I guess...to take my dictionary to get fixed and afterwards I headed downstairs to the game/toy section (they're renovating the 5th floor) and despite the fact that it was release day for the pink DS Lite, they still had none of any color for sale. either, they sold out by 2pm when I was there, or they really never have any, any time. cathy's keeping her eyes out in Cali for one, but if that doesn't pan out (you DID say they're universally compatible, right?) I'll get my ass to Yodobashi at 8am the day the black one's are alledged to come out.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:August 1st, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
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yeah they are region free. If worse comes to worse I can probably get you an ipod white one here.
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Date:August 1st, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
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She is fine with our family, and even David, but other people she just doesn’t know how to interact with.

Everyone loves me! ;)
From:tonisev
Date:August 1st, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
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My Sidda (yes, I have a dog now) does the same running through the legs thing. But only if she likes you.
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