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Put your arms around me like a circle round the sun

Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round
It's the circle of life
And it moves us all
Through despair and hope
Through faith and love
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle
The circle of life

And go round and round and round in a circle...

... unbroken
By and by, lord, by and by
There's a better home a-waiting
In the sky, lord, in the sky Dreamwidth

(So um, yeah, comment below if you want to join circles.)

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For some stupid reason that probably made sense to me at the time, I agreed to surgery at 8:30 AM Monday morning. Which means that I have to leave for the clinic by 7:30 AM at least. What was I thinking? Kick me.

The surgery is yet another one to remove benign skin cancer. This will be the second one on my nose. I'm told this one won't be so painful and bloody, but the first one, which was when I was 38, was absolutely awful. I am skeptical, but on the other hand, I really trust this surgeon, who did a great job on my forehead, and the surgical techniques have improved a lot in 20 years. Still... Oh well. 

I just wish there was something I could do to stop any more skin cancers from developing. I'm beginning to think I will end up my life looking like I've been stitched together.

Since there's nothing I can do for myself, I will just nag the rest of you instead. Wear a hat every time you are outside. Wear long sleeves even on sunny days and at the beach. Put thick layers of sun screen on your face and hands, so thick that it takes 10 minutes to absorb completely.

Take care of your skin, kiddies. 

In other news, I started using Duolingo. It seems to be doing a good job of resurrecting my rusty Spanish. But, for Japanese, I am not sure... A lot of phrases and words that can be translated multiple ways into English are translated in only one way. When I get them wrong, I have to remember what words and word order I used in English and try some new combination before hitting the ONE way that Duolingo has it translated. So then I'm not sure, was it just that the Japanese program is relatively new and doesn't have many synonyms built in? Or was there some nuance I don't understand? Because the program never explains, there's considerable uncertainty on my part. I guess, in that way, it really does emulate natural language learning. 
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Nothing came of the job interview. Oh well. It was just lateral anyway. Still, it would have been a change and a chance to not always be working evenings.

On the way to work today, there was a car in front of me with Kansas license plates. One tag was supporting Ben Carson in his campaign last year. Well, the owner of the car is from Kansas. I suppose that makes sense.

But next to that bumper sticker was a different one, one that was rather surprising for a car with a Ben Carson sticker on it. I mean...

I wasn't expecting this at all!

NASA bumpersticker

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I went to see 君の名は last night. It certainly runs the viewer through a full gamut of emotion! And wow, everyone who has seen it has done a great job of not giving away the plot, so I'm going to talk about it under a cut. 


I also watched the second episode of 3人のパパ. It's not a must-watch for everyone, but I'm quite enjoying Horii Arata's acting. He always gives a lot of credit to Seto Koji, and I can see that in him. At the same time, he's developing his own style. Honestly, when Horii won the D☆DATE audition, I was pretty skeptical. He was gangly and so unpolished, very much the baseball playing high schooler. It was hard for me to see the performer in him. But he was so eager and endearing that you couldn't help but root for him as Seto kept rushing in to stop him from saying things he'd regret later. LOL. That was always hilarious, and endearing for both of them. The first inkling of Horii's acting potential was in D☆DATE's short film for JOKER. I hadn't expected much, but he turned in a believable performance. He continued to develop in subsequent roles in asadora, light drama and taiga. If I'm not mistaken, 3 Papas is his first lead role. 

And speaking of Seto, he's been pretty quiet lately. Of course, he also just came off a back-to-back shooting and performance schedule that stretched months. There were the dramas and plays one after the other, and the commercials, and shooting for 冬芽の人, and for the films ミックス and ナラタージュ, and the further cooking adventures of Hansel in NHK-BS グレーテルのかまど and DJing for D-radio. And now he's in the midst of producing his fan show, where he creates all the content and designs all the goods. And he's probably doing something else he isn't at liberty to divulge yet. So it's not like he's not super active. But... heh, I miss his promotional blogging, the way he can tie some mundane event of his day into the theme of whatever production he's flogging, or wax philosophical about the character he portrays. Ha ha, he's really quite a talented ad-man. 
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 So, the weather this past week has been mild. Except for the cedar in the air, being outside has even been pleasant. And then there was today. 

The temperature was still warm, but the winds started coming in. I braved the kicked up cedar and spent time during the day covering the plants to prepare for what was to come: 3 days of freezing weather.

And then I came back inside with a big long list of inside chores. Of which I hardly did any. I barely could muster the determination to go through my Anki deck. 

Why does rapid weather change do this to me? I have lost all motivation, even to watch the shows I have lined up to watch. I'm too lazy to be lazy!

Oh well, at least I'm on vacation. Being lazy on vacation is permitted, right?

Leaving LJ

Jan. 3rd, 2017 12:53 am
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I never thought I'd do it, but I am, and I suggest you do it too. LJ recently moved all its servers from California to Moscow, and no longer is using https encryption. My account here is paid, so I won't completely close it for a couple of months, but you'll find my posts over at http://tilmon.dreamwidth.org after this.
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It's Christmas Day, so I thought I'd surprise [livejournal.com profile] tbscreenrider by actually posting some pictures of my Christmas.

Pretty decorations )

The most exciting part, just for tbscreenrider... My messy kitchen, featuring the pots and pans behind the screen!

not decorated, unless you towels count as decoration )

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Last year this time, I knew Trump would win.

not bragging, just saying )
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All I know is that this play takes place in 1962, against the backdrop of preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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Observe! Three iterations of Seto Koji discuss the wonders of using a debit card from Fukuoka Bank. Which is more amazing? That there are 3 Seto Kojis, or that Japanese are finally using debit cards?

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Fukuoka Bank
2016-10-01 10:02:49

I have been privileged to perform as the image character for Fukuoka Bank's commercial.

Personally, as someone born and raised in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Bank is very intimately familiar to me.

From the moment of the decision that I'd appear in the Fukuoka Bank commerical, the faces of family members in Fukuoka sprung to mind.

When I called my family to tell them of the decision that I would be in the commercial, they were unusually happy. LOL

Somehow or the other, it seems to resemble filial piety for parents and grandparents.

Also, it was really fun shooting, and with everyone at the location speaking Hakata dialect it felt somehow nostalgic.

Fukuoka Bank is touting the objective "Stage of Evolution".

As an actor wanting to continue to evolve, never forgetting the spirit of Fukuoka, I want to always chase after what I can do.

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I Started Soccer* in 3rd Grade
2016-08-28 19:05:27

Life is a ball game )

*Yeah, yeah, futbol everywhere else in the world but the US and Japan, both of which retain the older name for the same sport. 
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So, this is the drama that's based on Misaeng, which I haven't seen but was a huge hit in S. Korea. Someone who has, tell me if you are also watching this, please, and how it compares.

I'm enjoying this drama, even though the outcome for the main character (no fault of Nakajima) is not interesting to me. After all, in these kinds of dramas, don't things always end up working out right for the main? It's the stories of all the side characters that intrigue me, because those stories can go any direction. Will Kiriake be a villain or an ally? Will he manage to stand on his own despite his parents' meddling and his supervisor's apparent dislike of him? Will Katsuki be able to make those horrible men in Resources respect her? Will Hitomi be stuck forever being the desk-monkey for the Fibers chief? Will Oda emerge victorious at last after so long of being blamed for his intern's death?  I would like to see Japanese dramas become less hero-driven since the hero's arc is predictable, and better develop the stories of the entire main cast. But since I do want the answers to those questions, I will definitely keep watching.
The cast is good. Ichinose isn't a demanding role, so it's fine that Nakajima mostly alternates between befuddled and determined. I like it when Seto gets to play a disagreeable character because his antagonistic roles never come off as merely 2-dimensional. I hadn't seen Kiriyama act before, and he's been a pleasant surprise. And Yamamoto is doing a great job of a role that requires her to convey a lot of internal pain through body language, since the character must mask her feelings in order to deal with the men who are trying to destroy her.
I'm a little disappointed that we can't follow what happens to Nagai (really well played by Kaji Masaki) since he didn't make the cut. After all, he's a new dad! It must be hard on him being jobless with a family to be responsible for. Ah, wouldn't that make a good drama in itself?


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