Sushi & Steak

Move along, nothing to see here. Just a place to leave notes, thoughts and progress reports on importing my fiancee from Japan.

New Computer


Crap . . . damn alcohol

I have been pissed off lately due to some issues with my laptop. 1.) my 40GB hard drive is full  2.) my IE6 has been broken for several months so I have been using Mozilla Firefox which is great, but it was piccing me off that IE didn't work, and 3.) I have found a couple of sites that I cannot view because my machine is out of date, or something.  ANYHOO!

I was having some cocktails and looking at a system on Dell's website (an XPS400).  I customized what I wanted for memory, HD, preinstalled softwre, etc. and then, like a freak, ordered the system.  All $1,577 worth of it!  Allbeit this is less than two weeks' salary but still, it makes me feel a little nauseated to spend that much all at once.  I hope to hell the system is COOOOL

On TV right now there was a commercial for some kind of hair replacement product. I hate this kind of crap. Why is our country so fond of taking advantage of desperate people!!!   more on this later


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Fuki, Dave & the Band

GOOD LORD I love this band !

Southern Culture on the Skids. . . . hells yeah

With songs about fried chicken, gasoline and kudzu, what is not to like.  Seriously tho' . . . . download it, turn it up loud, get your redneck surf-punk groove on, bitches.

These couple pics are of me and Fuki with the band back in October, 2005 in South Carolina. After the show at "The Handlebar" we ran into them (Reverend Rick, Dave and Bloody Mary) as they were coming out of the back. They were nice enough to let us take a couple o photos.


I'm off to bed here in the Best Western in Cambridge, Ontario (in Canada you dumbass) because I have to wake up early tomorrow.


War Sucks

Gar Rhea on Patrol in Afghanistan

My Brother is in Afghanistan

My oldest brother, Gar (short for "Gardner,") was the nuclear power plant operator on a fast attack submarine for the US Navy for six years of active service. For some reason, the guy who is in charge of the power plant (he is called a "nuke" in general Navy conversation) is given the title "Weapons Officer" even though the only weapon he was in charge of was his own 9mm sidearm and a 12-gauge shotgun when the sub was in port.

When he left active duty, he joined the Naval Reserve (weekend warrior) in order to maintain his rank, get extra pay and eventually draw a nice retirement. He has advanced to the rank of "Commander."  Now, the time has come for him to pay his dues, to provide a service for the pay he has been receiving for the last several years. He has been 'activated" and sent to Qalat, Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.  You can find more info here:

Anyhoo,  Gar is 8 years older than me. He's 45 years old and is a computer network engineer. WHAT THE FREAK IS HE DOING WEARING BODY ARMOR WITH A MACHINE GUN??

Actually he has been attached to a US Army division. His current assignment is to train elements of the Afghani Army in battlefield communications using satellite networks AND how to establish a workable infrastructure for a military base (that is being built in Qalat.)  Luckily he does not "patrol" in the sense of looking for Osama bin Laden or his buddies. This picture was taken as the guys were being trained in small squad combat techniques. sheesh. Gar is the guy in the front with glasses. He does have to go into the field with the Afghani army though, and that SUCKS. He cannot send any pictures right now because they don't have regular access to the internet.

He should be able to come home in November 2006, probably the same time Fuki will be back ! ! ! ! 
I just hope he doesn't get shot in the pooper.

Anyway, that is what is on my mind tonight.  (well, that and the story of 9-fingered Bob and Zippy the Skating Chimp in Daytona Florida, but that is a story for next time)

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