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Monday, July 31, 2006  

Finally, a break in the weather.

We had a lovely hot and sunny summer Sunday here in Tokyo.
Michio had off from work, so we decided to check out the
local public pool...

I took some pics on my mobile phone of the day’s discoveries:

Is this the party to which I am speaking?
The DoCoMo person. Yeah, whatever they were paying, it wasn’t enough.
It was hot wearing cotton clothes...

The Lotus Pond
We stopped by on the way to the pool to see the nearby lotus pond.

The local public pool.
Michio & I have been going to this pool in summer, save for our vacations,
and trips to the US, since he was a little guy...

Here be Mela, arrrr...

Michio, poolside...

We stopped off for some sushi, took the train a few stops,
and took our bicycles home.

On the way,
I passed this:

This may look like a hissing summer lawn, but it sooo isn’t!
It’s a rice field.

A fun summer Sunday...

Here’s my new “August Jams” iPod list:

Ya Gotta Be - Des’Ree
Don’t Let Go - Isaac Hayes
Planet Clare - B 52’s
Sex and Drugs and Rock-n-Roll - Ian Drury & The Blockheads
Over the Rainbow (Finding Forrester soundtrack) -Bill Frisell
(She’s Got) Skillz - All-4-One
Represent, Cuba (Dirty Dancing 2, Havana Nights soundtrack) -
Orishas (feat. Heather Headley)
SinnerMan (Cellular soundtrack, Felix the housecat mix) - Nina Simone
If I had No Loot- Tony Toni Tone
California - Phantom Planet
Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Drury & The Blockheads
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff / Peter Tosh
Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
Lovin’ Arms - Millie Jackson
I’ll C U When U Get There - Coolio

Yeah, Bring it!

Sending the love and good vibes to my Mom,
who goes in for a procedure tomorrow.

God Bless...

Till next time...
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9:26 AM

Friday, July 28, 2006  

I haven’t written in awhile, and my only excuse is summer malaise,
or what I affectionately call the oh-fuck-its.

First off, my gig at Half Tone went well.

I had planned to play my resonator for a couple of tunes,
but my usual “helper”, Michio, was working that night,
and I couldn’t carry the extra weight.

No matter.
When I arrived at Half Tone,
to run through a few tunes with Keisaku,
Inada-san, the proprietor of the premises, and himself a guitarist,
allowed me the pleasure of using his guitar,
a beautiful electric Yamaha
modeled to resemble and sound like a Gibson Les Paul.

What a beautiful experience for me, to go electric !

I played on the second set, a few blues numbers.
One of which was the Rolling Stones tune,
"No Expectations".

I am a long-time fan of the Best Rock-N-Roll Band ever,
and I love the lyrics to that song.
I gave it my own interpretation,
and Keisaku backed me up beautifully!

There is nothing quite like playing for yourself-
You set your own stage...

Pamela MacCarthy live at Half Tone, 7/21/2006

The weather has been gloomy around this neck of the woods.

Perfect for the movies!

I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Dead Man’s Chest.

I didn’t think I’d like it, as I didn’t much care for the first one.

I tried, believe me, but there were far too many details.
That, compounded with the abundance
of speaking lines for Keira Knightly,
had me quickly loosing interest.

But, the sequel...

I loved it!

The story, the scenery, the special effects, the magic was there.
And, mercifully, Keira’s line’s were kept to a minimum.

Of course, Johnny Depp as Capt Jack Sparrow
was as cute as a button.
I love the way he has settled into this role,
and loosened up a bit for this second film.
He is ever the adorable skurvy knave...

The acting performances I enjoyed most were that of
Bill Nighy, as Davy Jones, and Stellan Skarsgård, as Bill Bootstrap.

The special effects of the The Flying Dutchman and it's crew were amazing!

The movie was lengthy, but I wasn’t bored a bit.

It was the way a movie on a dark, gloomy, summer day should be-fun !

I eagerly await the next installment...

Recently, we had a break in the rain, and Michio and I had a bike ride across the Tama river.
With his summer job, it’s nice to have a few moments to hang out together...

Michio on the Tama bridge

Till next time...
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12:01 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2006  

Pamela MacCarthy

I've got a gig tomorrow night at Half Tone, Tachikawa.

Keisaku Takahashi

Joining me on piano, my long time friend and accompianist,
Keisaku Takahashi.

Why not break up the monotony of the building of



and join us for with some happnin' jazz?

May-haps I 've gone a tad
over the deep end with the ark bit...

It's been raining for a long time, people...

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.

Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Mean old levee taught me to weep and moan
Got what it takes to make a mountain man leave his home

When the Levee Breaks

-Led Zeppelin

Till next time...
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10:47 AM

Friday, July 14, 2006  

I’m baaaack!

After 8 days and 9 nights on the lovely tropical island of Guam,
I am back in Tokyo.
I had a fantastic time on the place “Where America’s Day Begins”...

Since my photos are not ready yet,
I’ve found a great site where there are some good pics of the island.
Check this out!

I went snorkeling for the first time in tropical waters.
That was an experience.

There was a typhoon in the region, so towards the end, the weather was more dramatic.

The colors of the ocean when it rains,
and the feeling of warm rain drops falling on your back as you float in warm waters watching the different fish, coral, and tiny little crabs,
is truly “a trip”.

The things you just don’t know you’re stepping on when you swim in the ocean, even in shallow waters...

I’ll post my pics later...

The flowers that most caught my eye were these:

Fire trees

And, lovely to look at, with an equally enticing fragrance:


It was a lovely time,
my third consecutive visit on Guam.

I always found something special
to marvel at.

The Chamorro Village, in Agana on Wednesdays is great fun.
Native dancing, barbeque, and flea market type tables and stalls.
I met an artist named Viktoria Sayrs there.
She comes from a family of artists.
I bought one of her lovely watercolor cards.

The shopping trolleys, the sunsets, the beach-
The view from our condo was beautiful
as the sun turned the water silvery...

Balcony barbeques almost nightly.
I enjoyed shopping at the local supermarket for meals.
Although the restaurants are prevalent on Guam,
I do enjoy cooking.

Michio kept a diary, sitting out on the balcony nightly,
looking pensive, and taking many photos.

I got this little blue plumeria ukelele,

I’m already learning how to play an old blues ditty on it:

One week from today, Friday 21st July,
I will be performing with Keisaku Takahashi on piano,
at Tachikawa’s live house, HALF TONE.

I’ll be bringing my island groove, people!

This is a song I'm practicing on my ukekele now, written in 1923:

You've got to see Mam-ma ev-'ry night,
Or you can't see Mam-ma at all
You've got to kiss mam-ma, treat her right,
Or she won't be home when you call
If you want my com-pan-y,
you can't fif-ty fif-ty me
You've got to see Mam-ma ev-'ry night,
Or you can't see Mam-ma at all

You’ve Got to see Mam-ma Ev’ry Night(Or you don’t see Mam-ma at all)

Music & Lyrics by: Billy Rose & Con Conrad

Happy Bastille Day!

Till next time...
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11:39 AM

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