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Monday, August 28, 2006  

I got a new "do"...
I've been wanting to do this for awhile,
I finally decided it was time to update my look...

It seems everything old is new again.
But in present case, it isn't that old!
I mean the disco craze; the bus stop and the hustle,
the leggings and the tulle skirts...
How I loved those Betsey Johnson skirts,
the first time around...

As Goofy says: GARSH...

Michio started classes today.
He is officially a Sophomore at Temple University Japan

My next performance will be September 14th, Thursday
in Gunma Prefecture,
a live house called Getsuyokan.

Joining me will be some of my favorite players:

Keisaku Takahashi-piano, Brent Nussey- bass,
& Cecil Monroe, on the drums...

And,in October, to help celebrate my 30th year in show business,
I am going to make a special Los Angeles Appearance!

I'll be returning to one of my favorite cities to visit old friends, meet new ones,
and sing some swinging jazz & blues!

More details later!

Till next time...
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9:02 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2006  

I woke up early this morning,
and went out to my balcony garden to water the plants,
before the the heat starts to soar...

I saw this little guy hanging out with the ivy.

I gotta wonder how the hell that little frog got up here?

Lately, it’s been too hot to do much of anything.

When this sort of summer malaise hits me,
I like to prepare a Japanese remedy for it.
Summer somen...

There are many different ways to prepare it.
And many different ingredients that can be added.

I prefer the simple version.

Akio taught me how to prepare this the first summer I was here...

Here are the ingredients:


Somen noodle

scallions, or negi in Japanese

Wasabi paste

Dipping sauce, or Mentuyu in Japanese

Take 2 bundles per person of somen,
and drop in a big pot of boiling water.
Turn heat to low.
Cook for about 3 minutes,
then drop contents in a strainer,
and rinse (or wash) with very cold water.
Have a large bowl prepared with ice cubes in it.
After washing with cold water, and straining excess water off,
drop somen in the big bowl with ice.
Mix it gently.
Let chill...

Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients:

Chop scallions
Keep the dipping sauce stored in the refrig., to be served cold.

Some like to put the dipping sauce in a small bowl on the side,
but I prefer to put it right in the somen bowl, which is the same as a ramen bowl
in my house...

Fill about 1/8 of bowl with ice cold water,
add an equal part of dipping sauce, or half and half.

Add whatever amount of wasabi that suits you along the side of the bowl ,
add chopped scallions to sauce, and mix all.
Then, lift the somen noodles up from the ice cubes
with chopsticks,
place in your bowl and mix.

It is very light and cool,
and a touch spicy.
For me, it helps when I have little appetite...


Till next time...
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10:00 PM

Thursday, August 24, 2006  

It's the daaaaaawg days 'round 'chere, people!

Too hot to care!

Happy Birthday to Michael!

More, tomorrow...

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10:17 AM

Friday, August 11, 2006  

The conditions were perfect
for the fireworks display last night.

The day was baking hot, when Michio and I went down to the riverbank
to place our "reservation" tarp at noon.

At dusk, the temperature dropped enough to be comfortable.
Together with a lilting breeze, and a clear sky,
it couldn't've been a better setup.

I went to pick up some fun snacks.
My favorite is the plum-flavored chips...

It was dusk when I set up camp, and waited for everyone to show up...

On the riverbank, at dusk

lights, camera...

Unfortunately, Michio's work prevented him from making it
this time.

Michael and I were able to find each other with our repeated mobile phone messages.
He made it over just as the first boom sounded...

The big orange near full moon seemed to be watching regally,
as it slowly ascended...

The passing Keio train that crossed the bridge
over the Tamagawa river
resembled a diamond tennis bracelet in the evening sky.

It lasted for an hour.

We sat in the tall grass, mesmerized...
It was a little eerie to watch as the light of the fireworks
lit up the riverbank, and all of us, as we watched...

I noticed a new color added to the pyrotechnics pallette this year;
a lovely mix of amber, & apricot ...

Every year, it gets better!

On the walk back home, we met Michio
coming back from work.
He could hear the boom of the fireworks from his work.
Bless him, he is working part time to contribute to his college tuition.

Later, I walked Michael back to the station & we stopped in the local for a cool one before saying "Goodnight"...

Michael at the entrance to the open-air bar near the station

A fun time...

Till next time...
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12:58 PM

Thursday, August 10, 2006  

The typhoon's blown over, and left clear blue skies,
and less humidity.
Perfect for tonite's fireworks display!
They are held annually here in my town, on the Tamagawa riverbank,
to bring in the Obon season.

I have a pretty quiet season now, for musical appearances...

Pamela MacCarthy, Summertime!

My next live performance will be Sept 14th,
at a live house in Gunma Pref. called Getsuyokan, or Monday House
in English.

I will post more info in English about it on my calendar page soon...

Michio & Michael R. are both working, but will be able to make it to the fireworks tonight, so I'm going down to the riverbank later to reserve a tarp space for us...


Till next time...
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11:45 AM

Saturday, August 05, 2006  

A goldfish whom circling frustrated
Declined a whole verb, to be mated ...
Declension's no wish
Of a satisfied fish-
The verb's meant to be conjugated!

Blub blub...

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12:30 PM

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