On this Sept. 1996 trip,
I set personal Japan climbing records
for length of hike (44 km), total hiking time (29 hrs.), hiking
distance for 1 day (21 km), and net elevation
(2400m). And it’s interesting to note that even after 14 ½
having climbed all of the 25 highest mountains in Japan, those records
still intact. More
2011 - Obama's Libyan
Pres. Barack Obama, the 2009 Nobel "Peace" Prize winner, declared
Monday night that the United States
intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have
"stained the world's conscience." Attached is Exhibit 1. As you can
see, almost all the
"humane," foreign-owned energy operations in Libya are
European entities. No wonder Sarkozy & Cameron are so
gung-ho about this "kinetic military action." And as I recall, the
UK freed the Lockerbie bomber so that BP could get a good deal on oil
in Libya, right? That was also called
"humanitarian," if I'm
Foreign ownership of Libyan energy operations (Source: stratfor.com)
28, 2011 - Videos of Burlesque/Belly
Dancer Safi & Accordionist Alan Patton
Video 3 is best. I just about had a heart attack when she came over and
danced right next to me at the 8:20 min. mark !!!
All 6 videos are in a playlist
and will play continuously, non-stop.
(Play the entire Safi/Alan playlist in new window here.)
Today was a very shaky day. In fact, not only did we have the strongest
ever quake in Japan (Magnitude 9.0), but between the BIG one
2:46 pm) and 10:56 pm, there were 56 aftershocks of
intensity 3 or greater on the Japanese scale of 0-7.
Keep abreast of the latest news updates, photos, videos, maps,
and links on my new
page, the Strongest
Ever Japan Earthquake
and Tsunami on March 11, 2011.
Number of Japan Earthquakes by Day of Month, March 2011
Discovery, the world's most traveled spaceship, made its final
touchdown and homecoming @ the Kennedy Space Center in
Florida on Wed. Mar. 9, 2011 @ 11:57 am EST (Thurs.
1:57 am in Japan). In its final
mission, STS-133... Read
Space Shuttle Discovery's final landing (courtesy:
23, 2011 -
Tricky Dick (ニクソン大統領) and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato (佐藤総理)
agreement returning Okinawa back to Japan
Best places to view Diamond Fuji around the Lake Yamanakako
phenomenon occurs only from Oct. to Feb. when the sun sets into or
rises out of Mt. Fuji's cone, setting off sunbeams that resemble a
2011 - The Obama
Hope-and-Change Damage Report
Retail gasoline price up 70%, unemployment rate up 24%, number of food
stamp recipients up 35%, failed banks up 17%, people in poverty up 10%,
and a national debt accumulating at a rate more than 27 times as fast
as during the rest of the entire nation’s history. Are you better off
today than you were 25 months ago?
Already my favorite 2011 Super Bowl ad:
Super Bowl XLV Commercial: Kid Darth Vader 2012 Volkswagen Passat
(If player above is not visible, you can view video
@ YouTube here.)
- The world aches for good listeners.
"Most of us are poor listeners. Since our mind moves forward faster
than the words to which we are listening, we are frequently preparing
something to say when we should be listening. The world aches for good
listeners. Many doctors report that they daily see patients who have
nothing physically wrong with them. They merely need someone to listen
-William E. Diehl-
10, 2011 -
How to Make 2011 Your Best Year Ever
Tips on goal setting, time management, & how to stay focused to
achieve more of what is important in your life. Keynote address to the
Pioneer Toastmasters Club's New Year Party on Jan. 9, 2011 in
Speaker at Jan. 9, 2011
Pioneer Toastmasters New Year Party
Yari-ga-take (槍ヶ岳) at sunrise
(the Matterhorn of Japan)
After having climbed all of Japan's 25 highest mountains, I can
honestly say that the Mt. Oku-hotaka-dake (奥穂高岳)/Mt.
by far the most exhilarating AND.....most difficult. Well, for
the round-trip course is around 34 km, which is a fairly good workout
over a three-day period, even for a person in reasonably good shape.
2011 - 2010 Sendai Pageant
Click above to view video of the magnificent display of lights on the
zelkova trees along Jozenji-dori in downtown Sendai, Miyagi, Japan on
Dec. 31, 2010.
ELEVEN new masterpieces from Mr. Yoshimizu Koike (小池 嘉瑞), one
artists. Click the link above to see more of his paintings and
The one below is named "Reading under the Moon."
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