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Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives
July-September, 2020

This page shows archived posts for Gary J. Wolff's blog from July-September, 2020.



Sept. 25, 2020 - NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia (スペースシャトル・コロンビア) is found alive and TOKYO!

Just when I thought that all of NASA's space shuttles had been retired, then while out on my bike earlier this year, I found Space Shuttle Columbia (スペースシャトル・コロンビア) parked on the rooftop of a Tokyo kindergarten, disguised as a piece of children's playground equipment. laughing icon

Space Shuttle Columbia in Tokyo
Space Shuttle Columbia (スペースシャトル・コロンビア) in Tokyo


The dizzy aunt -- Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes -- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store -- Stop N Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt -- Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle -- Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin -- Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking -- Way-to-Gogh
A sister who loves disco -- Go Gogh
His niece who travels in an RV -- Winny Bay Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia -- U Gogh
His magician uncle -- Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin -- A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin's American half-brother -- Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach -- Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle -- Can't Gogh
The little bouncy nephew -- Poe Gogh
The great-niece who worked at an organic dyeing factory -- Indi Gogh
The safari-cousin -- Con Gogh
The half-brother who exported cars from Japan -- Car Gogh

And I saw you smiling, so...there ya Gogh! laughing icon

Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait
(public domain, courtesy of Wikipedia)

Aug. 28, 2020 - The final TGIF sunrise of August 2020! :-)

Edogawa sunrise - 20.8.28
Edo River (江戸川), Tokyo, Japan
Fri. Aug. 28, 2020, 5:11 am

Aug. 18, 2020 - Funny Japanese store names

One of the pleasures of living in Japan are the delightful little surprises one routinely encounters in a typical day. For example, strolling thru Tokyo shopping malls might raise a few eyebrows while trying to decipher the creative use of English in some of the shop names! Never a dull moment in the Land of the Rising Sun... smiley laughing icon

American Holic store in Tokyo, Japan
American Holic store in Tokyo, Japan

Awesome Store in Tokyo, Japan
Awesome Store in Tokyo, Japan

Love Toxic store in Tokyo, Japan
Love Toxic store in Tokyo, Japan

3 Coins store in Tokyo, Japan
3 Coins store in Tokyo, Japan


- Trees are whistling for dogs.
- The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
- Hot water now comes out of both taps.
- You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron.
- You discover that it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
- You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 am.
- The temperature drops below 95 (35 C) and you feel a little chilly.
- You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
- You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
- Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, 'What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?'
- You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
- The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt, and pepper.
- Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
- The cows are producing only evaporated milk.
Ah, what a great place to call home.
God Bless the Great State of Texas. laughing icon

waving texas flag

July 26, 2020 - Social distancing failure

Oops! Looks like someone's brain wasn't firing on all cylinders when laying out these waiting lines on a Tokyo subway station platform. But definitely worth a hearty laugh, ha ha! smiley laughing icon

social distancing failure
Social distancing failure
(photo credit: David Couvreur)

July 20, 2020 - I have ARRIVED!! :-)

I'm finally moving up in the world. At long last, after a remarkable six decades, I've finally been granted my own personal parking space... smiley laughing icon

Gary's bicycle parking space
Gary's new personal bicycle parking space

July 13, 2020 - Lettuce face mask! :-)

lettuce face mask

Lettuce come together.
Romaine calm.
This may just be the tip of the iceberg. laughing icon

July 4, 2020 - Happy Birthday, America! (お誕生日おめでとう、アメリカ!)

Today, on the occasion of America's 244th birthday, I just want to share a song that has truly touched my soul. It's America's national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner," sung by a precious little 8-year-old girl named Malea Emma. WOW, what a BIG, beautiful voice from such a tiny little person! smiley

"The Star Spangled Banner," sung by Malea Emma
(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)

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