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Gary J. Wolff's Blog Archives
Oct.-Dec. 2010

This page shows archived posts for Gary J. Wolff's blog from Oct.-Dec. 2010.



Dec. 17, 2010 - Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin, one of the Fathers of America, sought to constantly improve himself by using a plan of 13 virtues, which he developed in 1726 at the age of 20. Ben followed this plan for the attainment of moral perfection in some form for the rest of his life. Read more...

Dec. 13, 2010 - Tokyo Joe scores JT modeling gig

To see 11 more funny poses from this job, please visit my Acting and Modeling in Tokyo page.

Gary's JT modeling gig

Dec. 10, 2010 - Fall Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley

Pics, maps, & trail description of my Dec. 5, 2010 hike to view the gorgeous fall colors in the Yoro Keikaku Valley on the Boso Peninsula, Chiba.

Japanese maple tree
                        Japanese maple tree 

Nov. 26, 2010 - Out with the gray, in with the brown

OMG ! No, it's not a mid-life crisis, but an upcoming TV role as a pre-gray Tricky Dick. And I can just hear Mom's voice now, "Oh brother !"  smiley

Note: This TV program, named 総理の密使 (Prime Minister's Secret Envoy) was broadcast on TBS on Sunday night, Feb. 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm: A short video can be seen here.

Nixon twins

Nov. 23, 2010 - Mt. Kita-dake, elev. 3192m, Japan's 2nd Highest Mountain

Atop Mt. Kita-dake
Click above to view more details on climbing Mt. Kita-dake,
including maps, elevation profile, and route description.

Nov. 9, 2010 - Thief gets nabbed by a snapshot and is hauled off by 2 handsome cops  smiley

(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)

Nov. 7, 2010 - John F. Kennedy on taxes

"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now ... Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus."

- John F. Kennedy, Nov. 20, 1962, president's news conference -

Nov. 3, 2010 - 5 top foreign surgeons view live demo of new Japanese open heart surgery procedure

(If player above is not visible, you can view video at YouTube here.)

Oct. 29, 2010 - Artwork by Yoshimizu Koike

Happy Halloween from Mr. Yoshimizu Koike, one of my favorite Japanese artists. Click the link above to see more of his paintings and sketches.

Halloween 2010 by Yoshimizu Koike
               Happy Halloween 2010

Oct. 24, 2010 - Japanese Tsuribori 

A 'tsuribori' is a man-made, artificially stocked fishing pond found in the middle of large Japanese cities, which gives busy city-dwellers a chance to relax amidst the bustle of city life. Bait & rental tackle are available, and although you usually have to put back the fish you catch, sometimes you receive vouchers for your caught fish which can be used for tackle or as a discount toward your next visit. This one can be seen from the platform of the JR Ichigaya train station in Tokyo.

Japanese Tsuribori
Japanese tsuribori, as seen from Tokyo's JR Ichigaya train
station platform

Oct. 17, 2010 - Free Enterprise "Frees" 33 Chilean Miners

The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free-market capitalism. It's a remarkable story about all the astonishing private-sector equipment & devices that magically appeared in the Atacama Desert from the distant corners of capitalism.  Read more...

High-tech kept Chilean miners in touch with the surface
High-tech kept Chilean miners in touch with the surface
(Source: Associated Press)

Oct. 11, 2010 - Mt. Kita-dake, elev. 3192m, Japan's 2nd Highest Mountain

Click here to view all of my Mt. Kita-dake pics, taken Oct. 2-3, 1993.              

Atop Mt. Kita-dake, Japan's 2nd highest mountain
                       Atop Mt. Kita-dake, Japan's 2nd highest mountain,
                         with Mt. Fuji, Japan's highest, in the background
   (More details on climbing Mt. Kita-dake, including maps, elevation profile, and route description are here: Mt. Kita-dake, Japan's 2nd highest mountain)

Oct. 6, 2010 - "The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs"

A good friend gave me this book yesterday.  It's definitely a must-have by all true Beatles fans. On the last page are these amazing Beatles stats:
  • 20 Number 1 hits  
  • 46 Top 40 hits
  • 14 U.S. Number 1 albums
  • 219 songs recorded
  • Longest stay at Number 1: "Hey Jude" - 1968 - 9 weeks
  • Shortest song: "Her Majesty" - 0:23
  • Longest song: "Revolution 9" - 8:22
  • Career record sales worldwide: 1.3 billion (as of 2004)
      WOW !!!

Beatles 100 Greatest Songs

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