Pen Case

It has been a while since I used fountain Pen.  Ever since I lost my Nakaya pen.

But since enjoy them so much, I decided to try again.

The first step is of course a pen case. Decided to create a pen case for 3 pen.

Why 3?  Because standard pen cases are usually for 1,2, or 4 (or more.

The result is very satisfying, but it adds weight to my bag.

Milkman by Anna Burns – continued

To complete my previous post .  (as I don’t like editing past posts)

Just finished reading the book, but could not find more to write about it .

The book, just ended. More happenings, deaths, but no conclusion. No hope for improvement. Life goes on in the same way.

What I remember vividly from the last part of the book is the mother’s attempts to look attractive and capture the heart of the real milkman as well as discussions about “wrong marriages”.  I feel it is intentional that the writer chose to write more about the being human. At 50, having lost husband and children, the mother is keen on rekindling a lost love. Simple, human, and has nothing to do with the conflict.

I hope all conflicts in the world will be forgotten and stopped  for Love and friendship.

 

Milkman by Anna Burns

Reading the book “Milkman” by Anna Burns .

Takes me a while to read it, but want to share my first thought and impression of reading it.

I am obviously aware of the struggles and conflicts in Norther Ireland, but I guess I never really understood what it meant on a daily basis. Thinking about it, I guess this what the entire world knows and feels about Israel.

And as such, it makes it even a more interesting read. Not only the story of a young woman being harassed by the “Milkman”, but an important story of the conflicts, deaths, the 10 minutes zone and much more.

Did not finish yet, but I think I can already recommend it.

 

Placebo – Pure Morning Lyrics

Still wondering what is the reference to Japanese in the song “Pure Morning”.

Tried to find some guesses, interpretations, but they all seem so far fetched.

Any Idea?

 

A friend in need’s a friend indeed,
My Japanese is better,
And when she’s pressed she will undress,
And then she’s boxing clever,

Anger

This was written a while back, during my previous business trip:
Got angry this morning, which changed very quickly to shame.
A lesson how kindness and friendliness can diffuse anger and bad feelings.
Rushed to the Airport in the morning, as had a 8:30AM flight to Seoul.
As I reached the connecting train station I noticed I have one minute till the Express train to the Airport leaves.
Rushed to the elevator and as it was about to close,  an elderly man rushed as well, stopped the elevator which made me miss the train.
Got angry/disappointed and I guess it was apparent on my face.
To my surprise, the man that stopped the elevator approached me asking (in Japanese) if I am heading to the airport.
“If so, please follow me and I will guide you. Taking the following train and changing will be faster”.
I (of course) verified independently and followed him. When we changed trains he approached me again, showing me the way to the fast escalator and guiding me where to wait for the train for a fast connection on arrival.
Surprises and lessons learned :
Not many Japanese will approach and angry foreigner, speak in Japanese and offer their help.
Having felt the anger it turned into shame. A 5 or 10 minutes delay caused me so much stress and anger which were also apparent to my surroundings .
Results:
Arrived to the airport before 6:50. By 7:00 I was at lounge working.
Unnecessary stress, unnecessary anger and bad vibes to my surroundings.

Leg bouncing/Fidgeting – 貧乏ゆすり

Was thinking about writing this for a while, but an experience I had gave me the motivation to finally do it.

While on a business trip to Singapore, I went to Black Tap at the Marina Bay Sands for Lunch. Sitting on the Sofa, the (Korean) guy in the table besides me kept bouncing his leg. Had two options: to tell him to stop, or to move to a chair. I moved to a chair and started planning what to write this blog post.

In Japan, it is considered a bad habit, one that shows “bad education”. The wiki page for 貧乏ゆすり is not linked to a page in other languages and mentions

多くの場合において品を欠く行為・悪い癖だとされる

Which means vulgarity and bad habit.  The literal translation of 貧乏ゆすり is “poverty fidgeting”.

Did not research, but not familiar with such contempt to fidgeting in other cultures. If we look at the English wiki page for fidgeting  it tries to explain the condition and reasons for it, not judging it

Fidgeting is considered a nervous habit, though it does have some underlying benefits. People who fidget regularly tend to weigh less than people who do not fidget because they burn more calories than those who remain still, which is called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT).[13] It has been reported that fidgeting burns about 350 extra calories per day.[14]

Living in Japan, I got used to thinking the same way. I notice when people bounce their legs and show nervousness. Was surprised when at a meeting a Japanese customer was bouncing his leg and even discussed it with our partner.

Facebook is broken ?

On both my iPhone and Mac, cannot see updates from Friends, just publishers and subscriptions.

This is not the reason I am using Facebook, so too me less than 30 seconds to close it.

Fight Club

Watching the movie “Fight Club” again, trying to find things I did not see before, without checking the internet.

I must admit, that watching the movie puts me in a strange mood. Which makes it even more interesting to watch.

It is good to watch a movie that affect one, not the standard fluff that I forget after 10 seconds.