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15 Mar

So Typical!!

imageThese days the weather gets so nicer and temp is like 40-50, but still winter weather.
We need to heat the air inside so the air conditioner is always on when I stay at home.

However, suddenly, the air heated does not come...
It shows 77, but the air comes out in so cold like 30-35.

I did not know it was not working, but I thought outside was too cold.
Actually, it seems something wrong with the air conditioner.

I called our handyman to fix it and he found thermostat was not working at all.

He pointed out it costs like US@200-300 to fix it, if I call other guys from AC company.

I decided to buy new thermostat on the web and ask him to exchange it.
It was not so easy to find identical thermostat, but finally could get it.

This afternoon I called him, but different guy came to fix it.

This guy was so typical to ask me US$50.00 as soon as he came in my room...otherwise I have to do it by myself. 
I had no choice, but accepted his offer, as I needed to fix it before TEMP would be too low again.

This is so messy thing for me, but fortunately he knew so many things from his experiences.
Actually, he was more professional, compared with another guy came last time.

He also pointed out air filter was so dirty...
It was unbelievable too much dirty with dust...
He helped me cleaning it up so fresh air is coming out.(no more musty air)

I tried to be so friendly with him, even if he says this nasty costs like US$50.00.
Maybe I was wrong, but it was good enough service and If I treat him so nicely, he would also try to give me nicer service.

His name is Jason who came to fix my air conditioner on Mar/14 Saturday, not yesterday=Mar/13 Friday.

Anyway, this is so typical in N.Y... 
12 Mar


My driver license shows two expiration date, one is TEMP. VISITOR EXPIRATION and another one is license expiration.
Someone told me not to drive my car, but it was sounding so strange for me, actually.

Then, I tried to check it=(If I can drive or not) on WEB, but not so easy to get a right idea of how to do wit it so decided to visit DMV.

I do not want to be caught while driving my car and POLICE may think my TEMP. VISITOR perido is expired, then my problem would be bigger so decided to renew it.
The guy @ DMV introduces me DMV express.
I had no idea of how quick they can arrange to renew my driver license, but no other choice for me.
Actually, it took 1.5hours to get new sad story...costs US$12.50...

TEMP VISITORAs a result, I believe it should be better to renew driver license according to I-94, but you can dirve your car, anyway.

If you have enough time to renew driver license, 1.5hours makes you feel easier while you drive your car.

I do not want to be involved in any trouble here so I will renew it next time.

My credo here is "Prepare for the worst, Hope for the best!"
18 Nov


ipod sensorI am not Marathon runner, but jogging two or three days a week to lose my weight.

A distance is not so long, but 3-4miles and burning 350-450calories.

When I went back to Japan last month, I took iPod sensor with me for jogging there.
However, I used just one time during my stay...

After coming back to Manhattan, I found I left ipod sensor at my home.
I need NIKE+iPod for a jog because spoken feedback by female motivates me so much.

especially, "400M to go" makes me running faster.

So I decided to get one more iPod sensor to jog more othewise gaining so much weight.

Motivation by female is absolutely important for me to achieve success my Goal. 
9 Aug

Road Test in NY(White Plains)5

white plains road test

29months passed already since I moved to Manhattan NYC.

I do not know why I did not try to get driver's license...

Anyway, I decided to get driver's license here.

It was a long way to go, actually.

I wnet to DMV to have a written test, which was in
japanese on Jun/26th.

2.Fuji Driving School
I had a 5hours lecture @ Fuji Driving School on Jun/30th.

3.Road Lesson 
My road test was scheduled on Aug/8th so I made a reservation for road lesson in white plains dated on Aug/5th.
It took 40mins by train from grand central to white plains, but had no choice.
Indeed, it seems that road test in white plains is easier than others.
90mins road lesson was so helpfull, as I do not drive at all in NYC.

4. Road Test(White Plains)
I was a little bit nervous because it was not so easy to drive a car here.
I got my(japanese) driver's license in 1979 so 34years passed already.
It was causing me some difficulties to drive a car here.

I learned so much from blogers who reported how their road tests were.
So I think I should also report how my road test was to support people who will/shall get driver's license here.

5-1:After checking with my learner's permit and pre-licensing course completion certificate, my examiner instructed to pull out and Right Turn on 1st corner.

5-2:I thought Left Turn on next corner, but he instructed me to go straight to 2nd corner.

5-3:Then, Turn Right on 1st corner and A:Double Park B:Parallel Park C:Back Up D:Pull Out.

5-4:Then, K-Turn right away.

5-5:I expected Left Turn to go back to the start point, but his instruction was Right Turn...

5-6:And then, Left Turn @ Stop Sign.

5-7:His next instruction was Left Turn on 2nd corner. 

5-8:Right Turn on next corner.

5-9:Left Turn on next corner and going back to start point.

5-10:Pull Over and cut the engine.

5-9 was difficult because there was a signal showing I could Turn Left.
While I was hesitating to go or not it was turned in Yellow...
I did not stop...then I was commented not to hesitate in that case.
I thought I failed my driver's test today...

However, it was no problem at all.

I had a good fortune this afternoon.
Everything depends on its fortune, actually.

MCTD Fee:US$10.00
Photo/Documents Fees:US$25.00
License Fee:US$32.50
Application Fee:US$10.00
Lecture:US$50.00(60.00 now:new pricing)
Road Lesson:US$90.00(126.00)
Road Test:US$160.00(45minsRoad lesson included)(220.00)
Train Ticket:US$17.00 X 2 =US$34.00

7.Mr. TANIMOTO(my agent)  helped me a lot.
It is so risky to have a road test with no Road Lesson.
90mins road lesson should be required to pass 1st road test.
5 Apr

1983 -> 20134

cherry niwadera30years passed already since I got a job at this company.
Time flies...

I have been dealing with Export/Import business for 30years and affected/effected by exchange rate.

After Plaza5, Yen was getting stronger against US$ and it was 79.75 in 1995.
In 2011 it was 75.32 at the strongest.

Today's currency rate is 97.7-80.
I guess it will be more than 100.
Now japanese economy seems to be improved, as the stock market is also getting better.

According to purchasing power parity, I personally think it should be like 110-120.

Then, I can enjoy saving money here...(・∀・)

Anyway, It's really nice that I can get salary from a work, which is exsisting now.

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
I would like to celebrate 30th anniversary!

14 Jan


怪笑小説 (集英社文庫)
怪笑小説 (集英社文庫)
送り火 (文春文庫)
送り火 (文春文庫)
I enjoyed reading short stories on weekends.
They gave me several notices made me think of my life.
Indeed, I respect two guys, Keigo Higashino and Kiyoshi Shigematsu polishing their writing so much.

They seem to be paranoia who could have delusions in their brain.
Their short stories were so interesting.
 A delusion is a word to have an expression about sickness, but it should be a talent of writers.
12 Oct


I am on the way back to Japan.
I was always flying back to Japan with Delta because it was so easy to be upgraded.
This time My flit is JAL.

Now I feel nice hospitality service given by Japanese CA.
Foods are also tasted nicely.

I was shocked so much against Delta changed their way of upgrading.
Now I have to pay us$5000.00 to get a ticket of economy to be upgraded.
Nobody will buy a ticket of economy costed like us$5000.00 and waste mileage of 50000!
This is ridiculous,
When I inquired my flit on phone I was surprised so much and decided to switch my flit to JAL.
I earned more than 160000miles but do not want to pay us$5000.00 for economy.

F..k Delta!

However, my domestic flit is always upgraded so should be no problem to keep my status as platinum member.
1 Sep

Moral of the story...

I like Lesson 3.
Which one you like the best?

A junior manager, a senior manager and their boss are on their way to a meeting.
On their way through a park, they come across a wonder lamp.
They rub the lamp and a ghost appears.
The ghost says :
" Normally, one is granted three wishes, but as you are three, I will allow one wish each. "
So the eager senior manager shouted : " I want the first wish.
I want to be in the Bahamas , on a fast boat and have no worries."
Pfufffff .... and he was gone.
Now the junior manager could not keep quiet and shouted :
" I want to be in Florida with beautiful girls, plenty of food and cocktails.. "
Pfufffff .... And he was also gone.
The boss calmly said : " I want these two idiots back in the office after lunch at 12.30 pm. "




An American and a Japanese were sitting on the plane on the way to LA When
the American turned to the Japanese and asked
" What kind of -ese are you ? "
The Japanese, confused, replied : " Sorry, but I don't understand what you mean. "
The American repeated : " What kind of -ese are you ? "
Again, the Japanese was confused over the question.
The American, now irritated, then yelled : " What kind of -ese are you
... Are you a Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese !, etc......??? "
The Japanese then replied : " Oh, I am a Japanese. "
A while later the Japanese turned to the American and asked what kind of 'key' was he.
The American, frustrated, yelled : " What do you mean what kind of -kee' am I ?! "
The Japanese said, " Are you a Yankee, donkee, or monkee ? "




There were these 4 guys --- a Russian, a German, an American and a French,
who together found this small genie bottle.
When they rubbed the bottle, a genie appeared.
Thankful that the 4 guys had released him out of the bottle, he said :
" Next to you all are 4 swimming pools, I will give each of you a wish.
When you run towards the pool and jump, you shout what you want the pool of water to become,
then your wish will come true. "
The French wanted to start.
He ran towards the pool, jumped and shouted : " Wine ! "
The pool immediately changed into a pool of wine.
The Frenchman was very happy, swimming and drinking from the pool.
Next is the Russian's turn.
He did the same and shouted : " Vodka ! " and immersed himself into a pool of vodka.
The German was next and he jumped and shouted : " Beer ! "
He was likewise very contented with his beer-filled pool.
The last is the American.
He was running towards the pool when suddenly he steps on a banana peel.
He slipped towards the pool and shouted, " Shit !!!!!!!........."



27 Aug


Last friday I made so big mistake when I was composing email message about Personnel change.
I was thinking about how to explain the way I would like to change to my big boss of headquarter.

Whenever I input email address it is automatically indicated according to first two letters.

It had to be sent to ZX(for an example),
but I was composing about personnel change of the guy with an initial XX who is in NYC office.

I finished composing a long email mentioning the background of this change.

I do not know why, but mistakenly sent that email to XX=the person himself, not ZX.
I could not believe what I did.

After consideration in a while, I decided to go to his desk and let him delete this email message.
As everybody knows, it has to be sent once to the box.
I explained the reason why that should be deleted.
However, he tried to read it.

Eventually, he completely deleted.

Email is so risky.
I had to pay so special attention against address...orz
23 Jun



Last night we had a farewell party for trainees @ akdeniz.

They finished 6months training period and would come back to Osaka head office.

This photo was taken  in Jan this year when they just arrived.

Now I could notice their faces were changed after 6months training on the job.

Their english capability is much improved to achieve scores of TOEIC like 750-860.

It proves training of both 4months @ University of Colorado Boulder & 6months @ our office in NYC would be effective.

Now I feel sad, but I let them go back...

Actually, I also learned so much from them.

I look forward to seeing them in Osaka soon.

I hope they would buy me a dinner there.


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