Friday, 19 July 2013

Little Pause


See what I did there?

They say it’s better to travel than to arrive. Whoever ‘they’ were obviously never attempted a 16 hour intercontinental flight with children under the age of three. Doing it with just the one was bad enough, so I can’t say I’m exactly cock-a-hoop about the prospect of trying it with two. At least last time all he did was eat and sleep and cry, and one of the first two of those usually sorted out the third. This time he can actually walk, and that doesn’t bode well.

Anyway, in a couple of days we’re heading back home for a few weeks, so this little enterprise is going to be on hold until I get back. It’s nice timing, from my perspective at least, as for the first time since I started this blog both the draft and scheduled folders are completely empty. I’ve still got a load of half completed Word files kicking around the hard-drive, so I’m not done yet, but the pressures of time that have already claimed one of our finest (and here I’ll request a minute’s silence in memory) are inevitably pushing harder here as well. Those pressures are at least in part because of this impending trip though, so it’ll all work out eventually. Do try your best to contain your anxiety.

I’ve also been getting absolutely reamed by spam on some older posts, so I’ll be turning comment moderation on shortly as well. It’ll only be while I’m away, and I doubt it’ll really affect all that much anyway, but just so’s you know.

And finally, having successfully outsourced my consumption of the Japanese English language media (“Ἀντισθένης – reading the rags so you don’t have to”), I’m alerted to a brief guest appearance I made in this JT article. It’s about the blogging ‘community’ in Japan and is thus depressing as all fuck. I highly recommend that you don’t read it and can only apologise for drawing it you your attention. MTC aside, it’s pretty insalubrious company I’m keeping so I can’t say I’m all that disappointed that they didn’t link directly to this blog. It only takes about a dozen comments before someone’s doing google searches on the author because, y’know, nothing says ‘sane and rational argument’ quite like internet powered ad hom attacks. I’m well off out of it, to be frank (they should have linked to this blog though. Bastards).

Hope you all enjoy your summer (/winter for you antipodeans) and I’ll see you all at the end of August.


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    1. Many thanks. Enjoy your summer, Billy.

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    1. You shoulda seen the first draft...

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  3. Time out. You said 'half completed Word files kicking around on your hard-drive'?! You mean to say that you haven't been posting straight from your iPhone?

    OK. Nobody got the joke or they did and it just wasn't funny. It's never funny. Cruising between thirty and forty thousand feet for half a day and then some with newly mobile offspring sounds pretty parental.

    Enjoy your holiday.

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    1. :) The effort is appreciated nonetheless. Parental is definitely the right word for it, and I'd by lying if I said I didn't have slightly mixed feeling about that...

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  4. I hope you had a safe trip. I endured a flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles seated behind twin toddlers. I count myself lucky because the little babies mostly slept and when they didn't ate and made smiley faces at my sister and I. I do recall some crying but the parents got up and took turns walking them so the plane got to share in the excitement of a toddler crying.

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    1. Thanks for that, Suzie. Sorry it took a while to approve. Still a little jetlagged, but it's all over now. It's all over...

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  5. Now that the heat is not record breaking every other day (I counted 16 new records in 4 weeks)...it's safe to come out and blog again. Should be pushing full speed by the time Halloween type posts start up. Fuck Summer in Japan...did I say that already?...I meant to!!

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    1. Fuck Halloween, also. I believe I've said that too (though your carnival spectaculars are of course an exception).

      The temperature was barely pushing 20 back home and people were in shorts and t-shirts. My wife couldn't believe it. At least now she knows why I always complain that she wraps the kids up too warm.

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