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CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
I've gone to a variety of gyms here over the last 30 years and the reason I quit some of them is the total lack of privacy you have as a foreigner while dressing and undressing. I've had locals stand there totally unabashedly staring at my nether regions without a thought to their rude and insulting behavior. And as soon as you enter the work-out area, every eye is on you the entire time like you're a zoo specimen. I often left the gym much more stressed out than when I arrived. I found the solution at my latest gym: just ignore everyone there, not even making eye contact, do your workout and get the hell out of there. They resent you for it but hey, I'm going there for my benefit, not theirs.
Posted in: The most annoying people you’ll meet at a Japanese fitness gym
CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
Bentos are a scourge on the food chain. My J-co-workers gobble them to the last grain and pronounce themselves satisfied while I quietly slip half of mine into the gomibako hoping no one will notice. In a word: inedible.
Posted in: 104 suffer food poisoning after eating bentos in Tokyo
CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:05AM JST
I went in a big McDs at noon last Sunday on Aoyama Dori, hardly a soul in there, five clerks at the counter with no customers waiting, kind of eerie. Food was ok, what does one expect ?
Posted in: Food scares cost McDonald's in China, Japan as sales fall
CapnSinbadJan. 22, 2015 - 03:35PM JST
Apparently those doo-dads for holding an umbrella are also considered illegal as the wind can blow the umbrella into your face and maybe cause an accident. Gray areas abound. Where I live in Itabashi, they have lovely red brick lanes for bicycles on the sidewalks, and grey for peds. Guess where all the peds are ? Strolling all through the bike lane, totally oblivious as usual. Very spatially unaware they are. When I chastise them for it they unload a torrent of verbal abuse even though they are clearly in the wrong. Morally bankrupt as well. Big surprise.
Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding
CapnSinbadNov. 01, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
Nice to see young people having some harmless fun. The world needs more of this kind of thing.
Posted in: Fright night
CapnSinbadOct. 08, 2014 - 10:46PM JST
That's insane expensive. I bought a beautiful 17" screen Aspire laptop at Walmart 3 years ago for $375 and the thing still kicks ass ! My wife's Sony Vaio which I bought at the same time here for $800 has almost packed it in and is so poorly made it's falling apart.
Posted in: Let's note RZ4
CapnSinbadSep. 16, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
Many younger people stopped buying watches years ago because of having smart phones. I wonder what age group Apple is targeting with these smartwatches ? Young people will probably ignore them and older people will find them too hard to read (like me). Apple could take a real bath with these.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
CapnSinbadAug. 20, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
Agreed, demi-glace sauce, probably out of a big can, is so gross, and adding potato to burgers is a definite no-no. As stated, Mos burgers are sloppy and messy, better eaten with a fork or even a spoon. Plus they're expensive and you have to wait a while to get them. Call this ad campaign DOA.
Posted in: MOS Burger’s new premium hamburger packs a sophisticated punch
CapnSinbadJul. 07, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
I wore a helmet in Tokyo a few times but school girls kept pointing and laughing so I stopped. It's still an anomaly here to wear a helmet on the streets and most people are reticent to don one.
Posted in: Ehime enacts law instructing cyclists to wear a helmet
CapnSinbadJun. 11, 2013 - 08:42PM JST
Been a few times: food's ok if you make your choices wisely, girls are nice, a fun place. Who doesn't need more places for some harmless fun in Tokyo ?
Posted in: Hooters to open 1st restaurant in Osaka; 3rd location in Tokyo
CapnSinbadJun. 11, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
The same thing happened to a friend of mine at Yoyogi Station: he fell into the large gap that exists on the platform there where the platform curves. The train left and he fortunately survived so he made a major complaint. Someone from the station brought around a box of cookies the next day and apologized. Case closed. He was dumbfounded.
Posted in: Station official allowed subway train to leave despite woman being on tracks
CapnSinbadJun. 06, 2013 - 12:12PM JST
'Sopranos' definitely, excellent series, altho recent HBO hits have raised the game quite a bit. Never could make it through a single ep of 'Seinfield', I was always mystified why anyone thought it funny, I felt embarassed for the lot of them.
Posted in: 'Sopranos' listed best-written U.S. TV series, ahead of 'Seinfeld'
CapnSinbadMay. 04, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
Both hotmail and gmail switched to new formats and I'll be darned if I can figure out how to use them. Way to go guys !
Posted in: Hotmail is dead as Outlook.com takes over
CapnSinbadApr. 24, 2013 - 10:43PM JST
MOS burgers are overpriced, soggy, take forever, and you might as well eat them with a spoon as they fall all over in squishy clumps,the cheese tastes weird, and the stores are usually empty which must say something.
Posted in: Mos Burger to take on McDonald’s in breakfast arena
CapnSinbadApr. 19, 2013 - 09:44AM JST
That's what my house cost here. What's with those ugly headlights ?
Posted in: Jump in my car
CapnSinbadApr. 07, 2013 - 10:45PM JST
Apple has no idea what its doing anymore. Steve's a spinnin'.
Posted in: 60-inch Apple iTV to launch this year
CapnSinbadApr. 07, 2013 - 10:39PM JST
4 seasons in Australia ? No way ! We have 4 in Canada too ! What a kawinkydink. This article blows...............
Posted in: Windy day
CapnSinbadApr. 07, 2013 - 10:33PM JST
So why isn't he promoting the movie in Japan ? Oh yeah, he is a notorious criminal, gotta keep them outta here.
Posted in: Robert Downey Jr. promotes 'Iron Man 3' in Beijing
CapnSinbadMar. 07, 2013 - 09:57PM JST
Lots more stuff you didn't know existed and want but don't need.
Posted in: Gadgets and gizmos galore at world's top IT fair
CapnSinbadMar. 07, 2013 - 09:53PM JST
He was just another immature incompetent jerk who lost his temper, hardly any cold-blooded killer. What did he know from babies ? He'll do time, worry not. Maybe he'll mature in the process.
Posted in: Man arrested for shaking 6-month-old daughter to death
Mar. 05, 2015 - 03:41AM JST
JT/Reuters: Japan is the only country in the world with two electricity frequencies ...
Posted in: Cabinet approves bill to reform power sector
Mar. 05, 2015 - 03:36AM JST
We have had Uuber problems with this glorified "Gypsy" cab service in N.Y.C. including price gouging…
Posted in: Japan slams brakes on Uber taxi service
Mar. 05, 2015 - 03:28AM JST
It's his boy and he knows it. His wife seems to know this, why doesn't he?…
Posted in: Father says no proof his son is 'Jihadi John'
Mar. 05, 2015 - 03:26AM JST
I won't use Uber in the UK for many reasons. You need proper licensed cabbies who…
Mar. 05, 2015 - 03:20AM JST
@turbo: Children are theirs. When Obama becaem Pres. candidate first time,. his family records are all…
Posted in: Michelle Obama's trip to Japan, Cambodia finalised