Hunter Brumfield's past comments

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Again -- well done! But we did go to see "The Trip to Italy," which Don loved, and we thought the opposite. But it really fit Don's wonderfully acerbic view of everything Hollywood.

    Only time I have disagreed with him on movies, going all the way back to 1984's "Splash!"

    Posted in: The Kong Show presents Morton at the movies

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I would love to know the actual location (country) of the posters who act like it's a huge "Japanese problem" when something like this happens. "Morons," "clowns," "idiots," "stupid police," yaddda yadda yadda. What a tiresome broken record!

    Posted in: Top gov't transport official loses tablet with sensitive info while on train

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I thought that didn't sound like you, Zichi.

    Posted in: U.S. woman attempting to row across Pacific rescued after SOS

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    Hunter Brumfield

    She tried. Too bad. At least she is safe.

    About the "taxpayer" rescues -- this was virtually nothing, a little jog out by the CG. A training exercise at worst.

    Every summer several sleepy folks on 900-yen beach floats wake up to find themselves out of sight of land. Let's outlaw that and every other sport or weekend pleasure that might require assistance...

    Posted in: U.S. woman attempting to row across Pacific rescued after SOS

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Several of us, including Guinness World Record holder solo sailor Minoru Saito, had dinner with her about 3 weeks ago.

    She is one determined lady and has already made an Atlantic ocean crossing in a rowboat, though not solo. This is not her only long-distance solo effort. She is also a world class adventurer in several different areas, including long-distance kayaking and biking.

    She'd be bonkers not to hitch a ride on the Black Current -- she'll have enough to frustrate and fatigue her just those days when the wind will drive her backwards (she'll put out a drogue / sea anchor until it passes). The current is EVERY boater's friend or foe.

    If she comes out of the boat, she'll be on a tether and even if it rolls it's not a death sentence. That's one of the benefits of a capsule-type rowboat -- you can haul yourself back in.

    Someone made a comment about her weight ("olives") -- she has intentionally gained a lot, full well knowing she will need every reserve of calories. She has 3 separate assemblies of clothes -- her current size, Medium, and Small.

    The ones who come up with the "who'll pay for the rescue" bitching should review human history. If there were never any brave souls like Sonya what a boring world this would be!

    I, as well, wish her the very best!

    Posted in: U.S. woman sets out from Japan on 9,600-km Pacific crossing by rowboat

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Good commentary on the "proven guilty" requirement.

    I do appreciate that the hed on this story did not say "Arrested for Murder of." It is a major journalistic error to remove the qualifiers from headlines that you then see in the text.

    Posted in: Buddhist monk arrested over murder of woman in Matsuyama

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I have seen that the battery life is a non-issue. In the 3 weeks i've had it it died completely just once. It takes about 2 hours to recharge 100%, so it's not "slow to recharge."

    I do know that EVERYBODY who spots it seems to ooh and ahh over it, and clearly would like one. So I am pretty D confident this won't be a flop for Apple.

    Anyway, your choice is your choice, mine is mine, and the only bling I've had in 30 years -- no EVER, actually -- is a really nice watch that does pretty much everything.

    Posted in: Wearables fight back as Apple Watch raises bar

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    Hunter Brumfield

    If 2 hours then neither water nor toilets will be necessary.

    If 2 days, toilets will be the least of your worries.

    People will make do without a new huge public expense.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes emergency toilets, water in elevators after quake

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Never feeling the need to count my change

    No honking and always courteous drivers.

    A car dealership where we have been treated extremely well through 15 years, with zero complaints

    National health insurance

    Very little graffiti & of course zero gang tagging

    Super efficient package delivery

    No potholes

    Elevators in the trains & subways

    Just-right portions in restaurants -- no bloat at the end, or guilt

    Dog owners who (mostly) do doody duty

    Posted in: 21 things people miss after leaving Japan

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Definitely headed for Italy... thanks, Don.

    Posted in: The Kong Show presents Morton at the movies

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Mine came 5 days ago and has been fun to explore. First time I've worn a watch in 30 years -- ever since I lost my Casio Memo 50.

    The power has not been an issue. In fact, it seems to extend the battery life on my iPhone since it doesn't get turned on as often.

    I never expected this, but Mickey Mouse, with his tapping foot, is my favorite selectable watch face.

    Posted in: Apple set to lead surging smartwatch market: survey

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I know someone -- a near chain smoker -- who would frequently tell me "You have to die somehow!"

    She died of emphysema at age 56.

    Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke

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    Hunter Brumfield

    What a big to-do over nothing.

    There were no laws broken by having her own mail and server. So what??

    She turned over her mails, when requested.

    No one cares except those trying to still make hay over Benghazi.

    Jeez -- give it a rest.

    Posted in: Can Clinton live up to pledge to learn from 2008 mistakes?

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    Hunter Brumfield

    No way fingerprints can be taken from low-resolution video.

    As a poster said, even if they had the fingerprints it would be worthless unless he is caught, or had been arrested previously.

    Not likely anyone would swallow a toothpick, but the action IS very anti-social.

    That sort of YouTube video should be immediately removed. No telling what copycat crimes might start showing up if idiots like him have this as a hobby.

    Posted in: Police investigate online prank video taken in supermarket

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Well done!

    Posted in: The Kong Show presents Morton at the Movies

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Sorry, Stranger, but if a person is smoking in a non-smoking section, then the right action is to call it to the attention of the wait staff. Every time I've done that it is quickly resolved.

    You should not have to be the one to enforce the restaurant's rules.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Have to add my wheezy voice to anyone disgusted by balcony smoke.

    We can't open our windows AT ALL due to smoke wafting up from the balcony below us. Even with the windows tightly shut, our kitchen fan sucks in air vented from the balcony. (Thank the technology gods for split aircon!)

    There's even a guy down from us a bit who habitually drops unextinguished butts on the corridor outside his apartment door, leaving obvious burn marks on the rubberized surface. He ignores a sign that was taped in front of his door by management back in the summer that this be stopped.

    As long as smoking is permitted by law none of this antisocial behavior is likely to change.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

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    Hunter Brumfield

    After 31 years here, I can definitely relate. Japan never gets tiring, though I'm much less "out there" awash in it the way I once was.

    Adam, I'd love to see you write something on Japan akin to Martin Cruz Smith's "Tokyo Station" (renamed "1941").

    In the meantime I'll get one of yours. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.

    Posted in: American writer of historical fiction finds inspiration in modern Tokyo

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Serrano:

    One time when I was paying for my stuff at Don Quihote, and I took a few seconds to put my change and reciept into my wallet before leaving the cashier, the guy behind me got pissed, lol.

    Same thing happened to me my first visit to a store in Memphis, having just moved from a much smaller city. Was filling out my check stub and the guy behind me chewed me out.

    I sort of expect that in the US, but HERE?

    Posted in: Megastore keeps boxes of change at register for you to use

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Would there have been a police car nearby when our car was rear-ended, causing it to be totaled.

    The culprit sped off rather than took responsibility. Hit & run but fortunately no one injured other than a slight whiplash.

    Not worth a dangerous chase but this is what can happen when the guilty leave the scene, and you end up footing the bill.

    Posted in: One dead, 2 in coma after car chased by police slams into taxi

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