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    Hunter Brumfield

    And, most of these seem to have visited Sky Tree from our own sidewalk observations.

    We welcome these folks who are all very well mannered and loaded down with souvenir and fashion goods bags.

    I can't help but think the Chinese visitors, especially, will go back and pressure their government to clean up their own skies. Twenty-five years ago it was ALMOST as bad here. Now you can actually see the clouds like in my native Texas.

    Glad to say there are still no trash heaps or parked bicycle-clogged sidewalks, despite those completely fabricated news and blog accounts when Sky Tree first opened.

    Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan in 2015 reach record 19.734 million

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    Hunter Brumfield

    "No problem," in response to a request to a service provider. For instance, "May I have some water?" "No problem!"

    "Irregardless."

    Posted in: Which English words or expressions annoy you the most when you hear them repeatedly used by other people in conversation?

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Double major -- Poultry Science and Physics?

    Posted in: University student arrested for throwing eggs from condo balcony

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I haven't been able to stomach Anderson Cooper since he freaked out in a live interview with an expert, crying "Well, what should WE do? Is it safe for us?!" He was somewhere east of Tokyo at the time. The next thing he was back in the States or wherever. Such a brave petter of sharks, etc.

    Sure lost me as a fan in about 2.5 seconds.

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    Hunter Brumfield

    DHL does a really great job. Thank you for your service!

    Posted in: DHL Supply Chain: People and logistics

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    Hunter Brumfield

    We thought our Toyota Aqua, a scaled-down Prius, was quite reasonably priced. After that we were getting twice the mileage that our Toyota Marino, an up-scaled Corolla here, had been getting. So we've been very happy, and after about 3 years there's not been one single problem with it. The same was true about the 13-year-old Marino until we were clobbered from behind by a hit-and-run. Hated to part with her, but we are very pleased with her successor.

    Posted in: European carmakers race to catch up as Toyota shows off new Prius

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    Hunter Brumfield

    This is really great news. I subscribe to Hulu but it is easy to burn through their movie selections. And Prime, which I just recently joined, is amazingly quick. You can recoup your annual membership fee through reduced subway tolls, not to mention lower Amazon prices. The video streaming to be added in Japan is just icing on the cake.

    Posted in: Amazon to launch video streaming service in Japan: Nikkei

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    Hunter Brumfield

    I thought that was a joke about blue-ringed octopi.

    Then I saw this on Wiki:

    The blue-ringed octopus, despite its small size, carries enough venom to kill 26 adult humans within minutes. Their bites are tiny and often painless, with many victims not realizing they have been envenomated until respiratory depression and paralysis start to set in.[7] No blue-ringed octopus antivenom is available yet, making it one of the deadliest reef inhabitants in the ocean.

    It's like a rattlesnake of the sea, including Japan coastal areas, and does need to be avoided.

    Posted in: Shark sightings continue at beaches

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    Hunter Brumfield

    Alan, completely agree with you.

    Certainly better than manga, which always made me wonder about the Japanese male's slack-jawed intellect being displayed so openly on the train. (Of course not all, but certainly too many.)

    At least now there are no tattered stacks of magazines that must be cleared out at the shuten. And todays "zombies" COULD be reading Plato...

    I agree also about the tone of this article. Ninety percent supercilious claptrap.

    Posted in: Lost in a world of gadgetry

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    Hunter Brumfield

    It’s hard for the elderly or disabled to get around in Japan. Even in big cities like Tokyo, a lot of facilities don’t have escalators or elevators.

    If you are disabled, Japan is one of the easiest places to get around. There ARE plenty of elevators in Tokyo, even in surprising locations such as small restaurants. Most doors open automatically in commercial establishments. Taxis drivers are great about assisting with wheelchairs. If there IS a problem people quickly come to assistance.

    So that throwaway last point really had zero basis in reality.

    Posted in: Four areas in which Japan needs to improve if it wants to attract more overseas travelers

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    Hunter Brumfield

    A smoker I knew would sometimes tell me, "Well, you have to die some way!"

    She died of stroke and coronary disease at age 56.

    Posted in: Millions of smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease

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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.

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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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