Hunter Brumfield's past comments

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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

  • 2

    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

  • 5

    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

  • 0

    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

  • -2

    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

  • 0

    Hunter Brumfield

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

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

  • 0

    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

  • 6

    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

  • 1

    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

  • 0

    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

  • 3

    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

  • 2

    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

  • 0

    Hunter Brumfield

    Definitely headed for Italy... thanks, Don.

    Posted in: The Kong Show presents Morton at the movies

  • 1

    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

  • 3

    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

  • 2

    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?

  • 2

    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

  • -1

    Hunter Brumfield

    Well done!

    Posted in: The Kong Show presents Morton at the Movies

  • 5

    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

  • 5

    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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