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“Camping Stuffs” Cedar Park, 2019

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Yoshi’s Celebration

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“Message Poster” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

A couple days ago I posted some photos of our friends’ dad who completed a bicycle journey from Los Angeles to Austin. This evening we attended a surprise party for him, which included lots of special food that had a special meaning in that it related to the different things he ate on his trip. For instance, there was anpan, biscuits and gravy, Chinese take-out, karaage, donuts, etc. It was a cool potluck idea, and he loved it!

Before we ate, there were speeches and a slideshow/video with messages from friends. It made for an amazingly meaningful evening.

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“Greetings” Austin, 2019
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“Dinner” Austin, 2019
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“Yoshi’s Cake” Austin, 2019

Cold Weather Food – Nabé (Hotpot)

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“Nabé Dinner” Cedar Park, 2019

Austin got hit by an Arctic wind today, which started out at 70 ° F, but dropped to the 40s by the evening. But that means the nabé (hotpot) dinner is even yummier! Tonight’s nabé was a simple kombu broth with noodles, hakusai, tofu, and ground pork. The dipping sauce was a crisp ponzu with chili flakes and green onion. It was super! After we ate most of the nabé, the tradition is to put some leftover rice into the broth, cook a bit and then add beaten egg to make a yummy hot porridge. Topped with some nori, it’s the perfect way to finish the meal.

I have to mention that we also opened a bottle of this special saké, which complemented the hotpot nicely. 🍶

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“Yummy Saké” Cedar Park, 2019

I usually dislike cold weather, but having hotpot on a chilly evening makes it worth it! 😌

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Epic Bicycle Journey

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“Bike Traveler” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today our friend’s dad completed an epic bicycle journey: Los Angeles to Austin! It took him a little over 40 days, but 72-year-old Yoshi rode up to family and friends welcoming him at the steps of the Texas State Capitol. It was a wonderful scene, and I was happy to be able to attend. He is a real inspiration!

I often forget that I also completed a long bicycle ride (when I was in junior high): San Francisco to Los Angeles. It was a YMCA trip and I think it took about 8 or 9 days, camping each night. I’d love to do another long bicycle ride sometime… I’ll keep it in the back of my mind. But for now, let’s celebrate Yoshi’s great accomplishment!

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“Finish Line” Austin, 2019
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“Final Stretch” Austin, 2019
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“Hugs” Austin, 2019

Subaru Snapshots

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“Crosstrek Train” Georgetown, 2019

Went to my Subaru dealer for a State Inspection today. Saw a bunch of cool Crosstreks, but of course mine was the coolest (in front!). 😆 The Subaru Outback plushie was pretty cool, though:

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“Subaru Plushy” Georgetown, 2019