Escape from the Heat

"Battle Ready" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/320 sec, ISO200
“Battle Ready” Cedar Park, 2017


It’s 10 PM right now, and the temperature outside is still so hot: 91° F / 32° C! So you can imagine how hot it was in mid-day… in fact, we broke a record here when it hit 106° F / 41° C this afternoon. That’s just crazy… So, we didn’t spend much time in the great outdoors today. The only time was this morning when it was still pleasant. Mariko and I washed the windows that look out onto our deck. It actually felt pleasant this morning!

Today’s photo is of some Splatoon Amiibos that we have. Lots of people are playing Splatoon 2, which seems like a good idea for a hot day like today. Unfortunately, we don’t own a Nintendo Switch so we can only dream… I really want to get a Switch but I can’t really justify it since we don’t play many games. The only game I play now is Pokemon GO! and that’s just a super-casual thing. In fact, I mainly like to collect Pokemon, and I especially treasure the ones that I caught in far-off lands. 😀

I hope you had a nice, cool day!


Game time

"Shall We Play a Game?" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/300 sec, ISO400
“Shall We Play a Game?” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは How’s it going?

When I got my new phone a few weeks ago, not only did I have space to install any app I wanted, but I also had a phone with the processing power to play Pokemon GO! again. 😆

I don’t play games on my phone or computer with any regularity but I do enjoy it every once in a while. My type of game is the stress-free non-competitve type, like Animal Crossing or SimCity, and Pokemon GO! is pretty fun for me since you can simply collect Pokemon and not battle others.

Today’s photo is of my phone in the car. I have two pokestops that I visit in the neighborhood when I pick up Koa from school. Gotta stock up on pokeballs!

I hope you had a nice Saturday!



Holiday Mahjong

"Holiday Mahjong" Torrance, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO4000
“Holiday Mahjong” Torrance, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Tonight’s photo is of a tradition we have had in our family since we were kids – Mahjong. The tradition started probably back in the early 80s when my grandparents would visit us over the Christmas and summer holidays, and we learned how to play the game. We’d often play late into the night and had such a great time!

These days, my kids and their cousins are all joining in on the tradition and it is a ton of fun. I have to admit that the game is a lot slower because the kids pair up and so there is a lot of deliberation and discussion before each play so each game takes a while to play and we don’t get to play as many before it gets late.

As I may have mentioned before, our family plays the game with some strange rules, probably to make it easier to learn for us when we were kids, so if I ever play Mahjong with other people, I have to adjust a bit. And our family uses poker chips to keep score, which of course is not normal. I’d love to learn how to play with traditional counters someday.

I hope you had a great day!


– B Barron Fujimoto

Gaming Fun

"Furball with Feet" Cedar Park, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Furball with Feet” Cedar Park, 2016

こんばんは!How’s it going?

In my last post, I mentioned that my computer got a refresh with a fast new startup disk. Because I installed a clean system, I didn’t have any of my old games on it, so I installed a couple of my favorites. However, I stumbled upon a card-type game by Blizzard called “Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft” and it looked pretty fun, so I installed it and have been playing the single-player game.

Several years ago, my friend was really into the World of Warcraft card game, and a bunch of us bought different decks and played on the weekends. It was a good time! Well, Hearthstone is pretty similar but since it’s all computer-based, you don’t have to keep track of things like health or mana points. Plus I think there are more kinds of classes and cards, although I cannot be sure since I am just a beginner.

Here’s a screenshot of the deck-building screen:


And some of the gameplay:

It’s easy to learn and quite fun, so it’s a nice way to spend a half-hour or so. If you have a chance to play (it’s free), I say give it a try!

Today’s photo is of our cat, Yuzu, taking her afternoon nap on our sofa. She looks so comfy, doesn’t she?

Hope you had a nice Friday!


– B Barron Fujimoto