Tag: life


"Incident" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/15 sec, ISO500
“Incident” Cedar Park, 2017

Yesterday evening I received a text message from my son that the entire school was on lock-down because of an incident involving a weapon, and that I needed to come pick him up. When we arrived at the school, there were dozens of police vehicles, fire engines, and EMS cars all around the campus. We joined other parents on the sidewalk and were briefed by the police officer, who told us that there was a report of a weapon on campus, but that all the kids were safe in their locked rooms, and each group had an officer with them.

After what seemed like a long time, they told us that there was no danger, but that the school needed to be searched and that they couldn’t let anyone leave until that happened. 30 minutes later all the parents were escorted to the front of the school, and the kids were released to us one-by-one. It was kind of crazy… many of the kids came out visibly shaken up, sobbing, and went to hug their parents. When Koa came out, I asked him what it was like… his response was, “Eh”.

It was a surreal situation, though, to see all the cops, many with long guns, helmets, bulletproof vests (the whole 9 yards!), police SUVs driving across the grass towards the school, worried parents hugging each other, etc.

Thankfully, everything turned out okay, and what caused the lock-down were some photos on social media of students with air-soft guns, but still, this was a serious deal. I’m really not a fan of guns, and I just kept thinking if these situations could be avoided in a gun-free society.

You can read the news story here.

Goodbye Ody

"Goodbye" Austin, 2017

Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/15 sec, ISO400
“Goodbye” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Tonight I am sad because we sold our Honda Odyssey, which has been my daily driver for over 13 years, which is pretty crazy when I think about it! Before Koa was born, we decided we needed to have more room so we went with the minivan, and it was a great choice! It has been reliable and comfortable, but of course, after so many miles (158,000) and years, there were numerous things that didn’t work, and numerous expensive things that would need fixing soon.

Mariko and I were both a bit sad when we sold it, but we’re really happy to have owned it. Our kids grew up with this car, and we’ve taken it on many camping trips. It was so convenient to be able to just throw all the gear in the cavernous cargo space.

"Car Camping" Texas, 2017

Photo info: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-PL1, 14mm, f/7.1, 1/200 sec, ISO200
“Car Camping” Texas, 2017

Mariko found this interesting story about saying goodbye to a car. Give a read if you have a minute or two.

Why Was It So Hard To Say Goodbye To A Car?

I hope you had a nice day!


Concert Night

"Band Mates" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Band Mates” Cedar Park, 2017

Tonight Koa performed in his school band’s first concert of the year. It was a fantastic performance, especially since they have only been practicing for a few months. But what I really like is that they are all having fun, especially during the concerts. They put in so many hours of practice and hard work but it’s all worth it since they can be proud of the results. And I think the positive band experience will last a lifetime. 🙂

"Fall Concert" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/60 sec, ISO3200
“Fall Concert” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a nice day!


Brunch Fail

"My Yolk" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/550 sec, ISO200
“My Yolk” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today we had a nice brunch at a newly opened restaurant called “The Grove”. It’s a wine bar, but they have really yummy food as well. I ordered a dish named “Avocado Seduction” which is a really fancy avocado toast, while my wife ordered the “Crab Cake Benedict” which has egg, Hollandaise sauce, and spinach over crab cakes. We shared the food, but while transferring one of the crab cakes to my plate, my wife dropped it upside down. Luckily it landed on the plate, with yolk intact. But then when she tried to scoop up the yolk, it broke and made a mess. 😤

“It still tastes the same,” she said. Which is true, but I had to give her a hard time for doing that. 😤

"Fail" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/480 sec, ISO200
“Fail” Cedar Park, 2017

"Crab Cake Benedict" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/680 sec, ISO200
“Crab Cake Benedict” Cedar Park, 2017

"Avocado Seduction" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/110 sec, ISO200
“Avocado Seduction” Cedar Park, 2017

"Brunch" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/220 sec, ISO200
“Brunch” Cedar Park, 2017

I hope you had a nice Saturday!


Another Day

"Grassy' Austin, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Grassy’ Austin, 2017

こんにちは。 How’s it going?

Well, today is my birthday, but for the longest time now, I’ve always preferred it to be low-key (which is odd since the name of this blog refers to my birthday). So, for dinner, which is one of the ways my family celebrates, I always choose something which is not special, expensive, nor fancy, but rather someplace new or that we haven’t been to in a while.

So I chose to go to Red Robin, which is a chain of hamburger restaurants.  🍔 A new location recently opened near our house, and I was looking forward to their “bottomless” steak fries. 🍟 It turns out that I only had one serving of these, despite the fact that you can order as many as you’d like. I guess as I get older, my eating limit is getting smaller. (Even though my waistline is growing!)

Besides the yummy dinner, I also enjoyed the gifts I received from my family, especially a large set of watercolors from my son. It was a really nice surprise since he bought it on his own for me, without my wife’s knowledge! I am so happy!

Today’s photo is of the carpet beneath my desk at work. This morning I dropped off my wife’s car at the mechanic to get some work done and then made the 10-minute walk to the office, which included a short detour through a small lawn. Sorry to the cleaning crew in the office!

Oh, and as an added little birthday treat, my favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers,  finally won the National League Pennant for the first time since 1988! I’m very happy about that!

I hope you had a nice day!


Hanging Out

"Boys' Party" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO2000
“Boys’ Party” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Here’s a photo of Koa and his buddies playing video games. He had a bunch of friends (6; all boys) over to hang out, eat pizza, and generally goof off. It was pretty fun, as far as I could tell from all the laughing. I think it’s pretty easy to take care of boys… or maybe it’s just because I have no idea what girls his age do for fun when they get together. ‍♂ It’s a huge mystery.

Anyways, video games, kicking the soccer ball around at the park, and pigging-out on pizza are easy things for me to understand. ⚽️

I hope you had a nice day!


Curry and a Sketch

"Curry Nite" Cedar Park, 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec, ISO3200
“Curry Nite” Cedar Park, 2017

Just like the title says!

For tonight’s sketch, I looked at a reference photo of Koshiba Fuka 小芝風花 for the hair, but the face I drew from scratch. I’m happy with how it turned out! 😄

"2017.10.12 Sketch" Cedar Park 2017

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO400
“2017.10.12 Sketch” Cedar Park 2017

I hope you had a great day!


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