Local Natural Disasters

Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec, ISO1000
“Tornado Warning” Cedar Park, 2019

Growing up in California, I’ve experienced several earthquakes when I was younger, then when I was in Japan, we had earthquakes and typhoons, and now in Texas, we have severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. I’m wondering what places don’t have much extreme weather. Maybe the Scandinavian countries are relatively free from natural disasters, but I personally think anywhere that gets snow on the ground for more than a week is too extreme for me. 😆

How about South American countries? Do they have hurricanes or earthquakes? I have no idea…

Anyways, we had a powerful storm blow through, with lightning, hail, and even a tornado in the area. Luckily, our neighborhood only experienced high winds and heavy rain… but it’s always a bit scary when the weatherman says, “Now’s the time for you to go to your safe space.” 😨

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“Scary Clouds” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice-weather day!


Stormy Day and Chankonabe ちゃんこ鍋

"Severe Weather" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Severe Weather” Cedar Park, 2019

A severe storm rolled through our part of Texas today. Luckily, there wasn’t any damage to our house, just plenty of rain and anxiety!

Later on in the evening we enjoyed a yummy pot of chankonabe ゃんこ鍋. This is a hotpot that is popular with sumo wrestlers because it helps to bulk them up. We’ve never made it at home before, so this was a special treat. 😄

"ちゃんこ鍋" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/105 sec, ISO400
“ちゃんこ鍋” Cedar Park, 2019

As the day ended, the skies cleared and we were treated to a nice sunset.

"Clearing Skies" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Clearing Skies” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a good day!


Curry Night and Sandal Weather

"Simple Curry" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Simple Curry” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。As you can see from the photo above, it’s curry nite at the Fujimoto house! Tonight’s curry was just a “basic” curry as my wife calls it. It had potatoes and sliced beef, a mild spiciness, but served over hot rice, it really warms you up! 🍛

"Birkenstock Time" Austin, 2018
Photo info: Motorola Moto G (4), 3.64mm, f/2, 1/30 sec, ISO200
“Birkenstock Time” Austin, 2018

But today was actually very warm – the upper 70s in fact! So, this evening I felt right at home wearing my Birkenstock sandals out and about. However, this warm weather only lasts a few more hours as a cold front is hitting us overnight and temperatures will drop 40 degrees. Brrrr! 🌬

I hope you had a nice day!


Freezing and a Movie

"So Cold" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 16mm, f/3.5, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“So Cold” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today was another cold one – in fact, this was the coldest morning here that we can remember! At 7am I took Koa to school and when we left the garage, the car’s outside temperature gauge was at 50° and we watched the number quickly drop all the way down to 17° when we arrived at the school. And by the time I reached back home, it was at 16°. Brrrr!

At least the sun came out today so it looked warm outside. 😂

In other news, my new Moviepass card arrived in the mail yesterday, so I’ve been eagerly anticipating using it. After dinner, I took care of my evening tasks (washing the dishes, feeding the cats, and cleaning the litter box) then told the family that I was going out to catch a movie. It turns out that Lady Bird is still in one theater nearby so I watched that, and it was excellent! I won’t be surprised if it takes home an Oscar or two.

I’m looking forward to watching a lot of movies this year because of Moviepass. I think it’s a great deal. Check it out if you like going to the cinema!

I hope you had a nice Wednesday.


Before the Freeze

"Hanging Vinyl" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Hanging Vinyl” Cedar Park, 2018


The imminent freeze has been in the forecast since last week, but I was genuinely surprised that the weather models were so accurate! As I type this, the temperature is at 40° F and dropping, the wind is howling, and the rain is coming down. All schools have been canceled for tomorrow and it looks like everyone in my company who works in Austin will be telecommuting. Snow day!

But before the town freezes over, I dropped off Koa at the movies, then went to the bookstore and did some shopping. I was particularly interested in looking at some records, but they didn’t have anything that looked good. However, I did take a photo of a bunch of color vinyl that was hanging from the ceiling. I thought it looked pretty cool so I had to take a snapshot.

The weather at the time was still pretty good: warm and just a little breezy. But two hours later, when I went to pick up Koa, it was starting to rain and the wind was picking up. It’s crazy how quickly the weather can change in Texas!

Take care everybody!


"Storm Coming" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO6400
“Storm Coming” Cedar Park, 2018