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|10/1||Woke up at 6:30am but could not move. Stayed in bed until 7:15am then stretched my body then left to workout at LTF. This morning was around 65F so still a bit warm but going to be 60F tomorrow morning. Swam for a while then headed to a golf range to shoot balls to get ready for tomorrow's tournament. Drove to a Japanese grocery store then returned to home once. Went out again to eat lunch at Souper Salad then bought groceries at Target before coming home. Relaxed for the afternoon.|
|10/2||Woke up at 5:30am. Stretched my body then headed to a golf club west of Houston. This was the second part of the tournament. I got the last place again with 148, hmmm. Come home around 3:00pm then relaxed for the rest of afternoon. Cooked dinner and get ready for the new week. I had to iron all the washed shirts. Went to bed around 11:30pm, I felt tired.|
|10/3||Woke up at 6:00am, drove to work but the road was packed. Stayed whole day except for putting practice at nearby range during the noon. Had to stay until 7:30pm because of a meeting with Japan. The air was cool already as I stepped outside. Drove to LTF for workout and stayed for only half hour due to a mild headache. Drove home and found a couple of traffic signals were out of order. Come home, had dinner then went to bed around midnight. It was getting chilly as the time shifting to the night. I needed a thin blanket tonight.|
|10/4||[Apple introduced iPhone 4S, a little
disappointment since I was hoping to see iPhone 5]
Woke up around 5:30am, 65F outside. The person lives above me started to workout around 5:45am. Well, cannot be helped because many people live in this apartment complex. Drove to work, enjoyed another sunny day. Stayed until 7:30pm then headed to LTF for workout. Come home, went to bed around midnight.
|10/5||[Apple Inc. announced that
Steve Jobs has passed away]
Woke up at 6:00am, drove to a clinic in the morning then stopped by at an office where member of Japanese association is working to pick up a packet. Drove to the office and started to work for the day. Stayed in the office until 7:30pm again. Headed to LTF for workout. All the TV screen was showing news about Steve Jobs, except for the sports programs. Come home around 9:30pm, no need for dinner since I already have eaten at the office. Went to bed around midnight.
|10/6||Woke up at 6:00am, drove to
work and spent morning at company yard. Had lunch at Mexican restaurant and
come back to the office. Stayed until 7:30pm again, then headed to LTF for
workout. Come home, I already had dinner at office so just relaxed. Went to
bed around midnight.
Chicken Soup at Mexican Restaurant
|10/7||Woke up at 6:00am, not so cold but not warm either. Drove to work under cloudy sky, we might get rain in the afternoon. Went out to get lunch at noodle place then I headed to a range for practice. Stayed at the office until 6:00pm then headed out for the weekend. Spent one hour at LTF and then come home. I had to pick up sides for the dinner since I had no intension of cooking. Relaxing in the evening then went to bed around 11:00pm, earlier than usual.|
|10/8||Woke up at 6:00am, the outside is around 70F, and the room was 81F. I guess this is too warm. Drove to Bear Creek to play a game with three others. Started around 9:30am, finishing around 3:00pm. It was a tough one, I lost many balls but gained some back. For the back 9, we got rained. Drove to Sushi Jin for lunch and come home around 5:00pm. Hoping for more rain, which came in around 7:00pm and another wave around 9:30pm. The temperature was warmer than I hoped but I cannot do anything about it. Went to bed around midnight.|
|10/9||Woke up around 6:00am, the outside is under
rain. I am not sure when it started over the night. Hoped that the rain will
stop for a while so I could go for a run but the it kept falling and I see a
stormy system merging from the west side to the one coming from the south
since yesterday. Left apartment for LTF after throwing trash away. The
workout was good and the rain did not start until 12:00pm. Spent afternoon
at home. The rain finally ends around 7:00pm. Tried to cook a meal but then
found that tofu was expired. I won't take a risk eating something I am not
comfortable. Went to bed around midnight. Had about 1
inch of rain.
Two storms merging over Houston...
|10/10||Woke up at 6:00am, drove to work as usual. Had to go to a yard and stayed until 2:00pm. Had lunch at nearby restaurant but it was not a good Japanese meal they made. Stayed at the office until 7:30pm. When I stepped out, it was almost dark. Drove to LTF for workout then come home. Had to cook rice, and a side. Went to bed after midnight.|
|10/11||Woke up at 6:00am, it was 68F in the morning. The road in front of the apartment was jammed somehow so took a while to get to the office in the morning. Started out with cloudy weather then sunny. Went out to practice golf during lunch hour. The range was allowing only short irons. I guess the rain was the reason. Stayed until 6:00pm then headed to downtown to attend a meeting at Kubo's. The meeting lasted about 1.5 hours then had rice and curry which was already cold. The drinking session started and it finished drinking around 11:00pm. Drove home, went to bed after midnight.|
|10/12||Woke up at 6:00am, drove to office and worked on a project to meet the deadline tonight (for the meeting). Went out during lunch hour to practice pitching. Stayed until 7:30pm then headed to LTF for workout. I see some part surrounding Houston is under rain but did not come here. Bought a dinner at Chipotle then drove home. Went to bed around midnight.|
|10/13||Woke up at 6:30am, the
outside is pretty dark and around 70F. The sky turned to sunny then. Went
out to get lunch at Kim Son for noodles, then stopped by at a yard
Come back in short time and stayed in the office until 7:00pm. Today was
totally sunny for the day time. Expecting chilly morning tomorrow. Drove to
LTF for workout. Come home, had dinner then went to bed around midnight.
Stir fried rice noodles, a kind of the food I like
|10/14||[Apple's iPhone 4S went on sale]
Woke up at 6:30am, drove to work while picking up my laundry. Went to check out at yard under the sky with no cloud since last night. Saw a fire nearby and a helicopter flying over while working on a machine. Had lunch with coworkers at a Japanese restaurant. Come back to the office around 3:00pm. Left the office around 5:45pm and headed to another Japanese restaurant. I get to taste the first bottle of Texas made sake at the store, it lacked spike, I think. I had real sushi for the night. Left the place around 11:00pm then drove home. Went to bed after midnight.
First Texas Rice Wine (Sake) Bottle #1
|10/15||[Dennis Ritche, father of C language and UNIX,
had passed away]
Woke up at 6:30am, stretched my body then headed to LTF for workout. Since I skipped workout yesterday, I did regular one instead of swimming. I had to get hair cut today so I went to a barber and waited for 40 minutes. I got out just around 11:00am so I drove to Souper Salad for lunch, then stopped by at a shopping mall for new pair of shoes and jeans pants. I then moved to a golf range for practice, hitting about 100 balls. I stopped by at Japanese grocery store, Target and Kroger for groceries. I took a break until 6:00pm and got picked up by my coworker for a Japanese meal party. I did not have to do much but eat. I think we prepared too much so some materials did not get cooked. Come home around 10:30pm then stayed up until 1:00am. I saw many people stopping by banks and grocery stores, no clouds for the second day in a row. Nice.
|10/16||Woke up around 6:30am but stayed in bed until
7:30am. Stretched my body then headed out to a trail for jog in the morning.
I get to run 2 miles straight during the course. It's been a while. I also
saw a guy who get carried away in an ambulance. Must have been an accident
there. Come home, cooked noodles for lunch then vacuumed the apartment and
also swept balcony. Did three loads of laundry in the evening as the
temperature inside becomes 88F. In the evening, the air got cooled down a
lot and ate soup from yesterday's party. Relaxed for the evening and went to
bed early. Around 11:00pm.
|10/17||Woke up at 6:00am and headed
to work. The morning was so foggy but soon turned to be another day without a cloud in the air and was pretty nice. I
stayed until 7:30pm then headed to LTF for workout. They already put up
Halloween decorations. Come home around 9:30pm, relaxed and went to bed
around 11:00pm. It was hot day around 90F, but might change soon.
|10/18||Woke up around 5:00am with sound of rain passing by, just as predicted by weather forecast last night. Drove to a yard and worked on a machine. I had to spent all day there to get everything setup by myself. It was sunny but windy so all the dusts come up and hard to keep my eyes open. Drove back to the office around 4:30pm, and stayed there until 7:00pm. Drove to LTF for workout. Went to bed around midnight. Must have had another power outage at home since the clock at kitchen was blinking. It just happened a few days ago.|
|10/19||Woke up at 6:00am, drag my still body from the bed under 50F air. Drove to work and stayed for entire day. My body was complaining but headed to LTF for regular workout for one hour after a meeting with Japan. Drove home but stopped by at Kroger to grab milk and dinner. I bought ticket to go home in December, the price was $2,200... Went to bed after midnight.|
|10/20||[Former Libyan dictator,
Moammar Gadhafi has been killed in Sirte]
Woke up at 6:30am, it was 43F and felt very chilly. Drove to work enjoyed another day staying at the office entire time. Headed out to eat noodles at Vietnamese restaurant with coworkers for lunch but otherwise I did not go anywhere. Finished up work around 7:30pm then headed to LTF for workout. Come home around 9:00pm, ate dinner then headed to bed around midnight.
|10/21||Woke up at 6:00am, it's Friday. Drove to work and stayed at office very much whole day to process data. The outside was another sunny and nice. Went out to eat at Japanese for lunch with coworkers. The drinking water ran out at office so I had to drive to a nearby gas stop to buy my drink, and a bag of snack since I could not resist it... Left office around 7:30pm then hit the road to LTF for workout. Come home, had a can of soup for dinner. Relaxed and went to bed around midnight.|
|10/22||Woke up at 6:00am, got out from bed and
stretched my body. Get on the net then found a digital camera I was
interested was $65 off now (since it is out of production now) so I placed
an order, including a free 4GB SD card. I guess this will be my Christmas
present for myself... Took shower then left apartment around 8:30am to go to
join cleaning at Japanese garden in downtown. It was a good workout but so
many mesquites all over the place. Finished around noon then I headed to
Houston Museum of Natural Science, then I still had time to waste until
4:00pm so I went to another museum called The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
to see exhibitions of ancient Egyptian kings, including Tutankhamen. I could
not take any pictures but get to see the wooden bed and chair dated more
than 4,000 years. Surprise to find out that they even traded blue colored
stones with Afghanistan back then. In the evening, I went to a wine tasting
meeting. We recently lost a good friend who started the meeting long time
ago. I get to meet with many people, then during the course,
I won a bottle from rock paper scissors game. It was a good meeting and I
get plenty of wines from Argentine, Chile, France and some domestic ones.
Cleaned up the room after the party then headed home.
Chat with my dad after coming home around 10:00pm then relaxed for a while.
Went to bed after midnight.
Museums in Houston
|10/23||[Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits eastern Turkey]
Woke up at 6:30am, did not get up until 7:30am. The outside was 63F, and saw a trace of storm at central Texas coming down southeast, may miss Houston. After placing an order on a new digital camera, walked out from apartment for jog in the morning for 6 miles, the sky to the north and east was cloudy then the thick clouds began to move in. There is very much no wind, so humid air and quiet condition was kind of creepy. Stopped by at Kroger on the way back cooked noodles for lunch then started to do laundries for the afternoon. Cooked quick dinner and relaxed for the evening. Decided to go bed around 11:00pm.
|10/24||[10th Anniversary since the release of first
iPod, Tropical storm Rina gained category 1 hurricane
Started out at 63F in the morning. I was able to get up earlier since I went to bed around 11:00pm yesterday. Dropped off my pant for cleaning on the way driving to work under humid sky. Stayed at the office all day except for the lunch at Chinese buffet. The daily high reached to 90F. Left office around 7:00pm. Drove to LTF for workout then headed to Kroger before coming home. I had to buy many items since I could not go shopping on Saturday. Come home, cooked fried rice for tomorrow. Went to bed around 11:30pm but stayed until 1:00am.
|10/25||[Dr. Morio Kita, a famous
author in Japan passed away]
Woke up at 6:30am, watched another 63F and foggy on the monitor as staying in the bed until 7:00am. Get ready for the day then drove out. The road to I-10 was busier than normal so took extra time to get to the office. Stayed at the office whole day, except after lunch for a short practice. Over the day, everything was calm. Left office around 7:00pm then headed to LTF for workout. Come home, cooked dinner then relaxed. Went to bed around midnight. Reports of sighting aurora over the night even near Huntsville, AL.
|10/26||[First commercial B787 flight
took place between Tokyo and Hong Kong]
Woke up around 6:30am, drove to work then headed to yard to take care of an assignment. Stayed until 3:30pm then come back to the office. I had to stay late and then realized that I brought my lunch but I did not eat. Had fried rice for dinner and stayed until 8:30pm then drove straight home. No time for workout today. Stayed up until 1:00am somehow. I then fall sleep. What a waste of a day.
My new camera, PowerShot Elph 100 HS has arrived.
|10/27||Woke up at 6:30am but stayed in bed until 7:00am. 70F in the morning but expecting a rainy afternoon with probably temperature drop in the night. Drove to the office and stayed for another day. The first wave of rain came in around 11:00am then another just around noon. I was feeling okay in the morning but very tired even around 9:00am and felt dizzy. Had lunch I brought. There weren't many people around somehow. Stayed until 7:00pm then headed to LTF for workout. Rain started again as I arrived home. Looks like my brother sent me a letter. Browse on the net, donated $20 to Turkey, went to bed while hearing its sound around midnight. Tomorrow is Friday.|
|10/28||[St. Louis Cardinals won the
2011 World Series]
Woke up at 6:30am once but did not get up until 7:30am. Started around mid 50s today. Drove to work under cloudy sky, the rain might lingering a little. Stayed at the office and headed to eat soup with my coworker at a Korean restaurant. Stayed until 5:30pm then headed to University of ST. Thomas for Tsugaru Shamisen concert by Sho Asano. It was pretty cool and was my first time hearing someone plays that instrument in live. I felt I understand a little about Japanese folksong (Minyo). It was over around 9:00pm, headed out to chilly outside, drove to LTF for workout. Watching Texas Rangers loosing points over Cardinals as the game progress. When I was done with the workout, I found out the game is over. Drove home, ate canned soup for dinner. Went to bed around midnight.
Tsugaru Shamisen by Sho Asano
|10/29||[Ford Motor Co. to sell "brand new" 1965 Mustang
Waking up in 42F at 6:30am, no need to go work so stayed in bed until 8:00am. Drove to LTF for one hour workout watching news on TV about first snow storm in NE part of the U.S. then a golf range to practice for a while. I drove to Souper Salad for lunch before stopping by at Target to use $6 worth of coupons before coming home. It was sunny, clear sky whole day. For the afternoon, I renewed contract with the apartment, updated my blogs and cooked noodles for the dinner. For the evening, spent relaxing time, just reading books on the PC, chat with my dad. Went to bed around midnight.
|10/30||Woke up around 6:30am, 43F. Stayed in the bed until 7:00am then stretched my body to get ready for the day. Went out around 9:00am for a job. I needed a long sleeve but enjoyed running in cool air. The only bad thing was a debris came in to my left eye while I war running. Ouch. Came back home and took a quick shower before heading to a country club for a lunch with newly appointed Japanese consulate general. It was a good meal and meeting. I then drove to a shopping mall but could not find the shoes which was shown in sale on web. Washed my car before coming home, then bought the shoes online. For the rest of the evening, I took care of laundry, iron shirts, cooked dinner. Rested up but the wine I had over lunch was giving me a headache...|
|10/31||[Earth to cerebrate population hitting 7 billion
today, according to U.N. agency]
Woke up at 6:30am, headed out under 47F. Stayed at the office for the morning, went out to practice golf during the noon then stayed until 7:30pm today. Drove to LTF for workout and saw CNBC was showing a program about business over dead body. Yikes... Drove home, had dinner, no trick or treating today, I guess. Everything was quiet. Went to bed around 11:30pm.
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