Monday, November 19, 2007

Easy there Scooter.

Images of another thoroughly enjoyed weekend, spent in excellent company:

1. Jeff swings by.

Jeff, conveniently back in Nagoya for some work training, hung out with us for the weekend. As usual we had fun playing around with his sweet camera. We also had plans with a couple of Tara's students (who are sisters) and their younger sister, and all of their boyfriends.

2. Le Gang en Fuzz

Jeff's new lens (he buys a new camera lens every time he comes to Nagoya) does not auto-focus.


4. The Guys Were Too Skillful...

5. And Too Cool For US

Nonetheless, we had a fun time. But the first two games were fairly embarassing as Jeff and I averaged 100, and the other guys were all scoring around 160. It wasn't until I switched to ...

6. Let's Go! Bowling!

One of these things is not like the of these things is filled with luck, and the others are all broken. In the final game I managed to save face with a respectable score. Can you tell which ball is mine?

7. Scoot! Safety First.

Before everyone warns me to be careful, at least know I bought the best helmet I could find, and I have been practicing with short errands before I take it on any longer drives.

8. Scoot! Now Who's Cool?

To answer the "What's it like?" question: it feels like a rocket-powered bicycle.
Other details: There's under-seat storage that fits the helmet (while I'm in a store), or about 1 grocery bag worth of groceries (before things get squished. Brakes are handle-brakes just like a bicycle. Accelerator is in the right handle. Speedometer goes up to 60km/h, but I'll mostly be using it on the small local streets here, where the speed limit is 30km/h.

9. Brunch Done Right

This weekends greatest accomplishment was proposed by our friend Ryan (see "guy in cow suit at Halloween party" previously posted); a good ol' fashioned full-on Sunday brunch buffet. With a solid group effort we produced a meal of scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes (with real maple syrup, courtesy of Ryan's parents), toast, sausages, coffee, and orange juice, the likes of which Japan has never dreamed of. This was a deeply satisfying experience for all. Despite there being a "Denny's" just 10 minutes away from our house, you just can't find this kind of meal in Japan.

And that sums up a smashingly successful weekend.



Meaghan said...

scooter!!? won't ou be cold? haha I guess it's worth it though because you look so kewl with the jacket and the helmet and all. oooooo. hehe can't wait to meet your new friend!!!
p.s. that's HUGE toast!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rocket powered bikes,American style brunch I can't wait to play Ball Hockey against you again!
Uncle Al

MomE said...

Mommy is relieved to see the big helmet!

your friends in Japan said...

Thanks commentors! Looking forward to seeing you all in about weeks!

Meaghan - thanks! You're right about the cold. After trying a few days with my fleecy winter gloves, the wind resistance proved to be too much. I picked up a pair of wind-and-rain-proof gloves that should help out with the cold factor. Maybe I should also wear my blue super-tights underneat my pants...
I think the toast size was a bit exaggerated by Jeff's new camera lens. It wasn't really bigger than my head.

Uncle Al - Hi! Yeah the scooter is pretty fun. I've been thinking of starting up a scooter-polo league here so I can get in shape for the big ball hockey reunion in December.

Mom - thought you'd like that one. It's fortunately quite comfy inside, and keeps my head warm as well, not to mention the cool-factor Meaghan pointed out.

- IAN!

Justin said...

Sounds like the weekend was a smash. Rad Scoot. Nice leather diggs too. word to that.
That's enough annoying slang for now. I'm jealous that you're going home now. I should be doing that too really. Oh well. When do you guys go back again? probably shortly after I would imagine. See you in the future.

your friends in Japan said...

Justin - After reading about all the scoot action you got in Asia, I couldn't resist tring it out. Fortunately, so far, I haven't received any of the scoot-burns that you got. I'll have to look out for that for that when we travel next year.


Aaron said...

I just wanted to say you look ridiculously cool on your scooter. You look like you should be in a comic book.

You're around for Crimmus, yes?

your friends in Japan said...

Aaron - in Japan it's kind of mandatory that everyone becomes a comic book character.
Tara is some kind of catrabbit that's so cute that people get nosebleeds when they see her. And I ride a scooter, and when I move there's about 30 seconds of flashing colour during which I say "UWAAAAAAHHHH" and maintain a single pose while moving 300 metres, and then everyone starts dancing.
I ...don't....quite...get it.... but it sure is fun.

Yes, I shall be home for The Christmas and the New Year's, yo.
See you there.