in a perfect world of yancies: Big in Japan

06 February 2008

Big in Japan

I seem to have received a little more attention that usual online: a Japanese blog has taken up the story of Emily, I, and my mom playing that board game from the last post.

Here's a bit of Merrica's translation/explanation:
he's just shocked that a foreigner living in seattle played akita monopoly with his mom . . .
he says mom is very young looking and pretty
. . .
he says he wants to know if she had plastic surgery, as she lives in seattle, such a big and busy town

You might also have noticed comments from Merrica. Rough translation:
[My name here is] my brother and i lived in akita for 3 years and that's why [I] have the game
. . .
and mom didn't have plastic surgery :)

In other news,
both Augie and KU had snow days today . . . do I miss that kind of grim weather here in mild Seattle? Not exactly, but the term "snow day" has a certain charm, doesn't it?

MacMurray, down in Springfield, also closed recently. Here's a shot of Eric and Christy out in the snow:

But that weather couldn't keep the Obama supporters away in good old Lawrence, KS:


And how about that Obama? I think I'm down. That song that's been going around is not bad . . .
How about you, reader?


  1. haha, that's what you think i said (^_^)

  2. did i mention, Francis wasn't too impressed with the entire LCD Soundsystem CD... i sure hope you liked Sunset Rubdown a bit more

  3. Well, let's just say I wouldn't trade LCDSS for that other album . . .

    I guess the Pitchfork readers and I will have to resign ourselves to not getting things right for your pal. Sigh.

    (Not that readers make it true, mind you; just that I can live with one less person reminding me how awesome that album is.)

  4. How in the world did that Japanese blogger find your picture?

    And how in the world did you find the blogger?

    I just don't get how this all works ...


  5. First of all, the answer to cmd's question is just one word: google.

    On another note, I'm not a huge fan of David Brooks, who often makes crazy and mean-spirited conservative claims sound deceptively reasonable, but this bit from today's column is just great (spot on, Merrica might say):
    "[Obama's] schtick makes sense if you’ve got a basic level of security in your life, if you’re looking up, not down. Meanwhile, Obama’s people are so taken with their messiah that soon they’ll be selling flowers at airports and arranging mass weddings. There’s a “Yes We Can” video floating around YouTube in which a bunch of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and the guy from the Black Eyed Peas are singing the words to an Obama speech in escalating states of righteousness and ecstasy. If that video doesn’t creep out normal working-class voters, then nothing will."

    I don't care how you're voting: that is funny stuff.

  6. Okay, two things:
    1) I guess I also knew someone in Japan was reading, because that counter at the bottom of the page [at least in theory] tracks that sort of information.

    2) I think I may try live-blogging the caucus tomorrow, so if you're into that sort of thing, try back here around 1pm PST.


  7. Mr. Yancy

    Thank you for the post.

    My name is Suzuki. I live in Akita Prefecture in Japan. I conceived Akita Monopoly.

    My mother has been to Seattle about 30 years ago.
    I want to go to Seattle so that I may also watch Ichiro's game.

    It has the Akita Monopoly from Akita in the souvenir :)