We walked up to the top of Hatsuo dam and found the newest levee, a massive concrete wall currently only controlling a trickle of water. The harsh whiteness of the walls stands out like a scar viewed against the surrounding forest environment. This is a washed out photo of the No Trespassing sign adorning it.

Radar Detector

My trusty cheap-ass radar detector. I go through one of these every couple years which is how long it takes for the solar panels/battery to run down. I need to run it solar because my Silvia’s cigarette lighter is broken. Come to think of it, that’s a problem I’ve seen on many Silvias, as well as the 240/180sx. Design flaw, methinks.

New Awaji Ferris

I was shocked to see they are building a new ferris wheel at the Awaji parking area close to the big bridge. That’s just what this island needs! A new ferris wheel (there’s already one at Onokoro amusement park). That’s it, fuckers – take my tax money and RUN!

LED Lighter


This is like the coolest invention of the month – a disposable cigarette lighter with a battery-powered LED lamp embedded in the bottom for use as a small flashlight. The label on the side says it can be used 1,000 times for 5 second bursts.

Thai plant


This seedling, which my mom smuggled all the way from Thailand wrapped in wet toilet paper, is not happy. It was covered in two inches of snow yesterday and is currently wondering who the hell turned off the heat.