Monthly Archives: April 2010


Whenever I am in retail stores, grocery stores or chain department stores and the like, I am always fascinated by products that are out of place. You know, the kind where someone carried the item around in their basket and then found something they liked better. Most people don’t take the time to put things back where they got them when they change their mind about buying them. Maybe I am the only person who actually does this. But anyway, sometimes you find whacky things that make you think, “they decided to buy a baby car seat instead of contact cement?” Being stuck at a major retail chain while getting my oil changed I decided to walk around the store and document this phenomenon, because what else was I going to do for the next forty-five minutes?

5 gallons of oil instead of a cell phone holder for the car.

Kid doesn’t need talking trains, he needs a baseball!

This kid’s mother was obviously down to her last nerve.

This one too.

Hand tools in the toy department?

Now it makes sense. This sort of stuff drove me nuts when I worked at the lumber yard…

A lot of times it’s just stuff kids drag around.

And sometimes you reckon some woman just can’t decide against new bowls or a doormat.

I have no idea if this giant clothes pin was part of this curtain or if it is sold by itself, but what is remarkable is that they are selling giant clothes pins for any reason if you think about it.

The bath rugs didn’t make her behind look as big as these jeans.

Sunglasses. Someone was carrying around a half dozen sunglasses and decided that maybe a half dozen poster prints was a better idea?

No novelty bowl for you. You get couch covers.

Someone made a real mess out of some photograph frames, fairly far from where they originated. Maybe they were overcome by the liquid incense bottles?

This was likely a wise idea.

These things were all over the place, plastic “Easter Eggs”. It’s just that time of year.

A tooth brush instead of a stethoscope.

More camouflage eggs in strange places.

Abandoned dinosaur, victim of another ill tempered mother and misbehaving child.

Clean clothes are obviously more important than clean dishes.

This also makes a certain kind of sense.

More Easter stuff.

More Easter stuff…

I wasn’t making this up, the implications are disturbing…

Doggy toys in the doggy food section.

I stand behind the concept of books instead of toys.

Who needs to go outside and fish when you can just buy the video game?

We will flourish again!


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Spring Cleaning at the Japanese Garden

I am a member of the Japan-America Society of Kansas City, and one of the things this organization supports is the Japanese Garden at Loose Park. On 3Apr10, a Saturday, I got up early and drove into KCMO to help out with a bit of tidying up from winter that the JAS was doing. Nothing spectacular, but just the sort of thing I like to share here. I mostly busied myself sweeping and stuffing leaves into bags, leaving the more detailed work for the folks who knew what they were doing. Stuff like this is great because I get to do community service and stay involved with my Japanese study theme and the other members of the JAS are friendly folks. We gathered and took a group photo (not the one here) that will be sent to the folks at Kansas City’s sister city in Japan, Kurashiki. So I’m part of international goodwill these days!

Anyway, I highly recommend that people check the garden out. The JAS was also involved in the planting of Loose Park’s cherry trees, which should be blooming very soon. On a related note, Independence Missouri is having a Cherry Blossom Festival this Sunday, 11Apr10 starting at 1000hrs. I wish I could go to that, but I’ve got prior obligations, so one of you should go and tell me all about it.


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Fitness Report 2Apr10

Waist – 41.5″

Weight – 225

Body Fat Percentage – 30.9%(scale)/29%(A.F.C.)

Overweight by – 36 pounds

Exercising – Kendo!

Dieting –Kind of!

I feel – Exhausted all the time!

Nearing the end of the Spring Semester. This is always a hard time for me. I’m behind on everything, and that includes dieting and exercising and updating my blog on time. I have the numbers at home and am going to fill in the xxx parts tomorrow, but I’m publishing this now as a placeholder because I’m catching myself up…

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