Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Winter, 2008 Happy New Year! 2008 White Star Crewman, Halloween, 2007, at the Chadwick’s Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p. 1) World Leaders begin presence on Youtube. UK’s Elizabeth II (starts with 1957 broadcast, but keep watching.) Japan’s Prime Minister Fukuda Yasuo Who is next? Will I post someday? Will you? Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p. 2) • Pakistani Statesperson, Benazir Bhutto is Assassinated. – I was cheering her on for her courage to go back and try to lead the country that killed her father. Now she is dead. – What future for Pakistan? • Why does Bush not consider Pakistan dangerous to democracy? Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p. 1) • Went on a trip to Washington, DC and Beaufort, SC. • I had to cut it short when I somehow stressed myself into some weird feelings. – Still have to make it up to family I skipped out on. Spent Christmas in my cocoon here in LA. • I can’t convey the good feeling I had when I got home. – I’m also wondering how I will feel on the Japan trip in the Summer. The folks at Kaiser can help me out on this. – This could mean this will be my last year for traveling. I’ve heard this happen to other people, but never thought it would happen to me. Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p.2) The next few pages have some photos I took with the new Sony Handycam. Picking up the car at Reagan; DC in the Distance. LAX UAL groundcrew buttons 777 up. Enroute over Missouri Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p. 3) Shrimp boats 3 am start to Beaufort, SC. Baptist Nativity Hunting Island, Beaufort, SC Breakfast: grits, crab cake, eggs, and bacon with a corn sauce. Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 National 米国/International 国際 (p. 1) Rhett House Christmas Decor The mystery house. Departure Beaufort sunset Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 California 加州 • In a past issue of the OS, I told you about the new cell phone law. – Another law prohibits anyone under 18 from using any electronic communications device while in the car; that includes ear pieces. • Another law starting this month prohibits smoking in a car with a minor. • LA Times. Here is another article listing some others. Be careful in Kuhlifonia! Minors, not miners! Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Verdugo Hills High Multi-Media Magnet School ヴェルヅゴ高等学校マスコミマグネット学校 Some nice shots around school since September Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Los Angeles ロスアンゼルス市 • Caroling with Steph Truitt, a fellow Marshall Alumna. She shares joy with her neighborhood. Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Los Angeles ロスアンゼルス市 The Hollywood Santa Parade: I knew it as the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade, but it was given up by its sponsors. When the city took it over, they changed the name. Plenty of folks came, but not many participants. I was there assisting the Fire Department as part of CERT. Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Los Angeles ロスアンゼルス市 • LAFD replaced an old station in San Pedro, our harbor district with a new facility. Many attended, even Mayor Tony. No girlfriend. He played congas with a Chicano band. オルちゃん新聞 Weather 天気 • At least it got chilly, but not our usual freezing temps. Winds rocked us at Christmas. They also warmed us up on New Year’s Day. November was fire time, sheesh! Blocked out the Sun! オルちゃん新聞 SPORTS • Alma Mater, John Marshall High won its Homecoming Game in a tough battle against Lincoln High in November. オルちゃん新聞 SPORTS • Needless to say, USC won on New Year’s Day. Illinois was just sad, but came up with some points to keep face. 49-17 An equally sad game was Georgia’s drubbing of Hawaii. 41-10. Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 •The government asked mortgage companies to put a moratorium on Business raising their contracted mortgage payment rates to avoid more people defaulting. Gas prices are stable at about $3.33 a gallon at ARCO •They gave money to people who should never should have been allowed to borrow. They loaned amounts of money that would be over the heads of people who were borderline. They did it with seductive low initial rates, even knowing that the types of people they were loaning to did not read the terms of their contracts, failing to see how the payments would “balloon” at the appointed times a few years later, often above the ability of the debtor’s to pay the new rates. •YouTube from June; Realtor’s POV; Democracy Now, 12/19 •The problem is that if government helps people who should not be allowed to borrow money, that eventually endangers the economy as well, because they will continue the irresponsible borrowing. That in turn attracts the ilk of the sub-prime lenders and other predators. It is still legal to do this?! It is still good business? オルちゃん新聞 Arts/Media •Side loading Mini DV Hokie Smokes! A New Camera!?! •Harder to DCR-HC96 MiniDV Handycam® Camcorder accidentally activate a function. •Terrific mic, maybe too terrific. Built in flash! Finally! オルちゃん新聞 Arts/Media • Flight Simulator still has me gripped. I now have an outlet at the Screenshot Forum at FlightSim.com. P-3C at Komaki AFB, Nagoya New Zealand to Fiji, thunderstorms Oruchan Shimbun オルちゃん新聞 Final Notes • Parting Shots: Some animated gifs for your web page or forum avatar お知らせ: As far as I know, I still plan a trip to Japan. I hope to leave on June 24th and arrive on June 25th. I will travel around, visiting good friends in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Fukushima. If I am traveling with some graduating students, I will also go to Hiroshima. I will return to LA on July 9, or when my Japanese friends tell me to get lost. Here is the itinerary for the trip, IF, the students go along. Do you recommend any locations for hostels?