Are you kidding me?

I have figured out why Godzilla was able to attack Tokyo without any advance warning. It's because everyone was going about their business, distracted... Either by cell phones or manga books or just generally ignoring their surroundings.  If you haven't met me, let me paint a picture: I am 6'2" tall (a head taller than … Continue reading Are you kidding me?

A Modern Christmas Carol by Mitch

Twas the night before Christmas in faraway Japan One Jewish boy was still working with aplomb and elan. He tried to clear his dashboard of servers of red, While visions of sashimi swum round in his head. He raised his head up from his screen on occasion, To see some of his colleagues showing true … Continue reading A Modern Christmas Carol by Mitch

Thanks for your support!

Over the past few days I have received an incredible number of you asking what happened, if I am okay, and if I will be alright.  I can assure you I am.  Let me explain. A great many of you have known me as a Microsoft contractor.  I have been for quite some time, first … Continue reading Thanks for your support!

Server Core Address Woes

From the files of “What the F@rk?!” Here’s a little gotcha that I’ve been wrestling with all afternoon.  I hope this post can save some of you the frustration (exacerbated by jetlag) that I have been experiencing. I am configuring a bunch of virtual machines as domain controllers for the company I am consulting for … Continue reading Server Core Address Woes

The Urinating Boy, and the weirdest volunteers ever…

At the north end of Platform 2 of the Hamamatsucho Station on the Yamanote line there is a statue/fountain that may be the strangest I have seen since I got to Japan.  I actually have no business at this station and never would have seen it, except for that another gaijin that I met recently … Continue reading The Urinating Boy, and the weirdest volunteers ever…

Thank you readers and Happy Halloween!!

The calendar has turned in Tokyo.  Although there are a few hours left in North America, here it is now Friday, and more importantly it is November.  I got in late from a Halloween party in Shibuya… the whole city was a crazy place tonight, and I have the pictures to prove it (they come … Continue reading Thank you readers and Happy Halloween!!

Respect the Belt… Respect the Art.

I mentioned in conversation a couple of days ago that I was going to be starting to learn Kyokushin Karate in Japan and that I was very excited.  One of the people involved in the discussion mentioned that the first few months of any martial art is going to be less interesting, but if I … Continue reading Respect the Belt… Respect the Art.

A Real Trip… Happy Halloween from Japan!

Saturday night was Halloween.  Okay, no it wasn’t, but obviously all of the great parties for that occasion are on the week-end.  If you can imagine that in Tokyo people seem to dress up in costumes on a regular basis for no good reason, they you will believe that Halloween in Tokyo (and especially in … Continue reading A Real Trip… Happy Halloween from Japan!

Altitude Dashboard

Okay I admit it… it seems I have not been paying attention, because I just found a personalized dashboard on Air Canada’s Aeroplan page that seems really helpful.  I wish I would have known about it sooner, because it really does appear quite useful! In fact, I have used it today to prove that fact! … Continue reading Altitude Dashboard

Big in Japan: The Week That Was…

For those of you who follow not only my blog but my Twitter as well (@MGarvis) you will likely know that I have been walking a lot since I got to Japan, and my FitBit (www.fitbit.com) has all the proof you need.  You may also have noticed that Tuesday and Wednesday this week my daily … Continue reading Big in Japan: The Week That Was…

My Japanese Diet

With two notable and disappointing exceptions, I have eaten only Japanese food since I arrived in Tokyo.  I have tried the Chinese restaurant one more time – it may taste good, but the food has not agreed with me so I will not be trying it again.  Other than that, really I have stuck to … Continue reading My Japanese Diet