Comfort vs. Elegance

“… during the days of the Raj, everyone dressed immaculately in layers, in steaming conditions in that subcontinent.  And they all looked pretty dignified to me.  Yet we have all become rather sloppy in our dress sense, mistaking casualness for comfort, and conflating comfort with elegance.  I just can’t help thinking how elegantly people dressedContinue reading “Comfort vs. Elegance”

Learning Japanese, I think I’m learning Japanese, I really think so …

From about 2007 until 2009, I set a goal to learn all the standard kanji (written Japanese characters adapted from Chinese) to put me at a 3rd grade reading level.  Combined with the ones I already knew, this would make about 500 kanji*.  I made flash cards for each one, with each card containing theContinue reading “Learning Japanese, I think I’m learning Japanese, I really think so …”

A scary looking guy who can turn down work.

I was at a party in Los Angeles in the late 1990s.  As I approached the food table, there was a man standing there.  He had several piercings in his face:  eyebrows, nose, everywhere.  He also had one in his tongue and tho, he thpoke with a lithp.  He said “How are you?” and IContinue reading “A scary looking guy who can turn down work.”