On Asia Wednesday, May 22, 2008, 2:51 AM

Some thoughts from my trip last week to Taiwan and Vietnam follow.

I am a GIANT in Vietnam. Yes, being 5' 7" or 5' 8" makes me taller than 99% of the Vietnamese people. I actually found myself crouching down a little sometimes to fit in a bit better.

The women in Vietnam are FORWARD. Within a few hours of arriving in Vietnam, while I was out on the town, I had a super-cute girl deftly sidle up next to me where I was sitting. Before I had realized what was going on, she had actually grabbed my legs, pulled them apart, hopped between them, and sat down. A few hours later, I found myself pinned to the ground on some stairs, after said gal had pushed me down and thrown herself on top of me, pushing her face up against mine. I must admit though, I didn't really resist any of it. Yeah, I know, that's probably bad. I'm going to be such a pushover if I ever have a cute 5-year old daughter of my own.

Could this happen at any airport except an Asian one?

Yeah, that's an actual gate.
Hello Kitty airport gate

While I was at the top of Taipei 101, there was an earthquake and I actually felt the tower sway and saw the damper pendulum swing around a bunch. All while listening to this wonderful audio tour.

Move over Norah Jones.

After having seen the difference between Taiwan 20 years ago and Taiwan now, I think Vietnam will be like Taiwan today 40 years from now. That's assuming that Taiwan 10 years ago is like Laos 15 years from now, Thailand 10 years ago is similar Indonesia 25 years ago, Indonesia's political climate now resembles Laos's 20 years into the future, and Vietnam maintains its current trade surplus with Indonesia for the next 30 years. How long does it take for train A to meet train B?

I think this sums up Asia pretty well:

Monks, Hello Kitty, and electronics. Asia in a nutshell.
Hello Kitty, monks, and electronics

The End of Some Sort of Era Sunday, May 4, 2008, 3:07 AM

A little more of my childhood has disappeared. The seemingly unflappable Julio Franco announced his retirement today at the ripe old age of 49. I first started following baseball and my hometown Cleveland Indians in the mid-1980s. As the last active player from those early teams, Franco always had a little piece of me rooting for him during his last few miraculous seasons. If I could still be hitting baseballs like he did in his late 40s when I'm 40-something, then, well, I guess I'd be in the Major Leagues right now.

I love Bleach.

Old Navy has a great music director for its commercials. Though it makes me wonder why a naval surplus store would even need commercials in the first place.

Happy 8 Days After Christmas Wednesday, January 2, 2008, 2:47 AM

After 2 years of trying and failing to make a Flash holiday card, I finally made one. It's a wee bit late in coming out, but that's because my laptop hard drive crashed when I went home for Christmas!

And if you haven't seen it before, here is my card from 2004. This year's makes slightly more sense if you see the previous one first.

Misery is Being a Cleveland Sports Fan Monday, October 22, 2007, 1:15 AM

I would like to see the Indians win a World Series before I die at the ripe old age of 137.

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