Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
...do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front of the store.
...do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a diet coke.
...do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.
...do we leave ours cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
...do we buy hot dogs in packs of ten and buns in packs of eight.
...do they have drive- up ATM machines with braille lettering.
Why the sun lightens our hair but darkens our skin?
Why women can't put mascara on with their mouth closed?
Why you don't ever see the headline "Psychic wins lottery"?
Why "abbreviated" is such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"?
Why lemon juice is made with artificial flavor but washing up liquid is made from real lemons?
Why a man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called "rush hour"?
Why isn't there a mouse- flavored cat food?
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when there all stuck together?
If con is the opposite of pro, then is Congress the opposite of progress?
I hope you had a good laugh (or even a chuckle)!
As some of you might already know, this year is the year of the ox. (Also the year I was born in). Here are the years of the ox that have already happened. See if your birth year is there
Here are some cool stuff that might happen to you if this is your year:
The Ox can do well this year through steady progress. There may be a number of experiences that will provide great joy for the Ox. One area, in particular, is the Ox's personal life. You may see an addition to the family. You will be surrounded by those who care. Look for the early summer months to attend many social occasions, providing many new faces in your social circle. One area of focus is to be open to the advice of others, as you tend to keep your issues to yourself. Overall, your own year can be one that you will look back on with pride and a genuine sense of achievement.
52% (3 favorable 5 neutral and 4 unfavorable months)
In 2009, the Oxen will be given many opportunities to further your plans and goals, as well as consolidate your position. Steady progress is the position where the Ox is most comfortable and that is where you will find yourself this year. You will also have a chance to impress and gain support from those around you. This is a good year to enhance your skills and add to your repertoire with added training or study. You will be satisfied in knowing that anything you do this year will repay you in this year and the years to come. The months of May, late August and September may mark a change in your career.
2009 will be a year of personal happiness. For the single Ox, there may be a chance to engage in new and meaningful friendships, romance, and possibly even marriage. Others will take comfort in their domestic and social lives. Being an Ox year, this is one that will provide enjoyment for you as long as you allow it. Beware of your strong will and do not allow any minor disagreements to escalate and put a damper on a fine year. May is a month that will highly favor a chance meeting or a heightened level in a relationship.
Health matters don't seem to be too much of a concern for the Ox this year, as you are good at implementing some sort of physical activity into your routine. The Ox's discipline does well to carry over into your health. It never hurts to find ways to improve in this area, so don't discount anything that will improve the quality of your life. Even though there may not be any large issues, stress can be a surmounting factor to be aware.
The Ox could enjoy an improvement financially, but you may face a number of large expenses over the year. To maneuver your budget through the year of the Ox, exercise care and sensible spending. It would be wise to seek professional advice when it comes to any speculative ventures or risky investments that create some sense of doubt.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
You might be wondering why I haven't been putting many blog posts on lately. Well, the answer is simple... "crash". My computer crashed. My NEW laptop. So my dad decided to put some program on the computer to fix the hard drive. It was all running smoothly until when it was about 57% completed. It took 6 days to go from 57%- 61% then kept running smoothly. It's finally finished and I'm very happy to have my laptop back. And as my mom always says (if you read her blog - heatherveale.blogspot.com - ) "Isn't technology wonderful?"
And by the way since I was gone I've missed some events so I need to catch up on things:
~Happy birthday to my dad -Tony Veale- (April 3rd)
~Happy birthday to my uncle -Martin Veale- (April 4th)
~(I think my computer was up and running but I might have forgotten to say it) Happy Anniversary to my parents -Heather and Tony Veale- (March 23rd)
Monday, April 6, 2009
Chinese- 1 vote (12%)
French- 2 votes (25%)
Italian- 1 vote (12%)
Russian- 2 votes (25%)
Spanish- 1 vote (12%)
Other- 1 vote (12%)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Last weekend my family and I went to the Boston Aquarium. It's a very nice place and has all sea creatures imaginable, from penguins to sea lions to tiny little fish that look almost invisible! One thing that I really like is that in the center of the aquarium, there is a humongous tank filled with water and many types of fish like sharks, manta ray's and turtles. But the best part is that it's on a spiral walkway that goes around the tube so you can see what fish live at different depths and see things from different angles and around the tube are little (sort of) enclosed areas that you let you lean on something and look at the fish go by without being part of the crowd. This aquarium is extremely clean, extremely informative and extremely fun to explore.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Some lame jokes that hopefully will keep you entertained for a while
~Beautician: Did that mud pack I gave you for your wife improve her appearance?
Man: It did for a while- then it fell off.
~My sister is so dumb she thinks that a cartoon is a song you sing in the car.
That's nothing, my sister thinks that a juggernaut is an empty beer mug.
~Boy: What's the biggest any in the world?
Girl: My Aunt Fatima
Boy: No, it's an elephant
Girl: You obviously haven't met my Aunt Fatima
~Witch: Have you ever seen someone who looked like me before?
Girl: yes, but I had to pay admission
~A man walked into a police station and said, "I've got 3 big brothers and we all live in the same room. My eldest brother has 7 cats. Another has 3 dogs, and the 3rd has a goat. I want to do something about the smell."
"Are there any windows in your room" asked the officer.
"Yes of course there are!" said the man.
"Have you tried opening them?"
"What, and lose all my pigeons?"
~"Doctor, doctor, I've just swallowed the film from my camera."
"Well, let's hope nothing develops."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Here are some notes that will help you learn Japanese that you might find interesting (even if your not learning Japanese or even if you can't understand them)
~Japanese uses 4 alphabets, Romaji which is the English alphabet and used for mainly pronunciation (like on the words of the week), Hiragana which is used to write native words such as "sushi" and has 46 characters that aren't letters, but sounds like "ka", "ki", or "ku" except for the 5 vowels and the letter "n", Katakana which are the same sounds as the Hiragana but look different and are used for cognates such as "terebi" (television) and are more angular than Hiragana characters, and Kanji which are from Chinese origin and are used to tell apart words that are the same.
~There are believed to be over 50,000 Kanji but they only teach 2,500 in school because that's how much you need to know to read a newspaper
~The word "desu" goes at the end of a sentence and can mean either "is", "am" or "are" ~The Japanese have no different words for present and future tense- ex. 私は食べる can either mean "I eat" or "I will eat"
~"desu" can be changed to "masu" if there is a verb at the end of a sentence ~Japanese don't use spaces
~The word order in Japanese is SVO (English is SOV)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Just the other day I got a new cell phone. It has a camera! That is pretty much how much I need to say about my new cell phone but if I ended the blog post here, that would result in a very short and boring blog post so I'll tell you about why I got my cell phone. So, last summer my grandparents came out (like any other summer) but this time they decided they wanted to get a cell phone that works in America. The next day they went to the store and got a very infancy, inexpensive, pay as you go cell phone which actually looked pretty cool. When they went back to Wales, they left the cell phone here (because it doesn't work in the U.K.) and instead of just letting it sit around for 11 months of the year, they gave it to me but a few weeks ago I destroyed it. I'd accidentally left it in my jean pocket and the jeans got washed. So, since this wasn't my phone I had to replace it so I thought "If I have to get a new phone, I might as well get a cooler one", so I did! It looks like this (see picture).
3 continents- 2 people (33%)
4 continents- 4 people (66%)
*Remember to keep voting on the new polls and tell your friends :-)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
As you all know today is Saint Patrick's Day (unless you have to cross the international date line to get to me) so I've decided to share with you some Irish facts. Even though I'm not Irish, I like to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day because I live in America and that's what Americans do. We celebrate every holiday for every religion so that we can go to Godiva and buy ourselves a box of chocolates and sit there eating them, not feeling guilty because we know that it's for good reason. Any way onto the facts.
~Saint Patrick was actually Welsh (like me) and Saint David was believed to be Irish
~Saint Patrick was kidnapped by the Irish and enslaved for 6 years!
~After 6 years he escaped and moved back to Wales
~Later in his life he moved to Ireland again (Which was probably pretty stupid considering he was enslaved there)
~The color of Saint Patrick's Day used to be blue but green is the color mostly associated with Ireland so they changed it over time
Monday, March 16, 2009
What is the only place in Massachusetts that you can watch a chef cook your teriyaki chicken on a grill in front of you with 4 foot flames, and an onion volcano? It's Marlborough's very own Fuji Steakhouse. As you sit in the row of chairs with your chopsticks in hand you see your very own Master Chef come to your grill with his spatula and ready to amaze you. He then starts banging his spatula against the grill and flipping it around, making you think that it's got to be an illusion... but it's not. You then realize that this is not your ordinary Japanese restaurant. The chef next spills oil on the grill, lights a match and before you know it, 4 foot flames appear on the grill. A bright orange light fills the room and the intense heat covers your face but before you know it the flames are gone. You now wonder how the chef keeps the flames so under control. Now is when the chef starts cooking. He spins and raw egg on the grill and bounces it around on his spatula and after he shows off a little he gives it a toss and cracks it on the side on his spatula. After he has thrown some fried rice on your plate he takes the rings of onions and stacks them like a volcano. You start to imagine what kind of trick he'll do now, when 1... 2... 3... he pours oil into the center and lets it on fire making an onion volcano! The chef has now left you with a full plate of food, an empty stomach and very enjoyable experience.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Yes, you people who have been following my blog must know that I (used to) do the "Japanese Word of the day", But frankly everyday, that's pretty hard. From now on I'm going to do the "Japanese Word of the Week" (because that's much easier to handle). And anyway, unless your a freak-a-zoid, geeky, "still lives with his mother" kind of guy your probably not going to go to my blog everyday to see the word of the day. So overall this is better for me, because I can easily find time once a week to do a "Japanese Word of the Week" and it's better for you because you can probably find time once a week to catch up on my blog and extend your knowledge with another Japanese vocabulary word... (especially if your a geeky, "still lives with his mother" kind of guy).
Any way, I'm going to start trying to put in more blog entries soon so look out for them.......... coming soon
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Red- 2 votes (18%)
Orange- 0 votes (0%)
Yellow- 2 votes (18%)
Green- 0 votes (0%)
Blue- 4 votes (36%)
Purple- 2 votes (18%)
Pink- 1 vote (9%)
None of the above- 0 votes (0%)
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- Japan has 192 volcanoes, of which 58 are still active.
- Japan has an area slightly smaller than California and has a population of 126 million, making this country the fifth most populous in the world.
- The five main islands of Japan are Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Okinawa.
- English-speaking policemen wear a red armband.
- Shintoism, Buddhism and Christianity are the main religions practiced in Japan.
- The three largest corporations in Japan are 1) Mitsubishi, 2) Sumitomo, and 3) Itoh.
- Japan's unemployment is about 3 percent.
- Tradition says that the eldest son and his wife have the major responsibility for caring for his parents.
- Most Japanese have studied English in school, but their studies were geared toward passing exams, not holding conversations. As a result, many hesitate to speak English, but may understand more than most Americans give them credit for. They may therefore be offended if spoken to in broken English.
- There are approximately 250 colleges in Japan, with 80% of them located in the Tokyo area.
- Very few Japanese appreciate being called mama-san or papa-san, so forget what you've seen in the movies.
- The Japanese consider it inappropriate to show affection in public.
- The average female marries at age 24 and the average male at age 27.
- In most homes and some restaurants, you'll have to remove your shoes before entering.
- Green tea is the national drink of Japan.
- Japanese drive on the left side of the road.
- Water is safe to drink, except in the most remote areas of the country.
- Hashi (chopsticks) are the normal eating utensils. Using them is easier than you might think.
- Some restaurants and nightclubs might be closed to foreigners; it's best to check before you enter.
- It's not unusual to hear Japanese slurp as they eat ramen or other noodle dishes; but, it is impolite to smack your lips, speak with your mouth full, or use a toothpick in public.
- Many Japanese restaurants have plastic or wax food on display in windows or cases to show passersby the types of food served.
- Bar snacks are not usually free.
- Japan is the largest importer of food in the world.
- Tipping is not an accepted practice in bars, restaurants, taxis, etc.
- Travelers checks and credit cards are not accepted in many restaurants.
- Bargaining in Japan is not generally accepted. The price listed is the price you pay.
- Japanese do not use personal checking accounts, so personal checks are not acceptable payment outside of U.S. facilities. U.S. dollars must be exchanged on base or in a Japanese bank prior to making purchases off-base.
- Stores are usually closed Jan. 1-3 to celebrate the New Year.
- Sumo is the national sport of Japan, despite the popularity of baseball. Sumo wrestlers are often 6 feet tall and weigh more than 300 pounds.
- If you visit a public hot bath, remember the tub is for relaxing, not cleaning. Shower before entering the tub.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
10,000 B.C.- 300 B.C. Jomon Period; Skillful fishing developed; Clay figures made; Basic agriculture began; Government structure began
300 B.C.- 250 A.D. Yayoi Period; Bronze tools first appeared; Permanent farming villages established; Cloth woven
250 A.D.- 538 A.D. Kufon Period; Highly aristocratic society; Armor and weapons common
538 A.D.- 710 A.D. Asuka Period; Arrival of Buddhism; Significant artistic, social and political changes
710 A.D.- 784 A.D. Nara Period; Capitol of Nara established; Efforts to document history and literature began; Widespread of written language
784 A.D.- 1185 A.D. Heian Period; The peak of Japan's art, poetry and literature; Considered a high point in Japanese Culture
1185 A.D.- 1333 A.D. Kamakura Period; Said to be the Beginning of the Japanese middle ages
1333 A.D.- 1336 A.D. Kemmu Period; Three years in between the fall of Kamakura Shogunate and the rise of Ashikaga Shogunate
1336 A.D.- 1573 A.D. Muromachi Period; The early years are known as the Nanboku- cho Court Period and the later years are known as the Sengoku Period
1573 A.D.- 1603 A.D. Azuchi- Momoyama Period; This Period is named after their castles, The Azuchi Castle and the Momoyama castle
1603 A.D.- 1867 A.D. Edo Period; Beginning of the Edo
1600 A.D. Battle of Sekigahara
1707 A.D. The eruption of Mount Fuji
1868 A.D.- 1912 A.D. Meiji Period; Japan started modernizing
1912 A.D.- 1926 A.D. Taisho Period; The period of "Great Righteousness"
1926 A.D.- 1989 A.D. Showa Period; Emperor Hirihito ruled Japan
1941 A.D. December 7th Japan attacked Pearl Harbor
1945 A.D. August 6th First atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima
1989 A.D.- Present Heisei Period; Japan's current period named by Emperor Akihito after the death of his father, Hirohito, the Showa emperor
...or maybe not so brief. :-)
My other family members are my younger sister, Emma, and my Dad (and my two cats), but that's enough about me for now. Be sure to look for my other posts coming soon (as soon as I can think of something else to write about). ~Robert