I owe Nick an apology, and should not say mean things to my friends when I’m in a foul mood.

So by way of apology, Nick, I have this for you, which should brighten your day.

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  1. Nick Hamilton

    Apology accepted.

    And to respond to said mean things, there is a very very very useful thing I can do with my cellphone and that blog site. I can post in an emergency without having to search for a working computer. Ask Mark about the trouble we had finding an internet cafe in Akihabara. Yes, AKIHABARA! If there’s a huge earthquake in Osaka while I’m out of the city, and there are fallen buildings, death, and carnage all over CNN, I can let people know I’m still alive. I might have to wait a while due to the increased traffic, but it’ll get done.

  2. Mike Hoye

    You’re not making it easy for me to keep being nice to you, man.

  3. Nick Hamilton

    Sorry. Sometimes the pedant slips out before I notice he’s jimmied the lock again. To compensate, and what is friendship if not a continual compensation for nice/not nice things we do to each other, here’s a gem of a sign from a “Hair Make” in Tennoji:

    Lee’s born in Tennoji. We hope many more customers come. We have a plan of education of reception and improvement in technique of the staff for customer satisfaction. A clean salon, the medical liquid using… We have a policy in all the things that a customer touches. We are looking forward to you coming.

  4. Mike Hoye

    It’s not the pedantry so much as the “justifying my neat toy with the functionality it would offer me in the event of a natural disaster, except that really wouldn’t work” like “I purchased the shiny toy with bonus bug-repelleing noise in case of Godzilla”. Like you could get a cellphone connection after a natural disaster. You can’t get a cellphone connection on new years, or after a big sporting event, so I’m pretty sure a Tsunami would do you right in.

    I think that you should just cut to the chase and say it. “I like shiny things. P.S: Fuck off”. In that case, we will be in full agreement.

  5. Melanie

    Indeed, cellphones usually don’t work during large-scale natural – or other – disasters (see, e.g., 9/11). However, they work great for personal emergencies. And, on occasion, actually do make a difference in large-scale emergencies (see again, e.g., 9/11). I wouldn’t buy one in case of earthquake. I would buy one in case my car breaks down, and just might end up being really glad it was there in case of earthquake.