Kenaz and Haga’s Birthdays

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Sep 292020

Kenaz turned 14. Haga turned 50.

Over these Birthday weeks (and High Holidays) we went to a movie in a theater (Tenet… they liked it but the sound was too loud), ate Mumbran (Mount Blanc) cake, went to the beach, did a Costco trip, ate tiramisu, went to a great Ramen restaurant, and other things.



This was Sunday, at the beach (beach videos a little blurry because of the not completely waterproof waterproof case on my camera)

Some underwater shots. Akiva in this video is trying to spear a fish with a dull piece of broken bamboo:

Kids coming out of the water while the videographer covered part of the video with his finger:

Haga had a relaxing time:


On Haga’s Birthday we ate mumbran:


During her birthday weekend we went hiking through parks and small mountains:





The parks and mountains were not far from our house. Here is a timelapse of the bikeride:

BTW, we’ve been swimming and exercising. And last week we had this delicious Hokaido – Miso Ramen after our workout (I didn’t eat this bowl because of all the pork, but if I liked pork, this would be really good):


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My Birthday

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May 282020
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So… it was my Birthday.  Funny story.  During the year, in moments of depression, I convinced myself that I”m actually several years older and hence closer to death and the void and all the world is going to fall apart.  My family told me my real age, making me realize that I’m younger than I thought.  Also, as the world is falling apart, I feel great because it’s not me who is crazy.  And, actually, I got it pretty good in some ways. (note, in video below I have not shaved in about 10 days, so I look like I have a white beard).



My wife made me icecream cake.  One was vanilla with Oreo cookie crust. Because my wife really loves me she also put yogurt into the icecream to make it more healthy. And Akiva prepared the chocolate icecream with serial in it, also to make it more healthy.

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Kids prepared decorated chocolate bars to top the cake.


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As a birthday activity, family got some concrete cement from the dollar store and we decorated the patio bricks and planter bricks with broken glass and dollar-store bought beads (I put in the patio recently using bricks we borrowed from some places)

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I got serious about the garden when I was depressed and thought the world would end. Now we have a jungle of potato and tomato plants (inspired by the movie “The Martian”).  I put some decorations on it too. I think this is going to be a new hobby of mine. I’ll go to the river and get broken beer bottles – cleaning the river is a mitzvot – and then decorate my garden with it.



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Activities in the Spring of Uncertainty

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Apr 122020

Went on a hike to visit five mysterious tombs and get a lot of exercise (for me).


We had a small Passover celebrations…

Bad Baseball Video (warning: it’s bad)

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Kids, Haga, and Grandma in Malaysia

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Oct 232019

Haga, Akiva, Kenaz, and Grandma Kuniko are in Malysia on a short vacation. I have to work so cannot join them.  Which is ok because making money is important.  They report that they are having a great time.


Akiva working out / jogging on the sand.


Lobsters for lunch (maybe dinner… that looks like a lot of food)


Ikuko and Kuniko.




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Family Outdoor Activities

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Sep 082018

Our family activities are always involved with good food.KIMG2308

BBQ by riverside.KIMG2312



Quite a beach


with COSTCO pizza



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Aug 042018

Three generations had a very excited canyoning. It was another hot day. We spent in the cold water all day.












Baba (means grandma in Japanese) is strong! She did a great job!!0057_original

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