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Introduction


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Introduction


Hello, This page used to contain some information on my dealings with Solaris 11. Well those days are gone and I'm a full time Network Admin now. Lots of work and lots learning. I'm still an avid cycler but this last year has been spent studying for my CCNA. This year I'm planning to purchase a new bike, most likely a Cannondale CAAD 12; however, that SuperSix EVO looks and sounds mighty tempting. I'm still an avid Gamer but with studying and sleep I don't get to spend a lot of time with it. 

 

ej

About Me


About Me


Hello I'm ej and I currently reside and work in the Yokohama area of Japan. I have been in and out of Japan since 1987. No I'm not a Japanophile life just has a tendency to put you some place until it's time to move somewhere else. I'm not into anime, otaku culture or any of the other oddities, by Western standards, that one may find here. I do like Cycling, Skiing, eating, drinking Beer, Wine, Single Malt Scotch and eating. No my Japanese is not fluent it sucks; much to the dismay of wife probably but she has quit nagging me about it, basically I survive.  

As for the picture above or to the side or wherever it is this week, was taken back in 2010 during a family walk from our house near Kamiooka to the Kannai district in Yokohama. This was during Sakura Matsuri or Cherry Blossom festival. The name of the building you see is Landmark Tower and until recently was the tallest building in Japan. This has since been surpassed by Tokyo Skytree in Sumida.

ej

LandMark Tower

LandMark Tower

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Snowboarding


A New Hope

Snowboarding


A New Hope

Hello all, another season of glorious snow sports. I got my board, boots, bindings from last season and got to break them in this year. The first trip wasn't so great but the second trip I got lessons again and that helped plus I checked out snowprofessor.com. That sight had a good explanation on how to properly execute turns by moving your feet and knees whilst keeping everything else in still. The visuals helped a lot since they focused in on what it looks like to turn. So the last few trips I spent working on that and it paid off yesterday at Togakushi resort in Nagano. The resort has a great section to learn proper boarding techniques as the sloop is about a mile wide and so gradual that you don't pick up much speed. I was able to focus on my executed in detail and see where I was making errors. My turns came out great' however, I still have an issue with speed and narrow trails. I get a bit nervous and default to falling leaf but I'm getting better at forcing myself to carve. Once you get this down it feels so natural. If you have skied then you know what I'm talking about when you. Move from snow plowing to parralle ski placement. Im falling less spectacularly and more in control. It always seems like the seasons ends right when you get your mojo going. I've got 2 more trips planned and possibly a few after that. We shall see how my schedule works out.  I got more video to post and I'll do that if I ever get around to editing the footage.

ej

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Cycling


Finally a new bike

Cycling


Finally a new bike

Wahoo! I finally pulled the trigger on a new bike this year. I finally picked a Trek Domane 5.9 62cm with Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting.  I wanted a Cannondale Supersix EVO but due to some silly rules Japan I can't get anything larger than a 58cm frame here. I found out that this applies to other frames also like Felt, Cervelo and I believe Scott. So I'm moving to an all carbon frame from 17 years of aluminum. We shall see how well I like it and if it can't help me become a better more efficient rider. I ordered the duotap module, an 11-32t rear cassette and I will see about getting the longest cranks possible for it. So far I think I can only go to 175.2mm cranks. I currently have 180s, I believe, on my old bike and I think it made climbing easier. Well I should get the bike by 19 March and I ordered a new backpack, an Osprey, so I can commute to work regularly. I hope to ride at least 3 days a week to work and long rides on Saturday. Hopefully that will start burning the excess baggage around the middle. I'll post pictures as soon as I get the finished product.

ej