Star Words: Part XI

May. 25th, 2017 12:28 pm
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We tend to celebrate characters who are brash, outspoken, snarky and daring. The quiet ones often go unnoticed and under-appreciated. But I've always liked the quiet ones. Probably because I tend to be more on that end of the spectrum myself. That's probably why Shmi is one of my favorites and, I feel, deserving of far more appreciation.

"The Republic doesn't exist out here. We must survive on our own."

Much of Shmi's importance in the overall story of the saga resides in her influence on Anakin -- her presence during his childhood, but especially her absence once he leaves to become a Jedi. It's always a tricky thing to create a character whose primary impact comes from her absence and death (and the use of "her" isn't a coincidence -- it's overwhelmingly women who are placed in this role). All too often, the character is nothing more than a plot device, underdeveloped, her special place in the hero's heart implicit rather than explicitly developed. But Shmi's portrayal is saved from this danger by an excellent performance from Pernilla August and the details the story reveals of her personality and experiences.

She is kind and giving, in spite of her own very limited means. When Anakin brings home a bunch of strangers in need, he has no doubt that she'll take them in, because that's what their family does. She opens her home to them, brings them to her table and feeds them. Anakin even convinces her to let him enter the podrace by apparently repeating her own words -- "The biggest problem in this universe is no one helps each other."

However, there is an interesting edge to her softness. When Padmé young and idealistic, begins a rant against the injustice of slavery, Shmi stops her with a gentle but firm rebuke. The Republic doesn't exist out here. An interesting way to phrase it. She could have said, "Those laws don't matter as long as the Hutts are in control" or "Your Republic isn't as powerful as you might think" or any other rejoinder that could launch them into a sociopolitical discourse. But Shmi's view of things is pragmatic. For any practical purposes, there is no Republic. That's how she has learned to see the galaxy, as a necessary survival tactic. Help others, but don't assume that anyone will help you. Eke out your own survival.

Shmi keeps her intense emotions buried deep. She doesn't openly sob or scream, even as she's watching her son go into mortal peril in the podrace, even as she's letting him leave her forever. It's not that she doesn't feel the complete depth of those emotions -- she says outright that she dies every time Watto makes Anakin race. But as a slave she's surely learned that it's safer to keep a calm, straight face, to react mildly even to the most monstrous of situations. It's a tragedy that someone as extraordinary as Anakin was born into slavery, but a slave's life is just as tragic for someone as gentle and good as Shmi. I'm very glad to know that this changes sometime before Episode II and she spends her last years in comparative happiness. But I'll discuss that more in later installments.

Next, a few more terse words from a Sith Lord...

Last of the Irises

May. 24th, 2017 08:43 pm
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This year I’m again a little bit too late for iris photos. Last weekend I forgot to take photos of the irises at my aunt’s house in Portland – until the light was almost gone. On Saturday I forgot to visit the Japanese Garden. I didn’t attend the Iris Festival last weekend in Keizer. And that left the irises on the bank of Lake Nike. Yesterday (Tuesday) I made an effort to walk to the lake early in the morning. Many blooms were already dead – and most of the remaining ones were getting a little ragged. I had only 30 minutes to walk the length of the patch – and all I know is that I still don’t have a good idea as to how to photograph these flowers.

I had the D810 with the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G lens. I tried some experiments, and although the results were a little different than last year’s visit, I can’t say any pictures are particularly interesting. I picked one arbitrarily to process tonight, and I don’t know if I’ll do much with the rest of the photos over the weekend.

Iris at Lake Nike
Iris at Lake Nike

To have something to send in a message to a few people, I took some photos with my iPhone 6. I haven’t actually used my iPhone camera much, and I decided I should get better at using the darn thing. Also, I wanted to play around with VSCO filters. Here’s the photo I sent:

Irises at Lake Nike
iPhone 6 photo • VSCO S3 filter

Annoyingly Broken

May. 22nd, 2017 08:59 pm
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Not really sure what’s up. I’ve been unusually fatigued for the last week and a half – barely making it through the evening and sleeping extra overnight. Maybe it’s the change in weather and the blasts of pollen from the late spring. Or maybe I’m fighting something else. Today I was plagued with a rare headache. I might have to resort to allergy meds.

Also, a week ago last Friday I injured my wrist/hand somehow, and it was painful to type. When I was young I could heal in less than a week. As I got older, I’ve been saying 7-10 days. The 10-day mark was Sunday, and my hand still hurt a little, but at least I could type. Today (day 11) I didn’t notice any pain – until this evening. I think my standard 7-10 day estimate for healing has to be changed to 10-14 days. The last two or three injuries have taken over 10 days. Getting older kinda sucks sometimes.

Meiko’s Home Screen Updated

May. 21st, 2017 07:53 pm
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Meiko’s Home Screen
Meiko’s Home Screen
My iPhone 6

I decided to purge all the 32-bit Apps Remaining on my iPhone. While I’ll miss the games, most of the other applications – with the exception of Darkness – weren’t used much anyway.

The home screen is somewhat different than it was nearly 2 1/2 Years Ago:
  • 32-bit apps Timer and Darkness were removed
  • Previously Drive, Vesper, Simplenote were removed
  • Videos was renamed by Apple to TV. I moved it to the second screen with other video apps
  • Some time ago I swapped Clear and Messages between the dock and the home screen
  • A Year and a Half Ago Mikuture earned a spot on the home screen
  • Recently I added photography apps VSCO and Snapseed to the home screen
  • Today I added DayLight to replace Darkness and also a bundled app GoldenHour for photography

DayLight and GoldenHour were offered in a bundle by the developer BlackBird. I think both apps are pretty cool.

DayLight App
DayLight App

Meiko 2015.01.31
Meiko 2014.11.23
Meiko 2013.09.29

Naruto Rendan – Week 11

May. 21st, 2017 06:54 pm
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Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Shippuden, Episode 324

Today I finished watching episode 330 of Naruto Shippuden. The original broadcast date in Japan was September 12, 2013. Naruto started October 3, 2002 – so I’ve almost made it through the first 11 years. 3 1/2 years remain.

I’ve continued to skip the filler episodes. Since the previous post I’ve skipped episodes 257-260, 271, 279-281, 284-295, and 303-320 as per the Naruto Shippuden Filler List.

Important events during this stretch: the completion of Naruto’s training with Killer Bee, the story and fate of Kisame Hoshigaki, the Gedo Statue, Naruto and Killer Bee’s entry into battle, the return of Itachi Uchiha, Naruto’s growing connections with the Tailed Beasts, and the continuation of the Fourth Great Ninja War.

There was a single event that I had known of – that I was glad that I finally able to witness – Naruto’s conversation with his mother, Kushina.

Naruto Rendan – Week 3
Naruto Rendan – Week 5
Naruto Rendan – Week 7
Naruto Rendan – Week 8
Naruto Rendan – Week 10
Naruto Rendan – Week 10 Coda

Anime Spring Week 7

May. 21st, 2017 06:29 pm
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Ochako Uraraka
Ochako Uraraka
Boku no Hero Academia, Episode 21

A slow week. It felt like many of the series were inbetween story arcs – or on hiatus completely. Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 7
Mostly setup for some kind of Re=L arc, I guess. Also an obligatory swimsuit episode. Let’s hope interesting stuff starts happening next week.

Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 6
The introduction of more characters… some moral conflict… and more bad things that can happen to fairies… sort of a muddle. I feel like the last few episodes have been in something of a holding pattern, waiting for a real action/story arc to begin. Maybe soon?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 7
A rather weak episode, I thought. The preview had led me to believe the story would be centered around Chocho, but it wasn’t. Instead we got what I think is mainly a throwaway character, temporary villain-of-the-week. Setting a low bar here… so maybe next week will be better.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 6
Ramping up the new arc of the second years. So there will be battles every couple of weeks or so. The new bad guys are just like the old bad guys – but one year older.

Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 6.5
A recap episode, already. Maybe there are production problems.

Clockwork Planet: Episode 7
The battle for AnchoR was simpler than I would have thought. But I’m all for happy endings. Now that the core foursome is established, the show can go back to more of the socio-political action/drama.

Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 6.5
Must be recap week. This show is low on my watchlist anyway, so no big loss.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 21
This was the fun sort of action I expected to see from the first level of the bracket. I had no idea who would win each battle, and all were entertaining. A small spotlight on the side characters only helps us like each character more. Obviously Izuku has to move up – but I’m also rooting for Ochako. Could they actually meet in the finals?

Eromanga Sensei: Episode 7
I guess I’m a fairly simple-minded otaku. I was quite happy with the way this episode went. I hadn’t been looking forward to another messy adversarial situation, and the conflict smoothed out quickly and nicely, making Muramasa a much more likeable character. Elf was actually helpful and upbeat… and Sagiri made a rare personal appearance. Nicely done all around.

Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 7
As usual, events transpire in a way I can’t foresee. This was a fascinating episode, and Benten certainly is a crafty one. Yasaburō continues to do amazingly well improvising his way through conflict. And although we had but brief glimpses of my favorite character, Kaisei, her presence gave me hope.

Alice to Zōroku: Episode 7
Starting from slice-of-life then unexpectedly ramping up into action again. The episode tied up a pair of loose ends from the first arc – and introduced new complications – a new puzzle for the current arc to address. Because I like Sanae and Shizuku so much, I was glad they each had a role in Sana’s well-being this week.

A Mischievous Benten
A Mischievous Benten
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 7

With my watchlist down to 10 regular-length episodes a week, this has become a light season (compared to my norm, that is) – and I’m grateful, as I’m still on a Naruto rampage / catchup. With two series doing a no-show this week, there was even more viewing time available. I’ll take it.

Making an INFJ Smile

May. 21st, 2017 06:10 pm
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I haven’t been to Thought Catalog in quite a while. I guess I dropped it when I thought it was getting fairly fluffy, and I didn’t have much time to waste in my day.

However, through some crosslinks I learned there is a Thought Catalog Myers-Briggs tag, so there was a nicely compact list of fun articles to read. They won me over early with: The Myers-Briggs Types and Whether or Not They Need a Hug. (^_^)

Naturally, I had to start visiting the archive. Some of the ones that tickled me…
(There’s an autoplay ad in the lower right corner of each page. You might want to mute your computer and click on the ‘Close Ad’ popup at the upper right corner of the ad.)

The site that I do visit regularly is Introvert, Dear.

Facebook Resistance

May. 21st, 2017 05:43 pm
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I can’t say that I’ve clearly thought everything through… as I do use Google, Gmail, and Google Drive, so Google has a certain amount of my personal information. But I’ve been strongly resistant to signing up for the closed ecosystem called Facebook (or as my SCA friend calls it, “The Book of Faces”). I’m very annoyed by closed spaces in the web that require a login to view content. And with the problem of Facebook requiring a “real” identity – rejecting established public personas of LGBTQ folk or outing some stealthy transfolk – I’ve refused to accept Facebook’s entrance criteria.

So far, I’ve made it without signing up – but it’s been hard. Volunteer organizations often require a Facebook ID – I’ve already had issues with Kumoricon. It might get worse.

How Facebook Is Making Membership a Prerequisite to Everyday Existence.

Star Words: Part X

May. 18th, 2017 02:42 pm
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Along with duality, another crucial motif of the Star Wars saga is the concept of identity and how it can be formed and altered. Visually, this motif plays out with symbols like masks (and unmasking), uniforms and other evocative costumes, and even the environments that represent characters or races. But there is a verbal component as well, and that is the use of names.

"I'm a person, and my name is Anakin!"

On the surface, this line might seem nothing more than a clumsy way to let us know what this boy's name is. But I've always found it highly appropriate that we're shown from the very beginning how Anakin dislikes being identified as a slave, takes his personhood very seriously, and believes that said personhood is tied directly to his name. It's heartrending, because we know that he will ultimately become enslaved far more tragically to the Emperor. And that enslavement will be symbolized by a new name, that of Vader.

This flash of anger, this insistence on being identified by the correct term, strike me as very similar to the moment Luke speaks his father's former name and Vader snaps, "That name no longer has any meaning for me." His furious reaction makes it patently obvious that the word Anakin is, in fact, painfully meaningful for him. Any reference to his former self must be shoved away, denied and spurned. But that only proves how powerful a force his original identity remains, somewhere deep inside him.

Anakin will bear many identities throughout his life -- slave, celebrated podracer, Jedi Padawan and Jedi Knight (and how he bristles at the notion of not attaining the rank of Master -- kind of gives new meaning to Vader's boast to Obi-Wan -- "Now I am the Master"), secret husband, Sith Lord, aspiring (but never attained) ruler of the Empire. In the end, however, the identity that saves him is not one defined by his abilities or his social status or how others view him. It is an identity based upon the ability to act with complete unselfishness and sacrifice -- that of father. It is only when his love for his son overcomes his need for power and control that he regains his personhood at last and becomes Anakin once more.

Next time, something from Anakin's mother....

Naruto Rendan – Week 10 Coda

May. 14th, 2017 06:35 pm
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Singles Album Cover: Lovers by 7!! (Seven Oops)
Singles Album Cover: Lovers by 7!! (Seven Oops)

Every season in Naruto Shippuden the OP and ED songs change. I’ll listen to each song once and then skip them for subsequent episodes. The songs (and animation) are always decent, but I’m in a hurry to zip through the series, so I trim each episode to the essential 19 minutes.

In season 10, the OP song changed with episode 206. And come episode 207, I didn’t skip the OP. Nor episode 208. I’d obviously become attached to the song, and I started paying more attention to the OP animation and credits. When the credits for the song came up, I saw the artist name – 7!! (Seven Oops). Ah, that explains it. That group performed “Orange” from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. I like them.

The song “Lovers” is available on various CDs – 7!! single and album – and also Naruto song compilation CDs. This morning I went to CD Japan and ordered a Naruto song CD. It should be here in about three weeks.

This afternoon I did a lyrics search on Google: “Lovers” Lyrics

But… in my searches… there was an iTunes entry. So I was really, really surprised to see the single release of “Lovers” available at the US iTunes Store. For $0.99 I couldn’t resist getting a 3-week jump on getting the song into my library. I can burn a new commute CD.

Nanae of 7!!
“Lovers” music video

The Official music video for “Lovers” is at Vevo (warning: commercial up front)

BONUS: Official music video for “Orange” at Vevo. (I love this song! Unfortunately the music video is less than half the length of the full song.)

Naruto Rendan – Week 3
Naruto Rendan – Week 5
Naruto Rendan – Week 7
Naruto Rendan – Week 8
Naruto Rendan – Week 10

Naruto Rendan – Week 10

May. 14th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Today I finished watching episode 245 of Naruto Shippuden. The original broadcast date in Japan was January 19, 2012. I’m now a little more than 9 years into the 14 1/2 year run.

I’ve continued to skip the filler episodes. Since the previous post I’ve skipped episodes 144–151, 170–171, 176–178, 180–196, 212–213 and 223–242 as per the Naruto Shippuden Filler List.

Important events during this stretch: the fate of Jiraiya and Itachi, Itachi’s true story, Naruto’s sage training, Pain’s attack on Konoha, the gathering of the five kage and the start of the Fourth Great Ninja War, and the start of Naruto’s training with Killer Bee.

There were three specific events that I knew of – that I was glad that I finally was able to witness – Hinata’s confession to Naruto during the battle with Pain – Naruto’s learning who his father was – and Sasuke’s attempt to kill Sakura.

Naruto Rendan – Week 3
Naruto Rendan – Week 5
Naruto Rendan – Week 7
Naruto Rendan – Week 8

Anime Spring Week 6

May. 14th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Megumi Jinno
Megumi Jinno
Eromanga Sensei, Episode 6

Here are the shows from this season that I watched last week…

Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Akashic Records (Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor): Episode 6
As desired and expected… there was a happy ending to this tournament arc. Underdog Class 2 did its thing. Glenn-sensei and Lumia pulled off the royal save in a slick manner. I liked that Sistine picked up on the deception when she held Re=L’s hand. Nice look of surprise and recognition. Anyway, the episode was plenty of fun.

Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (a.k.a. Sukasuka)(WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?): Episode 5
The explanation of the battle was a bit unsatisfying… and this week’s current conflict at a local level was underwhelming. At least this short arc is closed – and there’s an ominous start to the next arc.

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Episode 6
No matter what, Shino always gets short shrift. It’s still kind of hard seeing him as a teacher. Again, teamwork among the students was the best part of the action. Also, it’s good that the adults are finally tuned in to the dark aura thing. Apparently next week Chocho is up to bat.

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys: Episode 5
A not-very-interesting study session. I guess we’re supposed to get to know the characters a little better and have them bond with one another. Quite a contrast to all earlier episodes. I suppose there must be breathers between action arcs.

Tsuki ga Kirei (As the Moon, So Beautiful): Episode 6
I was a little bit surprised by the two outcomes of the day, but they both felt quite natural and appropriate – and perhaps a good scenario for our couple to be supportive and to bond. It’s going slowly, though. I was pleased that Akane was open with Chinatsu. I don’t like secrets or misunderstandings. I hope the Chinatsu - Kotarou talk is not a painful one. As always, the music in this episode was nice – and Akane and Kotarou remain adorable.

Clockwork Planet: Episode 6
I guess the series is going to be us against the world. This episode was kind of a mess, as we knew that RyuZU and Naoto weren’t going to disappear from the show – so we sat through the motions of Marie and Halter dealing with the loss – until the two characters reappeared. And certainly the outcome of the battle with AnchoR is clear – we’re just waiting to see how it plays out.

Hinako Note: Episode 6
The first story arc has concluded, and this is a good time to drop the series from my watchlist. I thought the show had potential, but things never got any better. I wished the characters had become more interesting, but they remained one-note cariactures.

Seikai Suru Kado (Kado: The Right Answer): Episode 6
This show remains somewhat marginal, and it’s a little bit hard for me to maintain interest. Logic doesn’t apply because zaShunina isn’t logical. Characterization doesn’t seem to apply as we aren’t getting to know any characters. Things are kind of random. This week’s episode seems to be aiming into a new tangent. I’m feeling a lot like dropping this show – but I guess I’ll give it one more week.

Boku no Hero Academia: Episode 20
Izuku’s battle turned around roughly in the manner I expected. This was not an action-filled episode, nor did the story progress much. I’m guessing the good stuff gets saved for the final rounds, which is generally how sports brackets work in anime. Gotta get through the first round rather quickly.

GRANBLUE FANTASY: The Animation: Episode 7
End of Io’s introduction. Well… second week in a row of really terrible, stiff dialog and story. Everyone (except Katalina) acted like an idiot. Action scenes were uninspiring. As much as I’d like to keep following Katalina, I’m going to drop this series from my watchlist.

Eromanga Sensei: Episode 6
As with Elf before her, Megumin seems to be softening a bit as an antagonist. It seems that has to be offset with a new antagonist. Overall, no one looked really good this episode – maybe Elf, a little. Not a great – but not terrible – episode.

Uchouten Kazoku 2: Episode 6
More unexpected situations. I enjoyed Yasaburō’s banter with the furtive (ha! pun not intended) Kaisei. And among all disagreeable characters in this show, Sōun is worst of all. Yasaburō was trapped in a very bad place, and his escape was through extremely fortuitous timing and presence. While we never really know what’s in her head, Benten is always fascinating to watch. All around an active episode.

Alice to Zōroku: Episode 6
A very quiet slice-of-life episode… perhaps a bit of a letdown after all the recent action. It’s hard to know what the tone of this new arc is going to be.

A Rescue by Benten
A Rescue by Benten
Uchouten Kazoku 2, Episode 6

To Re-enable Thunder

May. 13th, 2017 07:42 pm
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I live close to a couple of small strip malls. I hardly ever use them except for the one that has a Safeway and a Chevron station. Our local Japanese restaurant is there, but I almost never go out. A Subway is there, but I haven’t had a sub in a long time. For certain bulky items, I’ll use the laundromat there – it’s an excellent one.

This weekend that mall is having the grand opening of an Ace Hardware store. That’s actually kind of nice. I don’t need hardware often, but when I do, it’s usually a one-off screw or something. I have to go out of my way to one of the three area Ace Hardware stores to get that special item. Having one relatively “across the street” is handy – even if only for once or twice a year. I think maybe a gym used to be there; I don’t exactly remember. I know that years ago it used to be a Blockbuster Video. Nice to have something useful there now.

I didn’t get there early for some of the super specials – all sold out. But I did go with a mission – find a toggle bolt or other fastener that I could use to remount Ava’s subwoofer housing. The initial mounting was not a good design – and broke once (or maybe twice). I fixed it using larger screws – but eventually the screws widened the hole and came loose again. It’s been maybe a couple of years since the last break, and I ran out of energy to do the repair. The problem was a non-trivial one. The entire subwoofer housing has been sitting in the garage waiting for my attention.

Since the hardware had come to me, in the spur of the moment I decided I would again tackle the problem. So I found myself in the extensive fastener section looking at toggle bolts, anchor screws, and whatever. I didn’t see a good solution. At length a store clerk came up to me and asked if I needed help. I explained the problem, and he was as stumped as I was, given the constraints of the mounting space. After more discussion, he suggested I look at certain automotive fasteners. And I actually did find something that looked like it would work. I picked out a mount, a screw, and 2 washers – for a total of $0.91. Ace had a grand opening special of 20% off everything, so I paid $0.71.

To get the mount to work, I had to ream out the jagged hole into a square shape. That took a bit of work in a tight space, but finally I was able to get the right-sized hole to firmly accept the mount. After that, the entire assembly went together fairly easily. I just hope the mount stays secure. I reconnected and remounted the subwoofer. A quick test confirmed that Ava again had extra bass coming from the trunk. I’m pretty happy. Yay, Ace! “Ace is the place with the helpful hardware man!” (Yeah, they don’t use that slogan anymore because of gender issues.)

Ava’s Subwoofer Remounting Almost Finished
Ava’s Subwoofer Remounting Almost Finished
iPhone 6 photo

South Beaverton

May. 13th, 2017 07:02 pm
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On Friday after work I had my annual mammogram at the imaging center not far from where I used to live and work on Beaverton’s south side. Afterwards, I had a decision on which way to drive home. I thought that taking Scholls Ferry Road might be a little faster. But even if it wasn’t, taking a different route would be nice for a change.

I haven’t lived or worked in that part of town for 17 years, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that things have changed. For one thing, traffic was rather bogged down on Scholls Ferry Road. This was a poor route to take if I were in a hurry. I might have gotten home in 10-12 minutes by taking Hall Blvd. Instead it took around 18 minutes – a long time for Beaverton.

However, it was a good thing for me to refamiliarize myself with the area. I’d forgotten that the Greenway Town Center now has a Whole Foods Market, a Burgerville, and a MOD Pizza. (I never go to Whole Foods, though.)


Today I decided to try out a new place for lunch – Nikki Sushi and Steak at Progress Ridge in southwest Beaverton. Even though Progress Ridge is only 10 minutes from my house, I almost never go there – except to see a movie at Cinetopia. And the last time I did that was in 2013. I don’t see many movies.

At Progress Ridge the parking lot was full. New information added to my mental database. I had to go to the upper lot by Cinetopia to get parking. The day was cold and drizzly, but I had a rain jacket and didn’t mind the walk. I got to window shop a number of places I didn’t know existed – such as Piccolo Mondo Toys and Rocket Fizz. A new Little Big Burger looks near completion.

Nikki is a very nice looking restaurant, and I was lucky to get a table by a large window overlooking the lake. I ordered the Hibachi Beef lunch special. The miso soup was rather thin-tasting – more like broth than miso – but it was OK. The beef and vegetables were tasty, but the fried rice was rather odd. That was fine as I’m trying to keep carb intake low. Still, I would have preferred plain white rice. Overall, the lunch was just OK, and I don’t expect to be going back for lunch. I might try a dinner there sometime.

Lunch at Nikki Sushi and Steak
Lunch at Nikki Sushi and Steak
iPhone 6 photo

After lunch, I walked the long way back to my car – taking the lakeside route and going behind Cinetopia. Progress Ridge was nicely thought out. Too bad parking is so bad.


I had one errand at Uwajimaya – all the way across Beaverton. My thought was to take Scholls Ferry Road to Hwy 217 to Hwy 10 – but I checked Google maps, and I could see a fair amount of congestion on Scholls Ferry Road. It looks like I should avoid Scholls Ferry in general from here on out. I instead went my normal route: Murray to Allen to Western. Parking lot to parking lot it took 14 minutes to get across town. Generally I can get to anyplace within Beaverton in 10 to 15 minutes. Getting home from Uwajimaya took 11 minutes. I love this town!

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