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Charlie Sommers comments

Posted in: Filthy lucre: Paper money shunned for fear of virus spread See in context

I am an old man in his twilight years with little time left on this mortal coil. I will accept the risk for everyone who sends me their filth laden paper money. I shall try to brighten my remaining years with a celebration of wine, women, and song. My motto is "Maius sacrifico."

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Posted in: Japanese ramen restaurant chain brings out noodles with cola dipping sauce See in context

It sounded disgusting at first then I though about the beef brisket in cola I had years ago that was delicious. I would give it a try with no great expectations and would let my taste buds decide.

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Posted in: Swiss gruyere named best in world cheese competition See in context

@1glenn, I totally agree, an authentic sheep's milk Roquefort from France is unbeatable.

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Posted in: New Zealand man arrested after threat to mosque See in context

I find it incredulous that anyone would vote down the three comments above.

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Posted in: Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo See in context

If the young man was infected with the virus then the old man did everyone a favor by getting in his face, he would have soaked up all the microbes himself and protected the others.

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Posted in: Donguri: A retro restaurant where orders come floating downstream See in context

I am old fashioned and would prefer that my order be delivered by a waiter or waitress.

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Posted in: We try a rotating sushi chain’s super high-quality 3-layer caviar, sea urchin & fatty tuna sushi See in context

I love otoro and uni passionately! I wonder what it would taste like if it were topped with salmon roe (Ikura)? I salivate at the mere idea.

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Posted in: Coca-Cola’s hot canned shrimp bisque: The newest reason Japanese vending machines are awesome See in context

Sounds okay to me. Hot soup on a cold day with no hassle.

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Posted in: Chocolate Ramen is back at chain restaurant Korakuen, with a new friend: White Chocolate Ramen See in context

I read the title of this article with a degree of horror. After reading the article I rethought things and decided it really might not be all that terrible. One of my favorite Mexican dishes, and what very well may be the national dish of that country, is chicken mole. Another name for that dish could well be "chocolate chicken" and it is delicious.

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Posted in: 83-year-old man killed after crashing car into house in Kobe See in context

You don't have to be old to have an accident. A friend of my nephew had a stroke while driving and ran off the road into a tree at the age of 19. I myself have reached the age of 78 and still drive competently. I limit my driving to daylight hours and only make necessary trips.

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Posted in: The perfect baked potato begins with russets See in context

Rather than Crisco or olive oil coat your potato with bacon grease for a great skin with a wonderful flavor.

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Posted in: Visually impaired man hit and killed by train after falling off platform See in context


Good for you. We should all be helpful to each other on our trip through life. ♥

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

Let me think about this. If I was accused of a crime I was innocent of and was going to be tried in a country with almost a 100% conviction rate what would I do?

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Posted in: Japan earmarks ¥1.78 bil to boost promotion of sake See in context

Sake, sumo,and squid, these three items helped keep me entertained during my Japan years. :-)

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Posted in: A plateful of plastic: Visualizing the microplastic we consume See in context

BigYen said;

"According to the article, increased plastic consumption by humans must have been happening for decades. How do the researcher's fears square with the fact that within that timeframe life expectancy has been increasing in every developed country, and in most of the developing ones?"

The increase in life expectancy is not necessarily because people are living longer. Life expectancy is the "average" age at which people die. Infant mortality, which used to be rampant, has been considerably tamed in recent years and that accounts for the higher average age at death.

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Posted in: Ghosn carried spare French passport while out on bail in Japan See in context

Let me ponder this for a moment. If I was awaiting trial in a country where the conviction rate is 99.9% and had an opportunity to flee, what would I do?

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Posted in: 12 dead, several missing as Australia counts cost of devastating bushfires See in context

@ GuruMick;

We have many of the same ilk here in the USA, people who, for some illogical reason, think that scientists have banded together to pull the wool over their eyes. I am an old man and will be gone before the scenario plays to its ultimate conclusion but feel a great deal of sadness for my descendants who are going to end up with an uninhabitable world.

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Posted in: Meatless burgers, hemp cocktails and pasta straws - 2019 eco-friendly food trends See in context

Cannabis is a miracle plant. Cloth made from its' fibers is durable, paper made from it is environmentally friendly as it requires little bleaching with dioxins. The seeds are nutritious and produce a high quality oil. It can be fermented into alcohol that can fuel your automobile. After retting out the fibers the stems can be compressed into a type of press-board that can be used in home construction. can smoke it too, it's very relaxing.

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Posted in: 67-year-old man fatally beaten after calling police to report intruder in house See in context

"Getting more dangerous out there"

No, the world as a whole is at the safest level in history. The population is much larger but the "percentage" of violent people is lower than it's ever been.

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Posted in: 2 junior high school students arrested for extorting ¥220,000 from boy on threat of violence See in context

Why would the parents have kept that amount of cash on hand? Banks are a much safer place to keep medium or large sums of money.

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Posted in: 11 arrested after 600 kgs of stimulant drugs found on fishing vessel See in context

I feel sure that they had the drugs for personal use only. :))

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Posted in: China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters See in context

"So liberals will be anti HK protestors now? no comments at all from the usual Trump haters."

Even a broken watch shows the correct time twice a day. One or two correct actions don't atone for a multitude of mistakes, horrible decisions, and outright lies.

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Posted in: Man arrested for writing graffiti on centuries-old Kyoto temple did so for extremely weird reason See in context

"A 10 year stretch in prison will make him think about this action. Unforgivable."

I agree he needs punishment but your recommendation seems rather severe.

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Posted in: Search continues for 12-year-old girl who vanished 5 days ago in Osaka See in context

I agree with shogun36, a better picture might help with the search.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics water survey shows mixed results on E.coli levels See in context

I was with the USAF at Yokota AB back in the 60s and 70s. At that time we were told that swimming in Tokyo Bay was like taking a dip in weak urine. It doesn't seem to be appreciably better today.

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Posted in: Man arrested for incinerating father's body See in context

A body, even a relatively small one, seems like it would be quite difficult to burn in an average home. I am curious as to how this was accomplished and wish the article had gone into more detail.

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Posted in: Asahi CEO bets on better tasting alcohol-free beers See in context

I must be an alcoholic, my favorite brew is 8.1% ABV.

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Posted in: Thai chef aims to turn insect eating into fine dining See in context

Fried meal worms are nutty tasting and quite delicious, the only grasshoppers I have eaten were too dry and had little taste. I would like to revisit the hoppers and try some fresher ones with a bit of juice left in them. I would also love to try some sago grubs, they look like they might be tasty.

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Posted in: Passengers, restaurants struggle with water cut-off at Haneda airport Terminal 2 See in context

Thank goodness the toilets still flushed. I can imagine the horror of the situation if they didn't.

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Posted in: Jamaican-style ramen in Kyoto: A cross-cultural hit, or just jerking your taste buds around? See in context

I think I'll try my own version of this and stir a bit of Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning into the broth. I'm betting that it will be delicious. ♥

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