Archive for October, 2006

AIG Open Update

Federer is through and will play Wesley Moodie tomorrow (Thursday) at 12:30.
Local hopes are carried by Takao Suzuki, who pulled off a shock against Paradorn Srichaphan. If he can get past the limited Alexander Waske, it would set up the dream quarter-final: against Roger Federer.
However my favourite, Andy Murray, went out to former champion, Jiri Novak. At least I have Tim Henman to cheer on; he is also in action tomorrow.

AIG Open 2006


Today Roger Federer kicks off his campaign at the AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships in Ariake, Tokyo. The Number 1 seed is on court at 13:30 and shouldn’t have too many problems against the Serbian qualifier Viktor Troicki.
I’m hoping to get to some of the games, especially as two Brits are in action: Tim Henman, who won his opening match yesterday, and rising star Andy Murray, the only player (other than World No.2 Rafael Nadal) to have beaten Federer this year. The venue, 有明テニスの森 (Ariake Tennis Forest Park) is just next to my apartment building, so I have no excuses for not going along to cheer them on.

Go here for the latest scores and order of play.

Parasite Single


This BBS design is cool.

Yesterday Fuji Sankei had an article about the American Boomerang generation. In Japan, we call young unmarried adults living off thier parents "parasite singles". But the there is big difference between the Boomerang generation and Parasite singles. As far as I could tell from the article, the Boomerang generation has debt because of academic fee. In Japan, most parents pay tuition for their childen (many think college is included in parent ‘s responsibility), so it is not a debt issue. The serious part is some Japanese young adults don’t ever find work; they continue to rely on their parents and they become "parasite middle-aged"….orz. This is the page a Japanese guy wrote and this is the funny article "no sex" from USA Today. By the way, this is an interesting graph "The rate of young adults who live in their parent’s home". Even if he or she works and gets money by themselves, Japanese tend to live with their parents until they marry. For Spanish, Greek, and Italian guys, living with their parents seems pretty normal, but women don’t do that. French, English and Americans are very independent from their families. By the way,  the term parasite single originated from the book "Parasite Eve", which was made into the film.

Speaking of that movie, I have never seen this Canadian movie "Project Grizzly". It looks so funny. Have you ever seen it before? Here is the trailer. Check it out.*


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