March 13th, 2007

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

If you really REALLY want a date and you KNOW you're a dog...

enter e-Cyrano.

Um, the obvious question - if someone bites on the strength of your tweaked profile, and you told them you're a six-foot-five Pierce Brosnan lookalike astronaut with a PhD in Shakespearean literature which you did just for fun... aren't they going to be just a TAD disappointed to find out that you're five foot four, work as an assistant accountant in a podunk town, and are an ex-hippie who was truly a part of the sixties in that you can't actually REMEMBER them at all...?

Funny this should come now, right on the heels of something else I've read recently - about a guy who had a "date" set up with someone who, as he puts it, told him that she was "A well-built five foot eight and had long hair in a ponytail" - only to find a dumpy pock-skinned girl with a little knob of hair pretending to be a ponytail riding on the top of her head waiting at the appointed place at the appointed time. He was supposed to be driving by there and picking her up - he said, in that account, "...I kept driving."

He didn't say what he told HER about HIMSELF. And whether he mentioned that he was such a superficial jerk.

Maybe he used a profile groomer...
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Spammers are stupid

Today I get this gem:

"If we can't find your site - your customers can�t find your site. You
need better search engine placement. "

Uh.

They FOUND my site, didn't they? Else they wouldn't be emailing me about my site. And quite aside from all that... if you enter my name into Google, my site is the first thing that pops up.

I'm almost tempted to call them and find out how they can improve on that. ALMOST.

Gah. Spammers are not just evil and annoying, they are STUPID.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Something to look forward to later this year...

Getting lost in Tokyo.
Tokyo is the most confusing city in the world. The streets have neither names nor numbers. The numbers on buildings are not sequential. You will get lost. Don't worry about it. It's part of the experience. Ask for directions frequently. Draw yourself maps.

The little buildings on corners with cops sitting in them are koban-- police boxes. They exist to help lost people. Go in and ask for help. If the cop does not speak English, say, "[place] wa doko desu ka?" Try to get him to draw you a map. He will be happy to help you out.

Or ask strangers. They may not know where you are, but if they do, they will be sympathetic. At any given time, Tokyo has thousands of lost tourists wandering about in circles.

As a last resort, if you get really hopelessly lost, you may have to go to the nearest train or subway station and take it to a stop you're familiar with.


(From the Nippon 2007 site, reprinted from Rachel Manija Brown's accounts of travels in Japan.)


Looks like "Get lost" is not considered an insult in Japan [grin]