May 15th, 2008

domo-kube rice

Yack Yack Yack In The Checkbox

I think I scared the poor survey lady at Yack in the Box today...

After asking where I'd come from and such:
"So, when you leave, will you be going home, or to work?"

"So, where did you hear about Jack in the Box?"
"I heard one had opened in Denver on the internet, so I knew Jack was Back."

"So, have you eaten at Jack in the Box in other cities before?"
"Yes, all of them, I made a point of eating at Jack in the Box when traveling. Well, other fast food places you can't get here, too, Whataburger, In 'N' Out, or Lotteria or First Kitchen when I'm in Japan..." [Yes, even White Castle, for the record. Or Steak 'n' Shake or Culvers... Although I haven't actually been to the Culvers in Thornton yet... Mr. Dave, we soooo have to make a roadtrip sometime!]

I bet she just threw my survey responses out. :)
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Why I Still(?) Shouldn't Be Allowed To Write Poetry In A Language That Isn't Native To Me

So, for my Tai Chi class "final," I wrote some really horrible haiku (in Japanese, duh, what other language can you write haiku in? Next thing you'll be telling me that sonnets are great in Japanese. Oh, yeah, the iambic pentameter sooooo works in a language with no syllable stress, you-non-mora-using monkey-language-people!)

Ahem. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah, haiku. Of course, I wrote it all vertical and stuff, since any other way would be wrong, but here's what I came up with (five haiku, one for each element):


Pretty awful, I know! Especially that last one, yikes -- complete gibberish. But I snuck in the character for each of the Chinese elements into each of the haiku (木火土金水 -- although in one case I used an alternate reading), and also snuck chi/qi (氣 or 气 -- well, the Japanese version, of course, which is ki or 気) into the middle there. I'm so proud, it's sad. Even though I kinda did it wrong, left out the seasonal codewords (季語) and all that.

Oh, I suppose most people here can't read Japanese (you whiners). So I guess I can translate and stuff:

haru no kaze, tori ya hanami ya, midori no ki
wind of spring, birds and flower viewing and, trees of green (so inane!)

dokomo oto, matsuri ga hikaru, hanabi saku
everywhere sound, festivals shine, fireworks bloom (okay, I kinda almost like this one)

tsuchi shimeru, seimei no hachi, soshite ki mo
dampened earth, bowl of existence, and also spirit (um, well)

henshoku, rakujitsu ochiba, subete kin
(fading) change of color, setting sun fallen leaf, all gold (well, I guess)

samu mizu to, ryuudou fuyu, monoshizuka
water cold and, winter flowing, a still thing (yuck!)

Yeah, there's a reason I'm not a poet.
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