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Only a Blockhead
Chigasaki and Beverly
"No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money."
Interests: books, art, photography, beauty, pleasure, the world, politics, everything, poetry
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A digest of past posts to mark Only a Blockhead’s 10th anniversary The rain comes down in a vertical or diagonal curtain. Gray clouds scud overhead. The raindrops splash off the road, and make circular patterns in the puddles and paddy fields. Larger ripples radiate when water drips off overhead... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Only a Blockhead
A digest of past posts to mark Only a Blockhead’s 10th anniversary After overcast weeks with rain both heavy and fine, the rainy season was officially declared for the region. The cool, cloudy weather continued, culminating in a furious thunderstorm last Tuesday evening that lit the sky and flooded the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Only a Blockhead
Only a Blockhead saw its first post on June 17, 20... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Only a Blockhead
In the sidebar of this blog (below David’s notes on what he reads), I try to capture the books I read and the movies I watch in a paragraph. I do it to both clarify and savor my experience, and possibly steer others toward (or away) from the work, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I probably should have seen it coming. Two New Years ago, the local cleaning store stopped giving a calendar to its customers. This week it closed its doors, victim of cut-price laundry factories and improved home washing and drying technology. I’d been going there for 30 years. On the other... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I split some cedar before remembering that it’s be... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
It was such a beautiful ride that I wanted to introduce other friends to it as soon as possible. And so three of us took our folding bicycles on the train, and set off from Mishima south into the Izu peninsula. A picture fixes the view from the cycle path... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I find recommendations for excellent books in various places, here for example. But when I plot those books against Pulitzer and Man Booker prizewinners, it’s clear that I am getting more out of the Pulitzers. Here are the last 15 years of winners–14 books on each list–, with the books... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Two summers ago, I visited Baird’s Brewery with friends including fellow-Blockhead David. We left the Tokaido main line at Mishima, and took a local train down into the Izu peninsula, stopping at tiny stations and passing through lush countryside fringed by prominent hills. I thought how much I’d like to... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
For most of the week, temperatures have been in double figures at dawn, and above 20C at noon. As we head into May, the forecast promises to cement that trend. Yesterday our neighbor O-san’s daughter brought five of their goats to graze the orchard. Tied to the plum trees, they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
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Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2017 on Country diary at Only a Blockhead
Bamboo shoots began to pop up on the fringes of the grove this morning, two weeks later than usual. J and R came to dig them, for themselves and for their parents. The parents are in their 80s, and their pleasure in life, by all accounts, is enjoying the progress... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The cherry blossoms are now bowing out in a flurry of petals. A breath of breeze and single petals spiral down; a gust of wind and hundreds fill the air before blanketing the water, or chasing furiously, then eddying in pools on the ground. I spent most of the week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
The cherry blossoms are here for their all-too-brief few days of glory. Anticipation was building. It’s an event important enough to be celebrated on seasonal beer cans. The art captures both the clouds of pink from a distance, and the close-up flowers you see when you sit or stroll under... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Rain darkens, sharpens the clouds of pink blossom And instead puts pillows of pure white around Oyama’s peak --Julian Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Your post is inspirational. It pushed me out the door to do my own tour d'Shonan, from Kamakura Station to Enoshima to Chigasaki. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2017 on A whiter shade of pale at Only a Blockhead
The pale pink somei yoshino cherry blossoms in the Shonan area will be at their best this coming weekend, unfortunately coinciding with a forecast of rain. I rode around yesterday, beginning at Chigasaki Southern Beach. The Eboshi Iwa rock, symbol of our town, is the blip on the horizon. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
A flute playing traditional music under a highway bridge A woman picking edible wild plants by the roadside A monk in robes and a conical hat, chanting outside someone’s front door. A man wearing gaudy samurai armor, and another wearing just the shoulder pads, walking past a convenience store. An... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
Red wine in a warm room on a cold evening Assailed by a sense of wellbeing, I stare at its cause with profound gratitude, then grab a pencil and write down the essence of the experience, amazed at the insight the grape makes possible. The next morning, I find a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
On the Yugawara to Hakone road, I passed signs to the Shitodo no Iwaya cave, and decided to bite. I parked the bicycle and hiked down a long trail lined with stone lanterns and dozens of identical statues of monks. Each monk was housed in a stone shelter, but when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Only a Blockhead
I found this sign outside the back door of a bar in Yugawara, where I had taken my folding bicycle to explore the road that climbs from the coast to Hakone. These days, with a good, cheap cup just a convenience store away, anything is possible, anywhere, anytime. I parted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Only a Blockhead