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Day Seven - April 7th, 2011

Yesterday I announced plans to go bargain hunting for a spiffy (is that word ever used anymore?) spring wardrobe at the second-hand store.

I also promised a fashion show during my Live @ 5 webcast.

Due to unforeseen scheduling adjustments, (Interview with the press, you can’t turn away the press!) neither of these events transpired.

A few disgruntled viewers have lodged complaints and demanded I keep my word and put on the show.

So, without further adieu, I will see you at 5pm to model my new digs. If luck serves me, as it did during the witching season (Halloween) I’ll be bragging about my good fortune as well.

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April 7th - My daughters birthday. Happy Birthday Alisha. xox Love Mom

Brent Fialka

The geological activity that gives Japan it's volcanoes and hot springs (not to mention the bloody, buggery huge earthquakes!), has resulted in an important, centuries-long part of the Japanese culture; the bath.

I won't go into the cultural and etiquette aspects of this WONDERFUL daily ritual, but shall concentrate on the ecological benefits of the typical Japanese household bath.

The average Japanese bathroom is small, thereby holding in the wonderful heat and invigorating steam. I've never understood the western penchant for enormous bathrooms and bedrooms; the bathroom ends up being freezing and the bedroom is just for sleeping, so why the need for all that space? WASTE!

Once the deep tub is filled, EVERYONE in the family uses the SAME water, often bathing together, especially dad and the kids; it's often the only time a busy salaryman sees his children! One has a quick rinse OUTSIDE the tub, then turns off the water. Next, you scrub, exfoliate, soap and shampoo, and turn the water back on for a good rinse. When you are rosy and glowing and squeaky clean, THEN you climb into the steaming hot bath. Ahhhhhhhh..... Heaven! The Japanese tub is shorter than those found in the west but MUCH deeper, with the water coming up to your neck. I'm six foot six and have never been uncomfortable despite my freakishly long legs.

In many homes, a gas heater is attached to the tub which enables the
(still-clean) water to be used the next night as well. A lid is put on top to hold in the heat and reduce evaporation and most baths are well insulated between the outer and inner walls. On day number two, turn on the gas, set the desired temperature, and VOILA! ready for more bath time fun! Nothing like a frisky frolic with a friend in a hot steamy bath!

Tokyo Trash Talk

by Brent Fialka

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