25 April 2005


My friend Neal taught me all about polyester. I am wearing it now.

1. Polyester doesn't need to be ironed.
2. Polyester is basically plastic so it's durable.
3. Polyester looks better than cotton.

I just beat a bunch of fourth graders in soccer. As I was playing, I was doing the play-by-play something like, *And Stephen dribbles past the whole fourth grade class* or *Phenomenal. In a foot race with a seven year-old, Stephen buries his competition* or *Stephen, shooting from his off-foot, confounds the best work of the fifth grade geography club president.* I also made my team get in a huddle and sing the Ole, Ole soccer song. One of the kids, after singing, said to his friend, *Why did we do that?*

Yeah, this sucked the life right out of me.

Japanese/ English Translation Sample

Stephen Pihlaja

Expanding the Japanese Sea (East Sea) International Transportation Network and Growing Northeast Asian Economics

The State of China Tumen Area Distribution Development

China Kirin Peoples Government Tumen Area Development Public Message Room

As the new century begins, the Japanese Sea (East Sea) Rim Area Nation scholars meet to research, debate, exchange, and deepen cooperation in and about the Japanese Sea (East Sea) Rim International Transportation Network, as well as accelerate Northeast Asian prosperity and social development. We desire peace and prosperity in the 21st century and again present our strong convictions.

Entering the 21st century, more than global economic changes, trade and investment changes, and world scientific development, goods production and consumption have come to be conducted on a global scale. With regard to the consumption goods that straddle countries, we must overcome a shut out production system and area consumption framework . The process of buying raw materials for manufactured product consumption must become integrated with transportation abilities. A sign of this integration need is the crossing and infiltration of relatively independent development in sea, earth and sky transportation. To satisfy the need for a transportation model that synthesizes transportation demands, many connecting transportation formulas and forming logistics have appeared. In the new century, production power must be distributed in the same way as information dispersion and finance enhancing international competitive power, growing synthesized national foundations, and producing area economic growth. From this, the 21st century will become the century of international distribution growing larger production.