Dancing Queen

It’s a stupid thing to get misty-eyed over.

In our Sunday classes we usually do a song and then sing it together with karaoke. Last week we did Mama Mia and somebody in the class said they really like Dancing Queen, so this Sunday we’ll do that. I was grabbing a good copy of it, and decided on this one: https://youtu.be/G8O79uP0JmM

I have to admit I wasn’t all too familiar with it, but like all ABBA songs I was aware of it, and knew the melody, because most ABBA songs are catchy.

This song was released in 1976, so I had just turned 20 years old. I was still in undergraduate school. Somehow I was never the type to go clubbing – too busy with even more meaningless things – and watching this I suddenly got teary eyed. Over a stupid ABBA song!

Like – where has everything gone? When did I have a young life? I got to feeling like life is passing by too quickly. I came to Japan almost 34 years ago. 34 years from now I almost certainly will not be here. It’s all gone in a moment. And yet, there was a time, when people played like this.

It’s an upbeat song, not serious at all. I’m genuinely surprised it caused such a reaction in me. Particularly because it wasn’t a song I listened to when I was young.

I suppose it’s because it is evocative of an time in our lives gone by. A time I feel I somehow missed. I guess younger people wouldn’t feel this way about a dumb ABBA song.

Thinking about getting a new iPad because, why not?

My current iPad is the original version iPad Air. Not all the upcoming iOS 11 features (such as split-screen) are supported on this model because it has gotten old.

So I’m thinking of getting the new iPad 9.7″ model. I also looked at the new iPad Pro 10.5″ model, but functionally they are the same. The only differences are:

  1. The Pro’s CPU is A10 and the regular iPad is A9 (my current one is A7).
  2. The Pro’s screen is 10.5″ and the regular iPad is 9.7″ (in almost the same overall size).
  3. The Pro has a so-called “smart connector” which connects to the new “smart keyboard.”

But the cost is substantially different, and I don’t think the extra cost is worth the Pro. They are both functionally the same.

If I get the wi-fi plus cellular model from Apple Japan directly and, say, pay it off with a zero percent 24 month loan it’s 2,800 yen/month. But then you have to go make a separate contract with a cellular company if you want to use cellular data rather than tether to your iPhone.

I talked to SoftBank – my cell phone carrier – and if I get it from them you get a large monthly discount off of the device, so the total with data sharing and device cost and all their other fees is 3,000 yen/month. Just 200 yen/month and it includes the data contract.

So if I do this, I’ll probably get it from SoftBank and data share with my iPhone 7 Plus.

Monta still singing!

Monta doesn’t seem to be able to fly between his swing and food perch anymore. But he spent the night sleeping on his swing, and I moved him over to his food this morning, where he drank water and ate as usual. He seems happy. Here he is singing just now.

When I play back this video to him he goes nuts trying to figure out who the other bird is!