More sakura, Pao and Facebook update

The sakura along the Nakagawa are definitely starting to bloom. It’s a lot more than 1% now. Maybe 5 or 10%. I doubt if it will be in full bloom by the weekend, but soon! Here are a few photos from my walk yesterday.

My account at Facebook remains disabled. I’m ok with the groups at Reddit for things like Whole Food Plant Based healthy eating, and war discussions, and so on. But I wonder what’s the best way to share little things with my extended circle of friends: old friends from college and grad school, friends from work at Fujitsu, and an extended circle of ex-pat friends in Japan going back decades? I can’t flood them with blog post emails multiple times a day. I would be fine not getting back into Facebook if there was an easy way to just share stuff. I guess I turned into a “sharing” type of person. Maybe I’ll just set something up at my private label social network and say, “visit if you are interested” and see who comes. People are resistant to joining “yet another” site though.

For once-ever-few-days sharing people are welcome to subscribe to my blog here.

Here I’m trying to make breakfast and Pao is sitting by my feet, in front of the sink. I’m stepping over him and moving around him, but he’s not moving at all.

And here are some sakura along the Nakagawa during my afternoon Pao walk.

I turned this live photo into a GIF. What actually happened was Pao saw a dog he likes from his viewing position on the stair landing. He ran down the stairs and out the door, then down the front staircase, chasing after his friend! I needed to grab a leash and run after him. Side-note on GIFs: Apparently the creator of GIF files passed away yesterday. And yes, the correct pronunciation of the file format is JIF.

A few sakura in bloom, and a note about Facebook

During a cold, afternoon walk I saw a few sakura in bloom. I think it’s still around one percent. Maybe in another week it will get closer to full bloom. Here are a few today. The first two were shot in macro mode up really close. I love how that feature works. The warmer weather should rebound tomorrow.

Because of last week’s earthquake, and the sudden extreme cold (it snowed yesterday!) Tokyo has been on a possible power shortage alert. While peak usage reached 103% I think there were no power failures though.

In other news, my Facebook account has been disabled for the fourth time! Again, there was no explanation, and no mention of violations. I received a code on my iPhone, then uploaded a photo and ID to verify identity yesterday. Now I’m just waiting. It’s annoying because it cuts me off from various friends and also disables my Messenger account. Anyway, by now people know how to reach me otherwise (email, iMessage, LINE, WhatsApp, and text to my U.S. number too).

I’d really like to just get away from Facebook, but the problem is everybody has accounts there, and people are resistant to creating new general social network accounts elsewhere. And if I post miscellaneous tidbits of this and that to my blog it would swamp subscribers. On the plus side, it’s felt nice and quiet (except for Pao’s hyper-reactivity to sounds outside) and I could relax and get more work done.

This tree along the river always seems to bloom first. The others are just showing buds so far.

Pao at the vet

We took Pao to the vet yesterday for his yearly rabies shot and ward office registration. Unlike Tao, who would turn away as soon as he realized we were heading in that direction, Pao loves the vet. As soon as we turn the corner heading in that direction he starts pulling harder and harder, like he can’t wait to get there. And once there, he’s all smiles and wagging tails.

Pao is waiting outside a bit because it’s a little crowded this morning. He’s excited about getting in though, and you can see his tail wagging once inside.
Taking in the scenery
Checking out a newcomer. Surprisingly, unlike some dogs there, Pao doesn’t bark at the vet. He basically doesn’t bark outside. He drives me crazy at home though, barking at noises outside. But outside, he never barks at the same noises. Weird.
All smiles.

The shot went fine. Hirokazu predicted that Pao gained weight and would be 29.5 kg. I guessed 28 kg. He was 28.5 kg, which is up 1 kg since the end of last year. The doctor said he’s a bit on the chubby side and we should be more careful about giving him too much food.

The “Doug/Pao” weight ratio has now dropped to 2.3. When he first came here, the same ratio was 107! (I’m down since then from 82.4 kg to 66.0 kg, and he’s up from 1.3 kg to 28.5 kg).