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Monday, July 14, 2014

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY

Nothing much happened today in history, although this is French National Day, known around the world as Bastille Day, when in 1789 revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress and prison in Paris, which represented the royal authority.  Another event today was North Korea winning an important battle in the early stages of the Korean War, storming through Taejon on the way towards Pusan in 1950.

Speaking of North Korea, you can only wonder how this can be true, but, apparently, the people of this country were told that their soccer team defeated Japan, the USA and China to reach the finals of the World Cup in Rio against Portugal.  And they did not even qualify this year.  In 2010, North Korea was among the 32 nations, but lost all three World Cup games in South Africa, and, reportedly, team members were subsequently subjected to harsh ideological criticism (some say torture was closer to the truth), and their coach, Kim Jong-hun was sentenced to hard labor.

From Communities Digital News, which reported on the above:

In the last few years, several grim or amusing rumors have hit the internet about North Korea: All college-age men are required to get a Kim Jong-un haircut (not true--but this is how President Barack Obama would look); Kim fed his uncle to a pack of starving dogs (probably not true, though he did have him executed); Kim had his girlfriend and her band executed when he learned she’d made a porn video (possibly true; they have all gone missing); Kim has had people executed by flamethrower and by mortar round (possibly true). The World Cup story is only the most recent.

I had two fine meals this weekend, in addition, of course, to my rations at 15 Craigside.  I enjoyed a spectacular scallops and asparagus agli olio at Mimasuya (an Italian restaurant from Japan) with a glass of prosecco:


Joining me was my tax guy, Jimmy, who advised me on matters having to do with endowments:


We're plotting how best to approach my next filing, as there will be considerable capital gains to consider after I sell my penthouse.

Then,  the next day I walked to Chinatown in downtown Honolulu to have lunch at Lucky Belly:


Aimee Takamura was kind enough to take a photo of my presence there, having their pork ramen:


Note the size of that bowl.  They placed five large slices of pork belly (I figured there must have been good reason for their name) and a sausage, with a lot of bean sprouts and seaweed, plus a whole egg, on the nicely al dente noodles.  The pork was like butter and the bowl of ramen might have been the best I've ever had.  I'm holding a glass of cold sake.

Wanted to experience Lucky Belly again, for my eating club, Chaine des Rotisseurs, held a dinner there in March, and I had long been thinking about returning. To the left, forgot mine, but Chaine members wear ribbons and Kathryn in the middle was just selected as our grand leader, although there is a fancy French name to her title.  And in case you were wondering, they are all standing and I'm sitting.

There was a waiting crowd when I entered the establishment, but I found a seat at the bar.  This is not a Chinese restaurant, although they do serve extravagant dim sums.  Good wines and sake, trendy...maybe the best restaurant in downtown Honolulu.

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Rammasun is now a typhoon at 90 MPH, will strengthen into a Category 2, but weaken back into a One, then roll right over Manila by Wednesday:


The storm then will re-strengthen back into a Category 2 in the South China Sea, with current models having Rammasun affecting the north side of Hainan, then on to Hanoi.

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