General – Herro Flom Japan http://www.herroflomjapan.com Binaural Podcasts From Japan Sun, 29 May 2016 07:29:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/www.herroflomjapan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/cropped-hfj_neighborhood_shrine-smushed.jpg?fit=32%2C32 General – Herro Flom Japan http://www.herroflomjapan.com 32 32 A binaural podcast from Japan. Rich Pav yes Rich Pav herroflomjapan@gmail.com herroflomjapan@gmail.com (Rich Pav) 2005-2016 Rich Pav Some guy in Japan and his kids. General – Herro Flom Japan http://www.herroflomjapan.com/content/uploads/2015/06/Spray-painted-neighborhood-temple-1400px-Deep-Magazine.jpg http://www.herroflomjapan.com/category/general/ herroflomjapan@gmail.com Yes TV-PG Koga, Ibaraki, Japan Weekly 1487614 Gravity: 1, Andy: 0 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2015/07/12/gravity-1-andy-0/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gravity-1-andy-0 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2015/07/12/gravity-1-andy-0/#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:38:17 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=2143 Andy thought it would be fun to ride my bike. I’m 192cm (about 6’4″), he’s not. It went like this: Tony: Daddy, how much was your bicycle? Me: I don’t remember, somewhere around ¥60,000-80,000. Why? Tony: Because Andy just crashed it. He’s at the hospital now getting stitches in his chin.

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Andy thought it would be fun to ride my bike. I’m 192cm (about 6’4″), he’s not. It went like this:

Tony: Daddy, how much was your bicycle?
Me: I don’t remember, somewhere around ¥60,000-80,000. Why?
Tony: Because Andy just crashed it.

He’s at the hospital now getting stitches in his chin.

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うるさいから http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2014/06/06/urusai-kara/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=urusai-kara http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2014/06/06/urusai-kara/#respond Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:09:16 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=1773 I just asked my 14yr old son Andy if there are any classes he likes. It was taking him so long to answer that I wasn't sure if he understood the question.

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I just asked my 14yr old son Andy if there are any classes he likes. It was taking him so long to answer that I wasn’t sure if he understood what I was asking.

Are there any classes you look forward to having?
Are there any classes that make you think, “I like learning this?”

He still couldn’t answer.

“Do you hate all your classes?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

「うるさいから」

“Who’s noisy, the kids or the teachers?” (A teacher who constantly bitches and yells and berates students can be うるさい)

“The kids.”

“So there are so many kids in your classes who misbehave that it makes it hard to learn anything”

“Yes.”

“Have you ever talked to the teacher about it?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Because they already know.”

“Have they given up?”

“Yes.”

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An Open Letter About James Yellowlees http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2014/05/28/james-yellowlees-owes-me-money/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=james-yellowlees-owes-me-money http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2014/05/28/james-yellowlees-owes-me-money/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 03:51:15 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=1582 My former employer, James Yellowlees, is trying his best not to pay my back salary. It turns out I'm not the only one he has bilked for millions of yen.

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One of the main reasons why I stopped blogging/podcasting/YouTubbing was because James was pressuring me to use Herro Flom Japan to market his companies. I couldn’t say no and I didn’t want to say yes, nor could I be truthful about it, so I quit. This is a big part of why I’m finding it hard to get started again. I don’t want to talk about it, but I can’t avoid it either.

My former employer, James Yellowlees, owner of Global daigaku.com, Pacifica Consultants and the Canadian Education Alliance, J-Sports hockey announcer and university lecturer, is trying his best not to pay my back salary.

I’ve discovered that I’m far from being the only one who James has bilked.

http://bit.ly/JamesYellowlees01

http://bit.ly/JamesYellowlees02

http://bit.ly/JamesYellowlees03

He’s a really nice guy. He was a very kind boss and I enjoyed working for him apart from going many months without being paid.

He always promised to pay. When he realized how frustrated I was when the money started seriously piling up, his exact words to me were, “I PROMISE to pay your salary. I PLEDGE to pay your salary.” I took him for his word.

By the end of March 2011 I was perpetually in a bad mood. I hadn’t been paid since December of the year before. James laid me off. In the same email where he explained how he was forced to let me go because he had lost so many clients in the earthquake, he promised to pay me what he owed.

He paid nothing, but continuously promised to pay next week, next month, etc. I took him to court in August 2011.

He told the judge this was all a waste of time because he had already promised the labor bureau he would pay my back salary.

After that, he still paid nothing, but repeatedly promised to pay.

In March 2013 I hired a lawyer to have the government seize his assets, but they left his office empty-handed.

My only option left was to go public. In June 2013 I posted messages to a few LinkedIn groups he’s subscribed to. At the time I hadn’t heard from him for ages but I got an email soon after. He promised to pay me provided I delete the messages and never discuss the issue in public ever again. I agreed only to taking down the messages.

James made some payments, but a few weeks later he was back to his same old excuses and asked me to be patient. There were no payments.

I offered to accept smaller monthly payments. He agreed. Yet again he made a few payments that turned into excuses, then with no contact from him at all except for an occasional email promising to pay soon.

In March 2014 I noticed the GlobalDaigaku.com website had been redesigned. I wrote to him saying if he has money to spend on the site, then he must have money to pay down my 0% interest loan to him. He sent ¥50,000, a very small sum compared to what he still owes.

I offered him some advice to improve the site because from an SEO standpoint it’s quite bad. My friends, when they heard about this, told me I was an idiot. I wrote to him again saying he needs to pay me the full amount. My final email said I wanted him to pay both me and my friend who he never paid for a web design job she did for him. I told him I’d go public again, and this time I wouldn’t delete any posts until he fully paid. No reply.

I posted a message in a LinkedIn group on May 24, 2014. I’ve told James repeatedly I would do this. After not hearing from him for over a month, I received an email from him very quickly:

Rich,

You will have your next payment next week.

You agreed not to post anything negative online while these payments are being completed.

The group you referred to is trying to extort money from us and is being dealt with through legal channels.

It will be best if you stay out of it and stay offline with negative comments.

James

“Extortion” is an interesting way to describe clients who paid James to study in Canada but found the fees weren’t paid to the schools.

He’s been promising to pay me “next week” or “next month” for over three years. He pays a little, then stops. Going public is the only way to get him to pay at all.

I don’t like having to do this. I’m not angry; I just want my money.

 

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Lightning strikes! http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2009/05/25/lightning-strikes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lightning-strikes http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2009/05/25/lightning-strikes/#comments Mon, 25 May 2009 01:43:44 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=618 Last night while the rest of my family was at a soccer match, lightning struck about 100 meters from our house and blew out our TV, VCR, Wii, phone, wife’s PC and fried the network card in my PC. Luckily the fridge, washer and air conditioners were spared. On the bright side, with nothing left […]

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Last night while the rest of my family was at a soccer match, lightning struck about 100 meters from our house and blew out our TV, VCR, Wii, phone, wife’s PC and fried the network card in my PC. Luckily the fridge, washer and air conditioners were spared.

On the bright side, with nothing left to have fun with and no money to buy replacements, maybe our kids will start reading books.

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My Kids and Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/11/04/my-kids-and-grand-theft-auto-liberty-city-stories/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-kids-and-grand-theft-auto-liberty-city-stories http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/11/04/my-kids-and-grand-theft-auto-liberty-city-stories/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2008 02:54:24 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=611 I have two boys, 8 and 11 years old. Tony, the 11 year old, loves video games. He has a Sony PSP which he plays a lot. Far too often in my wife’s opinion. He’s constantly blowing his allowance on buying and selling games at a second hand store down the street from our house. […]

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I have two boys, 8 and 11 years old. Tony, the 11 year old, loves video games. He has a Sony PSP which he plays a lot. Far too often in my wife’s opinion. He’s constantly blowing his allowance on buying and selling games at a second hand store down the street from our house. But he also plays soccer on a team and does his homework, so it’s not all bad.

Last week he showed me a catalog of games to tell me about the next game he was all excited to buy: Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories. One of his 11 year old friends has it and he totally fell in love with it. An 11 year old kid. His parents let him buy a game rated “Z” for 18 and over because it’s wall-to-wall foul language and adult themes such as murder, mayhem, carjacking, brain-splattering headshots, cop killing, prostitution, BSDM, kinky sex, double-ended dildos, tittie bars, drugs…

That is, so far. For all I know, it gets worse. I’m still only on the 5th or 6th mission. Tony, on the other hand, is on well his way to unlocking the second island.

Last week, when Tony first showed me the game, our conversation when a bit like this:

Tony (in Japanese): Daddy, I want to get this awesome game!
Me (in English): What’s it rated?
Tony: Z.
Me: How old do you have to buy a game that’s rated Z?
Tony: 18.
Me: How old are you now?
Tony: 11.
Me: What’s 18-11?
Tony: 7.
Me: That’s how many years you have to wait to buy the game.

End of conversation. Flash forward to this week.

Tony: Daddy, look what I got!
Sony PSP: “You cock-sucking mother-fucking son of a goddamn whore! I’ll rip off your head and shit down your neck!” (explosions) (police sirens) (sexual innuendo-filled radio dialog)
Me: Wonderful.

So here’s the thing. And maybe I’m just rationalizing my horrible parenting skills and my guilt for not confiscating the game on sight.

Neither Tony nor Andy understand much English aside from the conversations I have with them, so all the swearing in the game goes over their heads. It was only a few weeks ago that Tony finally learned the word “shit” when I dented the running board of our family car trying to back out of a ridiculously narrow dead end. I’m not too worried about either of them acquiring a new and exceedingly foul English vocabulary from the game.

They don’t understand the adult themes in the game. Or, maybe they do, and if so, they already acquired such worldly knowledge elsewhere.

That leaves the violence. When I was a kid, we played cops and robbers and smashed Matchbox cars together all the time. And I didn’t grow up to be a sociopath.

Yesterday was a holiday so the three of us played the game together. I taught Andy how to read a map and to give and understand directions in English. I found a website of cheat codes and taught Tony some new vocabulary by explaining to him what they all did. The boys got practice sharing their toys, which involved patience and conflict resolution. Tony got to show me all the secret locations, mini games and tricks he discovered by himself. (I skipped over minor details such as what prostitutes and pimps do for a living.) We shared opinions about strategies. But most of all, the three of us spent hours of quality time together, which we don’t do often enough lately.

But still, I’m conflicted as to whether or not I’m being a horrible parent by letting them play such an adult-oriented game.

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Horse Meat http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/09/27/horse-meat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=horse-meat http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/09/27/horse-meat/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2008 07:25:06 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/09/27/horse-meat/ The post Horse Meat appeared first on Herro Flom Japan.

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A package of horse meat in a supermarket

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My good deed for today http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/09/16/my-good-deed-for-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=my-good-deed-for-today http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/09/16/my-good-deed-for-today/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2008 02:08:18 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=605 I’m supposed to blog when something interesting happens to me, right? This morning as I was passing through Shinjuku Station, I saw a woman take a dive down a short flight of slippery stairs and lie crumpled on the wet ground with a quickly expanding pool of blood under her head. (That freaked me out.) […]

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I’m supposed to blog when something interesting happens to me, right?

This morning as I was passing through Shinjuku Station, I saw a woman take a dive down a short flight of slippery stairs and lie crumpled on the wet ground with a quickly expanding pool of blood under her head. (That freaked me out.) I’ve lived here long enough to know that you can’t assume someone else is going to help so I rushed down her, tore off my headphones (and my glasses–oops), grabbed a towel from someone who pulled one out, knelt down and held the towel to her head while resting her neck on my thigh.

She was talking, which was a relief. She was saying, “Don’t worry about me, if you need to get to work, please go because I don’t want to make you late.” I told her to just relax and asked her if she was hurt anywhere else. She said she hurt her leg a little, but it didn’t look broken, although I wasn’t about to let my hand off her head to check. Man, she was really gushing blood. It looked like someone had slaughtered a dog on the sidewalk.

I got blood all over my jeans. Not a good pair, but these days none of my jeans are a “good pair.” I can’t buy my size in Japan, so I only have a few old pairs left that are still wearable. In other words, I trashed about 20% of my wardrobe right there.

Someone else called an ambulance on their mobile phone. It was nice that so many people stopped to ask if someone had called one. I like to see people care about total strangers, but day to day I don’t see it often enough. Either people don’t want to get involved or they just stand there dumbfounded.

There was another women there who vaguely knew her because they work at the same company, so she stayed with her to wait for the ambulance and I left to get washed up. She kept saying that she didn’t want to make anyone late, and by that time she was sitting up and not bleeding as much so I figured it was OK to leave. But it’s never easy to know if it’s really OK to leave in a situation like that. She wanted me to, so I left.

And now I have to spend the rest of today wearing blood-stained jeans. I don’t mind, really. It doesn’t look like I’ve been through a massacre, but the stain is definitely noticeable so I’m a bit self-conscious.

Update: When I got home tonight my wife gave me a ziplock baggie full of some magical blue powder to put on the stain. The jeans just came out of the washer and much to my surprise the blood washed off completely without a trace. I told the story to both of my kids. Tony (the older one) wanted to know every last detail of the ordeal. Andy wanted to know why the heck would I volunteer to help a complete stranger.

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Squid Chips http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/08/22/squid-chips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=squid-chips http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/08/22/squid-chips/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:40:11 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/08/22/squid-chips/ It’s Friday, I’m starting on my way home and I was hungry for a snack so I bought a bag of tempura fried squid. They look like potato chips or some other salted carbohydrate snack. Apparently, if you’re not eating them, they don’t smell so nice. I was eating them out of the bag when […]

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It’s Friday, I’m starting on my way home and I was hungry for a snack so I bought a bag of tempura fried squid. They look like potato chips or some other salted carbohydrate snack. Apparently, if you’re not eating them, they don’t smell so nice. I was eating them out of the bag when I got on the train and instantly all the women around me covered their faces with their handkerchiefs. One woman moved to another part of the train. I took the hint and twisted the bag shut until I got off at my stop then ate the rest in the open air.

Next time, I’ll wait to get home to eat them. Tony likes stinky food so we’ll eat them together.

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Monkey on the loose in Shibuya Station http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/08/21/monkey-on-the-loose-in-shibuya-station/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=monkey-on-the-loose-in-shibuya-station http://www.herroflomjapan.com/2008/08/21/monkey-on-the-loose-in-shibuya-station/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2008 01:53:43 +0000 http://www.herroflomjapan.com/?p=600 Don’t know how it got there, but it sure livened things up yesterday.

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Don’t know how it got there, but it sure livened things up yesterday.

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