Monday, August 19, 2019

Zipper Repair


As I mentioned in my previous post, I bought a bag at the swap meet that had a broken zipper. 

The left side track was not connected to the pull.
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I decided that the easiest method to use in trying to fix the zipper was to remove a tooth.
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With the empty space in the track I was able to feed the track into the pull fairly easily.
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But I was still left with a puka in the zipper that might cause problems.
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So I stuck a safety pin across the zipper above the puka on the inside of the bag.
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Hopefully, it'll block me from pulling the zipper too far down and getting stuck.
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Yippee!!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Kipling Bag


I got this Kipling bag a few weeks ago at the swap meet.  I paid $2 for it.

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There are zippers on the side to expand the bag if needed.
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It looks in good shape except for one thing. The main zipper that opens and closes the bag is broken.  One side is not attached to the pull.
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I've watched a few YouTube videos, and it looks like I have several options.

One involves cutting a small slit across the loose track so that I can maneuver the track back into the pull. Another option involves prying open the pull itself so that the track can slide back in and then pinching the pull tight again. A third option is to yank some of the teeth off so that there is an open space to maneuver the pull onto the track. 

Not sure what I'm gonna do yet. I'll let you know what happens. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Colin's Vietnamese Garlic Lemongrass Pork Chops


My 9-year-old nephew Colin Facetimed me the other night so that I could watch him prepare some pork chops. 

The pork chops were marinated overnight and broiled the following day by my brother. Colin said that it came out "very good".
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Colin's mom got the recipe from a Vietnamese video online.  She translated the instructions to Colin who wrote it in his cookbook. I think she also did the chopping.
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I went to visit Colin yesterday so that I could get clear photos of the recipe for you.
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Random Final Trip Photos


Here are photos, in no particular order, that didn't make the original cut. A lot are phone pictures.

The scene early one morning . . . Cleta's comforter is neatly opened up at a 45-degree angle. Mine is in a clump. I have no idea how it got that way.
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Outside of Otokoyama Sake Brewery with our tour escort. 
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All of the public restrooms had a sign like this.
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Our cones at Farm Tomita.
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Somebody else's.
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Hay bales at Farm Tomita.
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Marimo moss balls at Spherical Moss Exhibition on Churui Island.
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Treat in our room at Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings hotel.
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Buffet dinner at the same hotel was awesome, but the lighting was dim and I didn't feel like struggling with trying to get good photos so I just took shots of my plate with my phone.
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Everything was so yummy.
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The next three photos are from Otaru known for its glassworks.
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Lift at Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium.
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This sign was at the top of the hill. 
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Tanukikoji Shopping Street.
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This was on the first floor of the Don Quijote near Tanukikoji. 
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Late one night we could see office workers still at work in the building across our hotel in Asahikawa. 
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Berry bush outside of the Furano Cheese Factory.
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Trees on a path to Kaze no Garden on the grounds of the New Furano Prince Hotel. 
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Ummm . . . maybe a picture is needed because the first time I used one of these toilets I faced the opposite way and wondered why they made it so hard to flush.
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This was our Japan guide for the tour. 
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That should do it . . . all pau now!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Shiroi Koibito Park


Anytime you go to Hokkaido with a tour group, you will probably find yourself at Shiroi Koibito Park.

And this is the reason why. Thin butter cookies with a layer of chocolate between them is da bomb cookie and one of the most famous omiyage to bring back from Hokkaido.
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This was my third trip to Hokkaido, and so it was also my third time to Shiroi Koibito Park. I always enjoy seeing this structure. 
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This display looks really cool in the wintertime when it's covered with snow.
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They have soft serve ice cream and fancier desserts inside.
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You can actually find the cookies EVERYWHERE in Hokkaido, and since I had already bought mine the day before I didn't need to buy them here. 
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I went outside to take pictures in the garden instead.
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It was drizzling a tiny bit so there were water droplets on the flowers. 💗
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