2017/8
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031

8/01  Suffering

1:41 p.m. Aaaand I'm fighting sleepiness again, thanks to my helpful mother who blasts off her radio from 6:30 in the morning. Besides, I couldn't sleep well last night, perhaps because it was hot and humid.

Added to this, my lunch has been put on hold since Cow is out on business and hasn't returned yet. There's always suffering ready for me every day.

The End

Caterpillar

8/02  Bad News

3:14 p.m. A couple of bad news have reached me today. One is that I'm forced to re-re-schedule my meeting which I've already been made to reschedule once. I had to squeeze it in between two others on Friday. I hate it when I have to change my plans with such short notice.

The other bad new is that Admirable, that won Aoba-sho with record time and came in 3rd in Japanese D'erby, has been met with accident and will spend the rest of this year away from the turf. As I'd feared. That's what happens when you put too much strain on the horse while its still young, Mirco.

The End

Caterpillar

8/03  Am I In Shape?

4:45 p.m. A few weeks had already passed since I bought a new body composition monitor, and I finally put in the batteries and finished the settings. These high-tec gadgets always need to be set before starting which I find very troublesome, grrrrr.

This morning I learned how to display the rates such as visceral fat, BMI or my BMR. And it turns out that all of my rates fit in the "average" area... Well, to be precise, except the visceral fat which was slightly on the bad side. Does this mean that I'm fit?

The End

Caterpillar

8/04  Roadbikes

12:56 p.m. As one of the fans who is belatedly in to Yowamushi Pedal, I'm beginning to want to ride a roadbike. To be exact, I'm craving to ride one. Not that I'm going to buy one right away or in the near future. Roadbikes are expensive. I want to be sure I've made the right decision if and when I get one. So I've made a plan to buy it if I still want to ride it three years from now.

In the meantime, I could try riding with a rental. Then I'll know what it would be like to ride a roadbike and whther I like it or not.

The End

Caterpillar

8/05  Take My Time

3:32 p.m. This week, I'll call Kokura Kinen. Races in Sapporo, I'll take my time to hit the bull's eye.

My key horse is San Martin. The horse is fresh enough to win with Tozaki on his back. On the wheel would be, Vosges, Fermezza, Beruf, Katie Pride and Bandwagon.

The End

Caterpillar

8/06  Doctor Yellow

10:11 p.m. Aaaarrrgh! Aaaaaarrrrgghhh!!!

I had the 2nd, 3rd and 4th for Kokura Kinen, 1st, 2nd, 5th no, 6th for UHB-sho in Sapporo and I didn't even call Leopard Stakes let alone buy betting tickets, that went really wild!

Someone had told me that I'd get lucky if I see Doctor Yellow (an yellow shinkansen that keeps the shinkansen network healthy) and I actually saw it today, when I went out to buy betting tickets! All I got was a distasteful experience of seeing two runover mice (three days in a row!!) and heat rash all over my body, thanks.

The End

Caterpillar

8/07  Rushed Off

3:22 p.m. I don't know why, but when home appliences start to break down, they all seem to come at once.

After my hair dryer, this time my clock has stopped functioning. It's okay, no problem. I've got a few more clocks I can use. Besides, I can tell time on my smart phone, diving watch, on my iPod nano that Apple has given up, on my lap-top while I'm using it, and even from the TV screen.

Wow. Now that I think about it, I feel like I'm always rushed off by time.

The End

Caterpillar

8/08  The Calling Of Mice

2:28 p.m. I don't know why. I don't know why but somehow I've been seeing mice dead or alive, every day since last Saturday.

Saturday morning, I was greeted with two runover ones on my commuting route near my house, Sunday another two victims on the road to the station, yesterday yet another runover victim on a different road, and then today, I just saw one, though this one was still alive, running across the street.

I am not born in the year of mice in Japanese zodiac signs. I've never had much relations with mice before, except that I had gerbils as pets a long time ago. What is this sudden successions of mice? Are they trying to tell me something??

The End

Caterpillar

8/09  38℃ But Not Latitude

4:47 p.m. The temperature went over our body temperature.

Today's high is said to be 38℃ which is just like having a fever when you have cold. I was almost late for work today and had to run from the nearest station, and I thought I must be crazy. Why in the world do I have to run in 38℃ heat of all days?

I just hope that this heat doesn't stay for long.

The End

Caterpillar

8/10  Koushien Stadium

2:19 p.m. As a matter of fact, one of my classmate is a high school baseball team coach, and having won their ticket to the summer Koushien for the first time in school history, his team is now fighting their first ever game at Koushien stadium.

Not to mention I've been following the game through text scoreboard in my spare time between work. They've just finished the 4th inning with my classmate's team being led 4-0. Think I'll stop following since I feel like they are going to lose if I keep watching...

The End

Caterpillar

8/11  Like A Phoenix

9:36 p.m. First day of summer vacation.

Although I managed to get a week of summer vacation, I've got most days filled with things to do as usual... This is probably because I have little free time that sadly, everything concentrates in this precious week.

Oh well, my main goal is to refresh and to revive and to rise up from the ashes like a phoenix after this week of interval. Which is very unlikely to happen, I'm afraid.

The End

Caterpillar

8/12  Blood Sport

2:41 p.m. Tanino Frankel who gathered attention having Vodka as his mother and Franked as his father, has lost in 2nd place in his debut race in Niigata. That's horse race. It is said as a blood sport but the difficult part is that it's not just blood that makes a horse win.

There will be two grade races run tomorrow however, one is on Niigata turf and the other is a dirt race in Sapporo. Either of them are my specialty so will call Sapporo Race 10, HTB-sho. My key horse would be La Vie Est Belle. If trainer Fujisawa has entered him here in a lower class, he must have confidence. On the wheel would be, Enigma Variate, Tanta Gloria, Deirdre and Binary Code.

As for Elm Stakes (Sapporo main race), I'd not go against T M Jinsoku. He might not win, but is very likely to come within 3rd.

The End

Caterpillar

8/13  Downgrade

4:13 p.m. I've got a 1st, 2nd and 4th again....

I knew Manhattan Cafe descendants will suit the current track condition of Sapporo, but I'd underestimated the rider Kazu Yokoyama. I thought he'd be a downgrade from Ebina, though it actually wasn't as the results prove. It's a blessing that the payout was small.

Am going out tonight to see a friend from overseas. Hopefeully, that will come as a refreshment to my worn out brain.

The End

Caterpillar

8/14  Good Preparation

5:00 p.m. So this week we're having a double grade race in Sapporo and Kokura. There's Sapporo Kinen which can be a great prep race for the autumn Tennno-sho, so must pep up and give it all I can in calling the race.

It's still fresh in memory that last year Maurice had let Neo Realism win in Sapporo Kinen, despite its most favored odds. Will keep that in mind and have to analyze the race well. There is no win without good preparation.

The End

Caterpillar

8/15  Visiting Family Grave

7:16 p.m. I was going to visit the family grave today, but the weather turned out to be rainy and I gave up. What's the use of cleaning up the grave when it would get all wet and muddy again?

My grans might be unsatisfied, though I'd rather go on another day to scrub off all the dirt and pull out all the weeds.

I would make the best out of this time to do what I like and refresh my mind a bit.

The End

Caterpillar

8/16  Who's To Blame?

9:32 p.m. I've had my regular ten-don for lunch which means my short summer vacation is almost over.

I feel rushed off thinking that it will be over in just another day, although I knew it will be over in a week when it started. There's nothing that doesn't have an end as long as it has a start. Still, I feel like have to do all the things I hadn't done during the vacation. I have a hunch this feeling goes back to the time when I was a child and had homework to hand in on the first day of the new semester. So my teachers and the Board of Education are the ones to be blamed for my unexplainable panic.

Now that I've realized why I was feeling this way, perhaps I can stay more calm to enjoy the rest of the vacation.

The End

Caterpillar

8/17  New Habit

7:28 p.m. And finally, the last day of my vacation. From tomorrow, I will have to work non-stop until the year-end, except for national holidays.

I know it will be tough, but I've started some muscle training and aerobics during this vacation which hopefully, if I could keep it up, help me tone up my condition both physically and mentally.

Oh yes, and I've also unexpectedly dug out a pack of anti-inflammatory herb tea which I thought I'd already drank up. This would be a blessing for my toothaches and sore throats when my immune systems go down.

The End

Caterpillar

8/18  Body Odor

2:35 p.m. Back to work.

On my first day, I met a young man on the subway spreading uncomprehensible smell all about the subway car. He seemed to be a construction worker assuming from his outfit, and I was quite convinced. Anyone working hard in this heat and humidity would smell as long that person is a living human being.

There was a 6-foot empty space around him probably in a vain attempt to avoid the smell, though the guy didn't seem to care as though he was saying, " Smell harrasment? Hack! You try doing my job and see if you smell or not!" in the Arakita tone.

I don't like body odor not to mention, but this guy even looked cool. Perhaps because of his unwavering attitude? Man, you rock.

The End

Caterpillar

8/19  Guessing Game

2:43 p.m. Cow has ben torturing me by singing a melody and making me guess while I decide which horse to buy for Sapporo Kinen. The only clue he gave me was that it was a Beatles' song. And Cow is almost tone deaf.

Miraculously, I guessed right and was released from this madness so here's my call. My key horse will be Air Spinel. The rider being switched to Christophe from Yutaka, if I don't buy him now then when? On the wheel would be, Sakura Empereur, Lord Vent d'Or, Mount Robson (since Moreira is riding), and Sounds Of Earth. Will cut out Yamakatsu Ace.

The title of the song was "A Hard Day's Night", by the way. I'd like to praise myself for getting to the correct answer.

The End

Caterpillar

8/20  Only A Prep Race

9:24 p.m. Oh, all right. So Sapporo Kinen wasn't a race for G1 top horses, I get that.

Come to think of it, Maurice had lost in 2nd last year. Buena Vista didn't win either. Top horses usually take recess during this hot season, unless they need to start preparing for the coming autumn G1 season earlier than other horses. Which means that to top horses, Sapporo Kinen is just a prep race they don't have to win.

I should have realized that before the race. Then, I would have keyed Sakura Empereur instead. Though I wouldn't have bought Narita Hurricane...

The End

Caterpillar

8/21  Motivation Down

3:03 p.m. Sapporo Kinen was a total blunder, I admit. Looking at the results, I realized that I should have noticed Narita Hurricane. He'd been running mainly dirt races until a couple or races ago. That meant his mind was quite fresh in this turf grade race category. Besides, he had a fast time record which backed up the requirements of this summer's Sapporo tracks.

This week would be the last of Sapporo races, the main race being Keenland Cup, a turf sprint G3. However, my motivation is down and I'm not sure if I could bring myself up be the weekend. I would probably call the race though, anyway.

The End

Caterpillar