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“Housekeeping, you want me fluff pillow?”

Whos-the-BossNeeded to do some housekeeping like so much Tony Danza, get my blog thoughts organized, and make sure Judith Light made it in at least ONE post…

#1 – I got Freshly Pressed again! Woot! A warm welcome to all my new followers, welcome aboard. Thanks to Michelle, the most excellent story wrangler at WordPress.

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Coach – “Tom, can I touch your mustache?”  Tom Selleck – “You shut your mouth.”

#2 – This should take the number 1 spot: I’m going to Japan for two weeks at the end of March for general exploration, to fight ’50’s style yakuza members, to sample sushi quality repeatedly, involve myself in at least three martial art montages, quote Mr. Baseball incessantly, pretend that I don’t absolutely love Godzilla movies, and visit my good friend Danny, of Don’t Touch My Mustache blog. Dream trip come to fruition. Cannot fucking wait.

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In an ephemeral moment of clarity, Godzilla feels guilt for his destructive ways.

#3 – The house I mentioned I would be purchasing (new RAM HQ) is stuck in the sticky world of short sales. If you’re not familiar with short sales, think of them as emotional roller coasters lubed with greed, controls – operated by mega-banks with no guarantee you’re going actually get the final prize (stopping, in this analogy). It’s going to be a long haul, so the DIY posts are unfortunately a ways off.

#4 – While I’m overseas, I’ve asked some bloggers whose work I really enjoy (who I’ve also became decently close outside the blog world) to organize a Roam About Take Over. Contributors: The very blog-famous Le Clown, Brigitte of Brigitte’s Banter, and Susie, of Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride. I will also have some of my closest friends pitching in: artist/entrepreneur Matt Barnes , Mark Pagan of Con Chocolate Productions, Paige Harris of Life Mastery, and my love, Marti Babcock-Bukach-Bangkok.

#5 – Susie does this amazing thing on her blog called Use Me & Abuse Me where she lets people link their posts in the comments section, as a writing showcase. I love this idea. It’s great, conjured some ideas, and like Japan (forcedly) opening up its virgin doors to Commodore Perry in 1854, I’m inspired to have more guest bloggers on this site for ’13. Let me know if you’re interest in being featured on Roam About, and pitch me an idea.

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The ‘funny hat staring contest’ lasted 42 hours.

#6 – It’s my One-Year B-day today. Happy Birthday, Blog Me. Been one hell of a year.

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Peace, Love and Hair Grease – Mike

50 Comments Post a comment
  1. E. #

    Congratulations on the trip! I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Asia (probably because I haven’t seen any Godzilla movies – yes, I’m hanging my head in shame), but I’ll look forward to hearing all about it once you return.

    February 26, 2013
    • E,
      This is my first time in Asia, needless to say, I’m pretty stoked.
      WHAT!? You’ve never seen a Godzilla movie…you’ve got to get on it. Saturday morning classic.
      I suggest something older, like this:

      Thanks, E!

      February 26, 2013
      • E. #

        I’m not entirely sure which oversize puppet animal I should fear more, Godzilla or that giant bee/fly thing….

        February 26, 2013
      • Definitely Godzilla.

        February 26, 2013
  2. Le Clown #

    Mike,
    It’s the internationally blog famous, magnificent™ and magnanimous™ Le Clown, thank you. Enjoy Japan… Le Clown hopes Japan will enjoy you.
    Le Clown

    February 26, 2013
    • Dearest Le Clown,

      Apologies, I haven’t had my caffeine yet this morning, and didn’t realize you had trademarked another ‘m-word’.
      I will friend, thank you. I hope I don’t break anything over there – seems like the town wasn’t made for 6-footers.

      February 26, 2013
  3. Cannot wait to see the photographic spoils from this adventure. And I’m glad to hear you take your sushi quality testing role seriously. It’s no joke.

    February 26, 2013
    • Hey Christine,
      Can’t wait to share, there will be many, many photos.
      Oh yes, I freaking love sushi – you sound like a connoisseur yourself

      February 26, 2013
  4. What kind of hotel is this?

    とにかく、マイクさんの初来日だ!

    February 26, 2013
    • Richard!

      My first visit! How the hell am I going to understand Japanese without Google translator?

      February 26, 2013
  5. Mike! Congrats my friend and so well-deserved. You’re one of my favs and we go way back. Ask Chachi. Give my best to your lovely better, uh other, half Ms. Marti. Have fun in Japan and Happy One Year Blog Birthday, Bakuch.

    P.S. (you just scored major points by mentioning Judith Light).

    February 26, 2013
    • Thank you thank you, Brigitte. Looking forward to having you on board in March.
      Will do, she’s lurking around here somewhere, working on her own WordPress blog….trying to steal my thunder. :)

      Yay! Judith Light reference received!

      February 26, 2013
  6. Hey! Thanks for the shout out! Can’t wait to party at your place. Don’t worry. I have a clean up crew booked already…
    Congrats again on your Freshly Pressage!
    You have accomplished a lot in one year. Woohoo!

    February 26, 2013
    • No problem, love the community you’ve got going over there.
      No dead hookers please. Not again.

      Here’s to a monstrous ’13!

      February 26, 2013
      • Thanks Mike1
        I am looking forward to lots of fun and laughs this year. That’s why I am a front row fan of your blog!

        February 26, 2013
      • Like a Gallagher show, I wouldn’t sit too close.

        February 26, 2013
  7. I haven’t been Freshly Pressed ONCE, never mind twice!
    Good work!

    February 26, 2013
  8. Ziggy with a Neck #

    So your trip to Russia doesn’t count as Asia? Racist!

    February 26, 2013
    • Euro-time zones of Russia – doesn’t countsky.

      February 26, 2013
  9. SWEET. Say hi to Gamera for me, okay???

    February 26, 2013
    • I’ll make you some turtle soup.

      February 26, 2013
  10. Eating real sushi? Buying a home? Looking flawlessly handsome? I want your life.
    Have a great trip, Mike. Eat a tai nigiri for me!

    February 26, 2013
    • Thank you, Sir. I will indeed. Or, I can just ship you a piece from Tokyo.
      Though, freshness retention may be compromised, and I don’t want to poison my blogger friends.
      Nothing says “thanks for following, I dig your style” like tainted food products….

      February 26, 2013
      • As long as it isn’t 7-11 sushi, I’m happy to have it.

        February 26, 2013
      • I hope that doesn’t really exist, but scout’s honor, I would never send you 7-11 sushi. Slushee, yes. Sushi, no.

        February 26, 2013
  11. Fish Out of Water #

    Hell yeah to Japan. Boo to the short sale BS. High five on the take over choices. Happy, happy birthday to your blog. You rock.

    February 26, 2013
    • High Five! Thanks, Fish. Wanna do a guest post at some point?

      February 26, 2013
      • Fish Out of Water #

        Um, yeah! Tell me where to be and what to wear and I’ll do it. :-)

        February 27, 2013
      • Awesome. I’ll let you know, probably sometime mid-late April.

        February 27, 2013
  12. You say it’s your birthday! It’s my birthday too!

    Have the best time. I’d love to guest blog for you but I can’t take the pressure.

    February 26, 2013
    • Really? That’s freaking awesome. Happy bday.

      You as well. What pressure? No pressure! Except for the stares….oh how they stare.

      February 26, 2013
      • They’d be sitting there watching me. When is she going to be funny? This isn’t funny. How long is Mike gone? Why didn’t he just repost one of his old ones?

        February 26, 2013
      • Pshaw! You funny lady.

        February 26, 2013
  13. Good Luck on your trip! Are you going to take any pictures?

    February 26, 2013
    • Thanks, Wanda. Oh yeah, I will be taking hundreds of pictures

      February 26, 2013
      • That’s good and you’re welcome :)

        February 26, 2013
  14. Sweet Jesus, that was an action-packaged post. Congrats on it all, except for the short sale. I’ve considered doing one myself, but I’ve heard the process is a pain in the ass. You can also save some serious dough though so it may be worth it in the end.

    Happy bloggiversary, and how fitting to be freshly pressed again. You’re one of the few bloggers I wish could be pressed all the time.

    February 27, 2013
    • Action-packed like early Steven Seagal!
      It’s a pain, but since I posted, there’s some positive news on the horizon, though, I can’t see the horizon because I’ve been drinking my emotions again.

      Thanks, Jen.*Courtsey*. We have a mutual perpetual F-P’ed bond.

      February 27, 2013
  15. Wow, what a joyous occasions! A trip, Freshly Pressed (AGAIN!), and a blogging anniversary… and the trip! Wow again! ;)

    Congratulations, Mike!

    February 27, 2013
    • See, now that I congratulated you I’m starting to feel jealous… ;)

      February 27, 2013
    • Thank you, Pixie Girl! Please don’t be jealous, it’s all down hill from now for me. I’ll probably be slinging newspapers on a street corner next bloggiversary. :)

      February 27, 2013
      • Thanks for picking me up, other people’s misfortune is like a bar of chocolate.

        Joking. Seriously. Joking.

        February 27, 2013
      • I love chocolate bars of misfortune…

        February 27, 2013
  16. Woot! Congrats all around, but especially Japan… ooo eeee one of the oldest pottery centers in the world!! Would love to visit someday. Wish that home sale would go thru just for the DIY posts it will generate! I just completed a corporate BS-beholden refi,,, 16 months later!! But it’s done and I’m free in ways you could never imagine. Happy Blogiversary and I’ll look forward to tunin’ in for another 12. Travel well, my friend, see you on the backside. Of the world. I mean, not your backside… oh, nevermind.

    February 28, 2013
    • Why thank you thank you.
      I didn’t know it was one of the oldest pottery centers in the world. Makes sense though.
      Wow, I hate banks and corporations. 16 months? geeez.

      Haha, I gotcha.

      Ps. You are awesome.

      February 28, 2013
  17. … hApPy BiRtHdAy!!!!!!!! … I wouldn’t be surprised if you never come back from Japan! I was HOOKED when I went there, and ended up returning SIX times in a row. ENJOY!!!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thank you!!!
      Serious? Six times? Wow. Any pointers, or blog posts of yours I should check out?

      March 13, 2013

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