Journal

 

Friday
Jan082016

Fufu Bessei

  If you are a foreign resident of Japan who is married to a Japanese national, please have a look at this short survey at Survey Monkey.
Thanks!
Monday
Dec212015

Your Five Cents Worth

   Every year as Christmas approaches, I show my freshman classes "A Charlie Brown Christmas". I suspect that I have seen the special at least a hundred times by now, no exaggeration. Even though I have seen it so many times, it still hasn't gotten old for me. (Probably because of the music.) That said, this year I started paying attention more to the details of the show, such as the quality of the animation, how backgrounds are recycled, the way movement, such as walking, is conveyed. Considering that it was produced in 1965--it's older than me!--and hand drawn, it's not surprising that by today's high animation standards, it can have a somewhat amateur feel to it. 

   Anyways, this morning when I was watching it for the nth time, I wondered about the value of 5¢ in today's money and learned, thanks to Dave Manuel's Inflation Calculator, that 5¢ is worth about $0.38 today. Not a whole lot. 

 

In case you were wondering what you could buy for one dollar in the 1960s, go here.

 

  • Gallon of milk: 95 cents
  • One regular size bottle of Heinz ketchup: 22 cents
  • One dozen eggs: 53 cents
  • One-ounce Hershey bar: 5 cents (Although the price remained the same, the size of the bar shrunk to 7/8 ounce in 1966 and 3/4 oz in 1968.)
  • Pillsbury cake mix: 25 cents
  • Pound of pork chops: $1.03
  • Pound of sirloin steak: 85 cents
  • Six-pack of Pepsi: 59 cents
  • Package of ten Gillette razor blades: 99 cents
  • Can of shaving cream: 59 cents
  • Tube of toothpaste: 55 cents
  • Can of hair spray: 47 cents
  • Revlon lipstick: $1.25
  • Revlon nail enamel: 75 cents for crème and 90 cents for frosted
  • Generic cold relief capsules: 60 cents for two packages of 12
  • Cough drops: 23 cents for three packages
  • Cough syrup: 59 cents for a bottle
  • Contact decongestant tablets: 77 cents for a package of ten
Saturday
Dec192015

Mochitsuki

Because my older son’s kindergarten is Buddhist, there are no Christmas decorations or Christmas-related events. None whatsoever.

(No worries there as we already do plenty enough at home ourselves.)

The kindergarten does, however, hold New Year’s related events, such as “mochi-tsuki”. 

What’s “moji-zugi”, you ask?

Mochi-tsuki (moh-chee-tsoo-kee) is the making of mochi (rice cake) by pounding steamed sticky rice with large wooden hammers for God knows how long. It is in the words of the esteemed Mr. Wiki very “labor intensive”. I think the only thing that we have remotely similar to mochi-tsuki in the US is handmade ice cream.

Now the thing with handmade ice cream is that your effort is rewarded with something that tastes pretty damn good. Mochi, on the other hand, is rather bland. Mixed with sweet beans or covered with syrup, it can be rather nice. But, again, alone it’s so hopelessly boring, it makes you wonder why the go to all the trouble.

My son has already left for school. He asked me to go too, but as only the fathers of third year students can attend—damn—I have been spared the forced labor demanded of tradition.

This evening I will be taking my boys to see the Christmas lights in Kego Park and ride the kiddie “Polar Express” train.

There are only five more days till Christmas. For some reason or another, this holiday season has just whizzed by. Last year, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. This year, though, . . .

I think it’s the realization that Christmas with young boys who believe all the stories of Santa Claus, no matter how far-fetched or contradictory, won’t last forever. We’ve got perhaps five or six more years of the season’s magic. And then? Well, we will just have to find a new way to enjoy the holiday. Perhaps with a mochi-tsuki party.

 

Tuesday
Dec152015

A Christmas Story for 2015

Tuesday
Dec082015

The Corner Liquor Store

 

Monday
Dec072015

Autumn in Gokusho, Hakata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is from Fukuoka City's website, something I translated years ago:

"Matsushita hails from a family of carpenters who specialized in building shrines and temples. The opportunity to start a career as a lighting designer also came about through working with sacred buildings. 'The way shrines and temples take in light is very good,' says Matsushita. 'It's difficult for a woman to get involved in shrine and temple carpentry, but then it dawned on me that even a woman like me could work with light.'

"Matsushita is the general producer of the Gokusho Light Up Walk, an event held every autumn in which the historical temples in Gokusho are beautifully illuminated. Areas, which are normally off limits, are opened to the public and bathed in dreamy light. It has become a popular event at which visitors can experience Fukuoka's eternal history. 'The Gokusho area is an area no one normally ventures into at night,' says the lighting designer. 'Jôten-ji, however, is where Hakata ori (textiles), udon and soba originated. Tôchô-ji was founded by Kôbô-Daishi (also known as Kûkai), who was a Buddhist monk, scholar, poet, and artist. And, Myôraku-ji has a long connection to the merchants of Hakata. There are so many marvelous treasures sleeping there. I wish more people could realize how beautiful it is.' Matsushita hopes the festival will continue for a hundred years, growing ever livelier at the hands of ordinary people."

 

 

 

Sunday
Dec062015

Thoughts and Prayers

I'm beginning to think all those thoughts and prayers have been about as useful as a trapdoor on a lifeboat.

January 2015

1/1/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Memphis, TN",http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/27743361/5-injured-in-new-years-day-party-bus-shooting,,,,
1/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Savannah, GA",http://savannahnow.com/crime/2015-01-02/police-1-dead-4-injured-overnight-savannah-shooting,,,,
1/4/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Dallas, TX",http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/01/04/police-3-dead-1-in-surgery-after-dallas-shooting/,,,,
1/4/2015,William Christopher Cabbler,2,4,"Roanoke, VA",http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/developing-story-roanoke-police-investigating-early-am-shooting/30521654,,,,
1/6/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/2-Shot-2-Grazed-by-Bullets-in-Miami-287737751.html,,,,
1/7/2015,Cortez Sims,1,3,"Chattanooga, TN",http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/27778835/one-person-is-dead-and-three-others-are-injured-in-overnight-shooting,,,,
1/8/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Boston, MA",http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/01/09/1-dead-3-wounded-in-shooting-on-roxbury-street/,,,,
1/9/2015,Unknown,4,0,"San Francisco, CA",http://abc7news.com/news/sfpd-confirm-4-dead-following-shooting-in-hayes-valley/469681/,,,,
1/10/2015,John Lee,3,1,"Moscow, ID",http://www.kxly.com/news/north-idaho-news/moscow-police-investigating-shooting/30634900,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,0,5,"San Jose, CA",http://abc7news.com/news/5-hurt-in-shooting-during-chris-brown-party-in-sj/470625/,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,2,5,"Hope Mills, NC",http://www.wral.com/two-dead-five-injured-in-shooting-at-hope-mills-party/14346149/,,,,
1/11/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Lakeland, FL",http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-polk/lakeland/deputies-one-person-killed-three-others-shot-during-a-home-invasion-robbery-in-lakeland,,,,
1/11/2015,Rishod Shermaine Fields,0,5,"Tuskegee, AL",http://www.al.com/news/montgomery/index.ssf/2015/01/arrest_made_in_shooting_that_i_1.html,,,,
1/12/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Wichita, KS",http://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article6058869.html,,,,
1/13/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Portsmouth, VA",http://wtkr.com/2015/01/13/early-morning-shooting-at-portsmouth-lounge-leaves-5-people-injured/,,,,
1/14/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Rockford, IL",http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext-news/d/story/update-victims-identified-in-deadly-rockford-shoot/42689/GXoLZ3hSL0a6X8s5IeDbCA,,,,
1/19/2015,Unknown,2,5,"San Antonio, TX",http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2015/01/20/chaotic-brawl--shooting-leaves-two-dead--more-wounded.html,,,,
1/20/2015,Timothy David Shoffner,1,3,"Clarksville, TN",http://www.wsmv.com/story/27904193/clarksville-police-id-suspect-in-shooting,,,,
1/23/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Boston, MA",http://www.wcvb.com/news/multiple-people-shot-in-boston/30895680,,,,
1/24/2015,Unknown,3,5,"Omaha, NE",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/24/omaha-party-shooting/22297565/,,,,
1/24/2015,Jonathon Walker,4,1,"Queens, NY",http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/2-Kids-and-1-Adult-Dead-in-Queens-Shooting-3rd-Child-Being-Treated-Brookville-148th-Avenue-289669211.html,,,,
1/26/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Stockton, CA",http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-stockton/teenager-dies-3-others-hurt-in-stockton-shooting/30937222,,,,
1/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"DeKalb, GA",http://www.ajc.com/news/news/one-dead-three-wounded-in-dekalb-shooting/njy7R/,,,,
1/29/2015,Thomas Jessee Lee,5,0,"Troup County, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/five-bodies-found-inside-lagrange-home/nj2rK/,,,,

February 2015

2/1/2015,Michael Morris,0,6,"Syracuse, NY",http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/02/6th_victim_in_mcavans_pub_shooting_took_herself_to_hospital_sunday_police_say.html,,,,
2/1/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Manhattan, NY",http://7online.com/news/1-dead-4-wounded-after-shooting-in-hamilton-heights/500497/,,,,,2/4/2015,Unknown,4,0,"King, NC",http://www.journalnow.com/news/crime/four-dead-in-stokes-county-shooting/article_eed92570-aca5-11e4-91e7-0f002c38c9b8.html,,,,
2/5/2015,Unknown,3,3,"Warrensville Heights, OH",http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cuyahoga-county/2015/02/05/warrensville-heights-barbershop/22956675/,,,,
2/6/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Tulsa, OK",http://www.newson6.com/story/28049041/tulsa-police-investigating-reports-of-triple-shooting,,,,
2/7/2015,Cedric G. Prather,5,2,"Douglasville, GA",http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2015/0208/Children-among-five-dead-in-Georgia-shooting-video,,,,
2/8/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Crockett County, TN",http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/28054306/six-hit-in-early-morning-crockett-county-shooting,,,,
2/9/2015,Christopher Lee Duncan and Dora Delgado,3,1,"New Port Richey, FL",http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/pasco-sheriff-identifies-third-victim-in-moon-lake-shooting/2217118,,,,
2/15/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Long Beach, CA",http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Long-Beach-Shooting-Sunday-292042941.html,,,,
2/17/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Little Rock, AR",http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/feb/18/one-killed-three-injured-in-shooting-at/,,,,
2/22/2015,Anthony Giaquinta,3,2,"Habersham County, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-deputies-shot-habersham-county/nkGwC/,,,,
2/22/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charleston, SC",http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150223/PC16/150229733/1005&source=RSS,,,,
2/22/2015,Atase Giffa,4,1,"Killeen, TX",http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/23/four-dead-killeen-texas-shooting/23873731/,,,,
2/25/2015,Unknown,3,2,"Houston, TX",http://www.khou.com/story/news/2015/02/26/3-dead-2-injured-in-south-houston-shooting/24040425/,,,,
2/27/2015,Joseph Jesse Aldridge,8,1,"Tyrone, MO",http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/nine-found-dead-including-gunman-after-missouri-shooting-spree-police-n314071,,,,
2/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/02/28/multiple-injured-in-baltimore-shooting/,,,,
2/28/2015,Ian Sherrod,4,0,"Tarboro, NC",http://www.wncn.com/story/28228144/at-least-2-shot-at-tarboro-barber-shop,,,,
2/28/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Columbia, MO",http://www.wmur.com/national/three-dead-one-wounded-in-missouri-shootings/31551946,,,,

March 2015

3/1/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tangelo Park, FL",http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/4-injured-tangelo-park-shooting/nkL22/,,,,
3/1/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Detroit, MI",http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2015/03/01/Man-44-killed-5-wounded-when-gunfire-erupts-during-celebration-at-Detroit-social-hall.html,,,,
3/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Santa Ana, CA",http://www.ocregister.com/articles/santa-652761-altercation-shot.html,,,,
3/3/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Las Vegas, NV",http://www.jrn.com/ktnv/news/2-dead-2-hospitalized-after-shooting-near-Fort-Apache-and-Sahara-294993961.html,,,,
3/4/2015,Unknown,2,5,"San Bernadino, CA",http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/People-Shot-Nightclub-San-Bernardino-294974301.html,,,,
3/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/roseland-shooting-leaves-1-dead-3-injured-/551473/,,,,
3/10/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Columbus, GA",http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2015/03/10/3607030_five-wounded-during-tuesday-morning.html?rh=1,,,,
3/11/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Aurora, IL",http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83042213/,,,,
3/13/2015,Jimmy Lyons,2,3,"Brookhaven, MS",http://www.wapt.com/news/central-mississippi/reports-5-shot-in-brookhaven/31775312,,,,
3/14/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Atlanta, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-investigating-shooting-left-5-men-injured/nkXFD/,,,,
3/15/2015,Eric Antonio Cannady and Tommy Ray Jackson Jr.,0,4,"Lillington, NC",http://www.wncn.com/story/28524422/4-injured-in-early-morning-shooting-in-lillington,,,,
3/15/2015,Christopher Lance Joyner,3,1,"Houston County, AL",http://www.wsfa.com/story/28529911/3-dead-1-injured-in-houston-county-murder-suicide,,,,
3/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Compton, CA",http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/03/15/2-girls-2-men-shot-at-birthday-party-in-compton/,,,,
3/17/2015,Unknown,3,4,"Stockton, CA",http://www.kcra.com/news/police-multiple-people-reportedly-injured-in-stockton-shooting/31860188,,,,
3/18/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Mesa, AZ",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/18/mesa-arizona-shootings/24965575/,,,,
3/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Newark, NJ",http://www.northjersey.com/news/police-1-killed-3-wounded-in-afternoon-shooting-in-newark-1.1291344,,,,
3/19/2015,Justin Fowler,2,2,"Navajo Nation, AZ",http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3740954.shtml,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbus, MS",http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=40862,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Oklahoma City, OK",http://newsok.com/police-investigate-quadruple-shooting-in-northeast-oklahoma-city/article/5403359,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Joliet, IL",http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/463526/four-shot-joliet,,,,
3/20/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Lancaster, TX",http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/03/five-wounded-one-killed-in-lancaster-shooting.html/,,,,
3/21/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Ybor City, FL",http://tbo.com/news/crime/four-shot-outside-carmines-restaurant-in-ybor-city-20150321/,,,,
3/21/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Lehigh Acres, FL",http://www.winknews.com/2015/03/22/five-injured-at-lehigh-acres-party/,,,,
3/22/2015,Unknown,1,6,"Albuquerque, NM",http://www.abqjournal.com/558868/abqnewsseeker/albuquerque-police-1-dead-others-hurt-in-park-shooting.html,,,,
3/23/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Clarksville, TN",http://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/crime/2015/03/24/dead-injured-drive-shooting/70366434/,,,,
3/24/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Indianapolis, IN",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/24/4-dead-indianapolis-home/70374450/,,,,
3/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Amarillo, TX",http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2015-03-26/police-investigate-near-hamlet-elementary,,,,
3/28/2015,David Jamichael Daniels,0,7,"Panama City Beach, FL",http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2015/03/spring_break_shooting_in_flori.html,,,,
3/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Stockton, CA",http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/stockton/2015/03/29/four-people-shooting-deja-vu-night-club/70644684/,,,,
3/30/2015,Sudheer Khamitkar,4,0,"Tulsa, OK",http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/four-people-found-dead-in-east-tulsa-home-police-say/article_9c246e78-57b2-5d84-8257-5a5d23e37a14.html,,,,

April 2015

4/2/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.wbaltv.com/news/multiple-people-shot-in-west-baltimore/32156116,,,,
4/3/2015,Vincent Tyrone Smith,0,4,"Daytona Beach, FL",http://www.wesh.com/news/4-people-shot-near-bethunecookman-university-deputies-say/32169944,,,,
4/5/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Louisville, KY",http://www.wave3.com/story/28724814/5-people-shot-in-early-hours-of-easter-sunday,,,,
4/5/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Indianapolis, IN",http://www.bigstory.ap.org/article/c5d24cbeed8d40afb2322c66e6b9153c/police-2-women-3-children-shot-indianapolis-townhome,,,,
4/7/2015,Unknown,1,3,"North Rome, GA",http://wrgarome.com/common/page.php?feed=1&id=45571&is_corp=1,,,,
4/16/2015,Unknown,5,0,"Phoenix, AZ",http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/17/five-dead-in-family-dispute-after-hours-long-standoff-at-phoenix-home/,,,,
4/16/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Los Angeles, CA",http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20150416/1-killed-4-wounded-in-shootings-in-palms-male-suspect-sought,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Paterson, NJ",http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Boy-15-Dies-in-NJ-Shooting-Paterson-300593881.html,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charlotte, NC",http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/medic-1-person-taken-hospital-after-west-charlotte/nkxff/,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Lumberton, NC",http://www.wave3.com/story/28837482/police-shooting-in-lumberton-leaves-one-dead-6-year-old-child-among-3-injured,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Williamsport, PA",http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/04/five_wounded_in_shooting_outsi.html#incart_river,,,,
4/18/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Montgomery, AL",http://www.wsfa.com/story/28841135/5-injured-in-west-montgomery-shooting,,,,
4/19/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Richmond, VA",http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_d6647e6f-dd0f-5edf-b43b-4c981e8eb9aa.html,,,,
4/21/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Killeen, TX",http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Police-Investigate-Early-Morning-Shooting-300759331.html,,,,
4/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Trenton, NJ",http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/04/4_shot_in_trenton_early_saturday_night_police_say.html,,,,
4/25/2015,David Alligood,1,6,"Gates, NY",http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/04/25/killed-hurt-gates-pub-shooting/26355003/,,,,
4/27/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Brooklyn, NY",http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/28/nyregion/5-shot-2-fatally-outside-funeral-at-brooklyn-church.html?smid=re-share&_r=0,,,,
4/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Gila Bend, AZ",http://azdailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/mcso-people-dead-wounded-in-shooting-east-of-gila-bend/article_858544a6-fbd7-592c-8c5a-141c79e7836a.html,,,,

May 2015

5/1/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Milwaukee, WI",http://fox6now.com/2015/05/01/developing-two-killed-in-early-morning-shooting-near-37th-and-nash/,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Menasha, WI",http://news.yahoo.com/four-killed-shooting-wisconsin-foot-bridge-including-suspect-041118959.html,,,,
5/3/2015,Christopher Lee Accettura,0,4,"South Bend, IN",http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/update-arrest-made-in-south-bend-shooting-that-injured-4/32785308,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Houston, TX",http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Six-Injured-In-Shooting-Outside-Of-Texas-Nightclub-302352761.html,,,,
5/3/2015,Unknown,1,6,"Dayton, OH",http://www.wlwt.com/news/police-8-shot-at-dayton-business/32778884,,,,
5/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bronx, NY",http://nypost.com/2015/05/04/daily-blotter-512/,,,,
5/4/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Buffalo, NY",http://wivb.com/2015/05/04/police-respond-to-triple-shooting-in-buffalo/,,,,
5/7/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Cincinnati, OH",http://www.wlwt.com/news/cpd-investigating-quadruple-shooting-on-baltimore-avenue/32867572,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Jersey City, NJ",http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/05/4_women_shot_on_jersey_city_street_5_charged_with.html#incart_river,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Cleveland, OH",http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/11/cleveland-shooting_n_7254086.html,,,,
5/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Newark, NJ",http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NJ-Newark-Knights-Biker-Club-Shooting-Dead-303236741.html,,,,
5/12/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Capitol Heights, MD",http://wtop.com/prince-georges-county/2015/05/one-killed-4-injured-in-capitol-heights-shooting/,,,,
5/12/2015,Christopher Carrillo,5,0,"Tucson, AZ",http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/13/tucson-shooting_n_7272000.html,,,,
5/13/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Anchorage, AK",http://www.adn.com/article/20150514/domestic-violence-blame-4-deaths-south-anchorage-police-say,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Milwaukee, WI",http://fox6now.com/2015/05/16/breaking-police-investigate-triple-shooting-on-milwaukees-north-side/,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.wbaltv.com/news/2-men-2-women-shot-in-baltimore-police-say/33062884,,,,
5/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Rochester, NY",http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/05/16/four-men-shot-near-lewis-street/27434111/,,,,
5/17/2015,Unknown,9,18,"Waco, TX",http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/17/us/texas-shooting/index.html,,,,
5/18/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Miami, FL",http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article21349797.html,,,,
5/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Kinloch, MO",http://www.kmov.com/story/29099207/two-hospitalized-after-late-night-shooting-in-kinloch,,,,
5/19/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Arlington, VA",http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/05/4-injured-in-shooting-in-arlington-114076.html,,,,
5/20/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.wbaltv.com/news/police-several-people-shot-in-east-baltimore/33129870,,,,
5/23/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Fresno, CA",http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article21934929.html,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-critically-wounded-in-st-louis-shooting/article_08aeee05-13db-53a9-95c4-11d3820a0b80.html,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Montgomery, AL",http://www.wsfa.com/story/29146971/4-shot-1-dead-in-weekend-shooting-at-montgomerys-smiley-court,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Flint, MI",http://www.abc12.com/home/headlines/Multiple-people-shot-during-violent-holiday-weekend-304862191.html,,,,
5/24/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Brockton, MA",http://www.wcvb.com/news/gunfire-erupts-at-brockton-bar-multiple-injuries-reported/33195690?absolute=true,,,,
5/25/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Decatur, IL",http://herald-review.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/decatur-man-killed-four-wounded-in-shooting-at-club-maxey/article_2c850ef3-21f1-5830-80df-3d430638b068.html,,,,
5/26/2015,Unknown,2,2,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/05/2_killed_2_injured_shooting.html,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Omaha, NE",http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Four-Wounded-In-Shooting-305416711.html,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chester, PA",http://6abc.com/news/1-dead-3-wounded-in-chester-shooting/751826/,,,,
5/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, Il",http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150529/west-englewood/toddler-among-five-wounded-west-englewood-shooting-police-say,,,,
5/29/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",http://www.cbs8.com/story/29196990/4-shot-at-bar-swat-standoff-underway,,,,
5/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"San Diego, CA",http://www.cbs8.com/story/29196990/4-shot-at-bar-swat-standoff-underway,,,,
5/30/2015,Unknown,1,3,"North Amityville, NY",http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/05/30/north-amityville-fight/,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Cleveland, OH",http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/cleveland/2015/05/31/lavern-ave-shooting/28285919/,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Conyers, GA",http://www.rockdalecitizen.com/news/2015/may/31/one-dead-three-wounded-in-shooting-rampage-in/,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Springdale, MD",http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/One-Dead-Three-Injured-in-Shooting-at-Prince-George-Co-Park-305617831.html,,,,
5/31/2015,Unknown,0,5,"New Haven, CT",http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Five-People-Shot-at-New-Haven-Party-305604931.html,,,,

June 2015

6/2/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Anniston, AL",http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2015/06/4_people_shot_in_anniston_disp.html,,,,
6/3/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Wyandanch, NY",http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/3-Dead-Wyandanch-Long-Island-Shooting-Police-306096381.html,,,,
6/5/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Davenport, IA",http://qctimes.com/news/local/injured-in-shooting-in-davenport/article_a7b33225-4ada-50d6-805e-474aa473c9ff.html,,,,
6/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/nopd-responding-to-multiple-people-shot-near-trem-seventh-ward/33423652?absolute=true,,,,
6/6/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/5-injured-in-south-austin-shooting/769688/,,,,
6/6/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Buffalo, NY",http://wivb.com/2015/06/06/buffalo-police-investigate-triple-shooting/,,,,
6/7/2015,Michael Augustine Bournes,5,0,"Deer Lodge, MT",http://www.krtv.com/story/29277717/victims-identified-in-murders-suicide-near-deer-lodge,,,,
6/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"St. Louis, MO",http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-dead-wounded-by-gunfire-in-north-st-louis-park/article_e5e1e823-c09f-579f-8d3d-5d81401b269b.html,,,,
6/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Cincinnati, OH",http://www.wlwt.com/news/police-investigating-after-3-people-shot-in-evanston/33507594,,,,
6/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Los Angeles, CA",http://abc7.com/news/1-dead-3-wounded-in-south-la-shooting/776768/,,,,
6/11/2015,Unknown,1,8,"Bridgeport, CT",http://news.yahoo.com/nine-wounded-one-dead-shooting-connecticut-apartment-media-094718511.html,,,,
6/11/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Houston, TX",http://abc13.com/news/one-dead-several-injured-after-third-ward-shooting/777883/,,,,
6/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Miami, FL",http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/06/12/several-people-injured-in-shooting-outside-miami-club/,,,,
6/13/2015,Patrick Solis & Donald Walters,0,4,"Oklahoma City, OK",http://www.okcfox.com/story/29315672/four-injured-in-drive-by-shooting-2-arrested,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bronx, NY",http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Suspect-Sought-5-Shot-Bronx-NYPD-307540851.html,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tulsa, OK",http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/four-hospitalized-in-overnight-shooting-at-north-tulsa-party/article_cdb02e7a-c686-58c0-971a-3638aff44fd7.html,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Columbus, OH",http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-dead-injured-shooting-ohio-home-31741950,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",http://www.kmov.com/story/29315038/saturday-night-party-ends-in-quadruple-shooting,,,,
6/13/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Fayette County, GA",http://www.11alive.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/14/fayette-fatal-pool-party-shooting/71207432/,,,,
6/14/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Camden, NJ",http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/14/camden-shooting-leaves-injured/71207522/,,,,
6/14/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Milledgeville, GA",http://www.macon.com/2015/06/14/3796263/one-killed-three-wounded-in-shooting.html,,,,
6/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Brooklyn, NY",http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/4-shot-1-slashed-brooklyn-bar-sources-article-1.2258318,,,,
6/16/2015,Ivan Clark,0,4,"Miami Gardens, FL",http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Four-People-Shot-in-Miami-Gardens-Police-307722511.html,,,,
6/17/2015,Dylan Roof,9,0,"Charleston, SC",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/06/17/charleston-south-carolina-shooting/28902017/,,,,
6/19/2015,Zackary Alvarado,0,4,"Woonsocket, RI",http://m.providencejournal.com/article/20150619/NEWS/150619206/14110,,,,
6/20/2015,Unknown,0,10,"Philadelphia, PA",http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/21/us/philadelphia-block-party-shooting/,,,,
6/20/2015,Unknown,1,11,"Detroit, MI",http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/21/us/detroit-birthday-party-shooting/,,,,
6/21/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Lexington, KY",http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Several-people-injured-in-shooting-at-Douglass-Park-in-Lexington.html,,,,
6/21/2015,Russell Smith,4,0,"Roy, UT",http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Several-people-injured-in-shooting-at-Douglass-Park-in-Lexington.html,,,,
6/22/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Philadelphia, PA",http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20150623_Seven_people_shot_in_Kensington.html,,,,
6/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/1-dead-3-injured-in-bronzeville-shooting/802755/,,,,
6/23/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Breaux Bridge, LA",http://www.katc.com/story/29392606/3-dead-1-injured-in-breaux-bridge-shooting,,,,
6/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Manhattan, NY",http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/nyregion/four-wounded-in-upper-manhattan-shooting.html?_r=0,,,,
6/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/12756595-171/violent-night-in-new-orleans,,,,
6/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Detroit, MI",http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/06/27/4-men-shot-at-block-party-in-detroit/,,,,
6/27/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Greenacres, FL",http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/greenacres-police-probe-report-of-shooting/nmm6y/,,,,
6/27/2015,Roosevelt Holmes,1,3,"Hartford, CT",http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2015/06/28/shooting-at-hartford-basketball-tournament-leaves-4-hurt/,,,,
6/27/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Taunton, MA",http://www.turnto10.com/story/29424942/one-dead-three-others-injured-in-taunton-shooting,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Harrington, DE",http://www.doverpost.com/article/20150628/NEWS/150629891,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Detroit, MI",http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/06/29/block-party-shooting/29451529/,,,,
6/28/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Venice, IL",http://thetelegraph.com/news/3391/autopsy-man-killed-in-granite-city-crash-had-been-shot,,,,
6/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Opa-locka, FL",http://www.wsvn.com/story/29437311/4-shot-in-opa-locka-neighborhood,,,,

July 2015

7/1/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Newark, NJ",http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/07/five_people_wounded_in_multiple_newark_shooting.html,,,,
7/1/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Indianapolis, IN",http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2015/07/03/one-killed-three-injured-drive-shooting/29659359/,,,,
7/3/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Philadelphia, PA",http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/29468719/2-dead-2-wounded-in-nicetown-shooting,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Washington, D.C.",http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/dc/2015/07/05/4-shot-1-killed-in-se-dc-shooting/29731213/,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Pittsfield, MA",http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/07/pittsfield_shooting_leaves_1_d.html,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"San Antonio, TX",http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Police-Fight-over-women-led-to-North-Side-6366733.php,,,,
7/4/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Syracuse, NY",http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/07/4_people_shot_as_suspect_opens_fire_on_syracuse_crowd_watching_july_4th_firework.html#incart_story_package,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,0,9,"Fort Wayne, IN",http://wane.com/2015/07/05/nine-people-hurt-in-early-morning-shooting/,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,0,8,"Shreveport, LA",http://www.ksla.com/story/29477516/8-injured-in-overnight-shooting-in-w-shreveport,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Rock Hill, SC",http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article26552740.html,,,,
7/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"East Orange, NJ",http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/07/06/east-orange-shooting/,,,,
7/7/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.wbal.com/article/116967/40/4-shot-3-dead-just-blocks-from-umb-campus,,,,
7/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Jersey City, NJ",http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2015/07/four_people_injured_in_jersey_city_shooting_police.html#incart_river,,,,
7/12/2015,Unknown,2,3,"River Forest, IL",http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/07/12/cop-wounded-in-river-forest-shootout-neighbor-says/,,,,
7/12/2015,Marquiles Whaley,3,1,"Baton Rouge, LA",http://theadvocate.com/news/12895241-171/three-dead-one-wounded-in,,,,
7/13/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Stockton, CA",http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/07/13/1-dead-4-injured-in-stockton-shooting-2/,,,,
7/14/2015,Unknown,0,4,"St. Louis, MO",http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/four-shot-one-critically-injured-in-shooting-near-halls-ferry/article_efb36b2b-1654-5f7f-b86f-d88cf9cfdbcf.html,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-ci-shootings-20150715-story.html,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Holly Hill, SC",http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sheriffs-office-people-killed-home-south-carolina-32464912,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Cleaveland, OH",http://fox8.com/2015/07/16/at-least-7-injured-in-overnight-drive-by-shooting-on-clevelands-east-side/,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Detroit, MI",http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/4-people-shot-in-driveby-shooting-on-detroits-west-side/34189762,,,,
7/15/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Atlanta, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/double-shooting-investigated-nw-atlanta/nmzQt/,,,,
7/16/2015,Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez,5,3,"Chattanooga, TN",http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-police-officer-shot-near-tennessee-army-recruiting-center/,,,,
7/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Dallas, TX",http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/crime/2015/07/17/three-shot-in-grocery-store-ambush/30285841/,,,,
7/17/2015,Clement Dwight Cooper and Michael Antonio Long,1,5,"Columbus, OH",http://nbc4i.com/2015/07/17/1-dead-4-injured-in-west-columbus-shooting/,,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Cincinnati, OH",http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/07/17/sunshine-avenue-shooting/30327115/,,,,
7/17/2015,Anthony Lord,2,4,"Aroostook County, ME",http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/17/town-of-lee-shut-down-for-manhunt/,http://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/20/news/aroostook/lord-confessed-to-shooting-spree-that-left-2-dead-says-affidavit/,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Washington, DC",http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Three-People-Shot-in-Northeast-DC--316481771.html,,,,
7/17/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-violence-five-shot-west-garfield-park-friday-316363111.html,,,,
7/18/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Baton Rouge, LA",http://www.wafb.com/story/29580203/two-dead-two-hospitalized-in-brice-street-shooting,,,,
7/18/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Salem, OR",http://www.kval.com/news/local/1-dead-3-injured-in-Salem-strip-club-shooting-316933861.html,,,,
7/19/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Louisville, KY",http://www.14news.com/story/29581038/7-people-shot-inside-louisville-nightclub-suspect-at-large,,,,
7/19/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Suffolk, VA",http://wtkr.com/2015/07/19/four-people-shot-in-suffolk/,,,,
7/20/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bronx, NY",http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/5-youths-wounded-gunfire-erupts-barbecue-bronx-park-article-1.2297516,,,,
7/21/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami Gardens, FL",http://www.wsvn.com/story/29597409/shooting-outside-miami-gardens-night-club-leaves-1-dead,,,,
7/22/2015,Unknown,4,1,"Forsyth County, GA",http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/three-people-dead-two-wounded-in-forsyth-county-sh/nm4jg/,,,,
7/23/2015,John Russell Houser,3,9,"Lafayette, LA",http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-louisiana-movie-theater-shooting-20150724-story.html,,,,
7/25/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Erie, PA",http://www.erietvnews.com/story/29640437/4th-gun-recovered-in-investigation-into-deadly-shootout,http://www.erietvnews.com/story/29630640/erie-teen-killed-5-more-injured-in-overnight-shooting,,,
7/25/2015,William Timothy Faust,0,4,"Hopewell, VA",http://www.nbc12.com/story/29682598/police-make-arrest-in-shotgun-shooting-that-injured-4-in-hopewell,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Indianapolis, IN",http://www.wthr.com/story/29633647/multiple-people-wounded-in-near-downtown-shooting-incident-with-police-officers,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Kansas City, MO",http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/26/us-usa-crime-missouri-idUSKCN0Q00QF20150726,,,,
7/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/07/4_shot_in_assault_rifle_attack.html,,,,
7/27/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Rockford, IL",http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Five-People-Shot-at-House-Party-318631191.html,,,,
7/28/2015,Harley Wilder,2,2,"West Frankfort, IL",http://www.wpsdlocal6.com/story/29660069/two-killed-two-injured-in-west-frankfort-shooting,,,,
7/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Pittsburgh, PA",http://www.wtae.com/news/12yearold-shot-in-homewood-north/34453952,,,,

August 2015

8/1/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Orlando, FL",http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-victor-hernandez-shot-eye-orlando-20150803-story.html,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/1-dead-4-injured-in-north-austin-shooting/898451/,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,9,"Brooklyn, NY",http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/03/nyregion/9-injured-in-shooting-in-east-brooklyn.html?_r=0,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Savannah, GA",http://m.wtoc.com/wtoc/db_350145/contentdetail.htm?full=true&contentguid=lTj70D7u&pn=&ps=#display,,,,
8/2/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Baltimore, MD",http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bal-7-shot-in-single-incident-in-w-baltimore-neighborhood-20150802-story.html,,,,
8/3/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Brooklyn, NY",http://nypost.com/2015/08/04/five-wounded-in-brooklyn-drive-by-shooting/,,,,
8/4/2015,Unknown,1,4,"St. Louis, MO",http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/two-men-killed-wounded-in-overnight-shootings-in-st-louis/article_5d1e6dce-ee47-5da2-8a78-65e0283841fc.html,,,,
8/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbia, SC",http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2015/08/07/four-people-shot-columbia-suspect-wanted/31300491/,,,,
8/7/2015,Jody Herring,4,0,"Barre, VT",http://www.wcax.com/story/29740309/3-women-found-dead-in-berlin-related-to-barre-shooting-suspect,,,,
8/8/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Gastonia, NC",http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gaston-county-shooting-five-shot-including-two-police-officers-n406611,,,,
8/8/2015,Unknown,1,11,"Blytheville, AR",http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7f29eae4bf1f48c79d31b1e53dbc19a0/AR--Blytheville-Slaying,,,,
8/8/2015,David Conley,8,0,"Houston, TX",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/10/victims-shooting-mourned/31398681/,,,,
8/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Forest, MS",http://www.wapt.com/news/central-mississippi/woman-killed-in-forest-shooting/34631886,,,,
8/9/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Detroit, MI",http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/08/10/dead-wounded-overnight-detroit-shootings/31403023/,,,,
8/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Long Beach, CA",http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-4-shot-in-long-beach-gunman-at-large-20150810-story.html,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Pittsburgh, PA",http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/3-shot-1-dead-west-end-shooting/nnK5P/,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Orangeburg, SC",http://thetandd.com/news/drive-by-shooter-kills-injures/article_5a98e314-e6f4-5ab0-b54f-431853f606ff.html,,,,
8/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Los Angeles, CA",http://abc7.com/news/4-people-in-car-injured-after-gunman-opens-fire-in-south-los-angeles/935475/,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Miami, FL",http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article31249055.html,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Fort Worth, TX",http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article31246733.html,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Bennettsville, SC",http://www.wfxg.com/story/29803458/five-people-shot-at-bennettsville-club-early-sunday-morning-officials-state,,,,
8/16/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150816/austin/3-men-1-female-passerby-injured-austin-party-shooting-police-say,,,,
8/19/2015,Unknown,3,4,"Rochester, NY",http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/killed-wounded-shooting-western-york-33194354,,,,
8/20/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Starr County, TX",http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/two-dead-two-injured-in-starr-county-shooting/article_37057292-47b8-11e5-8a52-ab722992a66f.html,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,0,8,"Durham, NC",http://wncn.com/2015/08/22/7-injured-in-durham-drive-by-shooting/,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,3,1,"Roswell, NM",http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3886264.shtml#.VdtF_PlVhHw,,,,
8/21/2015,Unknown,2,5,"Cincinnati, OH",http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/08/22/police-5-injured-2-dead--madisonville-shooting/32189603/,,,,,8/21/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Pine Hills, FL",http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-three-shot-gas-station-pine-hills-20150822-story.html#,,,,
8/22/2015,Unknown,1,7,"Modesto, CA",http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/after-california-music-festival-shooting-leaves-1-dead-7-injured-n414561,,,,
8/25/2015,Unknown,1,3,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/08/new_orleans_homicide.html#incart_story_package,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Brooklyn Center, MN",http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/08/26/4-shot-injured-in-brooklyn-center-home-invasion/,,,,
8/26/2015,Vester Flanagan (aka Bryce Williams),3,1,"Moneta, VA",http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/us/wdbj7-virginia-journalists-shot-during-live-broadcast.html?emc=edit_na_20150826&nlid=54192941&ref=headline&_r=0,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,2,2,"West Palm Beach, FL",http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/police-more-than-one-injured-in-west-palm-beach-sh/nnRYF/,,,,
8/26/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Chicago, IL",http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-3-shot-in-east-garfield-park-20150826-story.html,,,,
8/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Salinas, CA",http://www.ksbw.com/news/two-dead-two-wounded-in-salinas-shooting/34949818,,,,
8/28/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Brooklyn, NY",http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/08/28/deadly-brooklyn-lounge-shooting/,,,,
8/29/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Smith County, TX",http://www.cbs19.tv/story/29913661/victim-identified-in-truck-stop-shooting,,,,
8/29/2015,Robert Seth Denton,3,2,"Bristol, TN",http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/dead-injured-shooting-spree-tennessee-33417102,,,,
8/29/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Macon, GA",http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article32791677.html,,,,
8/30/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Memphis, TN",http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/29916653/1-dead-4-injured-in-shooting-on-sobota-circle,,,,
8/30/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Muskegon Heights, MI",http://woodtv.com/2015/08/30/3-shot-in-muskegon-heights/,,,,

September 2015

9/1/2015,Lyndon Beharry,4,0,"Long Branch, NJ",http://6abc.com/news/family-shot-in-murder-suicide-before-nj-fire-prosecutors-say/969948/,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Charlotte, NC",http://wtop.com/national/2015/09/police-girl-9-dead-3-hurt-after-north-carolina-shooting/,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Columbus, MO",http://www.abc17news.com/news/four-injured-following-shooting-at-columbia-vfw/35121054,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Daytona Beach, FL",http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/police-4-shot-outside-daytona-beach-nightclub/nnYsn/,,,,
9/5/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Las Vegas, NV",http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/29967889/1-killed-3-injured-in-shooting-on-eastside,,,,
9/7/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Denver, CO",http://www.9news.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/07/4-injured-downtown-denver-shooting/71833624/,,,,
9/7/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Washington, DC",http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Multiple-People-Shot-in-Southeast-DC-Incident-325529391.html,,,,
9/8/2015,Brian Short,5,0,"Minneapolis, MN",http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Authorities-Minnesota-family-died-in-6500498.php,,,,
9/8/2015,Unkown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/941400/four-shot-englewood-backyard,,,,
9/8/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Manson, WA",http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/crime_and_courts/dead-in-shooting-in-chelan-county/article_9ff488b6-5707-11e5-a337-a77b679c27c1.html,,,,
9/11/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Charlotte, NC",http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/2015/09/11/breaking-3-people-shot--nc-music-factory/72117028/,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Minneapolis, MN",http://www.startribune.com/one-killed-three-injured-in-early-morning-shooting/327025161/,,,,
9/12/2015,Undisclosed,0,6,"Minneapolis, MN",http://www.startribune.com/six-people-shot-overnight-near-target-center-in-downtown-minneapolis/327032521/,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,2,4,"Rochester, NY",http://www.twcnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2015/09/12/woodward-street-shooting-.html,,,,
9/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Shreveport, LA",http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/four-injured-in-caddo-heights-shooting,,,,
9/13/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Ocala, FL",http://www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2015/9/13/_1_dead_5_injured_in.html,,,,
9/13/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Los Chavez, NM",http://krqe.com/2015/09/13/state-police-investigating-double-homicide-in-los-chaves/,,,,
9/13/2015,Rodney Chemin,4,0,"Baker, LA",http://theadvocate.com/news/13436293-100/four-found-dead-in-apparent,,,,
9/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Newark, NJ",http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/09/4_wounded_in_multiple_newark_shooting.html,,,,
9/17/2015,Undisclosed,0,4,"Albion, MI",http://woodtv.com/2015/09/17/dispatchers-multiple-victims-in-albion-shooting/,,,,
9/17/2015,Scott Westerhuis,6,0,"Platte, SD",http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/father-killed-wife-kids-suicide-prelim-autopsy-reveals-n431401?cid=sm_tw&hootPostID=1cbcc7d6cf3ec13f4bb8ee5651e7de1f,,,,
9/19/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Indianapolis, IN",http://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/19/4-people-shot-northside/72498548/,http://wishtv.com/2015/09/19/4-shot-including-juvenile-on-near-north-side/,,,
9/20/2015,Unknown,1,5,"Chicago, IL",http://wgntv.com/2015/09/20/one-dead-11-injured-in-englewood-shooting-crash/,http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/974500/police-1-killed-11-injured-englewood-shooting-crash,,,
9/20/2015,Unknown,0,6,"Tulsa, OK",http://www.newson6.com/story/30072412/six-shot-outside-tulsa-nightclub,,,,
9/21/2015,Undisclosed,2,2,"Sand City, CA",http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sand-city-police-shooting-20150921-story.html,,,,
9/21/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Philadelphia, PA",http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Tavern-Philadelphia-Shooting-Bikers-Fatal--328438681.html,,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Fort Meyers, FL",http://www.news-press.com/story/news/crime/2015/09/24/fort-myers-shooting-victim-identified/72733012/,http://www.winknews.com/2015/09/24/seven-people-shot-in-seven-hours-in-fort-myers/,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Norcross, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/ap/ap/georgia/police-1-dead-several-injured-in-norcross-shooting/nnmrT/,http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/norcross/2015/09/24/police-one-dead-several-injured-norcross-shooting/72722640/,,,
9/23/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Shreveport, LA",http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/5-injured-in-shooting,http://www.ktbs.com/story/30103197/five-injured-in-peach-st-drive-by-shooting,,,
9/24/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/4-people-shot-in-back-of-the-yards-/1000927/,http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/988138/four-shot-back-yards,,,
9/25/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Danville, IL",http://www.wandtv.com/story/30123982/danville-police-investigating-may-street-shooting,http://www.commercial-news.com/news/four-injured-in-friday-night-shooting-in-danville/article_e128931c-649b-11e5-9476-af5ed178c329.html,,,
9/26/2015,James Diaz,2,2,"Banning, CA",http://www.pe.com/articles/shooting-781634-officers-banning.html,http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2015/09/26/shootings-two-dead-banning/72903096/,,,
9/27/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Kansas City, MO",http://www.kmbc.com/news/police-4-shot-outside-18th-vine-jazz-club/35510854,http://www.kctv5.com/story/30125432/four-shot-outside-jazz-club-in-18th-vine-district,,,
9/27/2015,Unknown,0,10,"Greenville, GA",http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/sheriff-11-people-injured-west-georgia-bar-shooting-34101372,http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/11-people-shot-inside-georgia-bar/nnpy2/,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,2,3,"Chicago, IL",http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/996375/five-people-including-infant-shot-back-yards,http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-family-shooting-20150929-story.html,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Cincinnati, OH",http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/09/28/four-men-one-child-shot-evanston/73008124/,http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/cincinnati/evanston/4-men-child-shot-in-evanston,,,
9/28/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Dayton, OH",http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/multiple-victims-reported-in-dayton-shooting/nnqSG/,http://wdtn.com/2015/09/29/investigation-underway-after-4-shot-in-dayton/,,,
9/29/2015,Unknown,3,2,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/3-dead-2-wounded-in-fuller-park-shooting/1007546/,http://wgntv.com/2015/09/29/3-dead-2-injured-in-fuller-park-shooting/,,,

October 2015

10/1/2015,Chris Harper-Mercer,10,7,"Roseburg, OR",http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/10/horror_in_roseburg_10_minutes.html#incart_maj-story-1,http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/02/us/oregon-shooting-umpqua-community-college.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0,,,
10/2/2015,Undisclosed,1,4,"Baltimore, MD",http://washington.cbslocal.com/2015/10/02/report-4-injured-1-dead-in-reisterstown-road-shooting/,http://www.wbaltv.com/news/multiple-people-shot-in-northwest-baltimore/35622480,,,
10/2/2015,Walter A. Tyson,3,1,"Inglis, FL",http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/27686663-story?updates=,http://www.ibtimes.com/florida-shooting-3-killed-including-gunman-outside-inglis-town-hall-hours-after-2124331,,,
10/6/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Baltimore, MD",http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/10/06/at-least-2-shot-in-baltimore/,,,,
10/9/2015,Steven Jones,1,3,"Flagstaff, AZ",http://abcnews.go.com/US/deadly-shooting-reported-northern-arizona-universitys-flagstaff-campus/story?id=34363113,http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/10/09/one-person-dead-and-three-injured-in-shooting-at-northern-arizona-university/73639918/,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Peoria, IL",http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/teenager-dies-in-early-morning-shooting,,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Charlotte, NC",http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/1-person-seriously-injured-after-shooting-west-cha/nnzBY/,,,,
10/10/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Memphis, TN",http://wreg.com/2015/10/11/five-shot-one-ran-over-outside-hickory-hill-nightclub/,,,,
10/12/2015,Unknown,0,4,"DeKalb County, GA",http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/child-critical-following-quadruple-shooting-deK/nn2GZ/,http://patch.com/georgia/decatur/child-three-adults-injured-dekalb-shooting,,,
10/17/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Elkhart, IN",http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/crime-fire-courts/2015/10/17/Four-injured-in-overnight-shooting-at-The-Big-Easy-bar-in-Elkhart.html,,,,
10/17/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Fort Meyers, FL",http://www.news4jax.com/news/us-world-news/deadly-shooting-sparks-panic-at-zombicon/35907256,http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-zombicon-shooting-20151017-story.html,,,
10/18/2015,Unknown,0,4,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.ksla.com/story/30291009/nopd-4-women-injured-following-lower-ninth-ward-shooting,,,,
10/19/2015,Unknown,0,7,"Calumet City, IL",http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/36382222-story,,,,
10/23/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Nashville, TN",http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/23/3-shot-tennessee-campus-one-critical-condition/74444990/,,,,
10/24/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bamberg, SC",http://thetandd.com/news/four-injured-in-bamberg-shooting/article_bd56a66a-cefe-5524-a65d-39d2ba4773f4.html,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Washington, DC",http://wjla.com/news/local/5-injured-in-shooting-in-southeast-dc,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,1,4,"Pheonix, AZ",http://www.azfamily.com/story/30344012/pd-1-dead-4-injured-in-shooting-outside-phoenix-nightclub?autostart=true,,,,
10/25/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Four Oaks, NC",http://www.wral.com/five-injured-in-johnston-county-shooting/15014504/,,,,
10/25/2015,Rashawn Little,2,2,"Pageland, SC",http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/two-people-shot-one-killed-chesterfield-county/nn9BT/,http://www.abccolumbia.com/news/local/Suspect-accused-of-shooting-4-in-Pageland-captured-after-10-hour-manhunt-337118411.html,,,
10/26/2015,"Marquell Maurice Jackson, Corey James Cain, Diego Thomas",0,5,"Evansville, IN",http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/several-injured-in-shooting-behind-evansville-bar,http://www.14news.com/story/30356421/epd-5-hurt-after-shooting-behind-711-tavern,,,
10/27/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Fort Worth, TX",http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/tarrant-county/2015/10/27/five-injured-gunfire-fort-worth/74716370/,http://www.fox4news.com/news/39939044-story,,,
10/28/2015,"Elward Williams, Anthony Sylvester",1,3,"Houma, LA",http://www.wdsu.com/news/1-killed-in-quadruple-shooting/36107530,http://www.fox8live.com/story/30386078/arrest-warrants-issued-for-suspects-in-houma-quadruple-shooting,,,
10/31/2015,Undisclosed,4,0,"Colorado Springs, CO",http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29052366/shooting-reported-near-downtown-colorado-springs,,,,

November 2015

11/1/2015,Unknown,4,0,"Pendleton, SC",http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/30411911/anderson-county-deputies-investigate-pendleton-shooting,,,,
11/3/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Jacksonville, FL",http://www.news4jax.com/news/1-dead-in-northwest-jacksonville/36241146,,,,
11/3/2015,John Howell,2,2,"Harris County, TX",http://abc13.com/news/two-dead-two-injured-in-shooting-in-nw-harris-county/1068207/,,,,
11/4/2015,Herman Derico,4,0,"Oakland, ME",http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2015/11/04/police-from-five-agencies-are-at-the-scene-of-a-reported-shooting-on-belgrade-road-in-oakland/75189082/,,,,
11/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Tallahassee, FL",http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Crime-Scene-in-Tallahassee-342183851.html,,,,
11/6/2015,Darius Ratcliff,1,3,"Denver, CO",http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/one-killed-three-wounded-in-shooting-at-bayaud-ave-and-bannock-st-in-denver,,,,
11/6/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Bakersfield, CA",http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/Shooting-near--342248321.html,,,,
11/8/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Des Moines, IA",http://whotv.com/2015/11/08/one-person-killed-in-early-morning-shooting-outside-nightclub/,,,,
11/8/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Warren, MI",http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2015/11/08/shot-warren-hall-shooting/75416718/,,,,
11/9/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Indianapolis, IN",http://cbs4indy.com/2015/11/09/multiple-people-shot-on-near-east-side-early-monday-morning/,,,,
11/13/2015,Gawain Rushane Wilson,4,1,"Jacksonville, FL",http://www.wftv.com/news/ap/florida/infant-twins-among-4-killed-in-florida-domestic-sh/npNKJ/,,,,
11/14/2015,John Revels,3,2,"Los Angeles, CA",http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-man-wanted-in-deadly-killing-spree-kills-himself-as-cops-move-in-20151114-story.html,,,,
11/14/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Johnstown, PA",http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/5-injured-overnight-shootings-johnstown-7599.shtml,,,,
11/15/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Philadelphia, PA",http://6abc.com/news/4-hospitalized-after-shooting-in-east-mount-airy-/1086030/,http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/11/15/philadelphia-police-investigate-shooting-that-leaves-four-hospitalized/,,,
11/15/2015,William Hudson,6,0,"Anderson County, TX",http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/11/suspect-in-anderson-county-campsite-slayings-charged-with-six-counts-of-capital-murder.html/,,,,
11/16/2015,Donnie Lee Abernathy,3,1,"Round Mountain, AL",http://wiat.com/2015/11/16/3-dead-1-injured-after-cherokee-county-shooting/,,,,
11/16/2015,Daniel Harris,1,5,"Youngstown, OH",http://wkbn.com/2015/11/16/youngstown-police-investigating-shooting-at-southern-tavern/,,,,
11/17/2015,Pascasio Arellano,4,0,"Murray, KY",http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/id2716,,,,
11/18/2015,Unknown,5,0,"Fresno, CA",http://www.yourcentralvalley.com/news/five-injured-in-south-west-fresno-shooting,,,,
11/20/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Pittsburgh, PA",http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/9479922-74/shortly-east-least#axzz3s2LF2D5A,,,,
11/21/2015,Unknown ,1,3,"Baltimore, MD",http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/11/21/multiple-people-reportedly-shot-in-baltimore/,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Newburgh, NY",http://www.recordonline.com/article/20151123/NEWS/151129781,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,5,"Seattle, WA",http://www.komonews.com/news/local/5-injured-in-drive-by-shooting-on-Capitol-Hill-352946021.html,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,4,"Chicago, IL",http://abc7chicago.com/news/four-shot-in-north-lawndale-police-say/1095371/,,,,
11/22/2015,Marcos Antonio Hernandez,0,4,"Brownsville, TX",http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_918bd5a4-92cb-11e5-93a0-27d11413c3b4.html,,,,
11/22/2015,Unknown,0,17,"New Orleans, LA",http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/11/at_least_10_victims_of_bunny_f.html,,,,
11/23/2015,"Allen Lawrence Scarsella, Nathan Gustavsson, Daniel Macey, and Joseph Backman",0,5,"Minneapolis, MN",http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/26/us/4-arrested-in-shooting-at-black-lives-matter-protest-are-identified.html,https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/24/five-people-shot-near-minneapolis-protest-cops-searching-for-3-white-male-suspects/?hpid=hp_rhp-top-table-main_minneapolis-120am%3Ahomepage%2Fstory,,,
11/23/2015,Barry Kirk,4,1,"Columbus, OH",http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/11/23/Three-killed-in-police-shooting.html,,,,
11/23/2015,Undisclosed,1,3,"Houston, TX",http://www.khou.com/story/news/crime/2015/11/24/1-dead-3-others-wounded-sw-houston-shooting/76299510/,,,,
11/24/2015,Undisclosed,0,4,"Conway, SC",http://www.live5news.com/story/30602372/4-hospitalized-after-shooting-at-house-party-near-conway-police-say,,,,
11/26/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Boston, MA",http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/26/one-killed-shooting-near-fenway/sJBRMenLOs5R103bWjdwAK/story.html,,,,
11/27/2015,Unknown,2,2,"Sacramento, CA",http://www.kcra.com/news/two-dead-two-injured-in-sacramento-restaurant-shooting/36680932,,,,
11/27/2015,Robert Lewis Dear,3,9,"Colorado Springs, CO",http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/28/us/colorado-planned-parenthood-shooting/index.html,,,,

December 2015

12/2/2015,Unknown,1,3,"Savannah, GA",http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/3-men-wounded-woman-killed-in-savannah-shooting/npbN6/,,,,
12/2/2015,Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik,14,17,"San Bernardino, CA",http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/03/us/what-we-know-san-bernardino-mass-shooting/index.html,,,,
Data provided by Shooting Tracker.
Friday
Dec042015

Things I Love About Japan #6

  So nice living in a country where you needn't worry about things such as getting shot by an incompetent gun nut, a toddler, a psychopath, a homegrown terrorist, a robber, a pro-lifer, yourself, someone who's gone off his meds, a nervous trigger-happy parent, a jilted lover, a paranoid neighbor, someone you accidentally just cut off on the highway, a "pink supremist", a disgruntled employee, a secessionist, a gang member who's a lousy shot, the vice-president, a policeman . . .

Thursday
Nov192015

Kamado Jinja

Thursday
Nov122015

Listener Discretion Advised

"Warning: What Daddy is about to read to you is horseshit. But it's deceptively nice horseshit which some people believe so strongly that they are willing to hate and even kill over it. I hope you enjoy the story."

Thursday
Nov122015

Ah, Progress!

   Above is what Mount Kawara (香春岳) of Tagawa City (田川市) used to look like before Nihon Cement (now Taiheiyō Cement) shaved layer after layer off the top trying to get at its limestone.

   When I first visited Tagawa some twenty years ago, the right half of Kawara-dake had already been stripped down to about a third its original height, leaving a sheer cliff of stark white limestone on the left. Today that has also been mined. Now that's progress!

Wednesday
Nov112015

Chapman Kindergarten

Three-thirty in the morning and I’m wide awake. I thought I had this jetlag licked. Apparently not.

So, . . .

My older son Eoghan kicked and screamed yesterday morning: he did NOT want to go to kindergarten. He was adamant and couldn’t be coaxed or forced out the front door no matter what I tried. After a while my wife gave in and told him to go back to bed and rest.

 

“But no books. No toys. No TV.”

Rather than try to deal with it further, I went out with his younger brother, Liam, to a park that is located just outside the school grounds.

When Liam and I arrived at the park, everything—the swings, the slides, the tire, the lawns—was covered with dew. Living as long as I have in the southwest of Japan where it is seldom foggy, I had forgotten all about dew. I had even forgotten the word “dew” and wouldn’t have remembered it if it weren’t for a young girl of about three or four who called out to her mother and told what the swings were covered with.

“You don’t want to sit down on the swing,” I told Liam. “They’re covered with dew, with water. If you sit down on it, you’ll end up with a soggy bottom.

About forty minutes later, my wife showed up with Eoghan. The boy looked genuinely happy to be there.

“What happened?” I asked.

“He had to poo.”

“Aah.”

Eoghan, standing at the edge of the playground, was about to step in when he stopped himself and suddenly remember: “Oh, I gotta go to school!”

He then ran off towards the school’s doors, my wife chasing after him.

 

Now the funny thing about kindergarten here—and I don’t know if it just Chapman, or all the kindergartens in the Portland Public School system, or all of them in the States—but the daily routine is highly regimented. There are, for starters, quite a few musts: You MUST drop your child off at school between 7:55 and 8:00. If you are ten minutes late, you MUST report to the school office and bring a note to the teacher! You must pick your child up at exactly 2:15! And so on.

My son’s kindergarten back in Japan is, by comparison, in a state of virtual anarchy. Arrival and dismissal times are not clearly defined: you may drop your child off between 8:30 and 9:30. And there is no need to notify the school if you’re late. You can alternate between commuting by school bus and bringing your child on foot or by bicycle, as you please. You may even change the bus stop at which your child gets off as my son often requests. And once at school, the kids spend most of their time playing in the schoolyard and roaming about in the classroom, rather than engaged in structured lessons.

Another big difference, though, is the rituals that mark the day. The kids at my son’s Buddhist school go to school in their formal school attire. Once at school, they remove their street shoes, place them in a cubbyhole, and change into their indoor shoes. Then, they progress to their classrooms where they put their bags into another cubbyhole, hang their water bottles on the appropriate rack and change into their play clothes. For the next hour or so they are allowed to run around, play in the mud, get unbelievably filthy, catch insects, and so on. They are, for the most part, free to do as they like, though there are some controlled activities, such as practice for the school summer festival and the autumn field day.

When lunchtime comes around, they spread their furoshiki out, pray to the Buddha, and then eat. School lunch is served about two or three times a week. On the other days, the children bring their own bentō.

 

Later that night when Eoghan and I were lying in bed, I asked him how his day had been. Unfortunately, I didn’t get many answers. He had fun, that much was clear.

While he didn’t have many answers for me, he certainly had a lot of questions: What does this mean? What does that mean? What is this? What is that? Whenever I explained something it was like a powerful light coming on in his brain: “Ah! So that’s what that was all about!!!”

 

Tomorrow, er, today will be his third day at Chapman. This weekend we’ll have three days off, thanks to the Labor Day weekend, which will provide all of us a much-needed rest for all of us.

But for now, it’s back to sleep!

 

 

4 September 2015, Portland, Oregon

Monday
Nov092015

Local Warming

   It was so warm yesterday--27℃--that my wife and I decided to take the boys to the beach. Only three weeks earlier we had done the very same thing, thinking it would probably be our last visit of the year. Thanks to global warming, or perhaps local warming, it wasn't. And, it may possibly won't be our last.

   According to the news, the arrival of the autumn hews, what the Japanese call kōyō (紅葉, lit. "red leaves"), is now fifteen days later than it used to be fifty years ago. Thanks to this warming trend, we are now able to come to the beach eight months of the year, something that is both pleasant and terrifying at the same time. 

   Better late than never.

Wednesday
Oct212015

Then again . . .

A student raises her hand and asks me what 'show up' means.

"To show up," I explain "means to arrive or come or appear."

"A~h . . ." After chewing on it for a moment, she gives me a peevish look and grumbles, "Didn't we do this before?"

By "this", she means the worksheet I have given her. It's a page from a textbook I've been putting together and trying out in various classes to find any mistakes or poorly worded sentences.

"Possibly," I tell her. "Then again, if you're so smart, why are you having to ask me what 'show up' means for the second time?"

"Ah, solly . . ."

 

Thursday
Oct082015

Portlandia - The Count

I was in Portland for the first half of September. This is the tally after my first week there. (I have included the corresponding numbers after a week back in Japan.)
Fatsos riding Rascals
11ーAs with obese children, this affluent neighborhood doesn’t seem to have very many super-obese people. Fat people abound, but the fire-up-the-forklift type were not as common as I had expected. I suppose that if I were to go out to the suburbs, the case would be different.
0--Obesity just isn't as huge a problem in Japan. I did count three very overweight women during the past week.
Old Ladies Peering over the Steering Wheel of Massive Jalopies
1ーOnly saw one. Also, I only came across one car that was broken down on the side of the road. I take this as a sign that the economy has recovered considerably. 
0ーFew old ladies drive here and there are even fewer massive cars from the 70s and 80s here.
Men in Navy Suits with White Shirts and Red Ties
0ーDidn’t see many people wearing the full regalia of the businessman.
0ーLots of men in suits, though.
The Use of the Words:
"Craft(ed)"
2ーSubway’s hand-crafted foot-longs” (Seems this word is finally dying out. Thank God.)
“Artisan"
             7ーbread, coffee roastery, artisanal wine, Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins, Trader Joe’s Artisan Bread, Artisan Carpets, and so on. (This word is still going strong, but not as prevalent as I had expected.)
TV Commercials for Medicine/Pharmaceuticals
1 (Haven’t watched much TV) The one commercial I saw was for a drug for Crone’s Disease. The warning at the end of the commercial was almost as long as the bit praising the benefits of the drug.
0ーHaven't watched TV. In general, you won't find commercials for prescription drugs on TV here.
Obese Children
17 (Far fewer than expected. Must be all the amphetamines the kids are hopped up on, that or the fact that we are staying in a reasonably affluent neighborhood.)  There were quite a few at the Wings & Waves Water Park in McMinville, but considering how expensive the place was, they were probably not getting children from the lower echelons of society that tend to be more overweight. The same goes with the Children’s Museum.)
0ーKids are definitely getting bigger, both horizontally and vertically, but childhood obesity isn't a problem yet.
Nutters Talking to Himself
8
1ーjust saw one. I think the old guy was drunk.
Bums with Signs
15; popular places are Powell's and Salt and Straw; some people seem to be camped out at a particular place with their handwritten on cardboard sign.
0ーSee below.
Homeless People 
148 (Have lost count; hit the mother load at Couch Park and the North Park Blocks)
2ーI asked my wife if she had seen any homeless people. She thought about it a while and replied that she had seen an old man digging cans out of the garbage. Even the bums here are industrious.
Smokers
     17; surprisingly few smokers, many of them have been homeless; haven’t seen anyone smoking inside, even in bars, something I have liked.
A handfulーFar fewer than I had expected
Cops on Bikes
4
0ーNo cops on bikes, horses, Segways, etc.
Cops on Horesback
3
High-end Sports Cars 
 2, Mazerati, Tesla
A fewーDidn't really pay attention to cars when I got back to Japan.
Asked for Money
        1ー"Sir, can you help me? Could you give some money for food?"
0ーIt's rare to see panhandlers in Japan. I think I've only seen one in my 23 years here and that was in Ōsaka which doesn't really count.
Unappreciated Buskers
8
0ーThere are an awful lot of street musicians here but unlike America they don't do it for money so much as exposure.
New Slang/Words
1
“Amazeballs"
“Epic" is being overused on TV.
Cultural Refrences/Terms I don't Get
Too many to keep track of . . . Such as “Line”, “Data”, LTE, Fantasy Football, . . . 
People Referring to Church/God
0ーThis ain’t the South and this ain’t the ‘burbs.
0ーAlmost no one talks about their faith here
People with Face Tattoos
0 (Seems everyone—men, women, young and old—has sleeves of tattoos here. Many tattooed necks and body piercing, but no tattooed faces . . .yet.)
0ーHave only seen one person with tatts so far.
Men with Prospector Beards
35ーThis fad is still going strong, much to the chagrin of Messrs. Schick and Gillette. (Should have also counted men with wild mustaches, but it’s too late. My survey is done.)
1ーAnd he's a friend.
Men with Wild Mustaches
2ーShould have started counting this sooner.
0ー
Men with Hoops in their Earlobes
7
2 or 3ー
Women with Shaved Heads
5ーMany, many, many lesbians in town. They seem far more prevalent/visible than gay men.
0ー
Strangers Talking to me on the Train (telling me much too much about their lives) 
2
0ーHardly anyone will talk to you here.
People I Know Eating Burgers in Front of Me.
4ーYou know who you are.
0ーBurgers are rather popular right now, just not in my immediate family.
Doggy Bags
2ーStopped keeping track of this. I don’t think there has been any meal I have been able to completely finish so far. The servings are HUGE.
0ー
Unpalatable Cocktails
6
Good Cocktails
6 (Taught the bartender how to make three of these; went to Trader Vic’s for the other two; Matador had an alright margarita) 50/50 is pretty lousy odds for a town that considers itself a Food/Beverage Mecca. 
0ーHaven't been out drinking
Microbrew
8
Pyramid Curve Ball Blonde Ale, not bad
       Big Leaf Maple by Anchor, not bad
Something Cream Ale, pretty damn good
FIVO Hoppy, so so
Stone IPA, so so
Noble Scot by Portland Brewing, so so
Proletariat (Red Ale) by Lompoc Brewing, great name, not bad
Widmer Hefeweizen, and oldie but goodie.
1ーI had an Oktoberfest brew yesterday that hit the spot.)
Getting Barked at by People in Service Industry 
2
My Type-ish (not a knockout, but I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers)
        6
?ーFar too many to count.
Knockout
0
?ーFar too many to count.
The words “literally”, “like”, “basically”, “actually”, etc.
        2 (Haven’t really been keeping count. Girl at restaurant yesterday said “like” like every like two or three words and it was like super annoying like . . . I was like, Stop saying like! You sound like, like an idiot.)
Squirrel!
        13 (May be the same one I’m seeing; quite a few around the main synagogue in NW. Jewish squirrels?)
0ーNone.
Hypodermic Needles, probably used for drugs
4
Headshops
3ーMary Jane’s Glassware
Medicinal Marijuana Shops
6ーCanabliss, Mind Rite, Oregon Weedery. I suggested to my 85-year-old mother that she might put herb on her Bucket List, but she wasn’t interested.
The Smell of Pot in the Air
1ーOn 23rd
Vending Machines
3ー(one was empty, none are outside)

 

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