Thank God for Diet Coke!

This week, Kangaeroo was granted the dubious pleasure of eating a glazed donut hamburger.

The photo deserves to be listed as full size to stand as testimony to its likelihood of clogging arteries, even among those who haven’t eaten it.

This was the Luther Burger, which sells for an equally artery-clutching 1,600 yen. Days after eating it and it is still hard to tell whether it was worth it.

Another serving was a burger dripping with melted cheese, also for 1,600 yen.

Kangaeroo and a mate bought one eat, cut ’em in half and share the dishes.

Kangaeroo also washed down the burgers with a delightful chocolate and banana milkshake.

Crane in Sotokanda, Tokyo, served the dishes. It’s well worth a visit to the restaurant even if only to gorge on the decadence of southern American cuisine (?).

Staff at the restaurant were kind, welcoming, friendly and helpful. Most importantly, perhaps, they were flexible, allowing us to split meals and helping set up photo shoots.

Ideal Workday Weather

Today is bleak.

Weather is debilitating.

It’s drizzling, bleak, wet and cold.

Perfect for work … if you have to work indoors. (Not too good for those who earn a living outside, though)

It’s too wet to ride, to do much outside to be honest, but not wet enough to fully rule out any activities under the skies.

This kind of weather does my head in.

Kangaeroo has also just switched employers, so there is a massive amount of stress and the fear of the unknown.

Transition is not moving altogether smoothly, either.

One bonus of not being able to ride was getting to take a walk.

And Kangaeroo is fortunate enough to be able to live in a neighborhood.

The area is remarkably beautiful and relatively untouched considering its proximity to central Tokyo and the suburban sprawl of the world’s largest city.

Add to that the new greenery and the rain, and it made for an outstanding stroll.

It won’t last much longer, but it is certainly enjoyable while it lasts.

Warm Weekend

This spring has been uneasonably warm.

Though only the first weekend in April, the cherry blossom season in Tokyo is over.

Normally, it is only just starting.

It was a tumultuous week for Kangaeroo, as mentioned in the previous post, but continuing over the weekend.

All sorts of stuff happened, punctuated by a couple of really long rides.

Fucken knackered!

Tumultuous Times

So much for reverting to daily updates after years of mostly recessed Kangaeroo.com.

It has been a week of topsy-turvy turmoil, though, so it’s a little understandable that a long-neglected blog once more fell by the wayside. Or was put aside at least.

Monday kicked off the week with a huge change: a house purchase! Once assumed to be unthinkable, it was actually doable. Kangaeroo was granted a loan that will probably not be completed while remaining on this mortal coil.

Tuesday saw the timely commission of a large job bringing in enough cash to cover the cost of moving house.

Wednesday was the final day of Kangaeroo’s time at the company that had been Kangaeroo’s employer since 2014. Kangaeroo had no idea. We had been told on March 1 that our section was being transferred to another company.

Little did we know that we were actually all being laid off and rehired on significantly reduced terms despite having been told that conditions would remain the same.

Payment amounts and working hours were the same, but benefits essentially vanished.

Wednesday was thus spent initially considering litigation and pondering over how to refuse signing the new contract that had been sent to Kangaeroo with the request that it immediately be signed and a photo of the signature sent in to the old company.

The late afternoon on Wednesday was spent enjoying good company and American junk food on a U.S. military base in suburban Tokyo.

Thursday was a day of resignation. To fate, rather than to employer. In this day and age, it’s lucky to be employed.

Kangaeroo signed the contract, sent it off and adopted an attitude of gratitude toward the new employer.

Making acceptance easier was the continued magnificence of Japan’s cherry blossoms, and the generally fine weather that has accompanied their bloom.

Friday has brought exhaustion.

On top of a regular 40-hour work week, huge amounts of time have been spent doing the outsourcing job, often starting before 3 a.m.

And cycling has not been neglected, logging up almost 450 kms over the week.

But mental and physical drain are the most prevalent feelings at the moment.

The cherry blossom season in Tokyo is nearing its end.

Possibly, there may be one last look tonight at the lit up flowers near home.

We might have to wait and see on that one.

But, if it does happen, it will more than likely take place with the involvement of Sally, the Death Machine.

Spring-Heeled

Spring is such a delight in Japan. One reason for that is the blooming of cherry blossoms.

For a week or so, much of the company is given a glorious pink carpet as the national flower blooms, transforming often bleak landscapes into spectacular vistas.

Kangaeroo spent the weekend cycling Tokyo’s central districts and suburbs, taking as many photos of the blossoms as possible.

Spring in the Step

This has been a strange kind of week.

Meetings kicked off the week, continued throughout and were punctuated by work and lots of cycling and photography.

Oh, yeah. And looking after the pet dinosaur.

Amid that, feelings went up and down. Mostly down.

Now, as the working week draws to a close, it feels like things are getting better.

The next couple of weeks are going to be demanding. The next few months even more so, actually.

But for today, things are comparatively calm. And that contentment has put a spring in the step, appropriate considering the season.

Bloomin’ Wonderful Time

Cherry blossoms are on the verge of reaching full bloom in the western Tokyo area.

The flowers are not quite at their peak, but they are still exquisitely beautiful.

Cycling this morning was a delight.