Marijuana/Weed Shop runs Out of Weed in Seattle / Heavy Use of Social Networks Can Destroy Marriages and Relationships

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Days 2311 – 2317 
Thursday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Day 2311 ( Heavy Twitter use is bad for marriage: study)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Started playing Uncharted 3 - Drake's Deception 

again after taking like a 1 year break. I got stuck in it because it has too many annoying puzzles. So I played it while watching a walk-through on youtube. 


Heavy Twitter use bad for marriage: study

I must admit that facebook got me in some mess more than once with relationships. I gather, I'm not the only one.  

Heavy Twitter use can lead to conflicts and other damaging effects on marriages and romantic relationships, a study says.

The study followed up on previous research which showed similar impacts for Facebook and raises questions about whether social network use in general is bad for relationships.
The study appearing in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that “active Twitter use leads to greater amounts of Twitter-related conflict among romantic partners, which in turn leads to infidelity, breakup, and divorce.”
The author, University of Missouri doctoral researcher Russell Clayton, concluded that these findings add to the evidence about social network use’s dark side for personal relationships.
Clayton’s research published in the same journal last year found that a high level of Facebook usage was associated with “negative relationship outcomes.”
The journal’s editor-in-chief Brenda Wiederhold said these findings highlight the need for more study on social network use.
“Since much of the social networking research is in its infancy, we do not know if other media, such as Instagram will also impact relationships in a negative way,” she said in a statement.
The latest study surveyed 581 adult Twitter users, asking about how often they use the social network and about what conflicts arose between participants’ current or former partners as a result of Twitter use.
Clayton found that the more often a respondent reported being active on Twitter, the more likely they were to experience Twitter-related conflict with a partner.
The results “partially replicate” Clayton’s earlier research on Facebook use and negative relationship outcomes, he wrote.
“Based on the findings from both studies, Twitter and Facebook use can have damaging effects on romantic relationships,” he said in the study.
“That is, when (social networking) use becomes problematic in one’s romantic relationship, risk of negative relationship outcomes may follow.”

Day 2312 ( Seattle's First legal pot shop runs out of marijuana)
Friday, July 18, 2014

Jogged to work this morning, did 2 classes then got seriously soaked in the rain while heading home. Luckily I had my umbrella but it did little justice against the torrential rain. Lightning, thunder and all. It was sudden and scary. 

When I got home, my good friend here in Japan recommended we start playing an online game on the PS3. I am hardly busy so why not?  We started playing Red Dead Redemption online with the PS3. 

It is like Grand Theft Auto but in the wild wild west. 


Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

Seattle’s first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults.
Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. A message on the store’s phone line said it would re-open on July 21.
There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012.
Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last.
Amber McGowan, manager at Cannabis City, told Reuters the store would likely not have enough inventory to stay open for all of its regularly scheduled business hours until a delivery that was due next week.

She said the shop was only able to stay open as long as it had by limiting customers to 0.2 ounces (six grams) per purchase, rather than the legal limit of 1.0 ounce (28 grams).
The roll-out of recreational sales in Colorado and then Washington comes as a broader trend of liberalization and pro-pot activism takes hold in the United States.
Progress in Washington has been slow, however, with state regulators still processing more than 300 license applications, and approved growers producing only limited harvests so far.
Industry insiders say the shortages are likely to be only temporary, caused in part by the short notice many retailers had to prepare for opening, and a surge of pent-up demand.
This week, Colorado estimated that state’s total marijuana demand for this year at 130 tons.
“A year from now, product is likely going to be far more available,” said Sean Green, chief executive officer of Kouchlock Productions, a marijuana producer in Washington.
Another local supplier, Wow Weed, said they were trying to help the stores, but that there was only so much they could do.

“We have been hearing from retailers off the hook. My voice mail is full every single day,” said Wow’s Susy Wilson. “It’s the same people calling over and over, hoping I’ll pull something out of thin air.”
Frustrated consumers in Seattle, a city of some 630,000 people, made light of the shortages, with one Twitter user urging outlets to adopt a green “Pot Light” system for their windows to show they had stock - similar to the Hot Light employed by a well-known donut brand.

Day 2313 ( Hurt Locker / Latin Dance Lesson 3)

Stayed home and watched a 2008 movie called Hurt Locker, about some American military guys in Iraq? Afghanistan? Not even sure... But yeah one of those middle east desert places. I kinda like these movies.   

I give it a 7 / 10


In the evening, I went to yet another Latin party of sorts. Are you noticing that I'm enjoying these? This time they brought a professional from Cuba to teach us salsa, bachata, and merengue. It was even more crazy fun, because my Jamaican friend was there. So we combined the bachata stuff with some Jamaican dances like "willy bounce" and "pon di river". Much to the delight of the others there. 

This Cuban Lady was teaching us.
My elbow needs some lotion

As you you see ... It was maaad fun... I could do this everyday. 

Day 2314 ( Jamaican Cook out/link up in Takaoka, Toyama )
Sunday, July 20, 2014 (6 years 4 months)

My Jamaican friends in the neighboring city of Takaoka, picked me up this afternoon for us to do a sort of cook out thing. It was 9 of us... All Jamaicans.

We had curry goat, fried chicken, carrot juice, mashed potato salad. It was a great time. 

Haven't had curry goat or lamb... whatever this curry was, in a while. After taking the train back with a couple of the Jamaicans, I walked/ran 3 miles/4.8 Km from the Toyama station, back to my apartment. 


Day 2315 ( The Grey / The Walking Dead /19 yo Woman Tries to Kill family but Ends up killing only Her Son)
Monday, July 21, 2014

After those activities on Saturday and Sunday, I stayed in all day today, and it was boring. I seem to be disliking holidays now .... Today is known as sea day in Japan ... A national holiday dedicated to the sea/ocean. So yeah I watched a 2012 film recommended to me by my Jamaican friend. It's called The Grey ... starring Liam Neeson .... Same dude that came in Taken ( really great) and Taken 2 (which was a huge flop for me).

I give it a 6.5/10 .... At some points there was just too much talking and no action.... And personally I think the plot was lacking..... Pretty much a man and some others surviving a plane crash, fighting wolves, and missing his girlfriend and daughter... That's it. It wasn't too bad though... My friends in Jamaica also recommended that I watch the series called The Walking Dead.  

I am not a fan of zombies ... I much prefer vampires or ware-wolves :).... So I was a bit skeptical. The first episode was ok. Not feeling it too much but it was ok. 


These recent sad stories in Japan I tell you. 

19-year-old mother arrested after car crash kills 1-year-old son

Police in Fukuoka have arrested a 19-year-old mother for vehicular manslaughter after she crashed her car, killing her 1-year-old son. Her 23-year-old husband was also injured in the crash.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 4 a.m. Friday in the city’s Nishi Ward. NTV quoted police as saying the family of three were in a car being driven by the woman when it accelerated and slammed into a traffic light pole.
Police said the boy, who was sitting in a child seat in the back, suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. The woman’s husband, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, suffered a fracture in his lower back, while the woman sustained only minor injuries.
Police quoted the woman, who is a student, as saying, “My husband had betrayed me. So I thought I would kill us all at one time, and so at that stoplight, I decided to slam on the accelerator and end our lives.”
Police said the family was on their way to the husband’s relatives after an argument.


Day 2316 ( Check out Personalize With Vinyl )
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today, the second year students had some form of inter-class track and field event in the raging heat..... It was interesting. 

In the evening, I had grilled beef (yakiniku), chicken, shrimp and lots of food. Very close to my apartment. It's hard to say but my apartment in Toyama is in a much better location than my apartment in Yokohama. I can't believe initially I was complaining.   
Ishiyaki bibimbap and yakiniku
I pretty much live right next to a mall and loads of restaurants just 1 or 2 minutes away. 


Check out Personalize With Vinyl 

A Jamaican here in Japan is also trying to venture into the business world like myself. So she started printing messages on items like cups and t-shirts etc etc. at a price. 

Take my picture

Check out her website and facebook page at

Day 2317 ( Benesse - Owner of Berlitz in Trouble )
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today, the 3rd years had a 2 hour inter-class football competition. It was really exciting. But to my surprise, many of the classes with lots of soccer club members, lost their matches. It was the strangest thing to me. Only to find out that some of the other guys who were not in the soccer club, actually play for some under 15 semi-professional teams. But at the school they choose to join some other club. 


Benesse struggling to deal with massive theft of customer data

This is the parent company of Berlitz that I did an interview with a couple of months ago and got turned down. 

Education service provider Benesse Corporation is under fire after a large amount of customer data was stolen from the company’s private data banks. Since the news broke last week, the company has been struggling to identify the scope of the problem and how it occurred.

Benesse says that a part-time employee of a subcontractor with access to its database copied the names and addresses of at least 7.6 million customers, including info on children. The employee, who has not been publicly identified, is believed to have sold the info to advertising and other companies.
Benesse said its affiliate company Synform Co oversaw its database operations. However, it has now been learned that Synform outsourced some of its business to other companies, TBS reported. Police, who are investigating the leak as a case of data theft, said a systems engineer at one of the firms outsourced by Synform has admitted copying the data but claimed he had no idea it was Benesse data he was giving away.

Police said that the systems engineer was given the job at the end of last year and it was at that time that he began copying large amounts of private customer data through the end of January with the intention of selling it, TBS reported.
Police said the stolen data was sold at least twice before ending up with Tokushima company JustSystems Corp which used it to send ads to Benesse customers.
A JustSystems spokesman told a news conference that the firm was unaware it was buying stolen data and said it would erase the information from its database. However, Benesse has asked JustSystems not to do so, saying that data erasure will hamper its investigation into the trail of the stolen data.