去年は「裏の年」で 10 個くらいの収穫でしたが、今年は摘果しなけりゃ樹勢が弱るけど 100 個はいけそう。
MUSHROOM RISOTTO Arborio rice simmered with green peas, mixed mushrooms and light cream.
FILET MIGNON FLATBREAD Pecorino truffle cheese, arugula, fried onion, ginger soy glazed filet mignon.
昔はフロントにプレートなくても、後ろに付けていれば全然オッケーだったんですが… この人、罰金 198 ドル。
In your lovely "San Mateo Newsletter," your adorable cats, the charming morning glories and yuzu flowers, and the carefully cultivated potatoes (an essential ingredient in oden in western Japan) with mouse repellents installed, all caught my attention. I'm also drawn to the delicious-looking bistro you mentioned. HOWEVER, I don't think I can avoid passing by this "strange-colored car" that you challenged me with (lol).ReplyDelete
First of all, based on the design you described as "its nostrils won't expand any further," the 4 Series is almost certain. The only exception is the M3 sedan, which has the same design but lacks a sunroof option (the M series typically doesn't have a sunroof due to weight reduction and lowering the center of gravity with a carbon roof as standard; however, if the carbon roof is replaced with a regular metal roof, a sunroof can be installed, but hardly anyone wants an M car with a sunroof). So I can exclude the M3 sedan.
Hmm, it's a bit unfortunate that the left side door mirror is somewhat obstructing, making it difficult to determine if it's a 2-door or 4-door, but I would guess it's a 4-door based on the sunroof installation. Another disappointment is that the shape of the alloy wheels is not clearly visible, but based on the faintly visible design, it could be a 420i GranCoupe or a 420d xDrive GranCoupe, with the body color being M Brooklyn Grey (Metallic).
I'm a bit curious as to why the license plate is missing, but the location where this car was discovered seems to be a typical parking lot, right? I'm not familiar with the U.S. vehicle registration system, but it feels like an unregistered new car.
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No, my cats are not so adorable, the blue flower is a weed and it’s everywhere in our area, put potato in a pot is simply stupid, and the food at The Barrel is better than average but not superbly outstanding. …and the strange Gray Sewage Pipe colored electric car is… the car itself is running everywhere, often saw at San Mateo station for recharging, but this Gray Sewage Pipe color was the first time I found. Usually this car (i4?) is either white or black, sometimes gun metallic. However, I didn’t know they are selling solid gray… well, Porches or Audi are selling this kind of Sewage Pipe gray, but they are Volkswagens. Or West German cars are now keen to sell Sewage Pipes? That is a new question…
So, the owner of this sewage pipe is waiting the license plate, but how he/she can install it??
I don’t see any appropriate space for the license plate on the pig nose… What a strange car. At least the designer did not consider about the license plate in the States (or anywhere else).
Oh, Meiwaku and Nyagoro, the two cats, are quite adorable. Especially the cat breed that resembles a traditional stray cat in Japan, it brings back nostalgic memories.ReplyDelete
Speaking of nostalgia, our beloved dog is named "るん." This name is actually taken from a cat. My late uncle, who used to live in Okayama, was a huge animal lover. My uncle would pick up a stray cat from somewhere and keep him at my grandmother's house (later on, my uncle moved to Narashino, Chiba, but the cat stayed in Okayama).
It's an outdated term now, but because he was a stray cats, my uncle called him "るんぺん" in the beginning, but lately, my uncle took the first half and named the cat "るん." It looked exactly like your two cats.
He was a free-spirited cat. When he wanted to go outside, he would scratch the window, begging for it to be opened. Once I opened it, he would quickly go out without even saying thank you. He would be away for hours, but he would come back on his own terms, scratching the window again, pleading for it to be opened, and silently sneaking in without saying thank you. And one day, he went out as usual and never returned...
I was sad when he was gone, so I made up my mind that if I ever had a pet, I would definitely name it “るん.” That's why our current dog is named “るん.” It's a nostalgic memory from over half a century ago.
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If you see those two kitties in person, you will be disappointed or you will be shredded.
Meiwaku doesn’t like humans, only comes to me when I is hungry. Nyagoro is friendly but if you mistakenly touch his sensitive spots, your hand needs first aid kit and probably followed by ambulance.
Ah, now I know the name るん comes from… I expected your puppy’s name was bade on るんるん♪ but the original one was a cat, looks like my brown tabby brothers? Amazing.
These days, especially in California, cat owners don’t allow their cat to go out because it shortens their lives by…
1) eaten by raccoons, mountain lions or other wild animals.
2) mistakenly ate poisonous plants or animals.
3) bit by rattle snake.
4) encountered and exposed by skunk.
The fourth one is critical and damaging the owners too. (lol)
I am quite sure both the cat version and dog version of るんs had or is having a good lives by warm and wealthy owners. Lucky them.
Yamada Denki sensei,ReplyDelete
The 4 series BMW picture was taken at downtown parking lot, I always walk through this route to go supermarket to avoid severe weathers. Usually those flog green Mercedes or shocking pink BMW’s are parking in the next block, therefore this sewage gray BMW supposed to be a different owner…
I didn’t know all the 4 series are in this abnormally big nose design. I recently thought the car designers of Toyota are taking bad drugs then new Crown or Prius became strange. So… the designer in Bayer also having bad drugs too. Also, I can’t believe the board members of those car manufacturer approved this design to be mass production.
And… if the front license plate is seriously required on this car, it looks like a tissue-paper stuffed nose to stop bleeding… California is easier to fix it though. You can buy black background with yellow letters license plate instead of regular dark green letters on white.
I briefly checked the images of “BMW 7 series.” Indeed… it’s humungous piggy nose with the mean looking eyes like 100 series of Shinkansen. This designer was having cocaine, morphine, cannabis and tobacco at the same time when he drew the sketches for sure.
Sensei, you did a good decision. If I were invited to have a ride of this new 7 series… I’d rather walk back to the hotel because I can’t bear people watching me in this car.
M850i Gran Coupe is quite normal sports car. But… accidentally, I saw a picture of this car with ‘almost’ sewage gray… it looks like a bit metallic but still…
You've checked out the images of the "New BMW 7 Series", so you can see how ugly this design is. Indeed, it can be seen as having eyes as mean-looking as the 100 series of the Shinkansen, but to me, it also reminds me of the eyes of "Icoyan" from ICOCA. Considering that, maybe the 7 Series is surprisingly cute and charming? (lol)ReplyDelete
Furthermore, the overall impression of the front design is a "Poor Man's Rolls-Royce". This design is likely the result of focusing too much on, or perhaps just being aware of, the Chinese market, which is of utmost importance to German premium car manufacturers. I can already picture people in China swiftly purchasing this new 7 Series and joyfully taking it out for a spin. If I bought this new 7 Series and happened to run into a real Rolls-Royce on the street... I'd feel like crawling into a hole.
To begin with, BMW tends to test out new features and designs first on their flagship 7 Series and then gauge the market's response. If the response is good, they apply the same concept to other series, but if it's unpopular (and this design is bound to be!), they quickly drop it. Therefore, the 5 Series, which always undergoes a full model change following the 7 Series, debuted by refining the design of its predecessor without waiting for the results of that evaluation on the new 7 Series. BMW probably didn't have the guts to apply this ugly design even to the 5 Series, which has a more predictable sales volume than the 7 Series (lol).
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Ikoyan is cute because he is chubby stubby, walking slow and probably the brain is slow too. However, BMW 7 series cars are not cute because it can hit elderly and give them deaths. Such kind of weapon can’t be that unbelievably ugly shape of eyes and nose holes… again, the designer took quite an amount of propophol during he sketching the new car, then the board members were in the funky party and mistakenly approved that design…
I understand Rolls Royce shares engines and finances with BMW, but… I am so sad Phantom is sharing the engine of fan maker… and I’m still uncertain how the silence plate is appropriately installed. If it’s equipped with engine, it needs water cooler usually. Then, if the license place is in front of that big nose holes, it’ll be eliminating the breathes, right? (lol)
No worries, sensei. The 9 series looks very charming to me. It may be super expensive but that is the goal for you as “”いつかは９シリーズ.
9 series are still remaining the charming ones besides 7 and 5 went to the junkies’ favorites.
Indeed, Icoyan may have a fierce look, but he (or she!?) is chubby and stubby. However, based on my assumption, he seems to walk quite fast, rather than slow. Although his thought process may be slow, he doesn't seem like a character who is just cute. Still, he would be cuter than BMW's current 7 Series. I still can't understand why BMW released an ugly car design like that.ReplyDelete
In the first place, BMW's motto is "The Ultimate Driving Machine," but that is just a slogan. The truth is, "No matter how good the performance is, if it looks uncool, it's not a BMW." Bimmer enthusiasts would agree with that. I know that the interior of the current 7 Series is highly advanced, but I can't forgive that front mask...
BMW introduced the 7 Series with a V12 engine in 1986. Since then, the phrase "Someday with a V12" has been circulating in my mind. Throughout my history of owning BMW cars, I've had three 7 Series models and my current M850i Gran Coupe (along with two 3 Series for Midori-san, totaling six cars), all powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine. The current 8 Series does not have a V12 option, but the 7 Series had the V12-powered 760Li. However, as indicated by the "Li," these are all long-wheelbase versions, which are unnecessary for me as a single occupant who never carries passengers in the rear seats. However, it's worth mentioning that in Germany and the American market, there are short-wheelbase 760i models available (which were not imported to Japan). I even considered parallel importing a 760i from Germany or America, but when I informed the dealer about it in advance, they mentioned that the main maintenance wouldn't be covered under warranty, so I reluctantly gave up on the idea.
In the period of the previous generation of the 7 Series, the V12 models were available in Rolls-Royce cars and the M760Li, which was the high-end model of the BMW 7 Series. However, the current 7 Series no longer offers the V12 engine option, and I predict it would be difficult for BMW to continue producing the 6.8L version of the V12, as found in the Rolls-Royce Phantom, in the future.