Wednesday, January 02, 2008

...and so it ends and begins again

another year has come and gone. Hard to believe how time is flying. As I approach the year that puts me as close to 40 as I am to 30, it will be a year of huge change once again...hopefully. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who drops by here a very happy and successful 2008. I got wasted on New Years Eve and had some fun times but I shall not delve into it here for I have no time. This rare photograph of me was taken as part of the Shoot Yourself project devised by the superb photographer Martin Gommel, aka Kwerfeldein , and Brian Auer of Epic Edits. Oh, and it was taken by a good friend of mine Seiko Kageyama...she warned me to give her the credit for it...

I had the pleasure of spending most of New Years Day with Seiko in Kyoto. While we braved the cold and the flurries of snow in a park in the city, the rest of the afternoon was spent with her family. It was a traditional Japanese new years day affair, the biggest celebratory day in the Japanese calendar. The eve of the 1st is spent visiting shrines/temples at midnight. The following day is spent eating and laughing judging from Seiko's house. It was wonderful really. It gave me a sense of family and home, something which I have not experienced in quite a while. While her Mum paid me compliments (she thinks my mouth and jaw are like Clooney's) and her Dad said I was a "rare person" (make of that what you will), I ate my fill on home cooked food and drank sake and Japanese wine. On the way out the door, her Mum gave me an envelope which she said I should take as it was a tradition of her generation. I thanked her and left. When I opened it, I couldn't believe what was inside...5,000yen! I was gobsmacked and Seiko, as she always does, laughed at me and commented on how I really am a living, breathing Woody Allen movie...

The previous weekend was a long weekend and it was spent chilling out and catching up on the CBR. It also threw some pleasant and totally unexpected is like that and one must go with the flow and see where it takes one. Not sure where this will bring me but probably to the next bend and that is all.

Now I am about to head off to Kyushu with Neil and Sean for a few days of birding and to gaze upon active volcanoes. I am excited about the prospect of the next few days and what they could bring. I hope it will be as good as I anticipate it to be...

Carmo's Diet: This week I have mostly been eating pain killers.

Carmo's Birds: not a lot...but hopefully loads to come

Carmo's Birds for Byrdy: Marianna De Rossi


Blogger Harry said...

Hi Mark,
Seiko's mother was referring to Rosemary Clooney, not her nephew George...

January 02, 2008 11:17 PM  
Anonymous col said...

Great minds.....I was going to try and come up with some other clooney other than george but I will bow to H's superior knowledge of Ms Clooney and her hairy chin - nice!

suits you sir!

January 04, 2008 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Clooney huh?! And you always likened yourself to Tom Cruise...

January 04, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger CC said...

when you back? Give us a bell. Harrys team won birdrace with 99. We came last with 93 coz col wasn't able and mundy had no imagination!

January 06, 2008 7:06 AM  
Blogger Emma McCarthy said...

Hi Mark!
Emma (your cousin) here. Following Jim's blog so have only just learned how they work! Sorry its taken me 3 years to figure it out! Happy New Year! Yourself and Jim should definitely publish books of your photographs when you get back. They look amazing!
Belated Christmas wishes.
P.S. about the Clooney issue, I always thought you were the image of Luke Perry (one of the guys from Beverly H 90210) Remember Him?!!

January 07, 2008 5:41 AM  
Anonymous col said...

luke perry? that'll be right - luke skywalker more lick! We actually lost the bird race cos cronin is a useless langer and mundy had no imagination, and there's only so much dead weight I could drag around all day - local knowledge me *rse! you up for it next year? Jim's ex-team were likewise last equal with us!

January 07, 2008 7:04 PM  
Blogger Carmo said...

thanks to all you langers for the comments, except that my cuz Emma is NOT a langer...

H, I laughed hard at that comment...your priceless humor coming to the fore yet again. Congrats on winning the Bird Race. Well deserved.

Emma: belated happy everything. hope all's well. I remember him. they used to call me Dylan when i was in the States...I think it was the hair back them though

Bro...I did and still think that the fist MI movie is me as the logo

CC/Col: let's face it lads, the only winning team is a team with me on it. I'll be there next year for sure to show you how it's done...useless the two of youse

January 08, 2008 12:54 AM  
Anonymous C said...

You dont fool me! That satisfied smirk on yer gob wont be long disappearing when you get home - be afraid..... very afraid!!!

January 12, 2008 5:44 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

You hit on the same things I love about the Japanese New Year, great food, sake!! lot's of laughs and fun. Plus ringing the bell at the local temple and all the decorations.
This year I actually got up, hiked and shot the rising sun

January 18, 2008 12:38 AM  
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