Typhoon Lan

For this week's post, I'm going to play establishment shill and direct all links herein to Wikipedia. Here we go:

Clear sky today, though grey. Rain had been nearly daily and continuous for the past two weeks, and the storm culminated in howling winds throughout the night. All the local educational institutions cancelled their sessions at least for the morning, and some for the whole day. At the moment, it continues to grow brighter, and the forecast indicates an unusually cheerful day tomorrow. The gloom up to this point has been rather depressing. It's also been assisted by a damp cold that goes straight to your bones and, when you get to be a certain age, makes most of your body ache.

Despite all that, I was fairly oblivious to the reportage of this as one of the most severe storms in recent history. I simply went about my ordinary affairs, betaking my aching body on two-wheeled commutes to those facilities of my employment not generally regarded as strictly educational. My wife even braved the downpour to slog through a muddy car park and cast her ballot in the 48th General Election yesterday (the results of which, this morning's papers report, changed basically nothing in the makeup of the national government.)

It's actually not as cold as it might be. Typhoon Lan notwithsanding, there are reports of snow in Hokkaido today. In Tottori, it can be difficult, at times, to tell what season it's supposed to be.

In the local idiom, autumn is known as the season of appetite. In actuality, the unpredictable vacillation between warmer and cooler days tends to play dice with the body's appetite regulator. Personally, I tend to rely on the cats as my guide: Increasingly, they tend to be slightly hungrier than they have been, and I take this to mean I can probably get away with consuming more calories. Hiroyuki Itsuki recommends reducing your food volume intake in inverse proportion to your decade of life, after reaching the middle years. The formula, if I remember correctly, was for my age group to leave our stomachs 20% empty. This is probably not a bad system to follows. Eating to complete satisfaction on a regular basis seems to make one look like the average American in short order.