3 people shot in Lacey, 1 dead – What in the world is going on!?
Tonight my parents and I decided to get dinner at Osaka’s Japanese Restaurant in Lacey, WA. I’m a big fan of this place. It’s a little costly, but honestly, what Japanese restaurant isn’t nowadays. I’ve been coming here since I moved to Lacey in 2004 and have been loving it since. Both my parents, including the parents in law like this place.
I’ve been here numerous times, and the service has never failed to please me. The people are very friendly, and very fun. When I was able to eat sushi, I always had some kind of sushi here, and I’ll tell you now, it’s pretty good. It’s not the best sushi I’ve ever had, but I have to admit that I’ve eaten some really high grade sushi while I was living in Japan. If nothing else, it’s worthy to note that Osaka is the first sushi restaurant in Thurston County.
I usually order the tonkatsu and/or the tempura. They really make some excellent tempura, and their tonkatsu is very good. I also would like to point out that they have pretty good serving sizes. I’ve also had their Katsudon as well, and it was pretty good. All in all, their food is good.
The cleanliness in the restaurant is pretty good, although I cannot really judge everything about that since I have never actually been in their kitchen. But if the sushi chef is an example of their cleanliness, then there’s definitely nothing to worry about. Again I’d like to say the people who work there are friendly, and I’m not sure if it’s because my parents and I visit often, but they remember that my dad uses a fork rather than chopsticks and never fail to bring him one.
Overall I’d give Osaka a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason I don’t give a 5 is because no one in my opinion should get a 5 unless they are absolutely, positively perfect. Maybe something like Morimoto’s Restaurants.
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the crazy flooding that’s been going on around here in Washington. The damage it has caused has been insanely crazy. It only reminds me of the 2007 flood, although from what I understand it was no where near as bad as that. They did indeed close down I-5, and if you’re from this area, you’d know that I-5 is a major way to get from Portland to Seattle, or well anywhere, going north and south. It’s a big deal. Let me put it to you this way: I was supposed to get some medical goods from Portland, but since I-5 was closed, they couldn’t deliver it. The driver simply had no way to get to me except via a super roundabout way, which would take the driver perhaps 3 or 4 hours out of the way. That’s crazy. Now for the real thing. Some actual pictures from I-90, Snoqualmie pass. Thankfully I’m no where near either of these places! (And who knew that WA DOT had a flickr page?)
Every year in Washington State, we have fire season. It’s pretty much the same as in California or any area where it always catches fire in the mountains. The eastern side of Washington is primarily desert, and there’s plenty of brown everywhere. It’s very dry (as opposed to here!) and the mountainous areas catch on fire very easily.
Meesh has been asked to go out to Wenatchee, WA, where there is one fire dispatch center. Luckily, she’ll be working in an office environment with Air Conditioning, calling fire crews and coordinating all the fire efforts. It’s a pretty crazy job, since there are so many fires. While the fires are not so bad this year (or so I hear), it’s still bad enough to where they need the help to call and coordinate. Oh, and did I mention the days are long, but the pay is pretty good? Still she’s not here, so it’s pretty quiet around here.
Oh, and you know how I mentioned that she’s in an office environment? One year she went, they were in the middle of nowhere, with tents and it was very hot. Very, very hot. So yeah, this is nice compared to what it could be like. The weather forecast for Wenatchee today said it was going to be 95. Whew. I don’t think it’s going to be 80 here in Olympia today.