June 18, 2004


Holy crap holy crap holy crap.....

So we made it to Japan, and boy are my arms tired!

No, seriously, my arms are very tired. Lugging loads of luggage around the city will do that to a person. Other than this, though, things are going extremely well. I feel like I`m in the middle of a sitcom; unable to understand anyone, or anything, abnormally tall, and obviously new to this country. It`s pretty great, though. I`m loving it so far.

Now, you may be wondering how I have internet access so soon. Well, don`t hold your breathe, it won`t be happening very often, at least at first. Karen and I did some searching, and with the help of a Jamaican man (yes, I found it odd, too) we made our way to a quiet little internet `cafe` of sorts on the backroads near our subway stop. Soon we will be back online for good, but it may take a little while.

We have been here for under 48 hours and I already have tons of stories to share. For now, though, I should get going before I get in a conversation with this Japanese man, seeing as I have no idea what he`s saying.

Pictures will be arriving as soon as our internet is set, but until then, keep an eye on the poopdeck... you never know when ye ship will be communicatin`.


(by the way, here is the definition of interrobang... it`s pretty much a constant image in my mind thus far.)

Posted by jed at June 18, 2004 11:31 PM

So glad you made it safely. You are missed already. Suddenly it seems you were close by when in Seattle. Absence makes the...cart pull stronger?...farts last longer?...Fox channel marry Conger?....oh yeah, heart grow fonder.

OK, since we have opened the "strange door" (again) with the Jamaican story, I will give you my version of an "seemingly out of place individual". The family and I went to a Civil War re-enactment this weekend in Goshen. Things were quite normal for the era of the event, even among the crowd...to an extent. This is when my Lincoln stove pipe hat almost choked my Gen. Grant loving head. Enter stage left a middle-aged man, late forties, wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform (Pedro #45) sans pants....wait a minute, he had pants on but not Red Sox uniform pants. He had shorts on. He was wearing a baseball glove and jiggling a ball behind his back getting ready to through a mean sinker. The only thing missing was a mound and a batter. I can only imagine that in HIS world the crowd was going crazy, the count was 0-2 with 2 men out in the bottom of the ninth and a perfect game was on the line after striking out the 26 batters before facing a hard-hitting General Sedgewick. I'm jealous. At any rate, I'm sure the man had some unfortunate mental issues of which I feel for. But...I do thank him for bringing some up-beat variety to an event that was really getting bloody on the right flank.

So a Jamaican in Osaka? Interesting but unless he was wearing a Union Army field coat I'm not impressed. Alright, until the next cafe visit...adios.

Posted by: Joe Doherty at June 24, 2004 04:26 AM

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