I think that all the expenses are in from the Japan trip. $14,787.01. About 40% for transportation, 40% for hotels, and 20% for everything else.
Thank you MomIda for financing the trip from the otherside. MomIda is most likely spinning in her grave – can you do that if you were cremated? MomIda, like Carlton, never spent money. I am reminded of a friend of mine – she says she wants to live long enough to spend all the money that her late husband refused to spend.
I don’t like this template very much – have to recreate the one that I killed right before going to Japan. I replaced the template it didn’t like very much with this one that I like less. Now, that is what we call progress.
OK, I am starting to get the old theme back… Almost all good again.
Trying to “do something with” my photos from Japan. You may recall that in May I finished “doing something with” the pictures I took in Alaska 10 years ago. Well, ten years from now, I may be too senile to “do something with” these images. So, I’d best “so something” sooner rather than later.
Nothing will be done with this KitKat truck picture. Who would have expected to find a truck full of KitKat Bars in exciting downtown Ishinomaki. Check out Breaktown.com
Notes to self:
Investigate Nestle Group as a potential investment for the international part of equity holdings.
Cell phone, turned off, holds a charge nicely for 30 days.
For no apparent reason, the Airness developed a little disk issue. I was going to pack the Airness down to the Apple Store and say “Fix It” or email the son-in-law and say “what now?”
But, I decided that I should be able to RTFM and repair it myself. (It was surely a software issue.) Which I did. Everything seems fine now – but, I’ll keep my backup current and check the file structure at least once a day for a while.
Maybe the Airness has jet lag? I have over 2,000 images to cull down to say maybe 500 with say 50 to print into a book. What I really need is a powered USB hub. 128Gig isn’t a very big drive. And the Airness just has one USB port. Honest, Mr Jobs, I would have tolerated another, say 2 ounces for a second USB port.
Back home. Got the last images out of the camera and into the computer.
It was a good trip. Where to now?
Did some work on my investments today. Sent some stocks to my foundation. Sold out my entire Nash Finch position. Bulls get rich, Bears get rich, Pigs get slaughtered. Took my profits and spent the proceeds on Potash, John Deere and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company – aka du Pont. Why? Russian weather.
The Russian wheat crop is toast. North American farmers will ramp up wheat production. What will they need? Fertilizer – Potash. New gear to process the wheat – John Deere – and seeds -du Pont. That is the rationale.
The 65th Anniversary of the Hiroshima A-Bomb. For the first time, the US ambassador is going to the ceremony. That is a big deal here. Also, you might think that Japan would not have nuclear power plants. You would be wrong – they have 56. And, like us, have not a clue as to where to put the spent fuel.
Leaving tomorrow. The first 12 hour flight is a little daunting. But, the second time – you know you can make it. Watch a movie. Listen to the iPod – I have a new book on the iPod. Eat. Snooze. Walk around the plane. Eat. iPod. Snooze. Walk around the plane. Maybe watch another movie. And then you are over Kansas. Almost home.
How about some photos from Tokyo?
And how, exactly, does one shop for a tiara? “Hi, I like a nice tiara. In diamond, please. Size medium.”
How many Japanese policeman does it take to direct traffic at the intersection of two one way one lane streets?
The policemen are at the end of the alley our hotel is on. Less than 100 yards away there are another 4 police directing traffic. The US attempts to deal with unemployment with unemployment compensation, welfare and retraining. The Japanese approach is to use 4 men to do a job that doesn’t need doing.
We will not even go into the trouble we encountered upon our arrival in Tokyo. The short version – the hotel could not be found, there was a driving horizontal rain, we killed 3 umbrellas in 20 minutes, soaked right down to the undies.
May the goddess bless Mazda. Much to the teenage person’s embarrassment, I marched into a Mazda show room and said in perfect English – I am lost. Please Help. And they helped. They couldn’t figure out the hotel map either. So, they made me a new, laser printer and hence semi waterproof map – wrote street names on it. Gave me an umbrella and sent me on my way. (The umbrella lasted about 5 blocks.) After about 10 blocks – I asked a cop for help. He said that we should have turned right down an unnamed street about a block back. We retraced our steps and that was it – within 10 more minutes – we found our little oh so french hotel.
Now some photos from yesterday. Yesterday was devoted entirely to watching the teenage person’s attempts to kick-start the Japanese economy by power shopping.
Tonight – big-time fireworks – if we brave the crowds and subway system – weather permitting.
A few shots from yesterday’s layabout day in Hiroshima.
Overcast today. Will try to get us out of here sooner rather than later. We have a subway ride in Tokyo from the train station to our hotel. And, I really want to avoid being on the subway with our backpacks during Tokyo’s famous subway crush time.
Haven’t a clue what we will do today. The teenage person is getting geared up for 9 days of shopping in Tokyo. I have decided to buy nothing that I can buy back home unless it is way cheaper. Which means I don’t have much shopping planned. But, the old person can look.
Selected photos from a lazy Sunday in Kumamoto, which is far off the western tourism track.
This hotel chain always has fried onion rings on Sunday morning. That would be fried onion rings, two kinds of soup – one with quail eggs. Tofu. Lotus root stuffed with hot mustard – that was a wake up call to the taste buds. A few green beans and carrots. A bowl of rice. Coffee, yogurt and a small roll.
I then left the teenage person to herself and her computer and wandered around town. I was tempted by $75 hair combs – but decided that the goddess would not be pleased if I spent $75 for a hair toy – and that she might show her wrath by visiting breast cancer and chemo on me. I settled for a perfectly fine $5 hair comb.
By mid afternoon, I hauled the teenage person away from the computer and out to see the castle. Where, we found some unknown festive event in progress.
The day was topped off by a visit to the the delightful communal bath, where they have washers and dryers – so all my clothes got clean along with me.
This morning – we will head to Hiroshima for 3 nights, then 9 nights in Tokyo. Then home.