July 7th, 2003


Guess who's back.. back again.

I didn't know until around this time last week that our DSL man was skipping town Monday and taking the internet with him. Did you miss me? But today, thanks to the world-famous Jason, we're back and badder than ever, plugged into his Hanshin Cable. Thanks, Jason!

Meanwhile, I've been reading a thick volume of John Cheever stories I found on the foreign media shelf (aka the stack of books, magazines, and videos in our stairwell). My favorites so far are "The Sorrows of Gin," "The Day the Pig Fell into the Well," "The Five-Forty-Eight," and I've reread my old favorites, "Reunion" and "The Enormous Radio." Will the mystery gringo who abandoned this book please step forward?

I'm swimming in unanswered emails, unposted pictures, and unread friends' lists. I'll try to get back to each and every one of you within 36 hours.

Meanwhile, evilbil! Thanks for coming out to Kobe last weekend. I just read that you had missed your bus -- eek! How did that happen? I thought we had it sussed. And an empty bank account?? Oh noooo!! If only we'd known before you went on your way! I didn't expect your trip would end in such misfortune. We loved having you here and we both really hope to see you in the future. Cuz you're coming back to Japan someday, right? If so, there's a good chance we'll still be here. We had a great time drinking and singing with you, and seeing Kobe through new eyes with you. I'll post the pictures tonight or tomorrow night. Mata, ne!

Tomorrow is Tanabata no Hi: Star Evening, when Vega and Altair will have their annual rendezvous. It's vital one spends this day with his or her hunny. Last summer, Don and I lit Roman Candles and blooming shells on Kataounami Beach in Wakayama. What will we do this year?

Three gorgeous blondes

Tonight was Dhana's sayonara party, and despite the fact all my friends know her, I never met her until tonight. She has been in Japan for 15 years!!! Anyway, here is Dhana, Sara, and Jenny (in that order). They're all breathtakingly gorgeous, but thanks to my sucky photography skills, they only look mildly gorgeous here.

This may be the last photo ever taken of Parturient Sara; it's highly likely that little Sophia Himawari will land on this planet sometime tomorrow!