What a truly sad day it is.
Here in Tokyo we just got the morning news
about the plane crashes in New York and Washington.
How do you react to scenes of chaos and gore,
of office workers who look just like you,
pens and calculators still sticking out of
their breast pockets, covered in blood and
dirt, wandering around with horrible dazed
looks on their faces. How do you react to
pictures of rubble, glass and smoke in a
place like Manhattan? I don't know about
you, but to me, all of a sudden the world
feels like a slightly different place. One
of my bubbles has been burst.
We've all been reminded that in some ways
we are essentially powerless. I feel afraid.
I guess that's why they call it terrorism.
Check out, and send your condolences to some
of my fellow bloggers in New York:
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For possibly the first time in her life,
my mother is sleeping on the floor -- and
no, she's not drunk. As a matter of fact,
we've got her living 'Japanese Style,' which,
of course, requires sleeping on a futon.
We haven't quite got her to use chopsticks
yet, but apparently she's up to trying out
sushi...baby steps I guess.
Mom's been in great spirits since she came
here to Tokyo this past Friday. As expected,
she's crazy about baby Jack and will hardly
put him down. In her defense, I have to say
that he is the cutest baby in the world and
absolutely irresistible to mere mortals --
kind of like an Adonis of baby cuteness.
Today's pictures are of those first few magic
moments when grandmother meets grandson for
the first time -- very intimate, I must say.
We haven't really taken her anywhere yet,
except to the 'foreign food' import store
so that I could pick up some Doritos (not
very exotic, eh?). Consequently, we don't
have any funny pictures of her in a Japanese
context yet, you know what I mean, like posing
in front of the Shogun's palace or anything
I'm sure that we'll take her out to see the
sites soon, but for now all she wants to
do is sit at home and play with Jack -- not
too surprising considering that that's the
main reason why she came here in the first
So, I'll try to keep you all posted on her
adventures here in the land of vending machines,
raw fish, and grandmothers sleeping on the
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It's 1:38 p.m. and in about an hour
be leaving work and going to Narita
to pick up my mother. I really hope
she likes Japan -- I don't think that
deal with the crowds very well, being from a small
town and living in the suburbs, and
Work is chuggin along. In fact, I was
today thinking how much I enjoy my
I decided to post a few pictures from
office -- see today's posted pictures.
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You may have noticed that I don't usually
talk about politics here on hunkabutta, and
this is no accident. However, I just have
to say, the new White House site is really something else, it gave me
a whole new perspective on American politics
-- be sure to check out the new 'Department
While we're on the subject of American politics,
for those of you old enough to remember former
President Ronald Reagan and his infamous
testimony at the Iran-Contra hearings (remeber
Ollie North?), you should try your hand at
the Ronald Reagan Memory
game. (stolen from Whitehouse.org)
In other news, only two days and counting
"Arrival of Mother," what else?