Nerdtour 2012: T-Minus 29 hours and counting…

Oh, boy, it’s getting down to the wire, one more (partial) day of work, then I do the final prep work for the trip.  One last go-around with laundry, packing up the laptop and a hard drive, assorted re-arrangements for the oddments and fripperies that I’ll be taking (cables, batteries, … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 80 hours and counting: All systems go!

Had a bit of a scare this past couple of days, with the pain in my poor, poor tooth getting worse and worse. Fortunately I called the dentist this afternoon after struggling with lunch, and he told me to come in right away, from the symptoms he said he needed … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: T-Minus 11 Days – AAAAAGGGHHH!

Well, I’ve now (finally) been hit with the pre-trip jitters, and it’s not fun! It was okay when I had 3 months to go, then two, even one month was not bad, but now that it’s less than two weeks to go, it’s “done got real”!

Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 35 days and counting, some thoughts…

Inou Tadataka

Only 35 days till I leave for Japan! I’m making some final plans, getting things lined up and ready to go. There’s a lot more information available online for trip planning in Japan than there was, even in 2010, especially in the area of figuring out costs. With the exchange … Continue reading

Photos from the new book I’m working on…

What, you didn’t know I had an old book? ^__^ My first book Here are some photos from that book When I went with my brother Darrell to Japan in May of 2010, we visited a place near where he was stationed back in the 1950s, the town of Matsushima. … Continue reading

Flashback: Nerdtour 2007: Japan – The Tour Begins!

Continuing my 5-years-later write-up about my first trip to Japan, Nerdtour 2007!  (sorry, pictures don’t start till after some verbiage.  I didn’t take any pics the first day of the trip!)

Boy’s love for Morning Glories lives on long after his passing…

This is a nice story about a boy’s love of Morning Glories, and his mother’s love for him, which she spreads to the tsunami survivors through seeds from the flowers he grew just before he died, and which he never lived to see bloom. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ2011092612223