Hajime Mashite

First:  Fly Japan Air.  Anywhere.

The seats are comfortable, roomy, and you get fed….all the time.  There is a built in touch screen television in the back of EVERY seat where you can watch movies on demand, they have about 15 new releases to choose from.  Then you can flip over your little built in remote and play Street Fighter and Pacman and loads of other games.  Or you can just look at a big map of the world, or see your progress across the pacific.  It was really awesome.  Not to mention the fact that I had the entire left side row by myself….so I had lots of room to stretch out.

No one sat next to me from Canada all the way to Osaka…it was awesome…but then toward the end it got depressing…I wanted to interact with my horrible Japanese.

I soon got to do that.  Don’t worry.

As we are pulling into Narita outside Tokyo…an old man grabs my arm and looks at me…he flexes his arm and goes “You…big body….play sport?” I just laughed and was on the verge of explaining my complete lack of love for typical sports and the like and had taken in a big puff of air to do so, when I realized he wasn’t going to understand me at all.  So I let the breath out slowly and sadly…and just smiled….and nodded.  Much simpler just to tell him what he wants to hear.

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Playing My Little Part in Something Big

So here it is . . . the moment I have been so adamantly awaiting for over two years.

I leave America in a matter of hours.  It is a surreal thought, one that hasn’t quite hit me yet I don’t think.  I am remarkably calm for what is facing me.  Either because I have accepted it and have nothing but exhilaration and excitement in my heart, or sometime as my plane takes off tomorrow morning the feeling will finally hit me like a loaded round of grape-shot from the trebuchet of reality.  I sincerely hope it is the former.

I am ready for this life to begin.  I am ready for this.  I am ready . . .

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