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July 23, 2009

A True Story

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From the inbox:

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Dang! Now I have to update the website and fix the broken blog layout!

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July 18, 2009

Shake Therapy

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So the family is gone. We drove them three hours to a bus stop where they could catch a highway bus direct to the airport rather than have them carry all their luggage and two babies through three transfers up and down lots of stairs. I wonder if it was a good choice though, as highway traffic is high and there may have been traffic jams around Tokyo. I hope they caught their flights.

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I have hundreds of photos from the ten days they were here, but those that probably best represent the time are my mom's least favorite. Irene would cry and cry every time grandma held her. I really felt bad for my mom, so I tried a little trick I had read online...

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It seemed to have worked.

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Just wathcing me administer the therapy to Irene made oscar smile as well.

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July 06, 2009

The Taste of Silk (worms)

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My family (mom, dad, sister, sister's husband, sister's twin #1, and sister's twin #2) come in two days. The house is far from being two-year-old proof. The only car-seat I have managed to borrow from neighbors is too big for her kids, and the chicken coop is a smelly mess. Oh, and the house is also a fly-infested smelly mess of things in the kitchen that are rotting because there is just to much dang food around here!

Over the weekend I thought I could take care of some of the important things (like the overdue translation and cleaning the house) but remembered that I had to join the other men of the village for weeding of the edge of the road in the mountains. This only took a half-day, but afeterwards, of course, you have to sit and drink from the bottemless glass for another two hours while eating a packet of tofu and canned mackeral. Once you feel sick in the stomach from the food (and a little tipsy and tired) work has a funny way of not getting done.

These are some photos from last week when we had a private bike trip. We stopped by the local school to check out their silkworms (mine all died this year) and the kids were more than happy to show them off. I hope I have not caused the teacher any problems by putting one of the worms in my mouth for a photo, which then prompted some of them to do the same. Their mouths, by the way, are red because of a "how well do you brush" test.

Our lucky customer also got to watch me in the village fire brigade contest. I was blowing the horn, but all members were there to do their things. The photo is of the only womens' fire-hose team. I wonder if she enjoyed that boring event more than the trip to the traditional paper maker's place.

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