As always, I have several things I would like to write about but haven't found the time during a break at work or the inclination to use my voice recognition at home. So I am using these last few minutes of my lunch to jot down the high points of these past few weeks until I can elaborate somewhere else.

Here's the news:

WE ARE GOING TO JAPAN!

After a couple of failed attempts at identifying childcare and affordable airfare, the stars aligned and we will be spending a week in Japan this fall. This is a really, really big deal for me. Our first few days will be in Tokyo (staying in Akihabara) where we hope to attend a sumo match, visit the Tsukiji fish market, pay our respects at the graves of the 47 Ronin, eat at Ramen shops and maid caf├ęs, and shop till we drop (at least on our limited budget). Next we intend to take the Shinkansen (bullet trains) out of the city and stay at one of the onsen (volcanic hot springs). If possible, we're going to stop at Odawara and Kamakura before visiting Mount Fuji. Depending on how things go, we may even venture down to Kyoto for a night. Finally, we return to Tokyo for our last night, where I fully intend to stroll through Tokyo's seedier side in Kabukicho before we sleep over in a Love Hotel. Exciting stuff! I'm hoping to put together at least one (and hopefully many more) writeups related to the trip.

In addition to that juicy bit, I still want to write about our trip to Disney World, my daughter's first days of school, and the upcoming horror season. In preparation for that last one, I just finished reading "The Great God Pan" by Arthur Machen. Pre-dating Lovecraft, Machen turned out to be a lot of fun in my first exposure to his work. I noted that there is an E2 Book Club poll, supported by maddie (mad girl's love song), in which I voted for Dracula in another link to the upcoming Halloween season.

Let's see, what else?

Oh yeah, my wife quit her job to be a kindergarten room mother / house mom / trophy wife. So now I am on what I jokingly refer to as German Austerity Measures because I want to continue a very high personal savings rate for my target ERE. At least, I want to maintain it AFTER Japan (what can I say, there is SOOO MUCH to buy in Akihabara, and have you priced out a visit to a Soapland recently?).

Like the seasons, life changes again for me. I hope all is well in your neck of the woods e2, until next time,

-- corvus

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