July 11, 2017

Day 10 Wed, July 5

I forgot to mention the mixed feelings I had on July 4.  I woke that morning to the realization that it was still July 3 in America, so I had a head start on processing.  So much about America sucks.  And while I was quick to proclaim my Japanese-ness...

July 10, 2017

Day 9- Tuesday, July 4

We made a deliberate choice to bring the kids with us on our dream Japan vacation.  My parents were skeptical.  Some friends wondered if it was a good idea.  But we did it, and while it would have been a much smoother, far-ranging trip without the...

July 7, 2017

Day 7 (technically the 8th day in Japan) Sunday, July 2

Our feet and legs were aching when we woke up.  According to our Steps trackers, we had been walking 8-10 miles a day for the past few days.  Fortunately, right across the street was the Tenzoan Marketplace.  We we...

July 6, 2017

Day 5 continued

After we finished at the Peace Park, we were all kind of in a daze.  Our eyes were puffy, and I was still choking back intermittent sobs.  It was strange to return to today’s Hiroshima, which is really a wonderful city. We walked east over the canal and...

July 4, 2017

Japan 5

Day 5

We spent the day traveling almost the length of Japan.  While traveling to Koriyama from Tokyo, I noticed we blew through a few of the smaller stations at 200mph. It was just a split-second blur of a platform flashing by the window.  I wondered what it woul...

July 4, 2017

Japan 4

Day 3

As Geri entered the women’s side of the baths, a group of old women exclaimed, out loud, “Hakujin!”  We know this word.  It means white person.  Geri knows this word.  She suddenly knew what I felt when I walked into a grocery store in Rapid City, South Dak...

July 2, 2017

Monday, June 26- 2nd full day

Flying through the Japanese countryside at 200mph is a surreal experience.  Rice fields inhabit every square meter of land possible.  Farms dot the landscape.  Rolling hills covered in lush green tress fly past the window, and every once in...

July 1, 2017

Japan 2

Naomi drove us to the airport at 6:30 on Friday, June 23.  We arrived at Tom Bradley Terminal and immediately hit a snag.  Japan Airlines was nowhere to be found.  Even the information guy in the kiosk wasn’t sure where we should go.  He suggested the counter fo...

June 29, 2017

June 22, 2017

I leave tomorrow morning for Japan.  We are taking the kids on a two-week adventure through Tokyo, Fukushima, Sendai, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, and back to Tokyo.  I’ve been watching videos of food and scenery in Japan.  I am really excited, and this is str...

June 8, 2017

To a lot of rational, sensible people, the rise of the Tea Party, the Alt Right, and the Trump thing baffles the mind.  How the hell can anyone not see the hate, the hypocrisy, or the con job (in the case of Trump)?  I tend to think the answer is pretty simple: they’ve...

March 28, 2017

Most Christians are doomed to have horrible sex lives.  Obviously, they’re not the only ones, as intimacy is difficult for a lot of people, but Christians have a perceived religious mandate to have terrible sex.  This despite the fact that the bible contains some prett...

March 13, 2017

I have this recurring dream where I’m walking through some place familiar, my neighborhood, places I’ve worked, a restaurant, and suddenly there’s a stream next to me.  I see trout swimming around.  Sometimes, I find my rod and start fishing.  Other times I just study...

March 6, 2017

Several people told me my “overgeneralized” history of generations didn’t represent their own family experience.  It doesn’t even represent my own family.  I was talking about general trends, of course.  My own parents were in their 20’s during the 60’s, and they weren...

March 1, 2017

I am no longer a Christian.  I don’t know exactly what that makes me, but I would guess somewhere along the agnostic spectrum.  I will not ever purposefully try to talk anyone out of his or her own faith, but I do find myself having to respond or explain myself.  It se...

February 23, 2017

Part One

How did we get here?

Kids today are not allowed to do many of the things we Gen Xer’s did growing up.  My brother and I rode our bikes all over the neighborhood when we were 8-12.  By the time I was 12, I was riding all over Arcadia to friends’ houses.  This wou...

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