I'm in the Seattle's Best Coffee outside Fuji-Grand department store enjoying a grande drip coffee and the free wireless service.
I haven't been very good about my posting this spring. It was hell-semester for me in many ways. Now I am visiting my in-laws and trying to reconnect with the vague memory of my Japanese fluency. Such as it was. I'm making a promise to try to do better this summer. I have the feeling you guys know how little my promises are worth.
I read Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth
on the plane ride over. Great book - I can hardly wait to see the movie
. So in honor of all the carbon emissions from the plane trip I am riding my bicycle all over town here. I'll have to check into buying a carbon offset for the trip when we get back.
My daughters insisted on having lunch at McDonalds this afternoon. We usually let them have one visit to McDonalds on every trip. My wife and I don't like it so much, but I think there is an instructive aspect to seeing the corporate image refracted through different cultures. It was interesting here that you have to split the trash from your tray into four different bins for efficient recycling: Food waste, paper, plastic, and combinations (like the barbeque sauce package for my daughter's chicken nuggets). Home waste is much more complicated to recycle. My mother in law will be glad to give you the run down if you want all the details. Again there are the four main waste streams on different days of the week and a host of dates throughout the month for special items like batteries, broken crockery, etc.
I like the humidity in Japan. It is a nice change from the arid Colorado summer. I home my drip line is keeping the vegetable garden moist. Japanese television is all about the World Cup. Unfortunately they use the letter W to refer to the world cup on a lot of advertising so riding around town you feel like you are in some kind of republican dystopia with the W's everywhere.
Update: An inconvenient truth has a website
too for those who are interested.