I have not had time to organize my thoughts on The Great Japan Trip of 2004. Work is hectic—disorder and chaos. When I get a chance to catch my breath and collect my thoughts I will attempt to distill two weeks of Gai-jin fumbling into a coherent narrative. Or maybe I’ll just try to make it interesting rather than dull and lifeless. Yes that’s what I’ll do. I’ll attempt to entertain rather than just report. Maybe it’ll never happen. I may start and never finish—like most things in this journal. But you will have to check back regularly to see. Ah, variable conditioning—the strongest form of conditioning. Like a whisker-less rat swimming with hope. So wait with antici……pation, and maybe I’ll even spell check it. Ooh. Aha. Oh what’s that? It’s Shiny!