August 8th, 2007


In Which A Happy Dance Occurs

So, things are better this week.

First, when I took my PowerBook in last week to see about the keyboard, I got out in fifteen minutes. They popped on a new "j" key for me (no charge, no replacing the entire keyboard, quick and painless). Of course, that was only five minutes, I spent the other ten getting a new battery, as the old one's really starting to show its age (it gets a lot of use, since I use that box unplugged all the time).

I didn't end up putting in a bigger hard drive -- after looking into the procedure, I decided that since I didn't have access to a data center worth of tools anymore, it wasn't really practical to do on my own (you totally have to take the whole damned thing apart to change the drive). I guess I can live with the smaller HD for a while... I'll get a bigger one when I replace the laptop eventually (here's still hoping Apple eventually comes out with a new 12" laptop). Ah, well.

Other good things, too. My Japanese is starting to feel... Well, not remotely fluent, of course, but actually usable. More or less. At any rate, it's infinitely better than it was last time I went to Japan, and is improving noticeably.

Best of all, my glasses came in -- I'll pick them up tomorrow, so that worry is gone. So, I'll have the lighter sunglasses (not glacier glasses all the time! ...Although I'll bring them for Fuji-sama), and new glasses, plus the spare. So, I'm prepared in case I lose them again. Which I seriously doubt will actually happen (of course, now that I have a spare set, you know I won't need it). Asakusa was the only time I've ever lost a pair of glasses, and I didn't do anything different than what I normally do with them -- I've destroyed a pair now and then, but not since college, and that was over a decade ago now.

Anyway... Woo. Starting to get excited.

I've already gotten pretty much everything significant I need for the Japan trip taken care of now. Need to take in my sports coat in to be cleaned for the wedding in Wisconsin next weekend, though.

*happy dance*

...If only the stuff I was working on would behave a little better, frickin' SQL. Hard to get too worked up too much about that, though, since eventually I will prevail. That's the sort of dragon I get paid to slay.
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Japan Trip Plans

Okay, I guess this is probably my final set of plans for the Japan trip, in all their totally ludicrous specificness. Hey, it's just a plan, doesn't really mean anything.

23 Aug (Thu) - Depart Denver, switch planes in Seattle.

24 Aug (Fri) - Arrive Narita, pick up luggage, customs, change money, yadda, yadda, catch the Keisei Skyliner to Nippori, catch the Yamanote to Uguisudani, check in at my hotel, drop off my luggage, walk to the konbini across the street, buy anpan and/or kureemupan. Possibly some onigiri, too (possibly, may do dinner with people that night if they have time, but whichever, am planning to crash early -- if all goes well, it's an early afternoon arrival at Narita, so it's just possible).

25 Aug (Sat) - Hop the Yamanote to Kanda, early breakfast at Rotteria! Brunch (maybe) with a Tokyo Nippon2007 staff member friend (wherever she decides), possibly one or two other people. Depends how busy people are. Afterwards, wander off to Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, look at electronic dictionaries, maybe buy one. Afterwards, if I have enough energy, wander up to Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, check out Gyoza Stadium, perhaps find some Gyuutan Ice Cream in Ice Cream City (ask Laurel why). Collapse.

26 Aug (Sun) - Get up super early, ship my suitcase to Yokohama (or, possibly, give it to my friend in Tokyo who will be rooming with me in Yokohama if he's got room for it), ride the Yamanote around to Shinjuku, catch the Limited Express to Ootsuki, catch the Local train to the Fuji-go-ko, drop off the backback in a locker, wander around the lakes, pick up backpack, wander back to Fuji-Yoshida, drop off luggage at the hotel, check out the matsuri, drink beer, eat delicious vendor stall food, crash.

27 Aug (Mon) - Get up early, catch the bus up to fifth station. Hike up to eighth station. Crash early at the hut.

28 Aug (Tue) - Get up before dawn, hike to the top of Fuji, watch sunrise, hike down, catch bus, train, etc. to Yokohama. First night in Yokohama, effective beginning of WorldCon, albeit the work part. During the WorldCon, want to do the following things: go to the top of the Landmark Tower. Go to the Ramen Museum. Baseball game on Wednesday night with the KC'09 committee. Drink lots of beer. Sing karaoke. The rest of the time I'll mostly be working.

04 Sep (Tue) - Exchange JR Pass at Yokohama station. Shinkansen to Hachinohe. Limited Express to Hakodate. First night in Hokkaidou, staying in Hakodate.

05 Sep (Wed) - Wander around Hakodate. Catch train to Sapporo. Wander around Sapporo. Perhaps find the Sapporo Brewery. Night in Sapporo.

06 Sep (Thu) - Train to Asahikawa. Wander around for a couple hours, train to Bihoro, first night in Bihoro.

07 Sep (Fri), 08 Sep (Sat) - Two full days in Bihoro, with trips to Shiretoko Peninsula/National Park (we're planning to take the boat ride along the shore), and Akan Lake/National Park (to see the marimo!) Plans are reasonably loose here, though, but those are the things I want to do most.

09 Sep (Sun) - Catch train from Bihoro to Hakodate (that's probably about eight hours on the train). Night in Hakodate.

10 Sep (Mon) - Limited Express to Hachinohe. Shinkansen to Tokyo. Night in Uguisudani. It's just barely possible I might have time to stop somewhere on the way back (Sendai? Matsushima?), but we'll see.

11 Sep (Tue) - Wander around Tokyo during the day, off to Narita in the afternoon, depart Narita. Change planes in Seattle. Arrive in Denver, several hours (hopefully, this time!) before I leave.

Enjoy jetlag hangover. Go to NanDesuKan the next weekend. Die.

...So, who else is gonna be there? When you gonna be there?
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