John & Hiromi's Virtual Vacation to
Day 2 - August 28th, 2001
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Yesterday, we drove four hours and 15 minutes,a new record for us, from Fujisawa to Kiryu. That little Subaru is like being the projectile in a slingshot! And I think the axle is bolted directly to the frame, because it is not exactly a comfort ride
Hiromi spent most of the day working on the website, yesterday and today. This morning I spent studying and preparing for the English Club meeting tonight.
After the meeting, we will proceed to Niigata, on the Japan Sea side. The ferry leaves at about 10:30 and will be an 18 hour ride to Otaru. If any of you get sea-sick, better break out the Dramamine. I don't get seasick, in fact,I spent a year on the South China Sea in an 82 foot patrol boat! There are two other guys that I knew from those days that have joined us for the V V. One of them was also on the USCGC Sundew with me, and the former Captain of the Sundew is also aboard for the V V!! I am sending a couple of pictures of the Sundew that the Cap'n sent me. The Sundew is an Icebreaker and Buoy-tender, formerly stationed at Charlevoix, Michigan, now at Duluth, Mn.


As a special treat, I will occasionally select a "cream-of-the-crop" type joke. This one is for Dick Hall! I have seen two different Japanese guys that are exact doubles for Dick Hall. It startled me almost as bad as when I saw one that looked like Don Tregoning, last fall, in Shinjuku. I have seen several other "look-alikes", also. Next time I see Dick Hall on the streets of Japan, I hope I have my camera, because you think I'm kidding! BTW, Dick, your evangelism training paid off again last night! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Harold the Dumb and his friend, David are out hunting, when David falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head. Harold whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "I think my friend is dead! What can I do" The police operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy. First, lets make sure he's dead."....There is a silence, then a shot is heard..... Harold then says,"OK, now what?"


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