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Checking in from Tokyo

Wow! Now that was a long flight. Left Atlanta at 10 AM Friday and got to Tokyo 14 hrs later at 2 PM Saturday Tokyo time. The flight was extremely comfortable and the Delta flight attendents were all exceedingly friendly. Why can't all Delta flights be like that? When we go to St. Louis they basically tell us to get the hell of the plane. And they wonder why their business is going down the crapper...

The food on the plane was better than average. Here's what I had:

Appetizer: A few small slices of chicken breast and some garnishings
Starter: Mixed Garden Salad
Main Course: Beef fillet, new potatoes, and vegetable medley
Dessert: Ice cream sundae (I was too full by this point so I passed thinking I could ask for it later, but it all melted by then.)
Mid-Flight Snack: Japanese noodles and vegetables
Supper: Pork tenderloin, rice and vegetables (Beth's tenderloin is 10,000 times better.)

The movie selection on the plane was terrible. We could choose between Edward Scissorhands, Sharkboy, Madagascar, and Bad New Bears. I mean seriously, can't they do better than this? I did watch Bad News Bears and it was painful. I might have to look for some DVDs to watch on the way back. Thanks for Martin for the Dave Chapelle Season 2 DVD! I probably would have gone insane if I had to watch any of those other movies.

I was able to catch 3 or 4 naps. I think I slept 4 hrs or so. Not feeling too jet lagged right now fortunately. It's 3:50 PM here now; I think the sun being out helps with the jet lag. The weather is nice. About 60 degrees with a cool breeze.

Meeting Scott at the hotel bar in an hour. We're going to plan out our day tomorrow. We want to try to see the entire city in 1 day. I think we're going to do a Gray Line Tour. It looks like it hits all of the main sites. Cost is 9600 yen (about $80) including lunch or 7600 yen (about $65) without lunch. So far, everything is really, really expensive here. Either that or the dollar ain't so hot now. Last year when I went to Paris, the dollar was tumbling so everything seemed expensive; could be the same phenomenon here.

So, it's off to the bar for a few beers, then probably to bed around 8 PM if I can make it that long. I'll try to post some pictures from our tour tomorrow. See ya!

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  1. glad to see your email and post this morning. sounds like you are off to a decent start, i guess the first class upgrade made a huge difference. we're fine here...i'll check my computer throughout the day...haven't figured out what time it is in tokyo...love you. can't wait to see pictures!!

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