We spent the day in Philadelphia today which is easier to get in and out of than NYC. Saw a children’s play at the Please Touch Museum and then caught a few laps of the USPRO Wachovia Classic cycling race.

Later in the evening, our little hamlet put on lessons in Square Dancing in the local commons – city hall brought in a “caller” from Pennsylvania to get things started and instruct everyone how to “dozzie-do” and we all had a great ol’ time. Our version of a summertime bon-odori.


Just got back from a week’s holiday in Hawaii where we hooked up with Izumi’s parents. Absolutely wonderful break from the craziness of work. Swam every day with the kids and flew (and lost) a kite with Tyler. Tiki torches at twilight, tropical fish and dolphins at the hotel lagoon – will post pictures as soon as their developed.

New Hope & Ivy Railroad

A banner weekend for weather which we took advantage of by heading out early to get a table at our favorite Cafe at Rosemont where we met up with our friends and their kids. After a Papaya & Brie omlet and other goodies, we spend a lazy afternoon in New Hope and Lambertville skipping stones in the canal and riding the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

New Hope & Ivy Railroad

Tyler & Ken-chan hamming it up for the cameraman. Everyone had a great time.

Thanks be to the Gods of the Internet!

Thanks be to the Gods of the Internet! After trawling various chat rooms a kind soul named Lydia offered to tape us the final episodes for us so we can save ourselves the embarassment of admitting to Motoko that we can’t operate a VCR. Since submitting my email address to these X-File chatrooms, my spam profile has taken an interesting turn,

Big Ear

I now get an entertaining mix of offers for miniture shotgun mikes and infrared cameras. . .


We’re in big trouble. Izumi’s friend sent us a blank video tape and a request that we tape her episodes 19 & 20 on the 9th season of X-files. Of course my fumbling with the VCR timer screwed us up and we missed the first episode and then Tyler popped out the tape so he could watch Thomas the Tank Engine and we missed the second episode. As luck would have it, these are the last two episodes of the nine year series and the show was going to reveal all in a two part show called The Truth.

So now we’re diving into the murky waters of X-File land posting our plea on message boards everywhere and looking for a kind soul that can dub us the two golden episodes so we can avoid the wrath of Izumi’s friend. All the while knowing that Motoko also hangs out on these boards and will most likely see our post and understand why we’re late to delivery – ah there’s no escaping the roving eye of the internet is there. . .

Wish us luck, “The Truth is out there” and, Motoko, if you’re reading this – GOMEN!