Vermont

Family in Vermont

After a week in Hawaii where we hooked up with the rest of the Takei Clan including the Great Grandma Nagao, the 84-year old matriarch – we hurried back home for a quick overnight rest and then hauled up North to Vermont to witness my old high school roommate restate his vows to his lovely wife Heather. Here we are all dressed up for the show at an old church right down the road from the Kidder farm.

Jet Set

kids in sunglasses

So we’re finally back to normal after a whirlwind of travel that took us to Hawaii and Vermont over the course of a week and a half. Here are the kids getting ready for their week in the sun.

Blackout

They’re calling it the largest blackout the Northeast has ever seen. The Blackout captures the event from the perspective of moblogs all across NYC where thousands were stranded without a way to get home.

Safe in the Factiva offices, all we noticed was a brief flickering of the lights and a sev alert email calmly notifying us that because the entire eastern seaboard was kicked off the grid we were now running on back up generators.

Gross National Cool

Do you think Japan is Cool?

“Japan is reinventing superpower—again. Instead of collapsing beneath its widely reported political and economic misfortunes, Japan’s global cultural influence has quietly grown. From pop music to consumer electronics, architecture to fashion, and animation to cuisine, Japan looks more like a cultural superpower today than it did in the 1980s, when it was an economic one. But can Japan build on its mastery of medium to project an equally powerful national message? ”
– from Japan’s Gross National Cool

Amtrak

I’m writing this on the train ride from hell on the way home from a three day trip to Boston. I thought I’d be clever and take Amtrak because their high speed Acela trains have electric outlets so while viewing the New England coastline slip by I could catch up on my email backlog.

Little did I realize how badly I would need that outlet – it’s now going on six hours and I’m still in Connecticut! Crying babies and a second engine change later and I thank the lord above that I brought my MD Walkman to keep me sane. My train is called the Silver Meteor – little did they realize how apt that name is – we’ve been crashing and burning our way south and are on our third engine.