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Hot Tub

kids in hot tub

Upon arrival we quickly took advantage of the Takei’s hot tub which overlooks the tropical breezes of the Pacific Ocean. . .

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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.

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Luau > Vermont

We just got back from a week and a half holiday that took us to Hawaii (where we whooped it up at the Royal Luau with Great-Grandmother Takei) and Corinth, Vermont where we danced under the stars in celebration of Jamie and Heather’s wedding. Jamie Kidder is my old high-school roommate.

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Blogs

Blogs have now entered into the mainstream. AOL is releasing a blog package for all its subscribers and now Doonesbury has picked up on the trend as well.

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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.

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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

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Tyler’s First Joke

Tyler told his first joke:

Q: Why did the cow cross the road?

A: To go to the mooovies!

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Sketches

The spiral eyes is part of his unique style.

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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.

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Jury Duty

My number’s finally come up – I’ve been summoned to appear at the Mercer County Court House to serve as a Petit Juror.