BTW, I've been in Japan for the last two weeks... Lots of stuff to talk about but I have to go to work. Two major themes:
1. I was searching for that culture shock you get when you're in a country for the first time... You know that feeling you got when the lady at the sandwich shop in London asked you "brown or white". Surprisingly, I didn't get that feeling until I landed back at SFO.
2. It turns out that I've been pretty depressed the last couple of months... The trip was the trough of that depression. My mixed CD that I took with me included songs like Cat Steven's "Lady d'Arbanville" (about the dead lady) and Chopin's "Piano Sonata No.2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35". That's right, that's his "Funeral March". Funny I didn't notice the depression before I left!
Here are some pictures from the trip: http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/pushmedia1/album?.dir=/Japan+trip