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October 09, 2003
9:07 AM

Howzit people of the world. It's now 9:07 AM Friday morning in Japan and I've just gotten my first real night of sleep. Approximately 7 hours of sleep and guess what? I feel horrible. I feel like I've run a marathon, though I've never run a marathon and have no idea how that would feel. But I feel like I've gone through some kind of grueling physical event that has drawn the powers out of me. Perhaps something like KRYPTONITE and SUPERMAN. I've been doing a lot of walking the last few days. Perhaps more walking then I've done in the year 2004 and I consider myself a walker. Walking the streets of Japan is always a positive experience. You can see anything from grandmas with punk rock hair to the bustle of businessmen trying to catch the train. Constant business is the theme in Japan. The cross walks await the go of GREEN and the surge of thousands cross the streets with such ferocity and accuracy. The odor of soups and curries and meats and candies fill the air with every square foot being covered with restaurant after restaurant. The lights are blasting the city making things look like it's the middle of the day. Buildings double up as an advertisement for movies, music videos blasting, marketing commercials tell you what to buy, and my head dizzy with pleasure. Ahhhh.... Japan what a place. I've called in Disneyland 24/7. There's nothing like it. I've traveled to every state in the US except Alaska, I've been to Canada, Mexico, KOREA, UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Norway, Amsterdam, and I'm sure more European countries, but Japan is the best for sheer craziness and fun. It's an instant gratification, definitely not someplace I could live, but to just have fun....This is the place. I only have 4 days left of this craziness and then it's back on the plane and back to the states where I have tons of work awaiting me. Argghhh... It's cool though. Today I'm in Nagoya and I'll spent the next 3 hours in my hotel enjoying the peace and serenity of my private single room, for the rest of the day will be full of chaos. Ok, that's it for now. Have a good day. Take care and remember to be nice to each other. We're all we have.

Peace always, Mike Park