1. Jeff swings by.
Jeff, conveniently back in Nagoya for some work training, hung out with us for the weekend. As usual we had fun playing around with his sweet camera. We also had plans with a couple of Tara's students (who are sisters) and their younger sister, and all of their boyfriends.
2. Le Gang en Fuzz
Jeff's new lens (he buys a new camera lens every time he comes to Nagoya) does not auto-focus.
3. At SEGA WORLD
4. The Guys Were Too Skillful...
5. And Too Cool For US
Nonetheless, we had a fun time. But the first two games were fairly embarassing as Jeff and I averaged 100, and the other guys were all scoring around 160. It wasn't until I switched to ...
6. Let's Go! Bowling!
One of these things is not like the others...one of these things is filled with luck, and the others are all broken. In the final game I managed to save face with a respectable score. Can you tell which ball is mine?
7. Scoot! Safety First.
Before everyone warns me to be careful, at least know I bought the best helmet I could find, and I have been practicing with short errands before I take it on any longer drives.
8. Scoot! Now Who's Cool?
To answer the "What's it like?" question: it feels like a rocket-powered bicycle.
Other details: There's under-seat storage that fits the helmet (while I'm in a store), or about 1 grocery bag worth of groceries (before things get squished. Brakes are handle-brakes just like a bicycle. Accelerator is in the right handle. Speedometer goes up to 60km/h, but I'll mostly be using it on the small local streets here, where the speed limit is 30km/h.
9. Brunch Done Right
This weekends greatest accomplishment was proposed by our friend Ryan (see "guy in cow suit at Halloween party" previously posted); a good ol' fashioned full-on Sunday brunch buffet. With a solid group effort we produced a meal of scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes (with real maple syrup, courtesy of Ryan's parents), toast, sausages, coffee, and orange juice, the likes of which Japan has never dreamed of. This was a deeply satisfying experience for all. Despite there being a "Denny's" just 10 minutes away from our house, you just can't find this kind of meal in Japan.
And that sums up a smashingly successful weekend.