Getting Ready to Leave Japan

Continued from my earlier post Our First Overseas Adventure:  Japan 2000 (part 11).

“7/25/01  (e-mail to G8r’s parents) We pack up tomorrow and our time in Japan will be finished…for SR and the kids at least.  We are getting excited as things get closer and the kids keep asking when we are going to see you guys.  Our departure date was moved to the 4th of August, but we are still set to arrive in Jacksonville on the 9th.  Sunday we did something a little nuts.  We should have done this earlier, but we were clinging to the memory of the piano we left there in Florida.  We bought a Casio digital piano.  It was on sale.  Yes, I know, either SR is rubbing off on me or the Mamoo gene is revealing itself as dominant.  It feels just like a piano, but you can make it sound like an organ, etc., and it has a lot of neat features that we hope will keep the kids interested.  I had a blast buying it; the store I bought it from had no English-speaking people, so I had to buy it and have it delivered in Japanese.  It was fun to give them directions.  I’ll bet Stephanie and I know more about getting around Kyushu than some of these Japanese people.  Our housing is only a few miles away, but they had never delivered here and didn’t know the area at all.  Jay is playing with the record feature now and the sounds coming out of it are horrendous.  The good thing about it is that there is a spot for headphones, so you can limit the pain incurred upon the rest of the family during practice time.  We are heading out to eat now because there is no food in the house, and I don’t have to go to work tomorrow due to packing out.  G8r”

“7/30/01  Our exact itinerary is still in limbo but we know we will arrive in Jacksonville on the 9th.  We will spend five days in Toronto (with SR’s sister) before we come home to Florida.  The kids are excited and can’t wait.  We packed everything up last Friday, so we are in an empty house standing by to check out.  The kids made a cardboard TV complete with a remote control to make it easier to change channels.  We have the sports channel and several international channels.  One channel is completely dedicated to our neighbor Carrie.  It only plays ‘The Carrie Show.’ So you see things are pretty good here.  Looking forward to seeing you guys on the 9th.  G8r”

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