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July 16th, 2008

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08:17 am - Wondering Why We Ever Go Home: Greece, 2007

Dawn breaks over the sea
looking down from Olympus
Journal Entry 17

12:51 PM
Olympus, dawn to dusk

Here in the sun, gazing down Olympus to Litichoro and the sea far below, gazing down the same paths Far-Seeing Zeus gazed down from his throne. After six hours of hiking from the parking lot at Prionia, through occasional 2.5 foot deep snow drifts, I am in love with this mountain. The winds and the air and the sunlight all are simply amazing.

And here I sit, my offering to Zeus beside me, knowing that I need to offer for his favour. The weather is only part of it. There is also the fact that cortigiana nor I fell and died.

Now, it's six hours down, so it's time to offer and head back down.

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Throne of Zeus: First Glimpse | The far peaks of Olympus | Throne of Zeus: Closer      

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      Far peaks | The Throne of Zeus | Throne of Zeus

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  First snow encounter | How deep is it? | It's Mazi-crotch deep!

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      Vampire goats! | See him staring? | A bird at the shelter
We saw some wildlife, and even a Yeti! I swear!

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Throne from the shelterhouse | View down from the shelterhouse | View to Litichoro and the sea
This is what far-seeing Zeus sees from his throne. . .

Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Music: "Jimmy Dreams", -JB

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Date:July 16th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Prestidigeously is one of the best words ever.

Luckily I have ice cream like things in my freezer: one does not have a six year old child and not have frozen treats in the hot and humid Japanese summer.

Are you coming for Christmas? Turns out ferrelux has a mandatory vacation then.
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Date:July 16th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Maggie and I are discussing it in depth, but with her quitting her job (a very recent development), we may not be able to. I just looked at plane tickets to Tokushima on Monday, trying to come up with a budget for the trip. Looks like a bit over $2000 for each of us, which isn't bad I suppose (the Tokushima leg seems to nearly double the price, though, as Tokyo is half as expensive to fly to), but, you know, stuff.

We also may have to be in Kansas at that time: a relative died, and I may be needed to help with the estate, which puts a serious crimp in the plans.

So, right now, we're doing our best. The best outcome is "hell yeah!" I'm still hoping to shout that instead of, "Oh, Yay: Kansas."
Date:July 16th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
Well, one does not fly into Tokushima as it is like getting anally raped. One flys into KIX or NRT and takes a bus from KIX three hours to Tokushima or the Shinkansen from NRT to Kyoto and then the bus to Tokushima (the bus is $40 USD each way per person and the Shinkansen is $140 USD each way per person). Plus, I need to write you a check for $4,350 USD according to my math. ;D

My condolences on the loss. :(
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Date:July 16th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Clearly: I just checked pricing from Tokyo to TKS. . . Man. Just. . . Wow. It's more expensive than flying across the friggin' ocean!

Well, checks are always accepted (as are things like PayPal, if you prefer). But I know you're good for it, so whenever. ;)

As for the loss, well, it was coming. I missed the memorial service (it was a few weeks ago), and so there's this knowledge that I've gotta get out there soon. If the family can manage Thanksgiving, we might do that instead. I just don't know.
Date:July 16th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Make sure you check on sidestep.com for any flight needs, they are what Travelocity used to be for finding deals and if you create an account you can check within a few days of the dates you enter.

Yeah, that amount would be up through mid-September (5 * 900 + 450 - 600 = check). I'm pretty sure PayPal would charge you a fee for that and I'd rather not pay a fee on top. :)

Whatever you do is what you have to do. I'm just hoping the house is in decent shape by the time rolls around just in case.

Well, as I am commenting from the future! (it is past 1 AM on the 17th here) I am going to bed. That and I have used just about every icon I have.

Have a nice rest of your day. Try to write me or something.

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Date:July 16th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I realized on my way to lunch that PayPal would totally charge a fee. Stupid PayPal. *shakes fist*

I was wondering if you were shooting for all icons or not :) I am very appreciative of your work in that direction!

However the house is, I'm sure that Maggie and I will be in awe of the awesomeness that is Mazi's house. After all, my journals from Greece prove your awesomeness.

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