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Post’d: Brautigan & airplanes towards Tokyo and… “where postcards go”

As the summer days roll by, items arrive by post, I share here for amusement of both you and me and anyone wandering by.

The originals hang on “a string of honour” for a time before finding a home in a scrapbook of sorts.

First stop is a card my darling wife sent on her recent trip to the Noto Peninsula with Ichiro. (Yes, I was home alone for4.5 days yet survived). This was Ichi-kun’s first airplane ride and he was very excited about it, especially since they travelled was on our favourite airline of them all.

Oh i should add a photo of them onboard (in the meanwhile, this diary shares snaps of me and F-i-L hanging out watching them roll in). UPDATE: Here he is on board:

This next handcrafted beauty rounds out at a trifecta of awesomeness (referenced in the cards and letters scrapbook assembly process video if only briefly), remixing Richard Brautigan’s “June 30th June 30th” book in which he travelled to Japan to reconcile his feelings about his dear uncle who died in the Pacific war. SueAn is starting a web shop so i’ll check it out and add a link when ready.

While there are a few more meaning to add to this, consider this a placeholder with the cover of the recent accordion-style scrapbook holding postcards and letters with a special note on the front from a friend in Amsterdam (who is like guardian angel for us from afar sometimes).

He sent me a beautiful new journal with this note on the front saying “scrapbook goes here?” Indeed, indeed it does. Thank you. Thank you.

Ichiro meets Ichiro sensei + airplanes and fireworks in Noto

(Then i noted): He comes home today. I used to wanna be a rockstar or a pro hockey player and always out on the road/tour but now, four days away from him and it feels like he’s leveled up again and I don’t wanna miss a single day, ever. #io in Noto {photos by Ryoko, edits me}

always ready for adventure!

A few notes from Ichiro’s first plane trip with Mama to visit Hongo Ichiro sensei on Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture. Train was no really possible so went from Okayama’s (adorable) Momotaro airport (OKJ) to Haneda then on to Noto with a group taxi to town.

Stayed with sensei at his converted fish processing plant turned house/workshop and then at a minshuku guesthouse with some friends.

What follows a few a few notes while my darling were away and a couple photos Ryoko sent from the “end of the world”.

ichiro on the go!

So it began: Ichiro loaded up his backpack with a favorite book, stuffed penguin, travel cup, snacks, handkerchief and an Insta photo of the two of us.

We’d dropped a friend off at Momtaro before and since, Ichiro is intrigued and excited about airplanes and he/we wave and say “hikoki bai bai” whenever one is overhead.

tie dayes in “family tartan” made by brother/uncle Dan

So… dropped off a Momotaro airport with parents and had an extra lunch before breezing through the mellow regional airport. Their ANA service was “first of a new route” or something so they received a commemorative souvenir.

i explained the importance and benefits of being kind and friendly to the staff, in this case from best airline ANA
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Healing Ramble: Tips for airports & traveling whilst chronically ill

Memo: What follows comes from my erstwhile “Healing Journal” – written/compiled on a foggy meandering journey to various countries (Pacifica, Phitsanulok, Cochin, Pokhara, Dikwella/Galle…) visiting all manner of hospitals, clinics and exploring various healing modalities and techniques.

Shared here more-or-less unedited for posterity (whatever that is) and to shed light to those struggling who might come across this riff. Please watch the “Healing Ramble Introduction” video for context on this series.

With respect and understanding that not everyone can do *this* – i have another riff about “why” to seek medical care or healing treatment elsewhere (not in US/Canada in this case). For now, use it if you need it, if not just pass along.

Tactics:

* Request wheelchair service well in advance and use it proudly – Besides getting you around the airport, you fast track through security and immigration lines / You are usually be first on and last off the plane, be patient

* Fly Tuesdays and Wednesdays mid-day, the airports are most mellow at this time (also tickets usually cheapest)

* Dark glasses and earplugs/noise canceling headphones for when you’re in the airport

* I use an aisle seat so easier to go to the back galley area and stretch if needed + restroom breaks without hassle when a sleeping passenger next to you

* Lavender oil, compression socks, eye mask and your most comfortable sweater for the flight, dress respectable to increase chance of upgrades (and because you are sharp like that)

* When flying far – for me anything longer than three or four hours – book a hotel in (or close by) the airport at the other end, in some cases you can get wheelchair ride to the hotel to crash out and recover. Bonus points to get one with a bathtub

* Check your bag, only take a small carry-on with comfort items, don’t try to be that “efficient business traveler” and / or save money with just a carry-on

* Turmeric tea/tincture & aspirin and water water water & coconut water & NO booze – Did I mention noise canceling headphones?

* Put on an audiobook or chill music… Keep the sensory stimulation low by not watching movies especially on the crappy seat back for the videos. For me, the fuzzy screens spin me out plus you see all the other anxiousness and activity going on

* Get a credit card which gives you access to airport lounges… go to the airport early, find a quiet corner and hydrate and snack with protein rich foods so when you’re on the plane, you’re not eating the crap or being interrupted… Plus when using wheelchair service, best to go well in advance as some airports have a limited staff performing this service

* When you board (using wheelchair you’ll probably be first on) introduce yourself to the flight attendants and mentioned that you may need extra water and make sure you are close to bathroom if you need a little sensory de-stimulation

Tip: Oh one more thing, seriously don’t try to do a lot of stuff when you travel, for me I go places to find bookstores and quiet coffee shops and simply be somewhere else.  Just because you are a “somewhere else” doesn’t mean you suddenly have a bunch of energy to go out and about and meet lots of people. Avoid restaurants at busy times as well (i.e. hit lunch after 1:30 get a table in a quiet corner) … for me this reduces sensory overload.

Note: Not all of these tips are applicable to everyone obviously but for me dealing with ME/Fibro find them to be critically handy. All for now, curious to hear your tips or any thoughts about the above.

Also this archive is laden with other riffs about healing elsewhere and taking baths in the Healing Ramble series.

Snaps: Scenes from Momotaro Okayama Airport

We dropped off a friend during Golden Week 2022 at Momotaro Okayama Airport which has a great viewing platform for hanging out and watching the (not too frequent) planes come and go. There are also more benches here than the rest of Japan combined (possibly not scientific fact) along with the ubiquitous vending machines but this time with ice cream and brewed to order coffee.

Usually there is direct service to Taipei, various points in Korea, and maybe even Hong Kong but right now it’s domestic only, maybe only to Haneda (the Tokyo airport that is actually close to Tokyo). Usually there are more points and I should figure this out but the short version is: we went to the airport, we watched planes, and Ichiro loved ALL OF IT.

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Envelopes of Ephemera (while looking for a home)

Do you keep boarding passes, maps, itineraries, ticket stubs, brochures, cards, coasters and whatnot? do you make *something* from it all? if so, can i see?

Envelopes of ephemera: Rome, Greece, Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia – i was looking for a home (and trying be lost).

Will eventually be collaged scrapbooks (but need to make some scrapbooks to be the scrapbooks these items go into…)

Also: Nepal, items, various (maps – many, aerogramme, hotel coasters and manifests)

Splendid Journey Ahoy!

Seems Dave and Ryoko are bound on a splendid journey.

デイブと良子は素晴らしい旅に出かけているようです。

Arriving June 2020

2020年6月に到着

Artifact: R. L. Stevenson (Grandpa) / United Air Lines 100,000 Mile Club plaque

Items: R. L. Stevenson (Grandpa) / United Air Lines 100,000 Mile Club plaque