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Diary: Leaving India ~ rapidly, in a fog (Nov. 2016)

Nov. 29, 2016, 9:04 AM, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India – i ordered this coffee and turned on phone…

Note: transcribed with light editing from my scribbled journal made in “real time” – as always more to say but this is what is there is – read between lines, follow rabbit holes to fill in the blanks if curious. (will add more about Auroville at some point and more about dear Mom’s passing including my letters to her and obituary within)

Afterward: includes notes from the interlude

Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India – 9:04 AM, Nov. 29, 2016

After a visit to Townhall and Mathrimandir, near the visitor centre, hot coffee in small brass cup, turn on the pocket robot and (oddly) a barrage of messages on all channels, so many – I am confused (hithero ignored) – then email/every-messaging-channel – I read the first line, baffled but know something is terrible! so try to call brother Anders.

the day before, visiting golden dome dedicated to motherly love #sigh

Calls (over dodgy internet) are made and calls are dropped again and again after 3 words – finally, i hear “what” and say “Chennai airport, open the envelope, four hours” fast – go! {The envelope in Vegas contains access to Dashlane app which has all passwords credit cards and passport and a friend who is so good and helpful from home HQ.}

My location wasn’t on itinerary and no matter, no coverage anyhow. I was on my way to a post office to mail a dossier to Nick Bantock and then to the golden temple of meditation and somehow it all happened.

accomms in Auroville, met folks from many countries, enjoyed activities after a confusing start. i could *stay* here – i have skills

Hustle back to “Joy Community House” breathlessly explain. Return card to townhall. (Kind ladies hug me and give me “rescue remedy” in a glass bottle. I was just getting familiar and how do you explain this to someone? How do we humans know how to react. Grateful for wise ladies).

Bundle gear from cute room
Quick shower ("I will need this," he says from experience)
Call a taxi quicker
ring a taxi, try to make my situation understood, i look at my shoes

Fast to Chennai

Buy a bag of fruit from roadside, gogo man! eat bananas.

Shaking queasy, drink two coconuts en route

3 anna half hours weaving between cows

Coming the busses directly ahead! Fck Honk!

Roadhouses and truck stops and urine stained curbs and fields

Smoke two beedies each stop

Quick quick!

– dave in taxi

At airport, taxi drivers lounge around their classic sleds – i want to stay and ask them to take me far away. I don’t care to leave *at all*.

not my taxi driver, but other taxi drivers
Continue reading Diary: Leaving India ~ rapidly, in a fog (Nov. 2016)

Japan: Transport Logistics to Locations in Okayama

Going Places in Okayama: Shrine + Resto + Farm

This dispatch shares the logistics of getting to and fro various important locations for the wedding festivities, specifically: Munetade Shrine, Fuyahei resto and Rural Caprine Farm goat farm by party via train and taxi.

Also, the general plan about what to expect, when to show up and how to dress. Plus an overview of activities to do with free time like museums (lots), hot springs, picnics, and day trips to Kurashiki (art and canals, Bizen (pottery and swords), Hiroshima (bombs), and Kyoto (everything).

Plus tips on staying in communication with all your new friends – both Japanese folks and the other international renegades.

Note: made for guests coming to DRO420 wedding festivities, so kinda specific to that, but perhaps useful otherwise… carry on

Japan: Okayama Local Transportation Options

Getting Around Okayama by Streetcar, Bus, Taxi and Bicycle

In prep for a barrage of international renegade diplomats descending upon Okayama comes a few ways of getting around the city, as well as a finding other information about information, ya know for tourists.

Note: This was originally created for guests coming to #DRO420 wedding festivities, another dispatch shares specifics about getting to shrine (ceremony), resto (fancy lunch) and goat farm (party). In the meantime, please accept my humble offering. Ergo:

Okayama Transport primer with specific locations -> is station, x are hotels and o are shrine and resto

Japan: Okayama Station to Hotels, Wayfinding

Wayfinding from Okayama Station to Hotels

This dispatch shares wayfinding tips to get from the main train station, down a covered shopping arcade, over a canal, a stop for coffee at Stand (optional) and then to Koraku hotel (conveniently embedded with a post office and convenience store). Then passing statues and bars, to the Okayama View Hotel – located across from the Birkenstock store and ¥100 shop – and over to the Tenmaya shopping area and transit hub as needed.

Note: originally created for guests coming to #DRO420 wedding festivities. Carry on. 

Okayama Station to Koraku Hotel
Koraku Hotel to Okayama View Hotel

 

Japan: Riding Trains from KIX Airport to Okayama

Japan Train Tips

A lil video in which i provide semi-useful instructions for riding trains (specifically from Kansai /KIX airport to Okayama), buying tickets, redeeming JR Rail Pass and getting to platform… as well as mispronounce various words, stumble through “advice”, share poorly-made photos, and in general provide a vaguely amusing – if not entirely useful – primer.

Note: made for guests coming to DRO420 wedding festivities

Japan: KIX (Kansai/Osaka) Airport Tips and Logistics

Tips for KIX Airport 

A few handy annotations for pals coming to Ryoko and my wedding about what to do when you arrive at Kansai/Osaka (KIX) airport including: getting cash, finding food, hitting up toilet and a few other fun oddities up until you get to the train station (more on that later). 

Note: originally created for friends coming to #DRO420 wedding festivities, 2019

Some Surrey Taxi Company is charging bogus rides (and my North Vancouver Credit Union is hassling me)

For the second time in 8 months, some Surrey cab company has charged my credit card $50 for a taxi ride i never took (i’d remember a drunken night in Surrey for sure – heh).

Last time was a serious hassle to resolve the issue (and was right around the festive period when cash and time is tight) and included my (yet to be named) North Shore based Credit Union asking me to pay $60 to notarize a declarative affidavit to initiate a $40 chargeback.  While i understand there are regulations and policies, this is their problem, not mine and frankly, $50 is significant money to me.

I am hoping this can be resolved more easily as i cannot afford to miss work to come by a branch during their luxurious hours since i am at my toil from 9AM-6PM.  Lat time took 4 branch visits and a bit of hollering and griping to fix it.

What i cannot understand though is how come the taxi company isn’t harshed out bigtime by the CC processor for not checking/authorizing or whatever and why the CU puts the burden of proof on lil ole me.

We’ll see how the CU handle the problem this time and i noticed they added an RSS feed (nothing interesting , just rates and promotions) and see if they need a proper thwacking in this public forum.  I do biz with a CU instead of bank thinking i’d be treated with respect and decency which has not been the case – only once i get onto the third person who “bends the rules” for me to i get sh!t resolved.  Unacceptable and i am just about ready to jump to some other organization who maybe spends more effort on customer service than pretty, shiny, feel-goody advertising.

Rolling Elsewhere: New York City Taxi Cityscape Roll to JFK

While on the road for a day-job gig, I filmed some taxi rides around Manhattan and then out to JFK airport (one day after an alleged bombing attempt). Take a look won’t ya. Shows a variety of cityscapes, roadways, buildings, busy roadways, and culture. Just rolling in the city. That’s all.